HE / HIM / HIS
Charlie Vazquéz is a mindfulness workshop facilitator, specializing in the design of creative writing and meditation programs for community-based organizations. He is a certified meditation instructor, and his new memoir follows his journey of creativity and transformation from New York City to the West Coast.
Harnessing the power of creativity and contemplation for transformation.
Creativity as a means to empowerment in low-income communities
I like to share my experience of engaging under-resourced communities in creative writing and arts programming as a means to cultivating voice and agency. My hope is that this inspires people to support arts programming where it’s needed most, where people aren’t being heard.
Leading with vulnerability and authenticity
This is a subject I’ve been writing about a lot lately. As someone who wasn’t formally trained as a community leader, I’ve found myself in that role based on the years of community work I’ve committed to. My goal is to share my realizations and experience so that others may do the same.
Storytelling and identity
I like to share my journey as a self-determined writer and my use of the medium for its powers of self-reflection and healing during times of crisis (coming out/Covid etc.). Storytelling and writing programs connect people through the power of subjective narrative, which anyone can contribute to.
Speaking, Workshops & Consulting
Memoir and Meditation
Memoir and Meditation is a workshop series that uses the insights gained from mindfulness meditation as the foundation for deep and revealing self-inquiry and memoir writing.
I assist organizations with developing creative writing and mindfulness meditation programs. Most of this work has focused on marginalized and under-resourced communities.
“Mr. Vazquéz is a known leader and catalyst of creative engagement with a strong track record for connecting meaningfully across differences in cultural heritage, language, ethnic-national origin, race, and gender expression.”
– Arnaldo Lopez, Managing Director, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
Charlie Vazquez has designed and facilitated creative writing and wellness programs for the NYC Department of Health, the New York Public Library, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and PEN America.
Some initiatives that he has developed include the Bronx Memoir Project, DREAMing Out Loud, and #OurStoriesNYC, which have served some of our most vulnerable: LGBTQ+ youth-of-color, undocumented immigrants, low-income communities and senior citizens.
Charlie is a certified meditation instructor through Tibet House’s 100-Hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, where he studied with senior Buddhist teacher David Nichtern in the lineage of Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Currently, he’s collaborating with the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in New York’s Lower East Side on Cuentos, a memoir and mindfulness meditation program offered as a community healing forum to document the challenges and losses suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic and lock-down.
Let’s collaborate to ensure a transformative experience.