Friday, April 12, 2024
Yoga, Meditation, Intentional Art Workshop
6pm – 9pm
Self Expression Yoga Flow
In this yoga offering we will flow, play and create shapes feeling into our own bodies and playing with variations of traditional poses. Weaving a dance of self expression, intuitively moving and feeling where the body wants to go.
Yoga links breath to body movement, one way of self-expression to another. Eventually, yoga creates a container for all emotions that arise.
As we stay present in the body and with the breath, we are able to fully inhabit what we feel in our body. We are not denying our emotions, but we are also not acting upon them. We simply make space to experience them. We literally embody them. Within the container, we can express what we feel and submit to our emotions.
As we practice Asana, our body becomes a vehicle for self-expression and a woven prayer of our creative intentions.
We will end the Yoga practice with a 10 minute meditation in Shavasana
Emergence: Intentional Artmaking for Self-expression Growth
This is an opportunity to move into creative space to deepen our relationship to ourselves and blossom into springtime. We will begin with a circle where participants are invited to check-in around the theme for the evening. We will be engaging in a process of artmaking and reflective writing with prompts provided. The session will close with an invitation to share one’s image and/or a takeaway from the experience.
We will be working with themes related to the time of year, and looking inward to see what we are needing at this moment of transition into Springtime. Perhaps we need to stay in a cozy, inward space of hibernation a little longer, or maybe we are ready to emerge with the light. This is a powerful time to plant seeds of intention for the coming season.
The intention is to create a non-judgemental space to explore exactly where you are at this moment, and to allow imagery and metaphor to arise in support of deepening self-understanding and leading to personal insights.
Art materials will be provided, and no previous art experience is required.
This 90 minute session will be facilitated by professional Art Therapists Laura Andrew + Ashleigh Gureckas.
Art Workshop Layout
Opening Circle: Intention Setting + Checking In
- Facilitator introduction, community agreements around therapeutic art-making (reminder that this is not therapy), confidentiality, workshop intention
- Participant invitation to check-in using metaphors from nature
- Individual time to explore artmaking around a provided theme
- Invitation to share a brief takeaway from the experience and have artwork witnessed by group
About the Facilitators
Laura Andrew (she/her) is an artist and Art Therapist Registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. For a decade, Laura has been facilitating individual and group art therapy and workshops, weaving a trauma-informed, relational, ecological, and strengths-based approach into her work. In addition to private practice, she teaches at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. Laura is passionate about eco-art therapy and land-based healing, exploring how we can cultivate and deepen our relationship with the natural world through creative and reflexive processes. Laura embodies creativity as a path to healing and self-discovery, holding a strong belief in the power of the expressive arts as an agent for personal growth and change. You can find her snuggling cats by the hearth, painting, gardening, knitting, or walking in the cedar groves near her home in South Slocan.
Ashleigh Gureckas (she/her) is a professional art therapist, outdoor enthusiast and educator originally from Ontario, Canada. Ashleigh brings a strength-based, spiritually-integrated, trauma-informed, and relational therapeutic approach to her work. She integrates neuroscience informed art-therapy, mindfulness techniques and somatic experiencing in her art therapy work with clients of all ages healing from trauma. Ashleigh directly specializes in child & youth art therapy services and facilitating eco-art therapy workshops and groups.
Nourishing Tea and Treats Included
bring a friend discount or sign up for 3 for a discount.