groups & workshops (please note: registrations will be confirmed when payment is made)
Focusing & Art Therapy
With Jo Kennedy from Focusing Australia
Friday 28th February 2020
10am to 4pm $320
facilitated by Robyn deVries
(AThR) & Jo Kennedy from Focusing Australia
RESOURCING, REGULATION & RESILIENCE
Focusing is a special way of paying attention to yourself, so that you sense the whole way you are feeling about situations or issues in your life. This is different from just having emotions or just getting in touch with feelings. Focusing involves having a different kind of relationship with emotions and feelings. It’s as if you are becoming your own good listener. The result is greater calm, wiser choices, and a deeper sense of connection to your own life and being.
This gentle 1 day workshop will guide you through focusing practice and art making to enhance both deep listening and expression, with the aim of tapping into your own resources and build resilience.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS SOLD OUT WORKSHOPS
"A big thank you to both of you ladies for a wonderful day on Saturday. The sessions were remarkably insightful and healing. I feel a sense of lightness in body and spirit that has eluded me since the trauma I experienced earlier this year.
I can’t thank the two of you enough.
With much gratitude," Susie Nov 2018
" It was really lovely and in such a beautiful setting too.
Both personally and professionally it helped me centre me more and take time.
...I have been trying to reconnect with my Creative Spark! Well I believe I touched and connected with that on Saturday.
So thank you to both of you." J May 2019
About the facilitators:
After a 25 year meditation practice I was deeply moved when I discovered Focusing. What I had been yearning for had been there all along; what the meditation teachers had been talking about was suddenly accessible. I was offered the missing link. Focusing is a profound form of deep listening, it has enriched my life, shown me how to build strength in my cancer recovery and given me access to an ongoing source of creativity and healing. Learning to listen into this deep, more bodily knowing has given me the gift of myself.
ROBYN DE VRIES (AThR)
Robyn co-founded the Melbourne Art Therapy Studio in 2005 and has been working in many and varied areas since, including Alcohol and Other Drugs Rehabilitation, Mental Health Services, Schools, Aged Care, Palliative Care, Community Education and lots more. She has a Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and Masters in Art Therapy and also in Public Art. She facilitated Art as Therapy tours at the National Gallery of Victoria for The School of Life. Robyn's own art practice includes video installations, sculpture, book making and whatever else she can get her hands on...
Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop
Saturday June 20th 2020
10am to 4pm $295
Facilitated by Robyn deVries
Join us for a day of making art and discovering more about art therapy. This workshop is suitable for anyone wanting to get to know themselves better through art making and group participation, or for anyone thinking of forging a career as an art therapist.
The Melbourne Art Therapy Studio’s Introduction to Art Therapy workshops can help answer the following questions:
What is Art Therapy, and what does an Art Therapist do?
How can it work for me?
How can it work for my clients? (see introduction for Health Professionals)
What if I think I'm no good at art?
Where and how is Art Therapy used?
What are some Art Therapy directives?
What difference do various art materials make?
How can working with metaphor help me get to know myself better?
How can I run art therapy groups?
Where can I study Art Therapy, and what about professional registration?
Workshop also includes:
A brief history and context of Art Therapy;
Case Presentation (Introduction to Art Therapy for Health Professionals);
Experiential Exercises (NO ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE REQUIRED)
Your questions about Art Therapy answered.
facilitated by Robyn deVries (AThR)
The Melbourne Art Therapy Studio can tailor a workshop to your
organization's requirements and invites you to the beautiful Abbotsford Convent, or can come out to your workplace.
5 week groups & 1 day workshops
Do you want the opportunity to join an art group that nurtures your creativity? Maybe you'd like to make changes in your life, or are recovering from an illness or event? Or, do you just want to spend the afternoon making art and getting to know and like yourself a little better with like minded people in a beautiful and inspirational space?
Art Therapy groups and workshops at the Melbourne Art Therapy Studio provide a safe space for you to explore themes that are important to you. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of art materials throughout the sessions to explore, play, discover and delight in the process. You don't have to share your experience with the group if you choose not to, but the opportunity to discuss ideas and thoughts with others is available.