I can honestly say that working with groups is my favorite work. Using mindful awareness, movement, and art supplies, the group creatively engages in collaboration, exploration & connection.
Mindful 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*: chalk & oil pastels, watercolor paints, crayons, and markers. 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, 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.
*The materials mentioned are the ones that will be brought to groups who are unfamiliar with this process. For day long workshops, or workshops that are recurrent other materials and directives may be explored as will be discussed.
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."