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:

Vaccines are available at the following OMH O-LOV program website for those over 18 years old. Read “who is eligible” and if you qualify then click on “schedule an individual appointment” on this site: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/o-lov-covid19-vaccine/

Vaccines are also available for individuals depending on eligibility requirements. To reserve an appointment 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

Vaccine Information Webinars: These free online webinars will share up-to-date information on the vaccine and provide an opportunity to ask questions. They are offered by OMH & OASAS for the community of peers/consumers/staff of programs through OMH and OASAS. ASL will be available.

Click here to register for the webinar on Tuesday, April 20th from 9am-10:30am

Virtual Art Walk events:

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, April 20, 2021:

Virtual Open Studio: 11am-12:30pm

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://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 Greater Good/Open Studio: 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. 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://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: Understanding Anxiety, 2pm-3pm

Most of us are familiar with the dry mouth, racing heart and knotted stomach that are the hallmarks of feeling anxious. Usually this is a fleeting response to danger and uncertainty. In some people, however, the state of high alert won’t switch off. Anxiety disorders – including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety and phobias – are the most prevalent mental health problem in the US and Europe. Come learn about anxiety and ways to manage it at 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, April 21, 2021:

Virtual Qi Gong, Live Long and Prosper: 10am-11am 

Using a combination of short videos and personal examples we will explore Qi Gong together and everyone can follow along to the moments for an uplifting experience. Qi Gong is a form of moving meditation that works with Chi or Qi – the life force energy animating our bodies and in nature.

See an example here:

Click here to see 3 basic Qi Gong exercises by Lee Holden

Artwork by Cynthia Iannaccone

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/qi-gong

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 536-925-581

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-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 Unmasking Gratitude and Resiliency: Mask Making, 1pm-2pm

Join in this workshop that celebrates the spirit of community and the roles the power of gratitude and resiliency have in our lives through mask making. Create a mask reflecting your lived experience with gratitude and resilience. We will explore the virtues of community, feedback, support and creative inspiration as we work on our workshop masks. We will then gather and display the results in a virtual gallery exhibit in May for Mental Health Awareness Month! Register for the workshop and get information on materials available through CWO by contacting Laura at lmancuso@mharochester.org or via text or voice at (585)721-8663. This workshop is inspired by a peer from our CWO community.

Mask by Sharon Brown

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/410373461

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 410-373-461

Thursday, April 22, 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 Chair Yoga: 11am-11:30am

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 

Virtual Open Studio: 1:30pm-3:30pm

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.

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 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, April 23, 2021:

Virtual Meditation: 10am-10:30am

Gathering together to experiment with meditation and mindfulness techniques to relax, slow down and give ourselves the gift of our own attention. All you need is a comfy seat and a quiet space free from distractions – or as close to it as you can get!

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/MHA–CWO/friday-meditation
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 770-971-869

Doodle Flowers for Those Who Can’t Draw/Open Studio: 10am-11:45am

In this workshop, we will break through barriers to drawing by following easy flower doodling tutorials by contemporary artists. All you need is paper, a pencil and pen, and a willingness to experiment and have fun. 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/665172285

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 665-172-285

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

See examples of creative art prompts:

https://images.app.goo.gl/DkVpUAKqVAd8LgV78

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

Saturday, April 24, 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 Creating Self-Portraits/Open Studio: 1pm – 2pm

Using materials that you have on-hand, pencils, ballpoint pens, create an expression of yourself that communicates something about yourself that’s important to you. You can work from a photograph of yourself or use a small mirror for your portrait. Words and symbolism and pets are okay. Anything goes. No wrongs or rights, just what’s important to you. This is also a space/time where you can continue working on current creative projects that are works-in-progress.

  

Examples by Cynthia Iannaccone

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/589556557

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 589-556-557

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