By Suzanne Valois
Happy New Year and welcome to the “Art of Being Human” (www.theartofbeinghuman.ca).
Some of you have been wondering and waiting to find out what I’ve been up to since ‘departing’ from the National Gallery of Canada over a year ago. After a lot of reflection (and hard work!) I’m proud to launch the Art of Being Human.
The idea to a large extent came out of my work at the National Gallery of Canada where it was confirmed for me over the nine years that I worked there, teaching people of all ages and disabilities, that the act of creating was good for people. Good for their mental and emotional selves.
That if they could be shown how to embrace their creations, learn from the insights that they provide and wonder at their own uniqueness they could begin to use their creative expression not solely as an ‘art activity’ but as a vehicle for developing and maintaining wellness within themselves.
Like yoga and meditation, creative expression is now being recognized by the medical community and by complimentary alternative medicine as a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Used a a tool for self discovery, managing stress, gaining new insights and perspectives, it can be applied to every aspect of your life as it involves becoming more conscious of where you are at and what you are bringing into your life.
I’ve embraced this new approach to teaching creative expression combining it with my training in Reiki and meditation with Deepak Chopra as well as training in Lightwork and Spiritpainting.
From my studio I now offer classes and workshops with a gentle, lighthearted and compassionate approach guiding and coaching participants through the art making process while fostering a meditative environment.
The New Beginnings class is the best one to try for those who may have always wanted to try art making but didn’t know where to start or simply want to try this new approach to creative expression to experience it’s insights, and health benefits.
For more information on workshop content, schedules and location check out
my interactive website www.theartofbeinghuman.ca
(note: human butterfly crop circle image comes from here: http://psychedelicadventure.blogspot.com/2009/09/human-butterfly-biggest-crop-circle.html)