Art for healing: To Grieve, to Create, to New Recognitions.

Date and Time: 
Friday, 2 July 2010 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Many individuals stuggling with life's difficulties such as grief, loss and low self esteem have gained courage and insight from Art Therpay.  Art for healing is an experiential workshop aimed at allowing participants to express painful emotions in realtion to grief and loss.  Art Materials and image dialogue provide an opportunity to access areas of the self where ambiguity, uncertainty and confusion are present.  Emotions may be realeased and transformed.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a multi modal journey through grief and loss to new recognitions.  The workshop will include image making, creative writing, poetry and music.  This creative process takes you on a journey of excavation to your inner self until you find and recognize, that which you have lost.  The process will encourage you to explore and express feelings of sadness and grief.  The process moves you from a place of loss and emptiness to new dimensions within yourself.  These dimensions are constructed through image making and the creative process. This may lead to a rediscovery of meaning, hope, self-esteem and creativity in your life.

In Art Therapy one is dealing with something – an emotion, a conflict, puzzlement.  The reward is some sort of resolution.  Often it is the act of making something that provides the benefit.  The images and writing may not take away the pain.  They give it form.  Creating art opens a door to transfiguration.  Something gratifying is created out of pain.

"Healing from Grief is not the processing of forgetting, it is the process of remembering with less pain and more joy".