Transforming Anxiety with Art

with Kendra Arey
Four Tuesdays, August 10-31, 6-8 p.m.
 
Join us for an inspiring 4-week class and experience directly how art can transform anxiety and nourish your nervous system.
 
History and science reveal many benefits of a regular meditation practice. However, for those of us who struggle with anxiety, it can be challenging to meditate when our sympathetic nervous system is activated. In this class series, we will explore mindfulness and art therapy techniques for self-expression and emotional regulation. Each session will include:
  • Time to honor ourselves
  • Artmaking and self-expression
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Sharing and conversation
We will also discuss the nature of anxiety and how it impacts our bodies and lives. Come as you are. All feelings, emotions, and experiences are welcome and deeply respected.
 
Art materials: All materials will be provided, and the cost includes materials fee.
 
Level: All are welcome. No prior art-making experience is necessary.
 
What to bring: Please bring a journal, a blanket or cushion to sit on, water, and any other items to support yourself during class. You are welcome to bring additional art supplies from home, if you'd like.
 
Registration: Limited to 10 people. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. In addition to the online payment option, you may also send checks to: The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland, ME 04841.
Suggested donation
 
Kendra Arey is an artist, teacher, and Buddhist practitioner. In 2015, she started the local recovery group that is now known as Rockland Recovery Dharma. In 2018, Kendra traveled to Dharamshala, India to study Tibetan thangka painting at the Center for Living Buddhist Art where she spent fourteen weeks working with teachers Master Locho and Sarika Singh, and their long-term student Lobsang Tsaten. During this time Kendra completed a thangka painting of the Bodhisattva Manjushri and deepened her appreciation and understanding of sacred Buddhist art. Kendra is currently pursuing a Masters in Art Therapy at Lesley University and has been working as a school-based clinical intern with Sweetser. Kendra is also the Recovery in Maine Coordinator at Points North Institute, where she works to engage communities in conversations around Maine's opioid epidemic.
 
The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. 
 
This offering is part of the year-long program, Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World, January-December, 2021.