Teaching the therapy journal day at the Wellness Centre

April 5, 2017

These days are my favourite.
Loads of work, but so very satisfying.
I love teaching the therapy journal at Inspire Health, my wellness centre.

I bring in old books, my own journals (plus my own therapy journal which I kept during a 2014 cancer journey), and I get to lead a workshop in my art therapy approach with other people in various stages of dealing with the battle. Everything I bring is there for everyone. The art in my own journals, my techniques, my images, all can be copied, photographed, traced, used for reference and remembered. Books for inspiration, bits of ephemera for collage, onion skin paper for copying, inks, felts, charcoals, gel pens, stabilos, mat medium…anything I can think of I bring.

I’m always so surprised and amazed that some say they’ve never drawn anything more complicated than a stick man!
The work that comes from the precious hearts of my students is so spectacular it always leaves me breathless.

This afternoon was just a beautiful time, with all of us sharing and singing and laughing and trying new art techniques.

Look at this beautiful self portrait my friend Helen painted in her journal, Look at those amazing words she highlighted all around her.

Here are some more of Helen’s pages. I can’t believe she never painted before the therapy journal came into her life.

And here is a beautiful page from my friend Shiva’s journal.

I love to teach here every month, and each time it’s different. Today an accidental double booking for this big room resulted in a 30 minute overlap and a choice: stop 15 minutes early for a Zumba class, or, share the space! That’s a choice? LOL.

Can you say Zumba art? So much fun!

Hooray, sun! An afternoon for much needed gardening.
A painting day...with dragons

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  • Reply tinyWOOLF April 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Magic! (Un)common magic!! Wonderful intention! n?
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  • Reply Gillian April 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    what a wonderful gift you have.

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn April 5, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I love that dance came into it! Magic spell making manifesting? X

  • Reply Laura April 6, 2017 at 3:50 am

    This is amazing! The journals are gorgeous!!

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks April 6, 2017 at 9:58 am

    OMG, such beautiful work from everyone!

  • Reply Mona AlvaradoFrazier April 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    A beautiful idea & equally beautiful journal pages.

  • Reply Susan April 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    The journals are inspirational and lovely. Bringing people together to share and express artistic creativity is a beautiful thing. Their work is so very expressive. How special that you have created this artistic experience for people..

  • Reply Shammy April 7, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I’ve suggested this to a friend who is currently in recovery, but she hasn’t taken me up on it yet.
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  • Reply Daryl April 10, 2017 at 6:56 am

    a gift beyond measure is what you bring to them … a true mitzvah

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm April 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    How much fun! Zumba and art .. woohoo. Gosh V, there are some really talented people in your classs … love their work! Wish I could paint ..
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  • Reply Catie May 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I love this so much Veronica. A few months ago I started volunteering as a nurse in the clinic at a long term recovery program. I since started doing art with the school age children and now I want to start a weekly art group with the women.
    I have been wracking my brain trying to think of a fun and non intimidating project we can work on every week. I think this will be it. You are always so inspirational. I would love to hear any tidbits that would help. I have to supply all the supplies as most of these women have been homeless and the home has no budget for extras like this.

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