An upcoming event offers area residents ways to promote their health, both physical and mental, through creative expression.
SoulMakes, described as a Healing Arts Showcase, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Superfun, 2133 NW Sixth St., Gainesville. The venue is part of the Curia on the Drag complex of buildings including a coffee shop, studios and other facilities.
The event will offer activities ranging from dance therapy to guided meditation, with a round of tables to experience everything from henna to puppetry. The suggested donation is $5. Most stations will be open all day; in addition, you can take part in special workshops at various times.
Theresa Foster, an Expressive Arts Educator, will lead a workshop called “Relax with Mandalas” from 1 to 3 p.m. “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word that means “sacred circle,” and mandalas are a circular art form that can represent wholeness, the universe or the self, and can be used to experience a feeling of inner peace.
Participants will begin with a progressive body relaxation, set a personal intention for healing or emotional release, and then turn to art supplies for expression. All materials will be provided. Please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. Foster is training with the Expressive Arts Florida Institute and has been exploring expressive arts for healing and self-discovery since 2010. Expressive Arts values the creative process more than the end product; there is no critique or “right/wrong” way to create or express ourselves. No art background is necessary.
Stephanie Morey, who will offer massage, said her greatest moments of inspiration happen while she’s working her massage clients. “I’m in a field where I literally get to heal bodies, but also be inspired by them. The body is art, which is why I can’t wait for SoulMakes,” she said.
Visionary art workshops will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m; expressive writing workshops will be held at 2 and 4 p.m.