- July 30, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Jessica Lynn Shell
“Through involvement in the creative process we bring forth life, fashioning it, and ourselves, anew” (Art as Medicine, 120)
No art-making experience necessary. Program includes art supplies.
The circular form of the Mandala has held religious, creative and cultural significance for many centuries. Mandalas have been used across cultures in various forms for community celebrations, healing rituals, meditation practice and as a psychological and spiritual process for achieving personal insight. The mandala was an especially meaningful and well-known tool used by Carl Jung. He recognized its power in his clinical work with patients and used the sacred art form to access and explore unconscious symbolic material in his personal life, as seen in The Red Book.
In this experiential workshop, participants will engage in fun, playful and introspective art activities. After completing a mandala creation with use of varied materials and guidance, participants will process their experience through written reflection and group sharing. Participants will also learn ways to support an ongoing practice of working with mandalas to increase self-awareness, promote relaxation and develop artistic self- expression for personal use or in therapeutic work with clients.
About the Instructor
Jessica Lynn Shell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist and registered yoga teacher in IL and CA. Jessica strives to enrich lives by providing understanding, compassion, respect and individualized attention in a nurturing environment. Jessica promotes individual wellness through the use of expressive arts, cognitive-behavioral techniques, yoga and mindfulness practices to facilitate restoration and life satisfaction for children, adolescents and adults. She founded SageWillow.com to provide a holistic experience through therapeutic services — offering an array of opportunities that include individual counseling, group and family therapy, expressive art workshops, art parties and professional training. Her passion for the arts inspired the creation of JessicaLynnCreations.com, where Jessica shares her handcrafted designs — crochet, paintings, drawings, photography, apparel, crafts, décor and accessories.