Red Badge: Cocktails Cuisine Courage

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Cocktails. Cuisine. Courage.

The Red Badge Project helps veterans and service members heal their invisible wounds through the power of authentic storytelling and community witness.

This collaboration pairs the imaginative cuisine of Cafe Nordo with a night of writerly fun, featuring special guests from the Red Bandge programs. Raise your paddle to support Red Badge's summer retreat, and the women veterans we serve.

This is an evening to honor our women veterans, and to help raise funds for a summer retreat at Nature Bridge, a wilderness camp on the Olympic Peninsula. Our veteran participants may come to the program suffering from a range of experiences related to their military service, including exposure to combat, relationship losses, sexual harassment and assault, gender harassment, and traumatic brain injury. And what we’ve learned in the last few years is that understanding how we might express our stories, how we might author our narrative, can be an effective way of dealing with trauma and loss.

Founders Tom Skerritt and Evan Bailey will be there to greet you, along with mentors Suzanne Morrison, Sonya Lea, Shawn Wong, Brian MacDonald, & Warren Etheredge.

Students learn the value of their stories, not only to themselves, but to the community. They develop the tools to express their truth. In our classes, retreats and workshops for women Veterans, we study women’s stories exclusively, because we want to follow the story that we, as women might write, in a safe environment oriented to our own inclinations, subjects, and craft. They learn why we tell stories, they hone their observational and analytical skills, and they focus on generative writing, the writing that comes out of an experience from childhood or yesterday, the ones that are fresh and real.

When we forged our partnership with the Red Badge Project, it was with exactly this idea in mind: to offer another type of therapeutic venue to help trauma survivors heal and gain strength in their “broken places”. Storytelling has long been used as a therapeutic tool to help lessen the burden carried by those who have experienced trauma. Finding one’s voice can serve to diminish feeling marginalized and diffuse the intensity of the traumatic memory. Thanks to the thoughtful and insightful instruction provided by RBP, veterans participating in our class have been armed with critical skills that have enabled them to challenge themselves in a meaningful way.
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