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Art Retreat

What happens when you bring three art therapist friends together at the cottage on a warm and beautiful weekend? Contemplative outdoor art of course!  A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be at a cottage with my 2 dear friends and colleagues who are also art therapists.  We had thankfully planned this getaway […]

Creating Happiness

This weekend I had a  little getaway with some friends.  Every year a group of us gather to adventure around different spots in Ontario on our bikes. This time we stayed at someone’s cottage near Georgian Bay.  It was lovely to be out in nature though the first day there was still a chill in […]

Discovery Through Art Process

Over the years I have dabbled in this and that when it comes to implementing art-making for my own creative self-care practice.  I love to be able to try new modes of expression, pushing my creative edge and make new discoveries about myself.  What I notice is that there is always a lesson in the […]

Creating Joy

This time of year can be daunting for many. Surrounded by invitations to find joy through consumerism. Giving, getting and satisfaction outside of ourselves can often become the focus, even when we do not want it to be.  The arbitrary year-end sometimes is also a factor that contributes to a year in review, followed by […]

Honoring Your Strengths Through Art

  The other week I had the honor of being invited to facilitate a creative self-care workshop as part of a Day Away retreat for the Prevention Staff at Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH).  In the morning they focused on their individual strengths, similarities and differences within their smaller and larger teams. […]

The Space to Create: Decluttering and Creativity

For the month of August I have been off work: no clinical work, no teaching and no workshops. Every August I take the month to rejuvenate and spend time with family. I get to spend more time in the garden, riding my bike and creating.     This time, much of my creative energy has […]

Deep Painting

Last weekend I had the pleasure of facilitating another Painting With Your Muse intuitive painting workshop here in Toronto. Each time its a new experience for me as I shift the format with lessons learned in between these workshops.  I’m forever a student, taking in new information and layering it, weaving it into each workshop […]

Mindful Clay

This past week I went to a mindful clay workshop called Reclaiming Your Centre: Breath, Movement, Presence  at the Gardiner Museum’s Community Clay Studio in Toronto, which I pre-registered for in November 2017!  This workshop was highly anticipated by me as it was facilitated by a dear colleague and bright  beacon in the Toronto art therapy community, […]

Arts Based Super Vision

Last weekend I went to a wonderful workshop sponsored by the Ontario Art Therapy Association (OATA) on Arts-based and Positive Supervision. It was a workshop designed for supervisors but open to all including students and supervisees. Aside from the sharing of pertinent information around supervision issues, we explored our character strengths as supervisors and supervisees […]

Creativity, Vulnerability and Reflection

Here we are in 2018, a new year, a new day, a new outlook, if you choose. The New Year celebrations to me are about reminding ourselves that there is always a new opportunity to start fresh, everyday, every hour, every minute, every second of our lives. We just need to take it. We do […]