"Art Flowing Life" - 30 Days of Intentional Art Wellness Practice A video course of fun, easy exercises to initiate your creative, healing practice.
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I believe making art can be a wellness practice just like other self-care habits such as receiving bodywork, yoga, exercise and nutrition. It encourages a beneficial life force energy flow.
Making art enhances well being by tapping into primal, creative energy. It is how modern homosapians evolved;
"Prehistoric art and architecture connected the earthly with the spiritual, established social power hierarchies, and perhaps helped people learn and remember information about the natural world that was critical for their survival. This art represents one of the fundamental elements of our development as a human species. Indeed, it is the cognitive capability to create and recognize symbols and imagery that sets us as modern humans apart from all our predecessors and from all our contemporary animal relatives. We are defined as a species by our abilities to make and understand art."
-Stokstad,Cothren, Art History Vol 1 5th Ed.
An intentional art practice can have many health benefits; It can help to flow loving intention to all areas of your life. It can also help to heal trauma, relieve stress, give a sense of purpose, create a feeling of connection, explore spirituality, invite playfulness, experimentation, discovery and nourish the inner child. If you have felt stuck in some area of your life, it can help you release mental and emotional blocks.
By practicing the art of intentional, holistic creating, on a regular basis, you can shift those blocks.
Studies are showing how art making and cultural engagement is beneficial for recovery and overcoming mental health challenges.
For many years I have explored a variety of creative endeavors including tattooing, jewelry making, clothing design, printmaking, illustration, coloring books. painting, ceramics, sculpture, collaging, digital new media and photography, modeling, web and graphic design, holistic arts board game development.
My passions include art in all forms as well as helping people to feel better through therapeutic touch and massaging a positive mindset.
I love to travel and visit/live in places that inspire my art, healing and spiritual practice in someway.
The Journey I spent my childhood growing up in a military camp in Berlin, Germany. My teenage years in the UK encouraged my art practice to become a refuge and a constant practice in my life. At 21 I moved to Connecticut, and was called to go to massage school. It was a very enriching experience and I am grateful to still offer this craft. My growing interest in healing and spirituality lead me to spend several years in Sedona, AZ, and a year in Tulum, Mexico. During this period I learned to tattoo, and created a holistic wellness board game. I was also fortunate to experience the seeding of a holistic healing retreat called Page Springs Sanctuary.
I arrived in California in 2012 interested to learn more about herbal medicine and to be by the ocean again. I also started doing craft shows selling my abalone jewelry and painted clothing. I decided to go back to school and learn about digital art making and web design in Berkeley.
In 2017, after a couple of bumpy years of injury, loss, grief, depression, the housing crisis, the traffic... I decided to leave the Bay Area and move to the remote and beautiful Mendocino coast in Northern California.
My focus ever since has been to cultivate my art wellness practice with a goal of teaching. I have also been exploring ceramic sculpture as a therapeutic craft along with new media and printmaking to express the connection I feel with the redwood forest and my growing interest in environmental studies.
My personal wellness practice includes; forest bathing, beach combing, meditation, listening to spiritual teachers, meditation, yoga inspired stretching, dancing, giving and receiving body work, art making, medicine making, cooking, gardening,