Broken Bowl Workshop

with Barbara Davis
Saturday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Via Zoom. Link provided with registration.
Registration required by October 1st.
What does a broken bowl have to do with grief? What does impermanence mean to you?
There have been many losses these past two years - loss of health, loss of safety, loss of community. When we experience loss, we may feel as if our lives have been shattered. Broken. We may fear we will never feel whole again. Repairing and reassembling a broken bowl is a metaphor for rebuilding our lives.
Join us for a day of creativity and connection in support of your personal healing journey. Whether you are experiencing a specific loss, rebuilding your life, or looking for support through creativity, this workshop is for you. Based on the Japanese philosophy of Kintsugi (the practice of repairing broken bowls) and Wabi-Sabi (the Japanese aesthetic of embracing imperfection and impermanence), we will work with the bowl as a metaphor and container for our own grief, healing, and personal growth. At the beginning of our journey together, we won’t know what our repaired bowl will look like but with time and care, the pieces will come together to create something new. Something similar to the original version but different. Something beautiful.
In addition to working with the bowl, the workshop will include guided meditation, written reflection, and sharing. 
Level: All levels of creativity and experience are welcome! Previous art and meditation experience is NOT needed.
Registration: Required by October 1, 2021 so that materials everyone can get materials in time. Please contact [email protected] or 207-706-6485 for more information and to register. 
Suggested donation: $125 payable via check or Paypal directly to Barbara Davis. If you need financial assistance, please inquire. Cost includes necessary materials (e.g. bowl and adhesive). Depending on your location, Barbara will either mail you these supplies or make arrangements for drop off/pick up. You will also be responsible for providing a few supplies of your own (e.g. acrylic paint and small hammer). Supply list will be sent with registration confirmation. 

Barbara Davis is an artist, nature lover, skier, hiker, swimmer, and psychotherapist. She has facilitated expressive arts workshops for five years. Barbara has a Masters Degree in Social Work and in the Fine Arts. A practicing psychotherapist for over 25 years, Barbara integrates Mind-Body Medicine and Expressive Arts Therapy into her work with clients.  (Photo credit: Amy Wilton Photography)

The Dancing Elephant is pleased to facilitate Expressive Arts programs to support personal and collective healing. Offerings may include movement, visual arts, sound experiences, and writing. While participating in expressive arts can provide a therapeutic benefit, it is not therapy. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment, and we invite participants to engage in ways that feel appropriate and to ask for help when needed. The facilitators welcome questions and feedback anytime.