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This week I finally got back onto my podcast and brought one of my favorite guided imagery exercises to you. I use this one often, both personally and professionally. Folks newer to meditation have really liked it since it provides a little structure to guide them in their practice. Enjoy!
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Summer is in full swing. I hope you are enjoying all it brings. Recently I was exploring around Mt. Hood with friends. If you ever have the chance to visit I encourage you. It is true splendor.
In this months edition I included an article about financial wellness and the work place by Mark Huffman as well as an article about your nighttime ritual by Jae Berman. As usual you will find an art journal prompt, but this month I also included a coupon code for 15% off any online registration in our studio.
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Recently in Oregon house bill 2432 passed, providing art therapists with a license. Hooray!!!
This has been an ongoing journey since before I was in graduate school back in 1998. With this momentous occurrence I have had others reach out looking for more supervision options. I have added an additional group one time per month starting in the fall for those art therapists who want to pursue their ATR and also the Oregon license.
Monthly ATR Supervision Groups
Are you pursuing an ATR with the ATCB and art therapy licensure in the state of Oregon?
Now that Oregon has passed House Bill 2432, art therapists will need to pursue these credentials to attain state licensure. Our studio has ATR supervision available in both individual and group formats. Unlike traditional therapists or counselors, art therapists are trained to understand the properties of art media and the reactions media may elicit during treatment in addition to psycho-therapeutic principals and methods. Participants will have time to discuss cases, make response art and work on their own professional wellness and development. This group is limited to practicing art therapists finished with their master's level clinical art therapy training and are working towards their national art therapy registration (ATR) and Oregon state licensure.
Saturdays from 9am-12pm and Thursdays below from 6-9pm dates on the website.
For more details or to set up a screening contact board certified art therapist Beth Ann Short MA, ATR-BC
Participants MUST be screened prior to attending group supervision.
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A happy belated Mother's Day to all the mom's out there. I had a lovely weekend with my family and ended up at the museum yesterday (one of my favorite places). This week we explore many facets including our vocational/occupational wellness. Even those of us who are lucky to find the vocation of our dreams still have to watch out for burn out, to preserve the longevity of it.
If you ever have a wellness tip you would like to share, email it to me! I would love to hear what is working for you and share it. It's an honor to be a part of your journey. CLICK HERE FOR THE CREATIVE WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Until next time, be kind to yourself.
Remember enjoy the process and let go of the product.
Life is process...life is art. :)
Creative Wellness News: Weather, Mental Health Awareness Month, the Science Behind Essential Oils and MORE!
I have always loved using essential oils in my home, in my life. In the past I was always drawn to lavender or smells that reminded me of the forest. In the last few years I found having a regular massage has made my physical health stronger. In my massages my wonderful therapist started using dōTERRA essential oils and I was hooked.
Recently I have found so many uses for these wonderful oils that I decided to become a wellness advocate myself. I have also found them useful when creating a comforting atmosphere in my office with my diffuser. I most recently got the emotions blends pictured above and they are incredible. I had a friend say, "oh, those are so magical." I understand why she would say that, because they are powerful... but I wouldn't say magical. There is pure science behind them, check out more details HERE.
I wanted to share the power of this science in nature and my wonderful friend Erica Kessler. This weeks podcast is an organic dialogue of us talking about the oils and the wellness and science they bring into so many facets of life. I hope you enjoy it and my delightful friend Erica.
I have always wondered about the therapeutic benefits of floating. I love water, but I am not talking about swimming. I am talking about floating in a float tub designed specifically for sensory deprivation. I have talked to some people I who have had reactions that they would never be interested in the idea...that they would feel claustrophobic. Recently I reached out to the Float Shoppe in NW Portland. They responded quickly and were excited to share information, let me interview them AND float! In this podcast I explored the many ways floating can impact the 8 dimensions of wellness AND after I floated processed my experience with Dylan and Sandra Calm the owners of the Float Shoppe.
From their website:
"Floating is a way to pause the hectic, saturated world and enter a state of deep mental and physical relaxation. By giving yourself a break from the endless input of sensory experiences, your mind has a chance to recharge, rest, and emerge to face the world with renewed perspective and energy. Otherwise known as floatation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) or sensory deprivation, floating is backed by research and offers immense potential for personal growth and healing. Whether you want a traditional enclosed tank or an open air, lidless experience, we have a float tank that’s perfect for you at The Float Shoppe."
It's true. They have many options for floating, so if you are worried about feeling closed in, there is an open air version they have created in a light and sound tight room. My tank had options for soothing light, tiny stars or complete darkness. I LOVED it. Listen to the podcast to hear about my experience and then take the plunge. As a clinician, I believe this would benefit many individuals. In my podcast, we explore the wide array of benefits and what got this couple into this business.
Dylan, Sandra and their super cute baby (see pictures below) have created an amazing wellness center including massage, acupuncture and counseling on-site in addition to the floating. Nestled on NW 23rd Ave, very close to my favorite massage therapist, the neighborhood is brimming with life and things to do. My personal experience with floating reinforced my meditation and mindfulness practice, and something Sandra said continues to resonate with me about wellness and creativity and the importance of noticing "the space in the moments in between." In our plugged in lifestyles we forget that space, filling it with lists...technology. My experience with floating reinforced the importance in my practice of mindfulness, being in my body and feeling grounded (or weightless in the tank). The salt/magnesium water makes it impossible to sink and I came out with super smooth skin. This practice continues to add to my own resiliency. I plan on trying it again, now that the veil of mystery behind it all has been lifted. I was excited to try another tank, but I think those stars are calling me.
The Float Shoppe
1515 NW 23rd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97210
503-719-4743 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This week I explore meditation, support systems and more. Check out this weeks Wellness Newsletter HERE.
I also am excited to announce we have extended our deadline for applicants and the Gender Expression Creative Summit.
This experience is open to anyone 14 or older. Limited to 25 participants.
No art experience necessary, although artists are welcome! All art materials will be provided.
This past weekend I launched a project I have been wanting to do ever since the previous AH:LE Caregivers (Artist/Humankind: Location/Earth) project a few years back. The Gender Expression Creative Summit is an opportunity for individuals to come together, make art, learn from each other, gain support...and so much more. Participants will explore the concept of roles in life that may have guided individual behaviors, rights and obligations through the social experience of social stature, community and expectations of others.
Anyone age 14 and older may apply to become a participant. The deadline is March 20th and the application can be accessed HERE. During the summit 25 individuals will embark upon the process exploring their own gender expression, while making art in our supported safe community space at the 100th Monkey Studio. Art created throughout the summit will become the traveling AH:LE Gender Summit Exhibition the show that will encompass the PROCESS of the amazing humans who participate. The goal of the summit and the ongoing show focuses to increase awareness and acceptance of all gender expressions, regardless of historical patterns of behavior, oppression and opposition. There is NO fee for participants. All materials are supplied in our open studio setting.
For questions, more details or to fill out the short application to participate visit our site HERE
This week I explored the idea of Halotherapy. I am still researching. More to come!
I also included an art journal prompt around light, a link to my most recent podcast with Mary Andrus and the link to a recent interview with Hillary Clinton by Laura Regensdorf.
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Life is art...
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