Community Workshops, Mindfulness

Adolescent Art and Nature Workshops. Summer 2017

Adolescent Workshops: An integration of nature, art and mindfulness in a group setting.Untitled 2Contact:
Hannah Kleese 507-649-0873
hannah@artofcounselingstpaul.com

This afternoon workshop will combine the elements of art, nature and mindfulness in the context of unique themes.

Each participant should bring a bag/backpack with a full water bottle, snack, sunscreen and bug spray. Participants should dress in shoes for walking and weather appropriate clothing. Art supplies will be provided by nature and Art of Counseling.

 

$40/ 1 workshop $90/ all 3 workshops

Ages 12-17

6/17 1-4pm
HIDDEN FALLS PICNIC SHELTER
THEME: family totems

7/15 1-4pm
COMO LAKE PAVILION
THEME: storytelling

8/19 1-4pm
BATTLE CREEK RECREATION CENTER
THEME: mandalas

 

Register HERE

Art Therapy, Community Workshops, Family Therapy, Mindfulness

ARTS-BASED FAMILY MINDFULNESS WEEKEND RETREAT. 2016

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Weekend in December
12/02/16 7PM-9PM
12/03/16 9AM-11AM, 1PM-3PM08_EM_CatStory01222013
12/04/16 9AM-11AM

Come experience a creative & therapeutic
weekend at Art of Counseling with your family!

Group Themes:
+ Challenging Transition
+ Emotional Closeness
+ Family Balance
+ Resiliency & Strength

Retreat Cost:
+ 4–2 hour sessions
+ $25 / family member / session
+ Total cost: $ 100/ family member
Scholarship Available & In net-work Insurance Accepted
To register, e-mail
cindy@artofcounselingstpaul.com
by 11/14/2016!

Art Therapy, Mindfulness

Healing With Mandala Art Therapy

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “circle” or “completion” and has spiritual meaning in many cultures.

Creating a mandala in art therapy can be a relaxing and centering process for self-discovery and healing.

mandala

The following link describes the process of creating a mandala in art therapy:

Mandala Art Activity For Self-Discovery And Healing

The following link describes the history of the mandala:

Healing With Mandala Art Therapy – A Multi-Cultural Idea Worth Exploring

Mindfulness, Qoutes

A Mind That is Still

A Mind That is Still

By Judith Froemming c. 2015

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“There’s a mind running loose
that thinks peace is elusive,
puts its head in a noose
judges quiet as reclusive.

There’s a mind making stories
that’s certain they’re true,
creating monsters and worries
until the heart turns blue.

There’s a mind that is still and
as stories float by,
treats them kindly as children
lets them go without ‘Why?'”

photo by Deva Niseema

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Art Therapy, Creative Living - Reflections, Journaling Assignments, Mindfulness

Zentangle

The art of meditative drawing… Mindfulness for the soul… Yoga for the brain. I felt so relaxed after creating this piece.

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Art Therapy, Journaling Assignments, Mindfulness

Arts and Health

Calm Down and Get Your Zentangle On

(Re-Blog)

Zentangle is a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus.

 

 

 

 

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Zentangle® is known to many artists and craftivistas as a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Sometimes mistakenly called “Zendoodling” or “tangle doodling,” Zentangling or tangling is actually a formalized process that defines itself as something other than mere doodling because of its theory and approach. Rick Roberts and Mary Thomas [www.zentangle.com] are the originators of the trademarked Zentangle method. Basically, it’s a specific way to draw images, most often in black pen on white paper. Zentangle has become an international phenomenon that now has applications in stress reduction, education, therapy and even motivational training.

Zentangle itself may be relatively new, but the basic principles involved are as old as the history of art. It includes ritual [a core practice in ancient and contemporary arts] and mirrors the symbols, designs and patterns of numerous cultures [Mayan, Maori, Celtic, and American Indian, for example] from ancient through present times. And like “doodling” it is based on a human behavior in which one refrains from planning and allows lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge.

There are numerous books on the formal method of Zentangle that will help you get started; these books provide numerous designs and show you how to create various patterns, step-by-step. Or simply search the Internet [especially Pinterest] to find instructions and inspiration for designs—then make up your own once you practice a few patterns. You really only need a few materials to create your designs: a pencil [used to mark out guidelines and to shade areas of designs], a black pen [Micron® pens are recommended, but you can also use the ubiquitous extra fine Sharpie® pen], and heavy white drawing paper or cardstock. The traditional practice of Zentangling uses 3 ½ inch square tiles made of special paper, but you can cut your own choice of paper into squares or completely “break the rules” and tangle on whatever type of paper you want to. If your children want to Zentangle along with you, they will find it easier to draw larger designs with bigger pens such as a fine point Sharpie® or large felt pens.

Why am I interested in Zentangle? While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway to relaxation and inner focus. In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation. Here are some other benefits:

Continue Reading… on Psychology Today.