new workshop. Art for soothing & strengthening : MOURNING

I am delighted to announce a new workshop Art for soothing & strengthening : MOURNING, on Saturday 17 November 2018.

I am running the workshop in my studio in Highett for those who have experienced life-changing loss, and are mourning.  You may be grieving the death of a loved one and would like to explore your feelings through art.   Participants may want to create a piece that focusses on loss, however, you might like to create a piece that celebrates the things you remember, miss or enjoyed about your loved one. 

Death is one form of loss, yet we also experience many others throughout our life.  Endings, illness and change are others.  These feelings are hard to name and hard to express; what do we do with them?  Mourning them can take a long time.  You might feel a bit stuck in your loss and grief and would like to explore these in clay.

Participants in similar groups tell me that they appreciate being with others who share similar experiences.  They love that the focus is on creativity and art, and that don’t have to talk about what has brought them to the group, yet they know the others will understand them and their pain.

We will be working with clay for this workshop.   This wonderful material is  easy to mould and responds so beautifully to the touch of the maker’s hand.  There is something about it being earth that seems to make it particularly soothing.  I recall a participant who said that her feelings seemed to come out of her fingers and into the clay without her having to really think about them.   It just happened, she said, and the piece she made “was perfect”.

If you feel stuck in your feelings of grief and loss, I invite you to consider exploring them in this gentle and supported workshop.

Information is here : 2018 Mourning Saturday 17

Bookings are here TRYBOOKINGS.

Feel free to contact me if you have any queries.


images : A funeral for a friend.   Anne Riggs.