Healing intergenerational trauma
The Silver Spoons Collective is a sisterhood of UK-based women working to heal their intergenerational trauma inherited from the Burning Times.
The group’s work began after psychotherapist Cali White completed a pilgrimage across the UK and Ireland in 2019.
During that time, Cali gathered women in ceremonies to honour our ‘witch’ ancestors.
Coming together at the beginning of 2020, the group committed to collectively transforming the destructive behavioural patterns caused by inherited trauma, which were negatively affecting their lives.
‘Our exhibition shares the intimate journeys we women have made, confronting our feelings of fear, pain and rage, and building healthy new ways of living’, Cali explains.
‘The Burning Times divided our communities, taught us to play small in order to survive and broke our trust in the people closest to us. The scars we still carry show up in many ways – fears of being seen or heard, experiences of betrayal, mistrust of other women, feelings of disconnection to nature, irrational fears and struggles to feel at home in ourselves. 25 generations on we are left feeling powerless, isolated, stuck, divided, unsafe and unsupported. It is affecting our health and wellbeing in so many ways and we’re tired of it!
‘The Silver Spoons Collective is on a mission to shine a light on the shadows of the past so we may heal, grow and create new ways of being, rooted in healthy connection to ourselves, each other and the Earth. If any of this resonates, please join us as we restore our ancestral connections and the broken bonds of our sisterhood.’
Lead curator of the exhibition
Ending modern-day witch hunts
The exhibition’s centrepiece comprises 4,000 individually hand-printed and stitched pieces of fabric in a stunning Medicine Spoon Memorial, co-created by over 1,000 women worldwide.
The project was led by artist Caren Thompson to honour the 4,000 (and more) women from the UK and Ireland whose names lay forgotten in trial records during the Burning Times.
Alongside the main exhibition, a three-night programme of live events will feature spoken word, music and dance performances, plus a series of daily workshops offering opportunities for learning and empowerment.
Highlighting how modern-day witch hunts continue today, particularly in India, Africa and Brazil, the exhibition will also raise funds for charities working to support the growing numbers of innocent women being targeted.