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 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.

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.

Virtual Workshops:

Please note that we’ve had to change all workshops and groups to virtual access only for the time being for the safety of our community. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020:

Virtual Quirky Animals: 11am-12:30pm

A fun and lighthearted workshop where we use Tamara Laporte’s drawing/painting style and art materials on hand at home to make cute animals that can’t go wrong. 

Artwork by Belinda Brasley

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 Community Circle: All About Meditation, 2PM-3PM

Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly.

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, December 2, 2020:

Virtual Mixed-Up Media / Open Studio: 11am-1pm

Use whatever you have around the house (magazines, newspaper, junk mail, ribbons, dried/silk flowers, tea bags, napkins, paint, etc.) to create a mixed media project that you can use for gift tags, cards, or an art piece to frame. Or gather online to work on your own creative works-in-progress using materials you have at home.

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-1:15pm

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 Chair Yoga: 1:30-2:30pm

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.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/194748805

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 194-748-805 

Thursday, December 3, 2020:

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

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.

Artwork by Evelyn Cammarano

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

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 AnnMarie 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, December 4, 2020:

Virtual Textile Treasures: 10am-11:45am

The project will be making star and tree hanging ornaments. You will need needle, thread, fabric and stuffing. Good stuffing substitutes can be cotton balls, crumple old fabric, dried beans, dried rice. You can also join us with a different project.

Examples 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 

We take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and slow down our thoughts as we use mandalas (simple drawing and/or coloring) and soft music as a tool for mindfulness and meditation. You can use whatever you have on hand at home, or we can mail or email you materials by contacting Belinda at bbrasley@mharochester.org.

Artwork 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

Saturday, December 5, 2020:

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

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