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3 weeks ago

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Art is very good for my health.
And yours! If you think you cant paint....collage! Find random words (or images) that touch your soul and make up a conversation between you and yourself. You may be surprised how deep and meaningful such a conversation can turn out to be; give you clarity in who you are; what your values and beliefs are. This activity takes you away from the outside world (where a lot is happening right now that you may not like) into the inner space of your being, a place of peace and tranquility. A moment of reflection. A moment of joy.
Post your collages in the comments so we can all enjoy each other! May you be well, may you be happy 😘
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Art is very good for my health. 
And yours! If you think you cant paint....collage! Find random words (or images) that touch your soul and make up a conversation between you and yourself. You may be surprised how deep and meaningful such a conversation can turn out to be; give you clarity in who you are; what your values and beliefs are. This activity takes you away from the outside world (where a lot is happening right now that you may not like) into the inner space of your being, a place of peace and tranquility. A moment of reflection. A moment of joy. 
Post your collages in the comments so we can all enjoy each other! May you be well, may you be happy 😘

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Je bent goed bezig Josephina Mayawa Beckers😘🥰👍 Liefs uit Eijsden H&H

2 months ago

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And then.... where in the inner and outer chaos do you find your place of peace?

At the Art and wellness program at the Queensland art gallery today exploring the concept of chaos with the group.
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And then.... where in the inner and outer chaos do you find your place of peace? 

At the Art and wellness program at the Queensland art gallery today exploring the concept of chaos with the group.

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It reminds me of Monet painting of his Water lilies series.

Beautiful 💞💞

3 months ago

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After 2 months of deep rest that I gifted to myself by breaking my left arm, I am feeling a different person.
The slowing down has created a new space for me to be.
A space from my heart that I intend to honour by being conscious of the energy with which I do things..... in my work, in my social life, in my family. I am more present, more aware, and I do not need to do so much anymore. Rather, being still with myself gives me a
full-filled life. There is a universe inside of me that is so awe inspiring that I am moved with gratitude. Quiet, full, yet spacious.
I feel.....Love
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After 2 months of deep rest that I gifted to myself by breaking my left arm, I am feeling a different person. 
The slowing down has created a new space for me to be. 
A space from my heart that I intend to honour by being conscious of the energy with which I do things..... in my work, in my social life, in my family. I am more present, more aware, and I do not need to do so much anymore. Rather, being still with myself gives me a 
full-filled life. There is a universe inside of me that is so awe inspiring that I am moved with gratitude. Quiet, full, yet spacious. 
I feel.....Love

4 months ago

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The physical world in which we live is a world of the senses. The senses are the language through which our soul communicates with our body and the world around us. Our felt sense never lies. Most artworks are expressions of a felt-sense.

Our senses are a pure communication of energy, not filtered by the mind that carries the burden of senseless thoughts and senseless acts of horror.

If only we would all feel the greater picture of life, our actions could be more aligned with the beauty of our soul.

You and I could make a start.
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5 months ago

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5 months ago

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Prayer leaves.
Every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon I work as an art therapist with people living with different stages of dementia in two nursing homes of Alzheimer’s Queensland.
This week I focused on bringing awareness about what is happening in Australia this week. The bushfires fuelled by the intense dry conditions and wind. Everyone around the table was aware of this happening.
I brought in a pile of dry leaves that I gathered in my neighbourhood.
The art direction was to use the leaves as a symbol and prayer. I mentioned how we use prayer in church to ask for something for someone. Everyone understood this concept. I explained that when we focus on an intention - like ‘bringing water to the land in the form of rain’ - while painting, this intentional prayer sends a message to the community and the land.

We talked about the meaning of the different colours. The colour blue could represent ‘water', the light green ’new growth, red and yellow ’the fire’. Everyone could chose a second colour next to the blue or more if they wanted.
I asked everyone to hold a prayer in mind for those affected by the bushfires while painting the leaves.
We thought of ‘rain’ songs to sing. And after singing ‘Raindrops keep falling on my head’ we sang ‘I’m singing in the rain’, which we thought was a wonderful song to sing to express our desire for rain.

