Have you ever experienced being so immersed in a creative activity that you’ve lost track of time? This happens because creative activities such as art-making, crafting, or gardening ease us into a state of mindfulness by enhancing our capacity for focus, concentration, inner peace, and calm. Regularly spending time in a mindful state has been shown to improve brain function, reduce stress and anxiety, help us sleep better, and promote a general sense of wellbeing. Alas, despite our best intentions, many of us struggle to prioritize time for our own self-care.
This 10-week program, comprised of weekly newsletters and Zoom sessions, explores the benefits of mindfulness and offers several creative mindfulness activities to help participants make it a regular habit.
In addition to a kit of creative materials provided by The Healing Garden, participants will need the following:
- Watercolor Paints & Brushes (watercolor paper is included in each participant’s kit)
- Access to a computer printer for some of the weekly materials
- Paper glue or glue stick
- Pencil and ruler
- Water container and paper towels
- Additionally, look around your home for the following: markers, colored pencils, magazines, stickers, new or old photographs, glitter glue, and other basic crafting supplies. Please don’t buy anything! We’ll use what is available to us!
***For participants who need watercolor supplies, there are a limited number of paint palettes and brushes available to borrow for this program. Please reach out to Kelly when registering.
A basic understanding of watercolors will be helpful. Reach out to Karen if you’d like a complimentary watercolor basics lesson prior to this workshop.
Thursdays, January 7 – March 11 (3:30 – 4:30 PM). Pre-Registration Required. We ask that registrants try to commit to the full 10 weeks.
All registered participants will receive an email when art supplies are available for pick up at The Healing Garden. (Mid-December)
About the Facilitator: A metastatic cancer survivor since 2011, Karen Arsenault has found the creative process invaluable in navigating the fear and uncertainty of the cancer journey. Through the many expressive arts workshops, she has attended, Karen developed a passion for watercolors and now gives back by facilitating workshops and donating her art in several forms to The Healing Garden.
This program is supported in part by generous funding from the Leominster, Lunenburg, Marlboro, Northborough, Sterling, and Sudbury Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
- March 11, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm