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

Click here to reserve your spot for our viewing on Sept. 25th, 2021:

Reserve your time here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cafaa2ba7f9c52-annual

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 the majority of workshops and groups are virtual access only.

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2021:

The Annual NYAPRS Conference, entitled “United in Hope, Together for Justice and Wellness for All” starts this week! It will be held virtually on September 21 23, 28 and 30! Come join us and check out the extraordinary lineup of speakers, arts exhibit, music, an awards and memorial ceremony and presentations on many topics including arts for change, advances in crisis response, criminal justice reforms, peer service innovations and supervision, racial equity and justice, cultural celebration and competence, healing from trauma and grief, community inclusion, gender diversity and youth perspectives.

Register at: NYAPRS Conf. Registration  

See the full program in the attached file or at this link: NYAPRS Conf. Program

If you attend the conference, CWO would enjoy hearing what inspired you and how it might relate to CWO workshops/groups. Share some ideas here: CWO Survey

CWO’s regular Tuesday workshops/groups will return on October 5th after the NYAPRS conference.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021:

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.

Collage 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:

Mixed Media Mobiles/Open Studio: 1pm-2pm (Wed.)

Create one of a kind, colorful mobiles using art kits that include a variety of materials including game pieces, beads, natural found objects, paper and more.This is also a space/time when we gather to continue working on current creative projects that are works-in-progress. There will be time for those who wish to share with the group about their current project. 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.

Work-in-progress example by Laura Mancuso (Boho beads, branch, nest, dried flowers and ribbon)

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/cwomha/mixed-media-mobilesopen-studio

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 778-782-973

Thursday, September 23, 2021:

The Annual NYAPRS Conference, entitled “United in Hope, Together for Justice and Wellness for All” continues! Come join us and check out the extraordinary lineup of speakers, arts exhibit, music, an awards and memorial ceremony and presentations on many topics including arts for change, advances in crisis response, criminal justice reforms, peer service innovations and supervision, racial equity and justice, cultural celebration and competence, healing from trauma and grief, community inclusion, gender diversity and youth perspectives.

Register at: NYAPRS Conf. Registration  

See the full program in the attached file or at this link: NYAPRS Conf. Program

If you attend the conference, CWO would enjoy hearing what inspired you and how it might relate to CWO workshops/groups. Share some ideas here: CWO Survey

CWO’s regular Thursday workshops/groups will return on October 7th after the NYAPRS conference.

Still Meeting: 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, September 24, 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.

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

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 (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.

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

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

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 (click here) before attending. You can join this group in person at the CWO building space. You can also join this group 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, September 25, 2021:

Annual Show 2021: Belonging

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