Amara runs personal development groups where you learn practical ways to quiet the mind and and improve general wellbeing. The groups are informative, educational and practical. Amara brings to the groups her many years of interest in meditation along with her professional training and skills as a psychologist. She uses mindfulness practices, positive psychology, nature based therapy and creative arts.
Workshops in Byron Bay, NSW, and Brisbane, QLD.
The symbolic process of artistic creativity is an infinite well from which you can draw insight, self-knowledge, and transformative experiences. – C. Malachoidi – The Soul’s Palette.
The great thing about art therapy is that it accesses the right side of our brain. This part of our brain speaks to us in symbols, metaphor and intuition. Through the right hemisphere of our brain we gain greater access to those parts of our psyche that are unconscious. When our left brain or ‘rational’ brain gets stuck, it is often the ‘right’ brain that comes up with the solutions.
With art therapy you can access both sides of your brain by using both drawing AND words. What recent brain research has discovered is that by using both sides of our brain in therapy we contact deeper places in our psyche, and have more profound insights and change.
So you can expect to have new insights and/or to discover new ways forward. What’s more, the saying that ‘a picture says a thousand words’ is very true with art therapy. You will be amazed at what your drawings ‘tell’ you .
Then to take the processes even deeper we will be using simple mindfulness , or meditation, practices. Mindfulness helps us to integrate processes and allows the body and mind to slow down so that we can hear our inner voice more clearly.
Do I need to be artistic?
Not at all! If you can draw like a two year old that’s all that is needed! You can be as abstract and messy in your drawings as you like. You can also be as simple as you like – stick figures are fine, as are lines and diagrams.
What’s coming up in 2019
Six-Week Personal Development Group
When: Evenings 7.00pm to 9.15pm
Where: Byron Bay, NSW
We will Explore:
Practical psychological skills to help you on your current journey towards your visions, goals and dreams.
- Obstacles on your journey and some ways to overcome or lessen them and move forward using a combination of art therapy, Mindfulness based psychology and the science of the nervous system and brain (neuroscience).
- Fun practices that enhance your creativity, inspiration and the expression of your gifts and visions. (What do you long to do?).
- Deeper listening skills to assist your journey in relationship with self and others.
- The quiet places within that connect you more deeply to your inner voice, wisdom and deeper nature.
If you are interested in attending or would like me to come to your area to run a weekend workshop please contact me by email or phone: 0424930588.