Art for Cancer Wellness: Oncology Healthcare Workers Group with Connie, Spring 2023
Workshop Title: Mapping the Terrain of Self-Care
Facilitator: Connie Zabokrtsky, MA, ATR-P
Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM ET
- February 9, 2023
- February 23, 2023
- March 9, 2023
- March 23, 2023
- April 6, 2023
- April 20, 2023
Workshop Overview: This group meets virtually every other Thursday throughout the spring in a compassionate space for healthcare providers to explore arts-based self-care practices and well-being. Imaginative map-making will serve as a metaphor for exploring aspects of self that may need our here-and-now attention. This is a conversational and experiential setting in which participants are invited to share their reflections of self-awareness, discovery, and empathy. No art experience is necessary!
- NOTE: Art materials are provided. However, casual scavenging of collage items such as newspaper, magazines, string, thread, fabric scrap, and throw-away found objects is encouraged for mixed-media experimentation is encouraged. No stress!
Week-by-Week Overview and Themes: While art-making content varies each session, we will follow a consistent practice of checking-in followed by guided breath/body work, introduction to the theme, art-making, reflective discussion, and closing thoughts. Suggestions for voluntary art-making practice between sessions will be available as best suits the group.
Week 1: My Mind Stream
Beginning with stream of consciousness notes-to-self followed by art-making with materials of choice, we’ll map the flow experience and the thought/feeling elements we want to revisit.
Week 2: Me and You
Working with collage images, found objects, or new drawings, we’ll explore identity and roles mapping how others may perceive us and how we may want to be seen or are feeling on the inside.
Week 3: Paths and Journeys
We will work with torn/cut paper to chart autobiographical layers of our individual stories.
Week 4: Self-Attunement Map
Using the physicality of art-making, participants will create a mixed-media map to personal well-being. We will conclude the session with reflections on artwork created throughout the series and consider alterations we might make to our maps.