Wisdom of the Wild: Writing and Art Half-Day Retreat is an opportunity to access creative resources. In stressful times, connecting with the healing power of nature and of our own innate creativity becomes increasingly vital. Everyone is inherently both a writer and an artist; everyone can create art using both words and simple art materials. These creative activities can offer us a vehicle to better understand ourselves and each other, can empower us to find our voice and our vision, and can provide a transformative and healing experience. In this workshop, participants will engage in both expressive writing, art, and movement in response to prompts related to nature, and will explore their own innate creative wisdom through their stories and images.
No prior writing or art experience are necessary.
The workshop will consist of:
Participants will need:
Anne Hofland is a regular member of our open studio sessions, and discovered expressive writing as a tool on her own healing journey. She integrates extensive personal experience with the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, her skills as an educator, and her training as a facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective to provide an opportunity for participants to embark on an inner journey of exploration through writing. Anne has published travel articles, memoir pieces in three anthologies, and was a winner in the City of Toronto, My City, My Six story competition. Anne has taught Expressive Writing in person at Expressive Arts Florida, and has adapted her program to an online format during this time of physical distancing.
Tamara is co-founder and Core Faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Certificate Training Program and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE). She serves as REACE Co-Chair with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is a National Certified Counselor working as a registered mental health counselor intern in the state of Florida. Tamara applies knowledge of creative drama, dance, movement, and visual art to her work with children and adults. She facilitates using each of these processes in a non-threatening, spontaneous, and fun way that helps participants construct a new understanding of themselves and those around them. She primarily teaches in the certificate training program and works with counseling clients utilizing expressive arts to help clients access their own inner knowing to initiate healing and positive growth.