HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

NOTES ABOUT WORKSHOPS

  • If you’d like a visual glimpse into what we get up to in my workshops please visit me on Instagram.
  • My workshops are for adults (not children). If you’d like to book a special family or other mixed-age group I’m happy to customize something for you, let’s chat!
  • You needn’t have ANY experience with art or art materials to participate (and benefit from) any of my workshops. 
  • Groups are small, usually 5-6 people (in-person) and 5-9 people (online) . They are also generous, warm, and supportive. They are easily among my favourite things.
  • In all of my workshops, our focus is on exploring different art materials in lots of different ways …and noticing how those different materials and processes make us feel. And while I am there for any technical assistance you may need, our goal is not to focus on technical skill…but instead on curiosity.

REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION

Workshop registrations are refundable within 3 days only …otherwise, they are transferrable so if you can’t make it, send a friend!

ALSO, I’m a reasonable person, if you find yourself unable to attend and the thought of losing your registration fee is at all debilitating, please get in touch with me.

PRIVATE GROUP BOOKINGS

All of my workshops are available for private group bookings!

Are you looking for opportunities to learn and experience different (and creative) ways to take care of yourself? …find pause? …stop multi-tasking for a sec? …explore ideas AND art materials? …share some time?  …make some art? …make a sweet sweet mess?

Maybe my existing dates don’t work for you, or you just want to gather a gaggle of pals or co-workers together for a fun couple of hours of something new!

I offer lots of different ongoing group workshops, and can also customize something special for your group.  

COVID-19 UPDATE

For the duration of this thing that we’re all in the midst of, my workshops will be offered via video/online ONLY.
I am currently using a video platform called Zoom, which is very easy to use and access.

UPCOMING DATES

Please see my ONLINE WORKSHOPS page for information about all upcoming online groups and workshops! 

=

GETTING UNSTUCK: AN ART THERAPY IMMERSIVE

This will be revisited once we’re able to meet in person again! 

=

POCKET PEBBLES (for Wet'suwet'en)

NEXT DATE TBA

All proceeds from this workshop will be going towards supporting the Wet’suwet’en and the Unist’ot’en Legal Fund. Punch cards will NOT be valid for this particular workshop date (as it is a fundraiser). AND I will not be offering any refunds for cancellations…. if you choose to not attend the workshop I will consider your registration fee a donation to this very important cause. Thank you in advance for your understanding! 

Wet’suwet’en Strong: Supporter Tool-kit: http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit/
Unist’ot’en Legal Fund: https://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate/

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

GETTING UNSTUCK: AN ART THERAPY IMMERSIVE

  • This intensive/immersive group art therapy series will take place over 4 consecutive days, 2 hours each day.
  • It’s important that you plan to be in attendance for all 4 days of the series. I do understand that life sometimes throws us curveballs …but my ask is that you please not register if you know in advance that any of the dates won’t work for you.
In this series we will be focusing in on practical ways that we can use art to begin to imagine healing ourselves. We’ll talk about and experience what it might be like …and feel like… to enlist our curiosities and imaginations in intentional and proactive ways. To make change in our lives. And to FEEL change in our lives.
 
We’ll work with a variety of different art materials and processes, within a group …sharing space and time.
STITCH, PAUSE, SLOW THE EFF DOWN

In this workshop we’ll be stitching with Magnolia leaves …working with ideas around anxiety, stillness, pause, noticing …sound, texture, colour, response. Ways that we can slow down, fold out and in, share space… and time, and some stitches.

CLAY, MUCKING & BEING IN OUR BODIES

In this workshop we’ll be working with clay ….but please do keep in mind that we won’t be creating pieces that will be fired or glazed. This will be specifically about mucking, squishing, feeling and experiencing the touch of clay.

We’ll play around with incorporating other materials in with our clay, and different ways that we can bend, shape and think about it as an art material. We’ll also be talking about how we can try to get out of our busy heads, and be more present in our bodies. How we can make space for a more embodied experience of sitting together, mucking about, and making a mess.

POCKET PEBBLES

In this workshop we’ll be creating textile pebbles that can fit in your hand (and your pocket!) …building in reminders of community, connection, sweet memos of support, and reminders of our own strength and fierceness.

All proceeds for my Feb 19 workshop date will be going towards supporting the Wet’suwet’en and the Unist’ot’en Legal Fund. Punch cards will NOT be valid for this particular workshop date (as it is a fundraiser). AND I will not be offering any refunds for cancellations…. if you choose to not attend the workshop I will consider your registration fee a donation to this very important cause. Thank you in advance for your understanding! 

Wet’suwet’en Strong: Supporter Tool-kit: http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit/
Unist’ot’en Legal Fund: https://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate/

PATCHWORK, VISIBLE MENDING & AUTONOMY

We will explore ideas around “visible mending” as a metaphor for considering our flaws, broken bits & wounds. Adorning our imperfections. Strengthening our understanding of our needs, and supporting (and reinforcing) our capacities to repair and connect …and find our voices. Patchwork as a feminist act.

