Seeds of Connection
Seeds of Connection
Seeds of Connection is a 6 week, closed group for women and femme folk of all genders. We meet online for a regular, weekly gathering with the same people. The group is limited in size so that we can really connect and get to know each other.
We use poetry, art journals, group sharing, tarot/oracle cards, ritual, writing prompts, and more to do some deliciously deep dives together. We explore connections to ourselves and our bodies, to each other and our community, to the greater world, to our own intuition and creativity, and to the Divine (however you define it). Additionally, we'll have a private Facebook group just for us where we can check in between our group meet-ups, and where I occasionally post videos to offer you additional fun ways to create and explore!
The goal of the group is simple: each participant will make and explore the connections that are important to them.
We use a structured group format with guidelines that help us all step into brave truth-telling and sharing our stories in an authentic way. No art experience is needed, the art we do together is much more about the process than the outcome. I believe we are all creative beings! Giving ourselves dedicated time and space to explore and give voice to our creativity is self-care and can lead us further toward healing and discovery of our own beautiful inner knowing.
In a world that can so often focus on what we are producing for others, I believe that setting aside time and intention for our own growth and healing is a revolutionary act. We break silence and isolation for others when we are willing to share parts of our healing journey, and we build community resilience when we do it together! Join us for a time of nourishing your own beautiful heart and listening to all that it wants to create!
What participants have to say about Seeds of Connection:
Is this an art class?
Nope. It's a self-exploration, creativity, tap-into-your-intuition, connect & build community "class". Honestly, it's not really a class at all, I typically use words like "workshop" and even that isn't quite accurate. The focus isn't on specific art techniques, but instead on the process. You probably will learn some artful tidbits and techniques, and it's likely that if you are an artist, that this may improve or deepen your work, but the focus is NOT on art technique or instruction.
Do I have to talk in the group? Do I have to share my art? I have social anxiety, groups make me nervous.
Nope. Nope. And cool.
Seriously, EVERY part of the spaces I create have a focus on consent and "opting in". If you don't want to talk, don't. If you don't want to show your art, you don't have to! If you are a ball of stressy mess just thinking about something like this, please know you are welcome as a stressy mess ball, and we will welcome you EXACTLY as you are. No judgment, no wishes that you were different. If you need to show up to group from a blanket fort with a kitty in your lap because it's been a rough day, COOL. I say often in my groups that ALL of you is welcome, COME AS YOU ARE, and I really, really mean it.
What kinds of supplies will I need?
The very basics are: some kind of journal/notebook/sketchbook, some arty/crafty supplies of *some* kind (colored pencils, markers, crayons, paint, stickers, WHATEVER you have! Grab the overflowing bin that the kids have and find some colorful goodies....those will work just fine!), and tarot/oracle cards (which are actually optional and not required) You will get more details and discussion on supplies once you're signed up and we're rolling, but I'd say if you've ever crafted ANYTHING or if you have kids, you probably have the bare minimum already. And if you have bins or a room FULL of art supplies? Great! You'll get a chance to try out lots of your stash.
What if I feel intimidated by the creative parts of this workshop? What if I don't consider myself an artist?
That's ok because this workshop is totally NOT about being an artist or being a certain level of creative. This group experience will use creativity as a tool for communicating and exploring in new and different ways. You do not ever have to show what you create to anyone, it can be just for you. Any creating we do is a part of a bigger process, NOT to try to create the next Mona Lisa. At one point, all of us were kids with crayons and we knew what to do. Whether you think of yourself as an "artist" or not, is irrelevant, we are all inherently creative. The biggest tool you'll bring if you choose to join us is your willingness to TRY and to be curious about what might happen if you do.
What if I can't make it to one of the scheduled groups? Will they be recorded?
The groups are NOT recorded. We do some really juicy sharing in our groups and the good stuff is in that live, group dynamic. It's not instruction based, so there isn't really anything to "catch up" on. We'll miss you, and you'll be able to check in via the Facebook group and bounce back in the next week, no problem.
Is this group therapy? What are the benefits of being in a group like this?
The groups that I facilitate are NOT "group therapy". I am not a clinical provider and do not provide diagnosis or treatment. These groups are considered Peer Support Groups and there are lots of benefits to participating in peer support! The research is clear that peer support is effective for supporting people through mental health challenges. Benefits of peer support may include: increased self-esteem and confidence, increased sense of control and ability for participants to create change in their lives, increased sense of hope and inspiration, increased engagement in self-care and wellness, increased social support and social functioning, decreased substance use and depression, decreased hospital admission rates and shortened stays for acute mental health crisis, and increased quality of life and life satisfaction. Participants should be managing their mental health needs with their clinical providers (like therapist, personal care doc, etc.) in addition to participating in groups. I have numerous resources to refer people to if they need care outside of the scope of what a group can provide.
I am currently offering groups based on a Pay What You Can philosophy. You can read more about how it works here.
Comparable groups seem to be in a range of $150-250 for a 6 week course, or about $25-50/week. I ask that participants pay a $25 deposit to hold their place in the group, and what is paid in addition to that is up to you. You can pay a lump sum up front or break it into weekly payments.
I prioritize scholarships for BIPOC and transgender identified folks. If this is you and the deposit doesn't work for you for any reason, please let me know and I will happily waive it, no information needed.
Upcoming Group Dates
DON'T WANT TO WAIT? Maybe none of these times work for you? Let's put a group together! Let me know if you think you can get at least 5 committed folks together and we'll have a look at my schedule. Who knows what magic we can make happen???