April – June 2009

Keepsakes (details)
Monday, June 1, 2009 (7pm – 9pm)

Program Description:
In this workshop, participants are invited to bring 3-5 of their favorite portable possessions to share within a group setting.  Using movement, play, storytelling and dramatic enactment, we will explore the symbolic world of our keepsakes.  We’ll end with reflection on what this symbolic world means for our lives – our hopes, dreams, and desires.

This is a playful and interactive program, so dress comfortably.

This workshop is appropriate for persons from age 16 to 116 who want to explore their lives in a playful way, discover interconnections with others, and learn how to use these tools in other contexts.

Location:
Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center
Venice Family Clinic  [note: this is different from the main site in Venice]
2509 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Presenter: Jennifer Breslin, M.A., R.D.T.


Journey through Music for the Caregiver (details)
Sundays, May 31, June 7, 2009(1pm – 4pm)

Program Description:
Learn how to release the strain of personal or professional caregiving through music making, story creation, art, and movement.

This program is for anyone who perceives themselves as a caregiver – nurses, therapists, home health specialists, parents, teachers, community workers, anyone feeling strain from a caregiving capacity.  Our ability to give to others depends upon our ability to give to ourselves as well.

In this two-part workshop, we will identify issues and common themes, and explore musical strategies for self-healing that can also be used also with persons for whom we are responsible.  Participants will begin each session with drumming, and will listen to music as well as learn how to play accessible instruments for regeneration and stress reduction.  Session 1 will feature a group recording session, from which everyone will receive a copy with which to practice at home.   Participants will be asked to keep a journal during the week between sessions.  In session 2 participants will process their experiences and identify further strategies for self-healing through music.

No musical aptitude is necessary for participation in the program.

Group process will be use to determine needs and corresponding activities, including art forms to be integrated into the experience (visual arts, movement, writing) and the nature of recording.  This one-of-a-kind experience, led by two experts in the field, will be tailored to the needs of the participants.

Location:
Cultural Education Center for the Arts, 3827 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Instructors:

  • RonaldM.Borczon, MT-BC, Founder and Director, Department of Music Therapy, California State University, Northridge
  • HelenG.Dolas, MS, MT-BC,Founder and Director, Arts and Services for Disabled, Inc., Long Beach, CA

The Joy of Writing (details)
Mondays, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, 2009 (7pm – 9pm)

Program Description:
Memories of everything that has ever happened to you are stored in your unconscious. There are hundreds of stories residing inside you.  These stories are your identity.

In this series, you will go deeper into your stories as you write each week about themes that emerge from your own writing.

Using combined techniques of relaxation, visualization, and Fast Flow Writing™ to access emotions, sensory memories, and life experiences, Dr. Ballon will help participants transform their memories into memoirs.

Dr. Ballon brings a unique expertise as an international writing consultant and longtime psychotherapist in facilitating self-exploration, self-discovery, and a powerfully authentic voice in writing.

Each workshop will involve a combination of listening, writing, sharing, and receiving feedback. Sharing what one has written is optional. The program is well-suited for adults and high school students. No writing experience is necessary.

Location:
UnUrban Coffeehouse
3301 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Presenter: Rachel Ballon, PhD, MFT


Crossing the Red Sea…Living with Trust and Vision (details)
Monday, April 20, 2009 (7pm – 9pm)

“Working with Robert Elliott is an investment in yourself. Combining discussion with various meditations, you get a genuine mind/body experience that results in being more centered, present and true to yourself. He helps you reach deep inside to speak from your soul. In addition to making adjustments to previous ways of thinking and acting, you learn more about what gifts you have to offer the world and how you might use those gifts to become truly fulfilled.”

~ Heidi Connolly, Director of Strategic Stewardship, Loyola Marymount University

Program Description:
We are living in a time of great change and transformation. The very foundations upon which we have built our lives are being shaken.

How do we stay afloat amidst the many challenges that we are facing?

How do we hold true to our dreams and aspirations?

Through storytelling, writing, meditations, and interactive exercises, participants will discover how to use this time of uncertainty as an opportunity for growth, healing, empowerment, and renewed hope.

All sharing will be voluntary.

Location:
Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center
Venice Family Clinic  [note: this is different from the main site in Venice]
2509 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Presenter: Robert Elliott, MFA


Memories to Memoirs: Going Deeper (details)

Mondays, March 16 – April 6, 2009 (7pm – 9pm)
Location: UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Memories of everything that has ever happened to you are stored in your unconscious. There are hundreds of stories residing inside you.  These stories are your identity.

In this series, you will go deeper into your stories as you write each week about themes that emerge from your own writing.

Using combined techniques of relaxation, visualization, and Fast Flow Writing™ to access emotions, sensory memories, and life experiences, Dr. Ballon will help participants transform their memories into memoirs.
Dr. Ballon brings a unique expertise as an international writing consultant and longtime psychotherapist in facilitating self-exploration, self-discovery, and a powerfully authentic voice in writing.
Each workshop will involve a combination of listening, writing, sharing, and receiving feedback. Sharing what one has written is optional. The program is well-suited for adults and high school students. No writing experience is necessary.

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