Mind-Body

What is Self-Empathy?

I am happy to share a technique, self-empathy, which provides a way to support emotional well-being. What is Self-Empathy? When you think of empathy, you probably think of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, imagining what their life is like. Empathy is about connecting with what it’s like to be someone else. In order to […]

Be Well at Wellness Within

It’s been a bit more than a year since I began offering art therapy workshops at Wellness Within. After the busy hospital setting where I’d previously worked, the calm, serene atmosphere of Wellness Within was balm to my soul. As an art therapist, I’m passionate about using art in the service of healing. I believe […]

Time for Change

Earlier this year we held our annual overnight retreat. We were awed and touched by the heartfelt and moving sharing that came out of the Expressive Writing session. Below is a piece that one of the participants gave us permission to share with you all: Now is the time for change Accept change and be […]

A Simple QiGong Exercise

Qigong is the premier self help technique of Asian medicine. Here is a simple routine for maximizing Qi flow. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Do not lock your knees. Relax. Take a few deep breaths. Imagine that you are a tree with roots going deep into the earth from which you draw […]

Voice Stretching

“I couldn’t have heard what I thought I heard, could I? Words curled up on my tongue, paralyzed. I just stood there, locked up, unable to respond. I walked away flustered, replaying what had just occurred over and over again.” Fairly often I hear narratives similar to the one above from friends and from clients […]

WholeHearted Living – Dive in!

We just concluded our yearly retreat at Wellness Within. Located just outside the Tahoe National Forest at 3500 feet, Harmony Lodge was a cozy place indeed as the rain poured down outside. Our focus was self compassion; we spent the afternoon trading stories, thoughts and memories as participants created papier-mâché “bowls of compassion.” Tears and […]

Movement as Medicine

“…expressive movement nurtures our bodies, fosters intuitive thinking and enlivens our spirit. It is the optimal prescription for health and well-being.” – Bella Dreizler For anyone who has spent an inordinate amount of time trapped in a bed or chair by an illness, you may remember that feeling of using your muscles again, that feeling […]

Cultivating Authenticity

If you haven’t had a chance to take a class with our new Art Therapy instructor, Hannah Hunter, nows your chance! Starting in January 2017, we will be offering Art Therapy Workshops once a month. The theme for this coming year’s classes is Whole Hearted Living, as was inspired by author Brene Brown’s 10 guideposts […]

Amongst the Trees

As a child growing up, some of my best adventures were experienced in the woods behind my house. Climbing trees in an effort to make it up high enough to catch a glimpse of the back of my house was the ultimate goal.  Once perched securely up in the crook of a tree I would […]

An Exploration of Wholeness

“Without feeling, there is no chance of wholeness, and wholeness remains our best chance to survive the pain of breaking.” Mark Nepo I was at a yoga class recently where the teacher read us this quotation. It dropped like fresh rainfall into my heart and suddenly I understood how profound it is to open to […]