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 and in-person workshops and support groups each week. Please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines (click here) before attending in-person workshops/groups. Directions to connect to the virtual workshops and mutual support groups available via computer, tablet or phone are posted with the listings below.

Our current offerings 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. 

Covid-19 Vaccine Resources: click here

Annual Show 2021: Belonging

To view the Annual Show slideshow click here: CWO Annual Show 2021, Belonging

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.

Workshops & Groups:

Please note that some workshops and groups are virtual access only.

A select number of workshops and groups are in-person on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For the safety of our community please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines (click here) before attending our in-person offerings. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021:

Virtual Splash of Color/Open Studio: 11am-12:45pm (Tues.)

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 (Tues.)

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 (Tues.)

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!

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: Poetry, 2pm-3pm (Tue.)

Poetry has been used throughout the centuries, in many different cultures and languages, as a medium for expressing some of our most beautiful feelings and some of our troubles, and longings. Writing and reading poetry, through expression of feelings and words, can have highly therapeutic effects on the mind. Poetry lends language to the topic of mental health and also gives a gateway to heal from suffering. Reading and writing poetry, is often a mindful and meditative experience; it can be a way of connecting with others. It can allow us to say what may otherwise be left unsaid. Come join us at Community Circle to enjoy some poetry and talk about the healing effects poetry provides.

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 1, 2021:

Virtual 20 Minute Learn to Meditate: Mini Meditation, 10:30am-10:50am (Wed.)

Ever wanted to give meditation a try but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you didn’t want to sit for too long? Join this workshop for guidance on how to meditate, how to start your own practice at home and/or just to see what all the fuss is about. Experienced practitioners are also welcome. Please note: workshop will start promptly as 20 minutes tends to fly by – especially as you practice more! 🙂

Please the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/learn-to-meditate
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 326-428-173

In-Person & Virtual:

Collage: 11am-12pm (Wed.)

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. Please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines (click here) before attending in person. You can join this group in person at the CWO building space. You can also join this group online.

Example by Kimberly Walker

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 (Wed.)

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 

In-Person & Virtual:

It’s a Work-In-Progress/Open Studio: 1pm-2pm

Join us for a canvas painting workshop. Each week we’ll gather to continue working on our paintings till 11/24. The similar elements that will be present in our collective works will be four natural elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Our works-in-progress canvases will be part of an art show opening in December, 2021. This is also a space/time when we gather to continue working on other current creative projects that are in progress. There will also be time for those who wish to share with the group about their current project. Please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines (attached) before attending in person. You can join this workshop in person at the CWO building space. You can also join this workshop online.

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, December 2, 2021:

Virtual Art Journaling: 10am-12pm (Thur.)

Art Journaling provides a meditative place of color and texture, providing a way to sink deeply into your personal emotional world. It’s a wonderful way of spending time with yourself and your feelings and then expressing that on the page. We’ll use materials found at home to create pages for an art journal.

Hear a little bit about the process of Art Journaling from this short video example:

https://www.facebook.com/660441132/posts/10159948039991133/?d=n

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-4:30pm (Thur.)

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

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 (Thur.)

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 3, 2021:

Virtual Sewing Treasures: 10am-11:45am (Fri.)

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.

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

In-Person & Virtual

Gentle Yoga: 11am – 12pm (Fri.)

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.” Please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines (attached) before attending. You can join this workshop in person at the CWO building space. You can also join this workshop online.

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 (Fri.)

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

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

In-Person & Virtual

Mutual Support Group: 1pm – 2pm (Fri.)

A safe place for individuals to share thoughts and feelings in a judgment-free environment. Meets several times a week. Please read the CWO Reopening Guidelines (attached) before attending. You can join this workshop in person at the CWO building space. You can also join this workshop online.

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 (Fri.)

(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, December 4, 2021:

In-Person:

Open Studio: 11am-12pm (Sat.)

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

Virtual Open Studio: 12pm-2pm (Sat.)

This is a virtual time when we gather to continue working on other current creative projects that are 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 (Sat.)

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

In-Person:

Open Studio: 1pm-2pm (Sat.)

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

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