I asked the participants what prayer they would want to send out to the people affected, or what word of encouragement, and one group came up with the following ‘poem’:

Title: Green Green Leaves of Home
(prayer by Colleen, June, Kay, Joan, Jennifer
in honour of those affected by the bushfires of November 2019)

Chin up
Hang in there mate
You inspire us with your sacrifice and help you give
God bless you
We appreciate you
it takes a lot of bravery
Thank you for your bravery
That your homes may be protected!

The leaves that we painted will be part of a greater project: an exhibition in the Bundaberg regional art gallery in May 2020. This exhibition wants to highlight the person beyond the Dementia.

We’re still pondering about a title for our Exhibition. I like this one:
Dementia- turning of the leaves.
“Fallen leaves on the ground are the golden song of immortal creativity.” Amit Ray.

I’ll keep you posted about this event.
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I should imagine the participants thoroughly enjoy your art therapy class. I know I would lol😍

This is so beautiful!

Prachtig 🍂🍁💙🧡💚

Beautiful Josephina 💙🌧💦🌱

5 months ago

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We started the art and wellness program yesterday at the Queensland Art gallery in the Shirley McNamara art exhibit. Shirley weaves vessels and other objects with the roots of the spinifex plant. She uses natural materials she finds on her land, feathers of emus and other birds. Her work represents patience, resilience, endurance and love for country.
The ochre colours of her work bring you in close contact with the land we live on.

This exhibit inspired me to ask the question: how do you weave your own essence into the fabric of this country Australia. Where do you feel home?

The participants of this workshop are all from different backgrounds. I shared my connection to this beautiful land and how I experience it in everyday life.

Everyone was asked to dig deep inside to find their roots.

The first art direction was to finger-paint with our non dominant hand with only a limited palette of red and yellow ochre and brown paint while focusing on our connection with Australia, covering the whole page in paint. After that everyone was free to weave themselves into the fabric of the land anyway they wanted through collage.

At the end I invited everyone to look at their creation and see the story within. As we finished our session with sharing our stories we were ‘weaving’ a strong connection between ourselves, each other and our country.

The next art and wellness program will be held on Saturday 23 November 2019.
#GOMA #artandwellness #arttherapy
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6 months ago

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Another exciting Art and Wellness workshop ahead of us on Saturday 26 October at QAGOMA.
As always it will give you an opportunity to relax and find ‘a-mind-full-of-peace’ in an inspiring and uplifting environment as well as sharing a meaningful morning with other people who love exploring life the creative way. For your health and wellbeing.

The last two workshops in this year are planned for Saturday 23 November and Saturday 14 December. In January and February 2020 we will offer also sessions on a Friday morning. Please go to the QAGOMA website to register ahead of time as each session allows a limited number of participants and are fully booked each time.
($16 for members of QAGOMA, $20 for non-members, includes workshop materials and tea/coffee).
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Another exciting Art and Wellness workshop ahead of us on Saturday 26 October at QAGOMA. 
As always it will give you an opportunity to relax and find ‘a-mind-full-of-peace’ in an inspiring and uplifting environment as well as sharing a meaningful morning with other people who love exploring life the creative way. For your health and wellbeing. 

The last two workshops in this year are planned for Saturday 23 November and Saturday 14 December. In January and February 2020 we will offer also sessions on a Friday morning. Please go to the QAGOMA website to register ahead of time as each session allows a limited number of participants and are fully booked each time. 
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7 months ago

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World Alzheimer’s day today.
Given it special attention at the Brisbane art gallery this morning by viewing 3 artworks accompanied with music and poems, followed by some creative art making.

It was lovely to have a grandmother, mother and little grand-daughter present as well as a husband and wife. A special outing for families dealing with the daily challenges that living with Alzheimer’s disease bring.

