SEEN FEAST | A Gathering for Tinnitus
SEEN FEAST | A Gathering for Tinnitus
A celebratory workshop of healing, exploration, and awareness for those in the tinnitus community.
A celebratory workshop of healing, exploration, and awareness for those in the tinnitus community. Read more
Tinnitus is an invisible condition. Seen Feast is a step towards making sure those living with it feel seen.
Wondering what tinnitus is? You can learn more here.
Seen Feast will be a thoughtful and joyful day of family & friends, with talks and activities by experts in the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Art Therapy, to explore how our connections with community, food, mind, and body underpin our sense of strength and hope, despite the challenges of living with tinnitus.
During the event, guests will:
- Eat wonderful food in a beautiful space
- Engage in conversation with new people in their community
- Learn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and do a brief exercise around it with Dr. Bruce Hubbard, a long-time expert in CBT and the treatment of tinnitus
- Learn about Art Therapy and do an exercise together with Janette Maron, a licensed Art Therapist. Together, we'll create a group work with her (zero art skill or experience is required!)
- Part ways having shared stories, had a positive experience around tinnitus treatment, and hopefully built new community and friends
Please note this is not meant to be a comprehensive introduction to these therapies, nor is Seen Feast a therapy session. Rather, it's a chance to learn and explore, with and without words, ways in which we might look at and live life with tinnitus. Most of all it's meant to spark conversation and moments of fun!
For this first Seen Feast, attendance is open to two wonderful groups of people in the tinnitus community:
- Those living with tinnitus
- The loved ones of those living with tinnitus who would like to know how to better support them.
In addition to our wonderful attendees, we will have two experts in their fields:
- Dr. Bruce Hubbard, PhD, ABPP: Dr. Hubbard is a long-time dedicated member of the tinnitus community and experienced Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. He is also a person living with tinnitus. You can learn more about him and his accomplishments here.
- Janette Maron, LCAT, ATR-BC: Is a licensed Art Therapist practicing in New York City, presently working at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.
The 3-hour event will be held at The Study, a private space within the Writing Room in New York City. This unique space has been very accommodating and supportive of us and I feel excited to give those with tinnitus a special space in which to be celebrated.
Seen Feast will be held on a Sunday afternoon in August, exact date TBD.
Seen Feast is something special, something the tinnitus community doesn't have right now.
Supporting Seen Feast not only means showing a community living with an invisible condition that you see them, it means helping to build awareness and conversations around tinnitus. This can lead to prevention, and stop many populations from ever acquiring this often debilitating condition.
Aside from the warm, fuzzy feeling of helping others, there are some other delightful things you could get as a backer.
1. Attendance to Seen Feast: We will learn, eat, connect, create a collaborative art project (no art skills or experience required), and just have a nice time.
2. Backer Doodles: For sponsors at certain levels I will create a small pen and ink doodle of you (or a chosen person) to be send along with your Seen Feast enamel pin as a sign of my gratitude for your support.
3. Custom Seen Feast Enamel Pins: I will be creating custom art pins for backers to show their support for those with tinnitus, or to provide a bright and beautiful conversation starter. The pins can be seen as a sign of support and camaraderie.
4. Custom Seen Feast T-Shirt by Tinnitus Tees: The first 25 backers to pledge $50 or more will be rewarded with a custom Seen Feast T-Shirt by Tinnitus Tees. Each shirt by Tinnitus Tees is designed, printed, and shipped 100% by people who are donating their time because tinnitus has touched their lives in some way.
To make Seen Feast a reality, I will need your support. Every dollar you donate is going to a specific spot should we succeed with funding.
Funds will be used to secure an event space, food for the feasting, and art supplies for that section of the workshop. It will also help to support the labor and costs of any minor unforeseen costs the event might incur as it will be taking place on a date in the future.
1. The space
2. The food
3. Kickstarter fees
4. Art supplies for the workshop
5. Gratuity for servers
6. Tax and fees for the food and space
7. Awareness pins
8. Food and drink for our gracious health professionals
9. Buffer funds
10. Planning and logistics for the event
What happens if we exceed our funding goal?
If such a wonderful things happens, and depending on by how much we exceed our goal, extra funds will be used for:
- Additional seats/tickets opened up to be donated to would-be attendees who can't afford a ticket
- Additional Seen Feast pins to be distributed in order to spread awareness
- Feast upgrades (fancy drinks, a longer feast, a new expert guest)
- It's me, Rachel Balma, the woman in the video up there at the top of the page! I'm a designer who cares about helping the most vulnerable in our society, and I'm a person living with tinnitus.
On April 13th, 2013, I attended a concert with sound levels that caused acoustic trauma to my auditory system. I left with chronic tinnitus that I have to this day. My journey to living with it wasn't easy, many didn't understand, and finding a warm environment around this condition was a challenge.
Today, I'm very fortunate to be living a full life, having habituated to my tinnitus, but there still isn't a place to celebrate my fellows with tinnitus. There are so many in my own New York community who live with tinnitus, not knowing that there are many around them living with the same condition.
I am committed to bringing this community together around something positive, a celebration of the good parts of life, the strength it takes to live with this condition, and to bring awareness so that those living with it do not need to feel so alone and so invisible.
Risks and challenges
1. The Space:
The primary challenges here revolve around space. While I do have a quote from a wonderful space that has agreed to host us within our budget, nothing is signed yet as we're kickstarting the funds, so things could change. Additionally the date is a ways off in the future, so there is the risk of needing to change hosting spaces. However, if we raise the funds we need, I am not concerned about finding a wonderful space for our gathering.
2. Dietary Restrictions:
Dietary restrictions may mean an extra fee depending on who is providing the food, but I believe we can cover that with our "buffer" fund is needed. Everyone should feel good about sitting down to the table with food they enjoy.
3. Date changes:
We are aiming to have this event in August of 2018, but there's always a risk of something happening. If that occurs, we'll work with attendees to find a replacement date for the event.
4. Change of Art Therapist:
I have one Art Therapist in particular in mind, but her schedule can be tricky. In the event that she could not attend for any reason, she said she has other colleague who would be willing to join us.
- (13 days)