Creative Wellness Opportunities

Creative Wellness Opportunities workshops and mutual support groups are formed and facilitated by peers in recovery and are designed to be shared with individuals focused on their mental health journeys.

Creative Wellness Opportunities is currently providing virtual workshops and support online with a few options offered in-person each week.  To attend in-person, please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines. Directions to connect to the workshops and mutual support groups available via computer, tablet or phone are posted with workshop listings below.

Our current virtual space includes an active studio, meditation, yoga and mutual support groups.

Please indicate interest by calling 585.325.3145 ext. 144 if you are new to us.

You matter!

Opportunities are for adults over age 18 who have experienced mental health challenges. These are offered during the day from Tuesday – Saturday and Thursday evenings (hours vary depending on current activities).

No referral necessary.

Here are some additional resources that people in the program have shared with each other:

Recovery Library – Resources created by peers for peers

OC87 Recovery Diaries – Stories of mental health, empowerment and change

NY State of Mind – Free meditations & mindfulness

Insight Timer – Free meditations & mindfulness

Calm – Free meditations & mindfulness

Gratefulness.org – Interactive site focused on gratitude

Local Warm Line: 585-563-7470

This is a 24/7 peer run phone line for support discussing non-life threatening issues.

OMH Emotional Support Line: 844-863-9314 
7 days a week, 8am-10pm

The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.  

CWO Reopening Guidelines

Virtual Workshops:

Tuesdays:

Meditation & Mindfulness – CWO From 10 am – 10:30 am

Gathering together to try out some simple meditation and mindfulness techniques
to relax and have some peace of mind.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/meditation–mindfulness—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 978-396-189

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/978396189

Splash of Color – CWO From 11 am – 1 pm


Example by Jean Marie Bianco

Let’s explore different ways of playing with color through simple techniques that you can use with materials around your home.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/splash-of-color

You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 728-274-717

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/728274717

In-person & onlineMutual Support Group – CWO From 11 am – 1 pm

A safe place for individuals to share thoughts and feelings in a judgment-free environment. Meets several times a week.

You can join this workshop in person at the CWO studio space.

Please see the CWO Reopening Guidelines.

You can also join this group online.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/mutual-support-group—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 719-844-205

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/719844205

Gentle Yoga – CWO From 1:30 pm – 2 pm

Yoga asana (poses) in an accessible form.  Geared as a gentle exercise for your mental and physical health.  Connect with your inner peace. “We are all one when we live from the heart.”

Here’s a list of common objects that might serve as good substitutes for yoga props:

  • Yoga mat – beach/bath towel, carpet, blanket, or go wild and don’t use one!
  • Yoga blanket – beach/bath towel, heavy blanket
  • Yoga strap – rolled-up, old towel, belt, (clean) dog leash
  • Yoga block – thick hard cover books
  • Yoga bolster – couch cushion, pillow or large floor pillow

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/gentle-yoga—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 232-112-765

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/232112765

Community Circle – building our community – 3 pm – 4 pm

Join us for a community circle overviewing and revisiting the topics we covered so far in our virtual gatherings. Together let’s brainstorm what topics we would like to see in our future community circles.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/community-circle—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 617-162-549

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/719844205

Wednesdays:

Meditation & Mindfulness – CWO From 10 am – 10:30 am

Gathering together to try out some simple meditation and mindfulness techniques
to relax and have some peace of mind.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/meditation–mindfulness—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 978-396-189

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/978396189

In-person & onlineMini-Art Cards – CWO From 11 am – 1 pm

Create one-of-a-kind mini-art cards using a variety of creative ideas and techniques.

Example by Belinda Brasley

You can join this workshop in person at the CWO studio space.

Please see the CWO Reopening Guidelines.

You can also join this group online.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/mini-art-cards

You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 499-615-389

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/499615389

Women’s Depression Mutual Support Group – CWO from 12 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/womens-depression-mutual-support-group-cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 415-950-549

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/415950549

Chair Yoga – CWO – From 1:30 pm – 2 pm

Those with limited space, take note!

If “asana” means “seat,” this yoga class takes that meaning literally!

