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NEXT DATES: 19 & 20 October, 2024
Introduction to Mindfulness Through
Expressive Therapies - Professional and Personal Development
In this highly
experiential weekend workshop, you will learn multiple approaches to developing
mindfulness and expressing self-awareness through creative arts activities.
Mindfulness is defined as "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in
the present moment, non-judgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). For most of us, our
surrounding culture in our developmental years trains us to be externally
focused, and to re-visit or regret the past and worry about the future.
There are many
ways to step into the present: in this workshop we explore somatic focusing,
gentle movement, emotional awareness, observation of automatic thought
processes, as well as ways to use the senses to arrive in the moment.
Practice with the
activities, observing and sharing internal experiences, and integrating through
visual art, claywork, and use of miniatures, provides confidence for both our
personal quest and support of others. Mindfulness practice has been shown to lead
to increases in wellbeing and therapeutic presence when we are supporting
Eligible for 10 ACA OPD points
Facilitator Dr Mark Pearson. 9am - 4.30pm each day. $565
For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form
call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindfulness emphasizes the importance of experience over
knowledge, and focuses very much on generating non-judgmental awareness in the
here and now. Mindfulness practice has
implications for both integration in therapy and for personal and spiritual
exploration through focused attention. The key is to maintain the position of
the observer rather than identify with the content. The content always contains
some magnetic pull to draw us in to replaying the emotional, somatic or
cognitive content, ruminating on it until it dominates the foreground. - From Pearson & Wilson (2009).