Over the weekend I ran an art therapy workshop for the Planetary Healing Artist’s Association on the theme of “Healing the Self”. This follows on from last year’s theme of “Healing the Family”.
Using the tree as a metaphor for self we explored what nourishes us (the roots), how we are in the world (the trunk) and what we aspire or reach for (the branches/leaves). Then with our forest of trees we created one collaborative tree. We considered what fruits each of us brings to the matrix of community.
You can see more images, including the group artwork here
The Global Solstice Healing Day was a great success, with many different faiths and groups represented. The theme was “Healing the Family” which was a timely reflection coming so shortly after the Lindt Cafe tragedy. What struck me most as we sat on this warm Summer afternoon, was hearing directly from the speakers how each spiritual faith holds dear the values of love and compassion for all of the human family, even those who have strayed far from the path of what it means to be a decent and good human being.It was a very healing moment in what had been a harrowing week. The language, the rituals , the cultural accouterments may differ but the heart essence remains the same
Channel 7 news were there and interviewed some of the speakers and recorded footage of the release of the doves as a symbol of universal peace.
See the link below.
Read all about our celebration of the Summer Solstice here in Melbourne:
The group exhibition titled Healing the Bay, aimed to inspire concern for the health of Port Phillip Bay by raising awareness of the pressures impacting the bay, celebrate the beauty and cultural significance of the water and provide reflections on what might need to to be done to heal or preserve this environment.
The doll I created called “Healing Bay Spirit” was inspired by a tree on the foreshore of my local beach where I walk each morning. The tree is heavily bent and weathered with a enigmatic posture expressing both agony and ecstasy. I feel she is witness to the degradation of her beautiful bay, but also sees the joy it brings to so many.
Healing Bay Spirit dances prayerfully. She is both old and wise, young and playful. Her prayer is that all who inhabit our bay and environment will care enough to look deeply and listen intently, and will be inspired to give with respect and nurturance.