MINDY DILLARD at the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival: A musical journey through anorexia & body dysmorphia
ARTIST: MINDY DILLARD
SHOW: HOW TO SURVIVE A POISON APPLE
WHERE: THE 418 PROJECT
WHEN: Thursday July 17 at 6pm, Friday July 18 at 8:30p or Saturday July 19 at 5pm
You can transform your poison into medicine. Singer-songwriter and eating disorder survivor Mindy Dillard weaves an electric musical travelogue from her experiences with anorexia and body dysmorphia. Inspired by Carl Jung and the writings of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Dillard conjures layered soundscapes with loops and samples, original songs and tender, funny, non-linear storytelling. Dillard is a princess caught in a hall of mirrors perpetuated by the media and society. Witness her navigation of the cultural expectations force-fed into every woman and girl about body image, self-worth and finding a mate.
Part of the proceeds from this performance will benefit The Lotus Collaborative's Scholarship Program. Come join this journey away from jealousy, anger, perfection and emptiness to true fullness.
"I couldn't stop clapping. Mindy's mega-talents as a singer-songwriter, actress and storyteller lifted my heart. But, she didn't stop there. She brought me eye to eye with the dark side of the princess fable and the poison apples in the mind and culture that can result in an eating disorder. She shares clues about how she broke the spell of her disorder enough to welcome a roomful of princess with zits, glasses, and beautiful spirits, a room where being real is a female birthright. I want her show to appear anywhere girls, women, mothers, dads, educators, clergy and medical people sense that a monster lurks, a monster that only a true princess can dispel." - Cynthia Winton-Henry, Co-founder and Director of Interplay (Oakland, CA)
[A]"riveting and redeeming synthesis of music, message, story and heart" - Lisa Lepine ProMotion Queen, creative consultant (Portland, OR)
"Once again -- you NEED to see this show. It is awesome! So beautiful to see how Mindy has come into her Fullness!" - Halelupe, Singer-Songwriter (Portland, OR)
"In her candid, entertaining and courageous play How To Survive a Poison Apple Mindy Dillard offers us an opportunity to explore critical issues that girls and women face--body image, acceptance, the search for love and the messages we receive from society about what it means to be beautiful. Using humor, music, compassion and honesty, Dillard offers us an opportunity to reflect on our own relationship with our bodies. Dillard's work provides a heartfelt launching point for a discussion about eating disorders, shining a light on the struggles that girls and women face with these disorders. - Danette C. Haynes, LCSW (Portland, OR)
"It can be so difficult for preteen and adolescent girls and their families, friends, schools, and churches to begin the important conversations around issues of eating disorders, body image, and cultural expectations. Mindy Dillard’s funny, painful, and insightful one woman musical, How to Survive a Poison Apple, is a wonderful place to start. The show can be done in a church sanctuary, social hall, classroom, or even in a backyard or living room: anywhere people are ready to support each other in the journey of health for ourselves and our daughters." - - Rev. Lizann Bassham (Sebastopol, CA)
Friday, June 27th, The Lotus Collaborative teamed up with Center for Discovery to offer local clinicians and healthcare professionals free education on levels of care in the treatment of eating disorders. Thank you to presenters Dr. Liz Esalen, Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of The Lotus Collaborative and Dr. Golee Abrishami, Regional Clinical Director of Center For Discovery.
Join us tomorrow, June 27th between 12:30-3:30pm for the grand unveiling of our new Transitional Living space!
The Lotus Collaborative cordially invites you to come tour the Mermaid House, our new transitional living space. There will be hors d'oeuvres, drinks and tons of photo fun. Our professional photographer, Gohar Barseghyan, founder of Creative District SF, will be on site offering you a chance to update your professional headshot. T.L.C is offering this service FREE to our community professionals to thank you for touring our transitional living home. Drop by and say "Cheese"!
Friday June 27th from 12:30pm-3:30pm
608 Bethany Curve, Santa Cruz CA 95060
(between Rankin & Pendegast Ave)
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
TLC opened it's doors January 9th and offered outpatient services and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). TLC opened with a full program and had no idea that the community would respond so vigorously. TLC's IOP was specifically designed to offer "that next level of treatment," for clients that needed more than once a week therapy or weekly groups.
TLC offers in-house, psychological-medical-nutritional-interpersonal-mentoring services, and an on-site collaborative treatment team for each client that admits to our program.
By February 2012, TLC needed more space and moved it's program from River Street to 701 Mission Street. Our new center is in a 2300 sq ft craftsman-style house that was designed to make healing feel beautiful and serene.
By March 2012, TLC began a waiting list for it IOP program and began a partial hospitalization/day treatment (PHP) program. Additionally, TLC brought on superstar recovery coach, Lauren Howard, who co-founded Be The Light Foundation. "Howard" developed TLC's THRIVE mentorship program designed for clients to practice recovery by mentoring those newer in the journey.
April Winslow, R.D. partnered with TLC and opened her nutrition practice Choose to Change at TLC. Santa Cruz is lucky to have such a talented dietitian and so are we!
And now, April 2012, TLC offers a comprehensive health center:
In the near future, TLC will be offering assisted living. Our supervised housing is designed to support clients in their recovery, during mornings and evenings, while not in treatment program. Check back with us as this exciting development unfolds!