Art Therapy on Hudson...
On Saturday 1/11 a group of us gathered for a day long workshop to explore the significance of mandalas as healing images and learn some basic meditations using energy healing.
Combining these two modalities proved to be synchronistic in a number of ways. Trained as a Reiki Master and as a MARI/Mandala Assessment Practitioner, I lead the group in some simple meditations visualizing energy and light. We drew a number of mandalas after each meditation and then explored possible significance of the mandalas using text from Susanne Fincher's wonderful book Coloring Mandalas: For Insight, Healing and Self-Expression. We also explored the significance of chakras in terms of color and energy. The group was surprised by the number of parallels and connections that appeared between us in terms of color, feeling and the amount of energy we created as a group. We all left with a feeling of well being and greater insight. What a great way to bring in the new year!
I will run this workshop again in the spring for those who are interested.
Small Book Making - occurred the very next day 1/12 with a lively group of six women.
We made small accordion books, triangle books and books with affirmations for the New Year.
They are beautiful little gems - each one of them - ready to be slipped in a pocket or purse with a saying or series of pictures. One of the women decided she would make a book out of watercolor paper to house a series of small paintings. The covers were made from fabric, handmade paper, hand-painted paper, origami, recycled cake boxes and all sorts of odds and ends. The perfect activity for a perpetual pack rat like myself. With several therapists present (two art therapists and a social worker) we discussed the possibilities for using this project with clients from prison inmates to teenagers.
A book workshop for Japanese Punch Stab books is in the works for the spring.