Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Taking Care: Where Art Meets Wellness
Date: Last Sunday of the month
Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Virtually on ZOOM. Registration required.
AWE presents ZOOM art workshops to participants in support of their mental health and overall wellbeing. Hosted on the last Sunday of each month, AWE holds a safe creative space that brightens up the weekends of countless people in our community in a time where we need connection most of all. Each workshop begins with a well-being check-in, followed by a meditation, a slow-looking art exercise, and an art-making activity.
Sunday, October 29, 2023 on Zoom: Our Actions as Legacy, Resistance, and Selfless Service
“Helping each other, collaborating, and caring, has been the single most formative force in our species development.” – Tara Brach
We have an innate part of our brain that is wired for humans are wired for connection. When our brain is integrated, we are able to connect with reason, logic, presence, and wisdom. This brings forth a sense of safety and belonging. This can be hard to access when we witness something disturbing, and are thrown into survival states. We often enter into a trance of reactivity. Our world feels much smaller and begins to circle around our own insecurities and fears.
Mindfulness plays a much larger role than solely contributing to our wellness. It helps us to better understand our suffering and how to find our way out of it. Mindfulness stimulates integration of the brain. We have the capacity to maintain our sense of connectedness, and not get lost in the pain of the world.
Together, we will tune into what really matters to our heart, and how we can feel motivated to deepen our sense of connection. Practice embodying what is lacking in our world right now. Embody the change you wish to see in this world. Through creative expression, discover our sense of tenderness and kindness. Our everyday actions are an extension of our legacy, an offering to the world.
- Writing/Drawing Utensils (pencils, markers, pastels, etc.)
- Optional: Paint/Ink/Watercolour/Collage/Natural Objects,etc.
*If you do not have these items, no need to worry! We can work with whatever materials you have at home or are inclined to use!
- Workshops are FREE, open to everyone, and delivered virtually via ZOOM. Once registered, you will receive instructions on how to join the meeting.
- Live, automatic closed-captions are enabled during the workshop.
- Questions? Accessibility requirements? Please contact Sophie Hinch, Education and Public Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Facilitator: Ainslee Winter
Ainslee draws on 5 years of experience as an art therapist, community wellness program provider, and spiritual healer/teacher. Her ability to connect with her diverse clients helps support her holistic approach to wellness. Through her practice, Ainslee provides compassionate care to individuals and communities through creative expression. Ainslee hopes to continue to support self-discovery, connection, transformation, and inspiration with the continued efforts as she grows professionally. She believes it is through our self-growth process and commitment to healing, that we will begin to see ripples of growth throughout our community.