All yoga poses (a.k.a asana) will be done with the aid of a chair. Please ensure you have a steady, solid chair and avoid desk chairs on wheels that do not have a wheel-locking mechanism.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/gentle-yoga—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 232-112-765

Thursdays:

Meditation & Mindfulness – CWO From 10 am – 10:30 am

Gathering together to try out some simple meditation and mindfulness techniques to relax and have some peace of mind.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/meditation–mindfulness—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 978-396-189

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/978396189

Art Journaling – CWO From 10 am – 12 pm

We’ll use materials found at home to create pages for an art journal.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/art-journaling

You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 710-563-485

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/710563485

Surrealist Dream Art Calendars: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Each month each person will focus on creating an image for the month to make into a calendar of your own artwork at the end of the year. There will be a new prompt for each month. Suggested materials: paper, color pencils, pens, gel pens, tape, magazines, paint, brushes, canvas are all possible materials to use. You can also get creative with whatever materials you already have in your space.

Example by Evelyn Cammarano

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/surrealist-dream-art-calendars

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 850-477-565

In-person & online – Hoarders/Clutterers Mutual Support Group – CWO From 5:30 pm – 7 pm

This group offers peer-to-peer support for those wishing to change their habits.

We have had to change this meeting to online only for this week.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/hoardersclutterers-mutual-support-group

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 176-386-893

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/176386893

Fridays:

Meditation & Mindfulness – CWO from 10 am – 10:30 am

Gathering together to try out some simple meditation and mindfulness techniques to relax and have some peace of mind.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/meditation–mindfulness—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 978-396-189

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/978396189

Hand-Sewn Projects – CWO from 10 am – 12 pm

Pocket Purses

We will take small sections of fabric & other materials to make small projects.  We have a planned sewing project (pocket purses) or you can bring something else and join us for a sew-along.

Suggested Supply List:

  1. Fabric: old pair of denim jeans, old clothing, or anything around house,
  2. Simple Sewing Kit, from Dollars store, or Joann Fabrics, Amazon
  3. This includes needles, thread. pins, sharp scissor
  4. Buttons to decorate
  5. Stuffing- cotton balls, extra fabric, dried beans or lentils, or foam
  6. Embroidery thread

Other substitution options will be shared during the workshop in case you don’t have these materials.

Here are some examples of pocket purses:

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/hand-sewn-projects

You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States: +1 (786) 535-3211

Access Code: 625-604-213

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/625604213

Gentle Yoga – CWO from 11 am – 12 pm

Yoga is an easy, simple form. Geared as a gentle exercise for your mental and physical health. Connect with your inner peace. “We are all one when we live from the heart.”

Here’s a list of common objects that might serve as good substitutes for yoga props:

  • Yoga mat – beach/bath towel, carpet, blanket, or go wild and don’t use one!
  • Yoga blanket – beach/bath towel, heavy blanket
  • Yoga strap – rolled-up, old towel, belt, (clean) dog leash
  • Yoga block – thick hard cover books
  • Yoga bolster – couch cushion, pillow or large floor pillow

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/gentle-yoga—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 232-112-765

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/232112765

Exploring Drawing – stylized portraiture #2 CWO 12:30 am – 1:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s gather together to explore drawing techniques, styles and tools using This workshop will focus on some of the basics of drawing portraits in your own unique style.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/drawing

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 554-973-269

Mutual Support Group – CWO from Fri. 12 pm – 2 pm

A safe place for individuals to share thoughts and feelings in a judgment-free environment. Meets several times a week.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/mutual-support-group—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 719-844-205

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/719844205

Saturday:

Meditation & Mindfulness: 10 am – 10:30 am

Gathering together to try out some simple meditation and mindfulness techniques to relax and have some peace of mind.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/meditation–mindfulness—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 978-396-189

Mutual Support Group: 11:30 am – 1 pm

A safe place for individuals to share thoughts and feelings in a judgment-free environment. Meets several times a week.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/mutual-support-group—cwo

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 719-844-205

In-person & onlineOpen Studio: 11 am – 1 pm

This is a space/time when we gather to continue working on current creative projects that are works-in-progress. There will also be time for those who wish to share with the group about their current project.

You can join this workshop in person at the CWO studio space.

Please see the CWO Reopening Guidelines.

You can also join this workshop online:

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/open-studio

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 127-133-725

 

 

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