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 lived-experience with mental health conditions. These are offered during the day from Tuesday – Saturday and Thursday evenings (hours vary depending on current activities).

No referral necessary. 

Vaccine Resources & Options:

Wed. 7/28/21 – Vaccine Information Webinar 9am-10:30am:  This presentation will provide the latest information about vaccinations and there will be a robust question and answer session for participants to ask questions of the expert panelists. To register, go to: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=eab2f17941b9e0c037ef596aacf6a5744

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/

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

Annual Show 2021: Belonging

Annual Show – Framing Guidance Appointments:

Getting ready for the 2021 CWO Annual Show and need some guidance on framing?  One-hour appointments with Laura are available Tuesdays – Saturdays. To the best of your ability bring your framed/wired pieces (or canvas with finished edges & wired) to your appointment with any question on how to fine-tune the presentation of your final art piece(s) for the Annual Show. A framing guide is available to assist with your framing. One appointment per person. Can be virtual or in person. For a copy of the framing guideline and/or to schedule an appointment call Laura at  585-325-3145 X142 or connect via email at  lmancuso@mharochester.org.

Annual Show – Art Drop-off:

CWO is having the long-awaited Annual Show postponed from 2020! This is our yearly art exhibit where creatives from the CWO community can submit up to 3 works of art (2D or 3D) to put on display. Artwork drop-off will be Aug. 3rd-21st by appointment. To schedule a drop-off appointment call Laura at  585-325-3145 X142 or connect via email at  lmancuso@mharochester.org.

Virtual Art Walk Exhibit:

Gratitude, Resiliency, and Remembrance Unmasked: A Collection of Masks

See the virtual exhibit by clicking here!

This is a virtual exhibit showcasing a collection of masks created during a CWO virtual mask making workshop in April and May 2021. These masks were created using a variety of mediums and reflect the artist’s inner understandings of gratitude, resiliency, and remembrance. Together this collection explores how one or more of these themes have made an impact on the artists’ lives and/or community.

This show is dedicated to the memory of Sharon Brown – a beloved peer and facilitator in our CWO community. Sharon enjoyed the art of mask making. This virtual gallery showcases a few of her masks as well as some created in her memory by her friends and peers.

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, July 27, 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 Moving Mindfully: 1pm-1:30pm

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

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: 2pm-3pm

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, July 28, 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 Annual Show Prep Workshop: 1pm-2pm

Getting ready for the 2021 CWO Annual Show? Are you new to CWO or submitting work for the first time and want to learn more about this annual art exhibit? Join us weekly in July to get feedback from peers, share tips and tricks about framing, mat choices and other art prep topics. This is a virtual gathering to learn and share with each other our collective knowledge about preparing artwork for an art show. All creatives welcome! The CWO Annual Show is a yearly art exhibit where creatives from our CWO community can submit up to 3 works of art to display at MHA. The theme is Belonging and the show will open on September 11th, 2021.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/496601493
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 496-601-493

Thursday, July 29, 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 

Friday, July 30, 2021:

Virtual Sewing Treasures: 10am-11:45am

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. Embroidery thread

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

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

(a Zoom meeting set up separately from CWO by peer participants)

Starts at 1:45pm with 15 minutes of meditation before starting the free writing process. The group uses prompts to spark creative writing. To join the meeting download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app. Then go to “Join a meeting” on the Zoom app. Then enter meeting ID: 517-749-1972

Saturday, July 31, 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 Cell Phone Photo Magic: 1pm-2pm

Share and learn basic tips and tricks of taking photographs with your cell phone. 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 are welcome!

  “Reflection after the rain” by Laura M.

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

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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