Creative Wellness Opportunities

Creative Wellness Opportunities (CWO) 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 groups each week. Directions to connect to the workshops and mutual support groups available via computer, tablet or phone are posted with the listings below.

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

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

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. 

Vaccine Resources & Options:

Information about vaccines can be found at the following OMH O-LOV program website for those over 18 years old: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/o-lov-covid19-vaccine/ To schedule an appointment email olov@omh.ny.gov

Vaccines are also available via phone use the New York State COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) or register on the “NYS Am I Eligible” website via this link: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Click here for a list of other vaccination locations and their eligibility requirements. (Click on link and scroll down to “Monroe County” to see the list of locations.)

Hear stories from people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in this short 3 minute video: Click here

OMH Vaccine Webinar: Tuesday, June 15th, from 12:30 to 2:00pm

To register, go to: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5834abedb774a3319b8029b3a0ea625e

Virtual Art Walk event:

CWO is excited about this virtual way to celebrate our artists! Since we are not able to gather safely we will be celebrating and hosting our art exhibits virtually. These virtual art exhibits will be part of our CWO Virtual Art Walk! Enjoy some creative expression with our first virtual art exhibit below of experimental watercolors by artist Diane Ellis.

Click here to see the exhibit of Diane Ellis’ artwork

Click here to view her artwork catalogue

Virtual Workshops:

Please note that all workshops, groups and events are virtual access only for the time being for the safety of our community. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021:

Virtual Splash of Color/Open Studio: 11am-12:30pm

Exploring Shapes and Colors – This workshop is a fun exploration of the way some artists use shapes and colors. Each week, we will look at one artist and create our own pieces based on that artist’s work. Suggested supplies: paper or journal, pencil/colored pencils/watercolor/magazine pictures or any other creative materials available to you. This is also a space/time where you can continue working on current creative projects that are works-in-progress.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/329144949

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 329-144-949

Virtual Mutual Support Group: 11am-1pm

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

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

Virtual Photography Magic: 1pm-2pm

Share and learn basic tips and tricks of taking photographs with a camera (or whatever photo device available to you.) Each week there will be a photo challenge and photo technique highlighted. Send Laura your top 3 photos before the workshop via email at lmancuso@mharochester.org to share and receive feedback on your photos during the workshop by fellow photographers. All experience levels with photography welcome!

“Highland Park” by Michael Bowen
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/348402509 

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States:+1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 348-402-509

Virtual Community Circle: Practicing Acceptance, 2pm-3pm

Acceptance is a skill that requires practice. The ability to accept that traffic is heavy, that it’s raining on the day you wanted to go to the beach, and that your friend cancels when you had plans to spend the day together is important for coping well and living a more contented life. When you practice acceptance, you are still disappointed, sad, and perhaps fearful in such situations, but you don’t add the pain of non-acceptance to those emotions and make things worse. Practicing acceptance in these situations also helps you prepare for more difficult circumstances. Come discuss acceptance at the next Community Circle.

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 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021:

Virtual Movement Meditation: 10am-11am 

Using a combination of personal examples and short videos we will explore different forms of movement meditation including stretching, Qi (Chi) Gong, visualization, breath movement and others.  Everyone can follow along with these simple movements for an uplifting experience of using our body in the meditation experience.

See an example here:

Click here to see 3 basic Qi (Chi) Gong exercises

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/349670285

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 349-670-285

Virtual Collage / Open Studio: 11am-1pm

In this workshop, we will experiment with collage. Using magazine pictures and other found papers, we will create collages that are fun and have personal meaning. This is also a space/time where you can continue working on current creative projects that are works-in-progress.

Collage by Bron Dunning

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/272779733

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 272-779-733

Virtual Women’s Depression Mutual Support Group: 12pm-1pm

An intimate space where women who deal with depression come together to share and support each other.

Join the 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 

Virtual Open Studio: 1pm-2pm

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.

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  

Thursday, June 24, 2021:

Virtual Art Journaling: 10am-12pm

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

Join the 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

Virtual Meditation & Mindfulness: 4pm-5pm

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

Artwork by Annie Simpson

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

Virtual Hoarders/Clutterers Mutual Support Group: 5:30pm-7pm

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

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

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

You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States:+1 (872) 240-3212 

Access Code: 796-657-813 

Virtual Working through Tough Stuff: 6pm-7:30pm

Join facilitators from the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and Creative Wellness Opportunities for these sessions to explore readings, podcasts, and art from a variety of sources and practice grounding and healing activities together to help us replenish, build community, and work with some of the tough stuff we’ve been facing.

To register, please go to the M.K. Gandhi Institute website: 

https://gandhiinstitute.org/events/event/working-through-tough-stuff/

Friday, June 25, 2021:

Virtual Sewing Treasures: 10am-11:45am

This workshop will include a variety of projects but to start we will be making animal faces, to hang on walls at home or anywhere. You will need a simple sewing set: needles, thread, fabric and stuffing. Projects will be hand sewn but at times it is possible to use a sewing machine (if you have one at home) as well. However, a sewing machine is an option and not required.

Example by Cynthia Iannaccone

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/textile-treasures 

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 496-163-141

Virtual Gentle Yoga: 11am – 12pm

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

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

Virtual Meditative Mandalas: 12pm-1pm 

In this workshop, we slow down our thoughts as we use mandalas and other easy drawing practices as a tool for mindfulness and meditation. You can use whatever you have on hand at home, as simple as a piece of paper and pen/pencil or we can mail or email you materials by contacting Belinda at bbrasley@mharochester.org

Example by Belinda Brasley

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/pen-paper-pencil-go

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 850-643-437

Virtual Mutual Support Group: 12pm – 2pm

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

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

Virtual Free Writing Group: 1:45pm-3pm

Starts with 15 minutes of meditation before starting the free writing process. The group uses prompts to spark creative writing.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/682267173

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 682-267-173

Virtual Moving Mindfully: 2:30pm-3pm

Flowing movements incorporating or interspersed with moments of mindfulness. Set up your space in whatever way speaks to you (music when you’re on mute, blankets, etc.) and join us for a gentle approach to moving meditation as we explore our inner worlds together.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/moving-mindfully
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 128-574-189

Saturday, June 26, 2021:

Virtual Open Studio: 11am-1pm

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.

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  

Virtual Mutual Support Group: 11:30am-12:30pm

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

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

Virtual Mask Exhibit: 1pm – 2pm

More info and link coming soon!

COVID-19 VACCINE AT MHA

Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc. will host vaccinations on site: June 21st and July 19th from 9am - 2pm. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be available.

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