leaf mandala

Hi everyone! Apologies for the delay in writing. I have lots of ideas but not as much free time as I would like to sit down to write and photograph. I would rather blog less often and create interesting, quality posts for you guys than publish a half-hearted post every couple of days, so my ideas for new posts will eventually appear! ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently led my classmates through an activity which we all enjoyed doing. So I thought I would share it with you here! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can complete this task alone or alongside others. The inspiration for this activity is from the blog ย Creativity in Therapy, and the nature and meditative and mindful aspects of it really appeal to me.

You will need paper (I used A3, but A4 is fine too), a leaf (or leaves, it’s up to you really), a pencil or marker to draw the circle for the mandala as well as trace around the leaf, and art materials of your choice to colour the mandala in later.

Here’s mine from start to finish:

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I know it seems a bit messy – I had to fold it up and place inside one of my books to bring home from class.

Give it a go – it is a great way to spend an hour! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you try it, please show me a photo of what you have created in the comments below. ๐Ÿ™‚

where the sand meets the sea [images]

Some snaps from last weekend’s ACATA/ANZATA conference. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was held in Adelaide, South Australia.

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015
Click on image if you’d like a larger version to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

… I had a great time, learned a lot and met lovely people!

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

I am glad I attended; the experience helped me see that I am moving in the right direction for myself and I am lodging my application this week for a place in a Graduate Diploma course in Art Psychotherapy!

Wish me luck… ๐Ÿ™‚

spirit doll workshop

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spirit doll

spirit doll

I hope that you have all been having a great week. Here in South Australia, it is a long weekend – lucky for those not having to work the Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

On Saturday I attended a Spirit Doll Workshop, facilitated by an Adelaide based art therapist, Jackie, at Artwell Art Therapy. The purpose of the workshop was to create a doll, which acts like a personal guide for yourself.ย It is designed toย symbolise and contain the personal characteristics you are needing in your life right now.

I found the process very interesting. To me, it was like creating a visual representation of a written affirmation. Affirmations can be useful and powerful things as they encourage you to focus on what you DO want. I would not necessarily consider affirmations to be about “positive thinking” but rather about productive, helpful thinking. If you can get yourself into a productive mindset, it is easier for you to take and continue to take productive actions, and make productive choices, which leads to results. An article which provides useful information about affirmations and creating them can be found here.

Through the process of creating the doll, it is interesting to observe how you may start out with a particular idea in mind, yet it can turn out completely different. A bit like life I guess! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had expected that my doll would personify a coach, someone to encourage me to continue on the creative path. Instead, it turned out to be me! I have interpreted this as being a reflection of my higher self.

What do you think?

Have you ever attended a Spirit Doll Workshop, or tried something similar? I would love to hear about it! ๐Ÿ™‚