This is an exciting group of workshops to help heal and develop either specific areas by choosing a single workshop, or do a number of classes and really clean house. Develop confidence while kicking anxiety to the kerb or focus on creating a vision of a possible future. Join Dorothy to explore those wonderful funky spaces between your ears and use them to find the fabulous you. Journaling is not all about what you don’t like or enjoy, it can be a way of encouraging joyfulness when life is going okay, this is a great way to relieve stress on a regular basis when life gets busy, and it is also a great skill to teach your kids. For all that you don’t need to be an artist, all you need is a few tools and then let your mind rule your hand.
The difference between art therapy and colouring is the word ‘expression’. In art journaling you are expressing, using a pre-formatted colouring book is relaxing, but not necessarily healing. Colouring alone is a great way to de-stress and with lowering the heart rate, art therapy does that and more. Dr. Joel Pearson, a neuro-scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, presented an explanation for the therapeutic effect: “Concentrating on colouring an image may facilitate the replacement of negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones.” I can add that distraction and focusing on something that, while it includes how you feel, creates a distance between feelings and focus.
The Science: A case study from a 2004 report described a 79-year old woman who got pain relief after undergoing art therapy in which she created a painting representing her pain as a ‘pain monster’ and the defeat of the monster. Three other studies reported chronic pain sufferers getting temporary pain relief through art therapy, as they were distracted from their pain while creating the artwork. A model of chronic pain as a changeable phenomenon of consciousness which depends on subjective perception, communication and coping is the basis for understanding art therapy. The conceptual framework of art therapy offers various explanations for the integration of these forms of therapy in complementary, supportive pain management programs: (1) enhancing the activity level and creative capacity as a healing source; (2) stimulation of positive emotional experience; (3) experiencing social communication and interaction; (4) facilitating projective coping; (5) stimulation of imaginative experience and awareness; (6) promotion of suggestive elements. Anecdotal experience indicates that there could be a broad field for the use of art therapy in pain management programs
This is exactly what Art Journaling does, add a targeted core issue and you can’t help but get ahead of the game in a pleasant and inspiring way. Many of my art therapy clients have not just followed a program of healing with art, but become avid journalists, finding that it brings them to a point of balance on a regular basis. Lets face it, not everyone wants to meditate, but the effects are the same, imagery has an emotive response and if it makes you feel better, you are on the right track. The beautiful thing about Art Therapy, and Journaling, is that you can do it any time you get a build up of emotions, negative thoughts, self doubt or even hatred, and you will find yourself transformed into a calm and positive being without pushing these feelings under to resurface as anger or damaging behaviours. One thing hypnosis and pretty much all areas of therapy try hard to accomplish is made super easy with Art Journaling, detachment. Do any single workshop, group of workshops, or do them all @$20 per workshop, they can be viewed via computer or smartphone all you need is your google account to sign in.
Beginning on March 20th these live workshops will be recorded to fit in with your schedule if you can’t make it to a live class: 1 1/2 hours each 8pm EST , 9pm Atlantic, 2pm NZT, noon AEST, 8am UK Mondays northern hemisphere, Tuesdays Aus/NZ
- Art Journaling: Release Negative Thinking
- Art Journaling: Listen to your heart
- Art Journaling: Healing emotional/physical pain
- Art Journaling: Healing Anxiety
- Art Journaling: Healing the soul
- Art Journaling: Healing shame
- Art Journaling: Your confident self
- Art Journaling: Find your assertive self
- Art Journaling: Soul Expression
- Art Journaling: Transformation Mask
What you need: all supplies can be found at cheapie stores, stationers or rob your kids
- a sketch pad or journal
- magazines/pictures/newspapers/prints: any or all of these
- craft glue
- paint brushes/felts/crayons/colour pencils/ pencils/pens/ink: any or all of these
- craft stamps
- any items that turn you on from your local craft store or cheapie shop
- photos of you that you love (find one or print it off)
- photos of friends and loved ones