INTRO TO ART THERAPY & CREATIVE PROCESS

This group will give participants an experiential introduction to the practice and theory of art therapy – and to an assortment of different art materials and ways of using them, both individually and collaboratively.

AGING CREATIVELY

PLEASE NOTE: This group is for self-identifying women, age 35+.
It is a space to discuss, consider and make art around our experiences of aging. And all of the sometimes unsettling, sometimes liberating, and sometimes curious parts of that.

MAYBE PROBABLY NOT A MOTHER

This workshop will combine both art-making and conversation group on the topic of choosing (or considering) NOT to become a mother.

Please note that this particular group is for those that are “pre-decision” …you may be waffling, or even with a heavy leaning towards “no” …but it’s still an option. For those who feel more connected with a solid no, or otherwise finding themselves more aligned with “post-decision”, and looking for support around what comes next …please see my NOT A MOTHER, NOW WHAT group.

I’m hoping to evolve this into a regular thing …with ongoing (drop-in) dates …for regular support, conversation, creative processing, and ongoing opportunities to meet other women who are also struggling with (or looking for support around) this sometimes VERY difficult, and always VERY big decision. 

Choosing to not have a child is a legitimate choice. And you may feel alone, but you’re not. 

Excerpt from Sheila Heti’s book Motherhood: 

“Some people try to imagine what it’s like to not have children – and they imagine themselves without children, instead of picturing a person they might never be. They project their own potential sadness over not having this experience on those who don’t want it at all. A person who can’t understand why someone doesn’t want children only has to locate their feelings for children, and imagine that desire directed somewhere else – to a life that is just as filled with hope, purpose, futurity and care.”

NOT A MOTHER, NOW WHAT...

This workshop will combine both art-making and conversation on the topic of NOT becoming a mother…whether by choice, or having found yourself unable to have a child (for any reason). Now what.

Please note that this particular group is for those that are “post-decision” …motherhood is no longer an option that you’re considering (or able to consider). For those who feel more connected with a “pre-decision” scenario, and are looking for support around grappling with that decision …please see my MAYBE PROBABLY NOT A MOTHER group.

I’m hoping to evolve this into a regular thing …with ongoing (drop-in) dates …for regular support, conversation, creative processing, and ongoing opportunities to meet other women who are also struggling with (or looking for support around) this sometimes VERY difficult, and always VERY big decision. 

Choosing to not have a child is a legitimate choice. And you may feel alone, but you’re not. 

Excerpt from Sheila Heti’s book Motherhood: 

“Some people try to imagine what it’s like to not have children – and they imagine themselves without children, instead of picturing a person they might never be. They project their own potential sadness over not having this experience on those who don’t want it at all. A person who can’t understand why someone doesn’t want children only has to locate their feelings for children, and imagine that desire directed somewhere else – to a life that is just as filled with hope, purpose, futurity and care.”

DILLY-DALLYING & MAP-MAKING

This workshop will combine meandering, foraging (squishing & smearing) in Stanley Park, with watercolour & stitching on a blanket at Second Beach …and watching the sun set!

We’ll talk about map-making and how we can expand our understanding of what that means – who makes them, what sort of information can be found in them, and who they’re for. And we’ll each work on creating a map of our walk and adventure together.

WALKING, FORAGING & WEAVING

We’ll start by wandering & foraging together in Stanley Park (in and around English Bay and Second Beach), and then we’ll gather with our found nature bits and other yarns and materials from my studio – and create our own weavings together, on the beach, while watching the sun set!

SEAWEED FORAGING & PRESSING

The seaweed pressing workshops are something that I host in my space, but are led by the lovely Dana Mulder (Instagram: @strawberryblondedana)!

Dana will start with a short talk about some of the different seaweed varieties, ecology, and tips around ethical collecting & harvesting. Then we’ll learn how to press and preserve the special varieties of seaweeds that she will be bringing back various island adventures! 

You will create 3 mounted pieces, made from a variety of beeaauutiful West Coast seaweed specimens of different shapes, colours & sizes! 

DROP-IN GROUP: CREATIVE PROCESS

For those interested in an ongoing group and implementing a regular creative practice (studio time!). This group will be running regularly, and can be attended on a drop-in basis (whenever works for you, no need to make it to every one!). We’ll be working with a wide assortment of materials (traditional and otherwise), processes, collaborations, and personal projects. We’ll start each group with something collaborative, and then shift into whatever personal project you would like to work on.

Materials are included, but you are of course welcome to bring anything additional that you want to work with as well. 

“Something that can’t be provided to us by someone else, by our cities or social structures or policies – is to be among other people. To be WITH other people, among them. Part of a community. That, you have to do yourself”.

– ZIGMUNT BAUMAN

JOIN MY MAILING LIST

If you’d like to receive information about upcoming art therapy workshops, and some occasional what-have-you’s …sign up for my mailing list!
I promise I won’t spam you, or share your information.

Grateful to be living and working on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.