On a chilly, wintery morning a couple of weeks ago, my friend Kate and I found our way down onto Kookaburra Street in Frankston and discovered Kindred Art Space.
We’d been invited down by the lovely Kez and with my background in Art Therapy and a keen interest in getting away from my kids, I jumped at the opportunity to dip my toe in the water (colours) again. Kez is a Transpersonal Art Therapist who has masterminded the Self Care Sundays workshops.
Want to skip the rest of this post and book yo’self in for a workshop? Visit Kindred Art Space here.
FYI: My friend and I were given complementary places in this workshop. All thoughts and terrible paintings are mine.
Some questions we pondered beforehand which you may be asking yourself too:
Is it weird?
No. It wasn’t weird at all. The meditation portion of the workshop was conducted in front of a beautiful fireplace and I felt very comfortable in the small group of participants.
Is Art Therapy in the Woo-Woo space or the psychotherapy space?
Definitely the latter. Yes, we did create art in a silent room for two hours but no one burnt incense or tried to show me an angel card.
What if I don’t paint a masterpiece?
Then you are a normal person. Art as therapy is all about the process and not the product. While creating, you can ask yourself a series of questions which will shape your creation. It has something to tell you!
The workshop itself was made up of an introductory activity, a meditation, 2 hours of painting, some reflection and then a sharing/debrief at the end. We also all participated in a short labyrinth mediation.
Kindred Art Space is warm and inviting with coffee and tea making facilities as well as a bathroom. There’s an open fire, plenty of art supplies to choose from and lots of on-site inspiration to get the creativity flowing. You don’t need an art experience to engage in these workshops; just turn up with yourself and an open mind.
I walked away from the workshop feeling like that fire of indwelling had been ignited again. It has been so long since I spent time reflecting on….well, anything really. For me, it really cemented the fact that I need to commit to doing something for my own development and health every single day. And that I need to be responsible for giving myself that (because sure as shit, my kids are not going to serve me up some me-time any time soon.)
The next Self Care Sunday session is on September the 24th. Contact Kez on 0450 253 990 for more details.