Faces of Recovery: Alicia and Raman

“Faces of Recovery” is an ongoing project with members of Recovery Cafe, San Jose.  

Meet Alicia Prioste, who never gives up. She’s working towards a degree in child development.


Raman taught a mindfulness class for a while and he now teaches what he found to be a healing practice for himself, and one he hopes helps cafe members: Tai-chi.

When I am sketching a session like this, I never know what’s coming next and what I will want to record. Two things help: Trusting my judgment on what I think is an idea or visual worth capturing. And, being ready to pivot and record the action as it happens, even if that means moving forward from what I am doing at the moment. I was sketching Raman and his students when he began a beautiful demonstration of a movement called “The Wave”, so I switched to recording the demo in words and in small gestural sketches.


You can read every story recorded so far here. You can read more about and support the amazing work of Recovery Cafe San Jose here.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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