ART THERAPY BEREAVEMENT GROUP WORKSHOP – Healing through Drawing, Writing and Music3-hour Bereavement Group Workshop – Healing through drawing, writing and music: Choose from Saturday Jan. 14, 3-6pm or Saturday, Jan. 21, 3-6pm. Enjoy tea and cookies and an enchanting atmosphere in the new healing facility. CAD 75.00 (plus taxes) for the 3-hour workshop. Please register asap. A down payment of CAD 20.00 is taken and will be refunded if the enrolment is cancelled up to 5 days before the workshop. Place: Double “M” Ranch Energy Healing Centre, phone for directions of find map at “contact us”.
“Art Therapy, isn’t that something for children?” I was asked by somebody when telling about doing an art therapy workshop for people who are grieving. “No” I said “it’s just another way to communicate and express ourselves when we struggle finding the right words.” and started to explain:
Art therapy is not limited to any age. As we develop language follows symbolic thought. All our experiences are stored in our unconsciousness. Traumatic memories often can’t be accessed because we tend to suppress emotions that are very painful.
Pictures connect us with our soul and help us understanding, redefining and healing ourselves. The collective symbolic language has the power of setting us free and putting us at peace when we seem to be stuck in our grieving process.
The workshop participant moves from isolation and loneliness to connection with other group members who have quite similar feelings and thoughts. Denial will change to acceptance through insightful conclusions about him/herself. Loss of control and anxiety are resolved to a general sense of relief through actively working on the grieving tasks. And finally despair can be transformed to hope again that helps moving on with life.
But art therapy doesn’t only include drawing. We can express ourselves creatively by sculpting, writing (poetry, tales), dancing, singing, composing and acting/role playing as well; techniques used in other forms of therapeutic approaches like Gestalt or Systemic Family Constellation Therapy.
Art therapy is about following our heart like children do, spontaneously, honestly and without a fear of consequences, taking life as it comes.
Just give it a try!