This group meets once a week, for 8 weeks, with 2-hour sessions. Participants will be introduced to different art materials and new techniques that they can use to express themself visually. We will provide specific art directives to help them explore their feelings, emotions and thoughts in a safe and gentle manner. Some directives are theme-based, such as "draw a door or draw a bridge", and some are 3-D projects, like mask making and clay molding. Each session concludes with sharing of the art products and discussion of their creative experience. At the end of the program, we plan to have a Final Art Exhibition featuring the artwork produced by the participants. No art background or skills required!
This is an 8-week program that meets for 90 minutes a week. Music healing is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory, communication and spiritual needs. Past session activities include drumming workshops, sound baths, lyric analysis sessions, music for coping and relaxation, and song writing sessions.
This group meets for 2-hour sessions, once a week, over 8 weeks. Each session focuses on an integral approach: body, mind, thought, emotion, breath. Compared to Western yoga (likely the type you are familiar with), it's much gentler, and meditation and breathwork play a huge role. Trauma is stored in the body, and movement can be used to transfer the trauma out. Join us if you’re looking for gentle, movement-based healing or coping practices. The group will be based on movement and activities, but will also leave room for participants to stay on and talk after sessions end.
Creating art has proven to help decrease stress and anxiety. For these sessions, group members are guided in how to utilize different mediums to express their emotions and to relieve stress. Activities include variations of collaging, painting, and coloring.
Introductory level yoga sessions aid participants in connecting to their bodies, finding their strengths, and beginning the journey to forgiveness within themselves.
Drama exercises such as mask therapy, creating personal hero journeys, and positive affirmations aid participants to practice creating and understanding personal narratives.
Music and lyricism help process emotions and trauma through exercises such as collective songwriting, creating melodies, and analyzing song lyrics.
Participants are called to focus on the self and break down the emotional and physical reactions to triggers and trauma through exercises such as body scanning. Through practicing physical and emotional self-awareness, participants can practice connecting to their bodies and feeling comfortable with their emotions.
Body-based coping mechanisms are used to help with stress, anxiety, and depression such as self-touch or progressive muscle relaxation. These aid participants in being as truthful and authentic with themselves as possible through movement.
Through listening to and discussing poetry, participants are able to process and conceptualize trauma in original, meaningful ways.
By learning about the ways the parasympathetic nervous system works and being guided through different sounds in a sound bath, participants are able to reduce anxiety, stress and process past traumas.