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.

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 Art Walk events:

New in 2021! CWO is excited to present a new 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, January 26, 2021:

Virtual Splash of Color: 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.

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

Special Session: In Memory of Donna L. “Grandma Do” Ulianelli (1944-2021)

Donna was very much the spirit of the Mutual Support Group here at CWO. She was always willing to help someone, who needed a ride or a pat on the shoulder. She will be missed very much by the group members that remember her. Join us at the Tuesday Mutual Support Group where we can talk about our memories of her and give her a special send off.

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 Greater Good: 1pm-2pm

A pay it forward workshop whose aim is to share creativity with the community during these challenging times. Together let’s spread hope and connect. Postcards/cards: create and share artwork that will be used to create cards, postcards and other works to be used as outreach to create one-of-a-kind “thinking of you” correspondences using materials we have around the house. 

Card made from recycled hot chocolate box with decoupaged flowers by Leo Rivera.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/greater-good

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States:+1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code:245-814-525

Virtual Community Circle: Problem Gambling 101, 2PM-3PM

It is estimated that around two million people in the U.S. are addicted to gambling, and that for as many as 20 million the habit seriously interferes with work and social life. Gambling is when an individual risks something of value in the hope of getting something of even greater value. Gambling addiction is the uncontrollable urge to continue gambling despite the toll it takes on one’s life. Gambling is addictive because it stimulates the brain’s reward system much like drugs or alcohol can. In fact, gambling addiction is the most common impulse control disorder worldwide. Join us for a presentation about this topic.

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, January 27, 2021:

Virtual Vision Boards / Open Studio: 11am-1pm

In this workshop, we will think about our goals and dreams for 2021 and create vision boards full of words and pictures to help us take steps toward our goals and help make our dreams a reality. Suggested supplies: large sheet of paper or poster board, magazines, glue, markers, colored pencils, or crayons or any other creative materials available to you.

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 Make Your Mark: 1pm-2pm

In this workshop explore the world of mark making and texture. Using various rubbing and layering techniques, learn how to make dynamic backgrounds and artwork using the impressions of everyday household items.

Suggested materials list: Recycled or household items with texture, paper, crayon, pencil, chalk, and any other art materials available to you.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/make-your-mark
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 799-677-389

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, January 28, 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 Surreal Art: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Art comes from our unconscious minds, to where our dreams and imagination lives. It’s fun to make images in a stream of consciousness and patch together unrelated images or textures or patterns. It’s like the artist Dali making melting watches, or maybe a face where eyes are mouths, or a rose with legs walking up a hill. It’s fun. It’s not real, but it’s real in our imagination.

Artwork by Evelyn Cammarano

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/774354485

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States:+1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code:774-354-485

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 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, January 29, 2021:

Virtual Textile Treasures: 10am-11:45am

The project will be making fabric flowers that can be used to decorate your home, gifts or in other ways. You will need needle, thread, fabric.You can also join us with a different project.

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 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.

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

Free Writing Group

(a zoom meeting set up separately from CWO by participants):

Starts at 1:45pm with 15 minutes of meditation before starting the writing process. 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, January 30, 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

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