I can honestly say that working with groups is my favorite work. Using mindful embodied awareness, movement, and art supplies, the group creatively engages in collaboration, exploration & connection. Since the changes in the ability to offer in-person workshops, I adapted my in-person techniques to offerings via zoom.
Mindful embodied awareness: techniques are used to become more present and observant of one's mind, breath & physical sensations.
Movement: activities range from call and response movement, where participants share a gesture that represents something (how I am feeling, what my stress looks like, what my joy looks like, etc) to group sculptures, where the group organically creates a representation of a certain experience or concept (politics, privilege, identity, community, etc). Individuals are encouraged to trust that what they have to offer with a physical gesture or movement is an important gift to the group's understanding of itself, no matter how big or small.
Art Supplies: Participants are encouraged to play with the materials that are provided*: which could include different types of paper, collage material, found objects, chalk & oil pastels, watercolor paints, crayons, markers, air-dry clay etc. Often there is a directive given to the group that is related to the intentions of the group offering (self-care / stress, interpersonal dynamics, a recent conflict, agency bias, etc). For example, the directive may ask each individual to represent all of the resources that support their strengths inside of a circle. Outside of the circle they may be asked to depict the stressors that effect their lives. It is always shared that the intention of the art exercise is to create symbols, which could be a deep stroke of purple representing a person's spiritual practice, or a dark grey box representing feeling trapped, for example.
*There are many considerations when deciding upon what materials to use in a workshop: access, travel, familiarity, and time. I am open to requests, discussion, and co-creation!
Digital Apps: Depending on the size of the group, we may use different online digital apps to increase group access and sharing of images, thoughts, and experiences. Access to a computer, the ability to have multiple tabs open at a time, and a webcam is necessary for online group workshops via Zoom.
Film of an experiential workshop offered in August of 2017.
We explored the concepts of self regulation & self awareness: "using play, breath, art, action methods and process to explore the lines, curves, and overlap between our personal professional selves."