Mindfulness & Holistic Creative Circle

For many mindfulness, meditation and creative pursuits have been discovered or re-ignited whilst in stay-in lockdowns. As we step out again and learn to navigate a new world, continuing down the Mindfulness path and taking the next steps to work on learning how to ‘switch off, unwind, restore and rebalance’ through some restorative creative outlets is going to be paramount as part of a regular self-care routine and practice.

In recent challenging times in which we find ourselves living in, we are seeing a need to return to more community focused gatherings (many have been virtual) as a means of supporting and uplifting on a local and global scale. Stress levels, isolation, financial loss, social unrest and decreasing mental health and wellbeing are just some of the problems being faced by so many.

This short course has been designed to take participants further along (or for some introduce to) their journey of learning how to practice day to day easy Mindfulness & Meditation, to help “centre” and “de-stress” and also connect creatively with their authentic inner-self in the process. Providing special time for YOU the participant.

What is The Circle?:

Community Circles have existed in many cultures for centuries, to bring together members of the tribe in a safe space to connect, support, bond and socialise with one another. Over time these practices and traditions have become lost in our new world of social order and the urban chaos of modern living.

This 6 week program seeks to promote The Circle concept as a safe, inclusive and supportive, non-judgemental space that facilitates nurturing and wellbeing for participants to come together to experience, learn and practice a range of Mindful, creative strategies and tools to use in their daily life.

Building on the learnings participants may already have from previous experience, however, it does not require any prerequisites and welcomes new beginners, whilst providing even more practical hands-on learning activities and practices.

Mel (facilitator) seeks to promote more opportunity for free-flow of expression and the ability to connect with your inner-self, using simple mindfulness relaxation techniques and easy self-care tips and to make it colourful and creative as you explore your authentic inner-self in a series of art as therapy activities.

Holistic Creative Arts Therapies & Practices:

Integrated multimodal creative arts (“expressive”)* therapy approaches have been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, improve over all health and wellbeing, self-awareness and confidence, problem solving ability and fostering a positive outlook on life.

  • combining a range of expressive creative-arts therapies such as; music/song, art, movement, narrative (story telling) & creative journalling

Program Outline:

Each circle group is unique and will have different dynamics and insights to takeaway. It is an experiential thing and there are so many benefits to enjoy:

  • Coming together in a shared safe space for a regular period of time to share, learn and grow-gather knowledge, confidence and belief in self and become the best possible version of you!
  • Opportunity for some real time for you and to allow you time to unplug, unwind and enjoy socialising as part of your self-care routine, focusing on your health and wellbeing and hopefully feel more contented and happier.
  • Each session will be structured and designed to explore a range of different Mindfulness/ Meditation practices and self-care such as:
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation, the cycle of mindfulness, meditating on the run- practice quick and easy techniques for everyday use.* Learn simple relaxation breathing and guided visualisations
  • Focus is on the process of mindful creative expression, and may include; drawing, doodling, painting and reflecting/creative journalling, body movement.

Prerequisite: No prior knowledge or experience in mindfulness, meditation or creative arts is necessary.

Duration: 6x 2.25 hour workshop

Materials:

Most of the materials & supporting information required will be supplied, however, you will be asked to bring along additional materials by the Tutor.

Participants are welcome to bring their own:

  • Yoga Mat or towel, water and snack
  • Wear comfortable loose apparel (a layering piece if in an air conned room)
  • A4 Visual Diary for notes and activities. All participants will be contacted by the Tutor prior to the workshop.

About the Tutor:

Melissa (Mel) Martin is a local contemporary Artist, Art therapist and a Champion of Change, who is passionate about enabling one’s inner ability to create, through artistic expression, seeking to inspire and promote wellbeing through an artistic journey of healing and personal growth. Mel has taken her interests and training in People and Organisational Psychology, Art Therapy and Holistic Creative Arts Therapies to a new level of experiencing self-awareness.

Mel facilitates local art classes/workshops in the community and privately, where she explores with small groups their true selves and the potential they have and the fear that is holding them back, and offers practical tools to support and promote self-care and wellbeing on a holistic basis. Mel’s Art of Zen is Mel’s business entity located here in the Shire.

Qualifications: Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy (HICAT) - MB Dip. Art Therapy - HH Dip (A.Th)
Organisational Change Management - Grad Dip CSU Human Resource Management- Sydney Uni BSc Psych (major) - UNSW

Affiliated Member: International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) International Meditation Teachers & Therapists Association (IMTTA)

Working With Children & Aged Care Approved.

$189 Limited inc GST
Mindfulness & Holistic Creative Circle

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