Barbara Hughes

I am an artist, teacher, retreat leader, spiritual director  and  writer whose work is centered in the relationship between art, spirituality and healing. My sculpture (including the permanent nativity for the Washington National Cathedral) and my painting have been exhibited in many venues around the country. Because I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I have a passion for helping other survivors through art retreats and individually. I write and speak about my story and about abuse. I have a touring show of artwork related to my story and am working on a book. I am also involved in mission work: a addiction program in Romania, a baby rescue home in Haiti, and teaching in Tanzania.  

Another Book Signing in Chicago

 Book Signing and Talk about Enfolded in Silence/ A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in ChildhoodOn Sunday, July 20th at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park IL at 4PM, author Barbara Hughes will give a slide show and talk about her book about child sexual abuse. This program is recommended for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse and for those who work with abuse survivors. It may also be helpful for those concerned with this topic. The program is not for children. For more information...more

Reviewing Finding Me by Michele Knight

 I just finished reading Michele Knight's book , Finding Me, about her survival from 11 years of rape and torture in captivity. Her voice is very direct and clear. She descibes her abuse but leaves some things private, which I applaud her for doing.  She lets us know some of how she struggled and survived. Her abuse was horrendous beyond imagining. She needed to tell her story and I am glad she did. Her determination to live was heroic. She has all my admiration and support. At first, I was concerned that she has apparently had no therapy work on her torment....more

Another Book Signing and Talk in PA today.

Today I met with the staff of an organization that helps survivors of sexual abuse and educates the public. I read some poems, showed the paintings and gave a talk from my book Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood (Amazon.com).  I talked about how you heal from child sexual abuse. It was well recieved and I may do more work for their organization in the future. Doing this kind of thing is so rewarding for me. I want to give back the healing I have been given.  More book signings coming up this summer....more

June is PTSD Month /EMDR, an effective treatment for PTSD in sexual abuse survivors

 from my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood (Amazon.com) :...more
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Heading to PA for Nature and Spiritual Rest

Friday we are setting out for our woodland summer cottage on a small lake in PA. The cabin is right next to the water and we see lots of wildlife. Every night, we canoe to the wild end of the lake and see a bold eagle pair that have nested there for 7 years. We also see beaver and a Great Blue Heron, turtles and deer. Occasionally, we see the black bear and cubs. We keep a good distance from her. It is a place of spiritual renewal, rest and wellness. I will also continue to work at marketing my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood....more

I Am With Michele Knight

I was very impressed by Michele Knight speaking out in support for another woman who says she was held for years against her will. It is very understandable that this woman appeared happy in public when she was experiencing a reign of terror behind closed doors. The chances of her making this up are miniscule. Victims of this kind of abuse deserve the benefit of the doubt. It took great courage for Michele to come forward. I admire her very much....more

Reading Orson Scott Card Again

I have loved Ender's Game and all the Ender books by Orson Scott Card. My husband read   the books to me over a good span of time. The character of Ender was so complex and intriguing as was Card's visions of the future. There was great humanity in the books. Well, now I am at it again. I am reading (this time to myself) Pathfinder, the first book about Rigg and Ram, also well developed characters. This time we are colonizing, and have colonized another planet. There is much time travel in this series, and you have to keep your wits about you....more

Missing Girls in Nigeria and Fear of Sexual Abuse and Torture

I have been horrified about the abducted girls in Nigeria. As a survivor of sexual abuse and torture as a child, my fears for them are high. I don't know what they have endured ( well I know they where taken from their families against their will) and I don't know what they will endure if they are sold. But I think this news item needs more focus on it than Mr. Sterling. It is an atrocity. Let's hear more reporting and blogs about this. Bless those girls....more

Sending out flyers about my Book on Sexual Abuse to Colleges and Universities' Women's Studies Programs

 I am sending flyers about my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood, to Women'...more

Survivors Retreat brought Blessings

Women seemed to think my art retreat was safe, healing and empowering. It is a joy (mixed with sorrow and anger about their abuse) to do these retreats for survivors of sexual abuse. Watching connections being made and healing moments occuring is such a blessing for me. Their doing the art work openned up space for deep sharing.   I got so much support during my healing process, and it feels redemptive to give some back. ...more