Theresa is available to present experiential workshops to support your spiritual journey toward wholeness in person or via Zoom videoconferencing.
As a mindfulness practice grounded in conscious dance, dancing mindfulness incorporates the seven attitudes of mindfulness—non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, letting go—put forth by Kabat-Zinn (2011) with the elements of dancing mindfulness—breath, sound, body, mind, spirit, story, fusion—developed by Marich (2014) to empower a person to attend to their present moment awareness through dance. Theresa is a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator and affiliate available to lead workshops as well as train individuals interested in becoming a dancing mindfulness facilitator.
“If you want more connection with mystery, intuition, and surprise, it is your wandering, dreaming, soul that may know best how to arrive at its destination. Dance is perfectly suited to opening the door of conscious, symbolic connection. Make a dance and you’ll make a difference in the very ground of your being. Plant your feet on a little spot of earth and imagine what you want to contribute on your spiritual path.”
Expressive Arts as Spiritual Practice
In this workshop, individuals will be introduced to expressive arts as a spiritual practice.
“Creativity has continually been defined by artists as a spiritual practice and even a form of prayer. It doesn’t matter whether you believe that art making is divinely inspired or is simply an expression of your inner awareness; both are ultimately enlightening. What is important is that in creating images we call forth spirit, and in knowing spirit, we bring well-being to our souls.”
Healing the Divide: Mandorla as a Sacred Art
Mandorla, the Italian word for “almond,” is represented by the space created by two overlapping circles. An ancient symbol across religions and myths, the Mandorla symbolizes the space of tension between opposites such as heaven and earth, masculine and feminine, inscendence and transcendence, and other paradoxical partners.
To step into the Mandorla is to step into paradox and move beyond dualistic "either-or" thinking- even beyond ideas of common ground or compromise- and stand in the tension of opposites long enough for something new to emerge. In the realm of the Mandorla, the whole truly yields something greater than the sum of its parts, opening doors of possibility, discovery and creativity.
In this workshop, participant will be invited to explore an area of conflict and tension in their life through the use of visual arts, movement and written dialogue to make room for something new to emerge.
“The mandorla begins the healing of the split. The overlap generally is very tiny at first, only a sliver of a new moon, but it is a beginning. As time passes, the greater the overlap, the greater and more complete is the healing. The mandorla binds together that which was torn apart and made unwhole-unholy. It is the most profound religious experience we can have in life.”
Mask Making as a Window into the Soul
When you look in the mirror, does your face reflect your true essence? This workshop will take you through the mask-making process to empower you to reveal hidden parts of yourself, and perhaps uncovering qualities which you are unaware of or feel unable to express. This unveiling process occurs through the creation and adornment of your mask. This workshop consists of creating a plaster mask of your face, then selecting decorative objects which you are intuitively attracted to, in addition to objects that have meaning for you in order to decorate your mask. By adorning your mask with these symbols, your true essence may be revealed.
“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”
- André Berthiaume
Laughter yoga is a unique concept based on the idea that anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. The premise is that when we initiate laughter as an exercise in a group by making eye contact and incorporating childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
Started by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor, and Madhuri Kataria, a yoga teacher, Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing, which brings more oxygen to the body making participants feel more energetic and healthy.
Contact Theresa to schedule a Laughter Yoga class for your group.
"If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely dissolve your problems so that you can think clearly what to do about them."
- Dr. Madan Kataria
Touch Drawing Embodiment of Spirit & Soul
Touch Drawing is a simple yet profound process, where participants place tissue paper on a surface of thinly spread paint. Individuals use the pressure of their fingertips on the tissue paper to form images on the underside.
The hands serve as an extension of the soul, moving in response to an individual’s inner tuition and bodily sensations in the moment. The individual can create a series of drawings that serve as stepping stones to the inner self.
Touch Drawing was developed by Deborah Koff-Chapin, owner of The Center for Touch Drawing. Theresa is available to offer touch drawing sessions to individuals and groups.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."