by Alyson Hazlewood
Last week’s creative workshop with life coach Tom van den Beemd was centred around the theme of ‘Your Life Path’. The brief was to create an art installation using masking tape, pens and pastels, and any other materials we could find in the gardens to illustrate a vision of our life’s path, past, present and future, all set to a soundtrack of emotive and inspiring music. Tom’s creative workshops are always well attended, perhaps because the residents all appreciate the opportunity to get ‘out of the mind’ and into a more intuitive, creative internal process.
Two wonderful aspects of art therapy are the sense of immersion and absorption (sometimes known as ‘flow’) that one feels during the experience of creating, and the way that the process can provide a bridge between one’s inner thoughts and feelings and communication with others. Some find it difficult to talk directly about themselves and the art work helps to open up communication and increase self awareness. The art works can sometimes be abstract and messy, like some emotions. There is no right or wrong way to create and this kind of self expression can offer direct relief from feelings that could be overwhelming if left unexpressed.
Here are a few examples from the workshop with kind permission from the participants.
Aly Hazlewood is a Writer, Beauty Editor and Make Up Artist from London, currently exploring new ways of living and being. She blogs at http://www.