Community gatherings to promote mental wellness.
For anyone and everyone who wants to practice self-care through
creativity, art-making and connection.
In Adlerian psychology, gemeinschaftgefül (or community feeling) is a deep sense of fellowship in the human community and a feeling of interconnectedness with all life.
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Feel the benefits of social connection and community at our monthly online gatherings.
Gathering. It seems simple enough. Gathering together increases feelings of happiness, self-esteem and empathy and helps in emotional regulation.
We feel good when we are connected.
Yet, in this midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is apparent that efforts to stop the spread (like physical distancing) can lead to a lack of social connection
and subsequent isolation, loneliness, anxiety and stress.
We need a new way to gather.
THE INTRINSIC THERAPY
CREATIVE COMMUNITY GATHERINGS
You are officially invited to join the creative community and participate in monthly online
gatherings focused on self-care, creativity and mental wellness.
When you join the community, you will receive updates on gatherings, as well as book
recommendations and free resources (like art prompts). Come to one gathering,
come to them all or follow along independently with the free resources.
The intention for gatherings is to dedicate time to creative self-care and open up a dialogue about mental wellness. Each meeting we will explore a theme through art-making, journalling and group conversation.
Passages from the book club book inform the theme and are used to spark conversation about mental health.
Information on 2021 gatherings coming soon.
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MENTAL WELLNESS FOR ALL
All gatherings are by-donation (pay what you can) and facilitated online to ensure that
the community is accessible to as many people as possible.
Creating art in the presence of others can be helpful in cultivating community feeling and in processing and regulating deep emotions.
Art offers a different form of communication through the use of symbol, image and metaphor. The creative process can facilitate stress reduction and open up a deep personal dialogue with images and feelings that instinctively present the needs of the soul.
Book club books are used as inspiration for the theme of each gathering. Selected quotes will be read as prompts for art-making, journalling and discussion.
You do not have to have read the book to attend the gatherings, but if you have read it, you can always share your thoughts!
Self-care is more than just considering our needs; it is an intentional practice meant to refuel and nourish us. In stressful times, self-care is necessary to cope with fear and uncertainty. Creating a self-care practice promotes balance, something that is necessary as we move forward through the pandemic.
Allow these gatherings to be an opportunity to attend to your mental health.
Cherish these moments of nourishment and connection.
mindfully attending to one's own
well-being and happiness
DEMYSTIFYING MENTAL HEALTH
Community connection and support can be useful for opening up a dialogue around mental health and sharing the small things we can do each day to nourish ourselves.
Through these gatherings, we normalize attending to our mental health through self-care in a community setting. Setting an intention to learn more about and care for our mental health can help to demystify the process of therapy, decode psychobabble and de-stigmatize the therapeutic experience.
We all have mental health.
Let's support each other in caring for it.
FACILITATED BY THERAPISTS
Open online community groups mimic in-person art therapy Open Studios and are considered low-intensity therapy. This means that there is therapeutic value in coming together as a community, creating art and honouring space and time to care for ourselves.
This also means that participants need to sign a consent form when they join the gathering to adhere to practice standards.
Gatherings are curated and facilitated by clinical counsellor and art therapist Elspeth Robertson.
Occasionally, guest therapists will co-facilitate the gatherings to share their areas of specialization.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
when I refer to creative living, I am speaking more broadly, talking about a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
MENTAL WELLNESS FOR ALL
the Intrinsic Therapy Creative Community
By-donation community gatherings which dedicate time to creative self-care and opening up a dialogue about mental health. Each month we meet online to explore a theme through art-making, journaling and group conversation. Passages from the book club book are used as inspiration for the gathering.