Archive for February, 2012

Sound Meditation 21st February 2012: Healing White Light
February 25, 2012

The first session for 2012

The five women arrive.

One is a meditation novice – brave woman!

As the meditation begins,  the women settle into their chairs and yoga mats.

Bringing our attention to our breath, we enter the meditation space –

Our minds focussed on the here and now

Allowing distracting thoughts to drift by.

With the inward breath, we breathe in calm, relaxation, peace

With the outward breath, we breathe out those things not needed right now.

We breathe in a healing, white light gradually allowing it to fill our bodies.

My heart expands, my chest alive with energy interacting with the vibrations of the healing bowls.

We expand the white light to encase our bodies and unite the group with the shared purpose of peace and healing.

Awareness gradually returns to our everyday waking state.

The woman suffering from a back injury comments ‘I was a block of ice when I arrived, now I am  water.’

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Making Art: Poems By Sandy Jeffs
February 19, 2012

This post features art I have made in response to poems by Sandy Jeffs.

Through her poetry, Sandy expresses her experiences as a woman living with the mental illness, schizophrenia.

I am desperate to purge this noise,

but the night encroaches

and I am lost to the voices in the dark.’

Excerpt from ‘Voices in the Dark’, Poems from the Madhouse

 ‘Here we sail away with the wind in our hair,

and as we are the Ship of  Fools, we embark

on a journey to all asylums through all the ages

where we meet with Fools and Jesters who show us the way.

Excerpt from ‘Asylum’, Poems from the Madhouse

‘And those eyes!

 Those glazed, crazed eyes

which stare 

and are unremitting.’

Excerpt from ‘Julian’ , Poems from the Madhouse

‘I wander bleary eyed

disbelieving the things I see

dragging in and out

of abandoned buildings’

Excerpt from ‘The Wanderer’, The Wings of Angels, A memoir of madness

‘and she is the untamed dark wood

haunted by spectres of cheerless souls.

She is a dank forest

abundant with clinging vines.’

Excerpt from ‘The Untamed Dark Wood’, The Wings of Angels, A memoir of madness

Art for Wellbeing 2012
February 3, 2012

In these workshops, the art comes from the connection we make with our inner world.

Learn how:

  • you can access your inner world through art and using your intuition.
  • art can enhance self understanding and expression.
  • art making has the potential to enhance your health and well being.

Explore themes relevant to our life’s journey and living an authentic life.

No previous art experience is required.

Bring protective clothing and for the one day workshops, lunch to share.

Art for Wellbeing workshops are being offered at:

The Basin Community House

Wednesdays: 10.00am – 4.00pm

7th to 28th March

Fee:$95 includes art materials

Ph: 9761 0209 to enrol.

Mountain District Learning Centre

Saturday: 10.00am  – 4.00pm

3rd of March

Fee: $65 includes art materials

Ph: 9758 7859 to enrol.

The venue for the workshop is the ‘studio’ located behind the Uniting Church in Ferntree Gully.

Enter the car park via Alma Ave. Ferntree Gully.

Emerald Community House

Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

19th of May

Fee: $70 includes art materials

Ph: 5968 3881 to enrol.

An art therapy approach is used in the workshops – the focus is on the process of making art.  The emphasis is on exploration and play rather than being technically proficient.

Participants are encouraged to:

  • approach the creative process with no judgement or preconceptions but to feel free to try new experiences and play freely with ideas.
  • trust the creative process, their intuition and instincts.
  • ignore their inner critic and their fears of  what others may think of their art.
  • set aside ideas of what is right or wrong in making art and to treat any perceived ‘mistakes’ as creative opportunities.

If you want to learn more about art therapy, check out Cathy Malchiodi’s website and blogs.

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss these workshops.