Reclaiming the Goddess, Witch and Wise Woman

The Cooler Lumpur Festival and Poetry Cafe KL present: An interactive poetry and performance workshop with Illya Sumanto & a talk and storytelling-sharing session with Zarina Muhammad.

Women are inherently healers who could turn plant into medicine, transform a seedling into towering trees, and in some cases through destruction enable flowering and flourishing creation.

If we knew how to unleash and reclaim this inner magic that have been caged by the murky toxic energy caused by cultural baggage, hand-me-down wounds and a whole lot of yucky fast food and binary thinking, what might and can we do with this innate power?

How do we reconcile and reclaim this inner goddess, witch, wise woman and begin to acknowledge, invoke and embody her archetypal power and presence?

Let’s do this together through the reclamation of words, through finding our respective languages of power, through rituals and storytelling, through speaking with and through our senses, our gut, intuition and through the lenses of our individual lived experiences.

Let’s build a sacred fearsome fearless circle that is empowering, regenerating, safe, and nice smelling.

Open to any individual who identifies as ‘female’.

Online registration: RM60.00
At the door: RM65.00


Illya Sumanto is an herbalist who has performed around the world with powerful female poets to heal through spoken word and theatre. Part of Poetry Café KL; a collective that organises poetry workshops, readings and slams in Kuala Lumpur, she specialises working with young writers and theatre performers, stage-crafting, and writing for numerous school productions. Illya has been recognised for her work as a director and scriptwriter for children's theatre by The Ministry of Education, and has also received a special award from the University of Malaya for her achievements and contributions to the field of Education.

Zarina Muhammad is an independent researcher, curator, arts practitioner and educator based in Singapore. She lectures on art history and cultural/contextual studies at Lasalle College of the Arts. She is also one of the editors of Body Boundaries, an anthology of women’s writing published by The Literary Centre, Singapore. Currently, Zarina is working on a multidisciplinary research project on cultural translations pertaining to ritual magic, Southeast Asian mythologies, animism and folk religion, mysticism, sacred sites and the cross/intercultural interpretations of witchcraft. She has presented her work in Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. At present, one of her key projects is to devise and develop a series of collaborative performances that aim to deconstruct and respond to the contested histories, texts and definitions pertaining to the intersections between witchcraft, magic, myth, ethno-medicine, monstrosity, the demonized/ the demonic, gender-based archetypes and the broader contexts of myth-making. She is particularly interested in the intergenerational and interregional translations, appropriations, adaptations and sometimes contradictory, anachronistic and multi-headed quality of these narratives.

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Sun Sep 11, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM MYT
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