Healing Power of Art sessions to start in February

Michelle Benjamin

Executive Director Gabriola Arts Council

Tuesday, January 19 2016

Two new sessions in the Gabriola Arts Council’s Healing Power of Art program start in February. 

Living with Cancer: A Creative Support Group is facilitated by Art Therapists Jaki Deer and Liz McKnight. The cancer journey can be frightening and lonely. Others may not understand what you are going through or the long-term impact of your experiences. This program provides a safe space to share stories while reducing fear and isolation, and having fun expressing yourself.

A previous participant said: “It was a very beneficial experience for me … The atmosphere was always supportive. The art expression was varied: paint, collage, clay modeling, and even communicating with sound … At the end of each gathering, there was a beautiful feeling, hard to define, but very positive.”

This session begins Sunday, February 7 and runs for 8 weeks. For more information or to register, contact Liz at articuleyes@mac.com or 250-713-8857.

Intentional Aging: Exploring the Path from Senior to Elder program is for anyone interested in exploring the experience of aging, and how we make sense of our role as elders in the community. This group will consider questions related to aging, death, and dying; creating legacy; and what it mean to be an elder.

Program facilitators are Maggie Mooney, Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Kayte Summers, Registered Drama Therapist. 

This program starts Monday, February 8 and runs for eight weeks. For more information or to register, contact Maggie at mmooneyrcc@gmail.com or 250-325-4212.

There is no charge to participate in either of these programs (donations are accepted). Both take place at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre at 476 South Rd.

GAC’s Healing Power of Art program promotes individual and community health and wellbeing through creative expression. The program is supported by the Gabriola Health Care Foundation, the Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health, and the Province of B.C.