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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 […]

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. […]

Cultivate your Unique Creative Voice

I have been writing more in my journal as well as in my art journal lately. Play is such an important part of self-care. When I came across the JP Spears video below I was reminded of just how important it is to cultivate one’s own creative voice.   When we step away from our […]

Adventures in Art Journaling

Well Spring is finally here in Toronto with warm weather, sunshine and spring showers.  Though I am outdoors more, I still turn to my art journaling as my main mode for inner solace. You may be wondering why I am such a big art journaling fan. It all started back even before I was training […]

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 […]

Reflections on Doodle Journey Part Two

  It has been amazing seeing all the different interpretations and expressions of the Doodle Journey course.  Once a year I offer this course free to those willing to take the time to explore through doodles, while setting judgement aside.  Because doodling is so process based, it is a simple and easy way to allow […]

Reflections on Doodle Journey Part One

Every year that I run Doodle Journey (and this is its fourth year) I am reminded of the power of simplicity.  We are coming up to the beginning of the third week of this year’s journey and still the doodle does not get boring for me.  Though I had hoped to post sooner about the […]