Once a month the art gallery Brisbane organises a free, guided art viewing tour followed by art making, (and morning tea at the café included) for people living with dementia and a carer or family member. If you are interested to attend please contact Debbie Brittain at QAGOMA.
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World Alzheimer’s day today. 
Given it special attention at the Brisbane art gallery this morning by viewing 3 artworks accompanied with music and poems, followed by some creative art making.

 It was lovely to have a grandmother, mother and little grand-daughter present as well as a husband and wife. A special outing for families dealing with the daily challenges that living with Alzheimer’s disease bring. 

Once a month the art gallery Brisbane organises a free, guided art viewing tour followed by art making, (and morning tea at the café included) for people living with dementia and a carer or family member. If you are interested to attend please contact Debbie Brittain at QAGOMA.

7 months ago

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Art and Wellness Workshop at QAGOMA, 31 August 2019

Stop thinking, start drawing. There are numerous proven benefits from doing art – such as enhanced creativity, fine motor skill development, and hand-eye coordination. But recent studies reveal that doing art (no matter what kind of art) also directly lowers stress levels in the human body.

At the monthly Art and Wellness Program at QAGOMA open for members and non-members of the Art Gallery we start each session with a guided mindfulness (or rather ‘mind-emptiness’) activity, with a specific focus each time. Returning participants are amazed by how different each session turns out to be.

Last Saturday we focused on the works in the Ben Quilty exhibition and worked with the emotive feeling evoked within each of us. The art directive this time suggested to create a self-portrait with the art materials provided (collage or painting).

Each person’s experience is a self-reflective individual journey without expectations and most importantly without judgement of self or others. It’s all about feeling free to create an image that is an expression of yourself in that given moment. The sharing of the experience within the group afterwards is a potent way to feeling empowered.

One lady, who felt so anxious before arrival that she almost didn’t show up, not knowing what to expect and without any previous art making experience was amazed by how peaceful she felt during the artmaking; her mind quieted down in a way she had never experienced before. The product of her artmaking also showed an aspect of herself that she had never considered or seen. Her experience of herself was a far cry from what she showed on paper (an expression of her subconscious self). The artmaking may help her to discover and connect to her hidden strengths.

The next Art and Wellness Workshops are 28 September, 26 October and 23 November 2019 – see QAGOMA website ($16 for members, $20 members’ guests, includes workshop materials and tea & coffee).
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9 months ago

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The next Art and Wellness workshop I facilitate at the Queensland Art Gallery is Saturday 27 August. We will be starting in front of one of the spectacular portraits of Ben Quilty at the GOMA before walking over to the members lounge at the Queensland art gallery for our own inner journey to painting (or collage) an emotional self portrait.
Mindfulness meditation, inner vision, self-expression and sharing.
Can’t think of a better way to spend my morning at the art gallery.
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The next Art and Wellness workshop I facilitate at the Queensland Art Gallery is Saturday 27 August. We will be starting in front of one of the spectacular portraits of Ben Quilty at the GOMA before walking over to the members lounge at the Queensland art gallery for our own inner journey to painting (or collage) an emotional self portrait. 
Mindfulness meditation, inner vision, self-expression and sharing. 
Can’t think of a better way to spend my morning at the art gallery.

10 months ago

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Saturday 22 June I am facilitating the third Art and Wellness workshop at QAGOMA. This time we will gather at the GOMA in the Margaret Olley exhibition space for a mindfulness meditation before heading to the seminar room to create and artwork with as focus :
‘self portrait in things: what “things” define me as a person. What do I identify with? What objects matter to me and tell a story about my person’.

The workshop is open to both members ($16) and non-members ($20). Places are limited.
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Saturday 22 June I am facilitating the third Art and Wellness workshop at QAGOMA. This time we will gather at the GOMA in the Margaret Olley exhibition space for a mindfulness meditation before heading to the seminar room to create and artwork with as focus :
‘self portrait in things: what “things” define me as a person. What do I identify with? What objects matter to me and tell a story about my person’. 

The workshop is open to both members ($16) and non-members ($20). Places are limited.
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