Creative Expression Healing Arts
Due to COVID-19 these classes will meet ONLINE using Zoom. Please register for these classes HERE
Art for Self-Care with Start from the Heart
Nancy Bindig, founder of Start From the Heart: Art for Self-Care introduces you to methods of self-expression that let you shift from thinking about cancer to feeling and communicating who you are - with and without cancer - in nonverbal ways. She holds monthly classes that range from doodling your emotions to weaving as a meditation and working with art paper to create new art in the form of collages or cards. Some of the benefits from making art or engaging with art include:
Finding stress relief and relaxation
Developing a language for things that have no words
Expressing yourself - from joy to sorrow
Engaging your mind by learning a new skill
Creating a habit of doing something healthy for yourself on a regular basis
Releasing negative thoughts and feelings
No experience with art or drawing is needed for any of her classes.
A note from your facilitator:
I initially intended to offer my Start from the Heart: Art for Self-Care programs live in-person for Complementary Cancer Care. However, with the onset of COVID-19, this past year I've enjoyed teaching a 6-week series and two more monthly art lessons with some of you, all online. Since then, I’ve taken a short break to regroup. I’ve been making plans for new ways to deliver art classes online, until it is safer to meet again in person. I believe, now more than ever, the simple act of making art can help us get through rough times. By engaging with art, we stretch our creative muscles and can become stronger in the face of adversity.
During this time when the challenges of living with COVID may be combined with a current health crisis or chronic condition, remember that art is another tool that you can use in your self-care regimen. Please consider using art to help you in your daily walk. Even if you are not a maker, this can be accomplished by simple acts such as laying down to relax while listening to soothing music or writing down your thoughts in a journal.
~Nancy Bindig, BS, Art Education
Expressive Writing Group: Write for Your Life!
Whatever your skill or comfort level, everyone has the capacity to write creatively and joyfully. Increased comfort with writing in any form of self-expression has been demonstrated to facilitate healing. In this Expressive Writing Group there will be no need for writing skills, no evaluation, no criticism. During most sessions, group members will participate in free-thinking writing exercises to simply write however their creative mind engages them, upon being given a writing prompt, and then encouraged to share--or not--as they wish. Other sessions will include short writing exercises, meditation, games and fun. The act of writing will serve as an empowering form of self-expression and the opportunity to share proves to be a catalyst for peer bonding and personal healing. This group is available to anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis, regardless of when or what type, as well as caregivers. Our group will meet bi-monthly, except for the months of July and December.
Look for next series beginning in the 2021
“Participating in the writing group was superb. Our facilitator led a diverse group of non-writers into creative writing and [fostered] soulful connections with class members.”
“Since attending this group, I’ve brought writing back into my self care routine. Thank you for providing the thought-provoking prompts and a safe space to connect as we faced that early [COVID-19] quarantine period!”