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. 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 include a variety of creative arts workshops, 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. 

We are located at: 320 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607

Covid-19 Vaccine Resources: click here

Special Event:

Help us celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month:

An evening of music, poetry & artwork:

CWO and the Gavia LifeCare Center are teaming up to host the Creative Arts Showcase. Enjoy the evening with performances of music and poetry along with a variety of 2D & 3D artwork on display. The showcase aims to raise awareness for mental health and explore the role of the arts in recovery. Light refreshments will be served. Location: 320 North Goodman Street.

Current Exhibit Viewing Hours:

Annual Show 2022: Resilience – Saturdays, 11am-1:30pm

See this collection of creative works from the CWO peer community.

Keeping A Promise – Saturdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Creative Wellness Opportunities of the Mental Health Association is honored to present the exhibition Keeping A Promise, a collection of 25 photographs by Joe Ripperger. These prints are curated and accompanied by the poetry of Barb Murphy, Joe’s Aunt. Keeping A Promise seeks to break the stigma of mental health challenges and provide supportive resources for suicide prevention.

Current Window Display:

Our creative bird habitat window display is up and available for outdoor viewing! It highlights colorful birds & bird houses created by Ron Suppe a Creative Wellness Opportunities artist. Stop by to see the  window display. Location: CWO entrance, 320 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607.

Workshops & Groups:

Please note: Before attending in-person workshops/groups, please read the CWO Safety Guidelines 2022.

If joining us virtually, we have packets of materials available for pick-up for some workshops. Please contact us if you are in need of a materials packet: (585) 325-3145 x144.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022:

In-Person & 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. Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines 2022 before attending in person.

Landscape by I.D.

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

In-Person & 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. Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines 2022 before attending in person.

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 Meet-up: Photography Magic: 1pm-2:30pm (Tue.)

Photography Magic will be meeting in person at Lamberton Conservatory, 180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 from 1-2:30 pm. Dress for the weather. Together we will photograph around Highland Park, share tips and insight on outdoor photography. We will share photos from this outing virtually in our May 31 workshop.

Photograph by Laura M.

Virtual Community Circle: The Arts as a Source of Healing, 2pm-3pm (Tue.)

In the presence of art, including music, writing or visual arts, we may experience inspiration, wonder, and even hope; it can spark our imagination, creativity, and thinking. Our internal awareness and capacity for transformation can expand through experiences with art. There are scientific studies that demonstrate how people benefit from exposure to art. During mental health recovery, art has helped many of us to communicate what we couldn’t find words for and allowed us to be with the painful reality of trauma in a way that didn’t consume us. Art can harness the healing power within each of us and help bring us into community with one another. Please join us in a special Community Circle to talk about the Arts as a source of healing.

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, May 25, 2022:

In-Person & Virtual:

Collage: 11am-12:30pm (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. We have packets of materials for this workshop if you need materials to work from home. Please contact us to get a materials packet (585) 325-3145 x144. Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines (top of page) before attending. You can join this workshop in person at the CWO building space or online.

Butterfly Queen by B.B.

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:

Fun, Fearless Drawing:  1pm-2:30pm (Wed.)

Ready, Set Draw! In this workshop, build upon and learn drawing techniques and styles using a variety of materials and paper. Create drawings inspired by fun drawing games, other artists, still lives, imagination, and each other. Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines (top of page) before attending in-person.
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://meet.goto.com/cwomha/fun-fearless-drawing
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 987-741-261

Thursday, May 26, 2022:

Virtual Art Journaling: 10am-11:30am (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

Help us celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month:

An evening of music, poetry & artwork:

CWO and the Gavia LifeCare Center are teaming up to host the Creative Arts Showcase. Enjoy the evening with performances of music and poetry along with a variety of 2D & 3D artwork on display. The showcase aims to raise awareness for mental health and explore the role of the arts in recovery. Light refreshments will be served. Location: 320 North Goodman Street.

Friday, May 27, 2022:

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

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! 🙂
Join 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 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 Safety Guidelines 2022 before attending in person.

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

Artwork by Mike B.

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 

In-Person & 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 CWO at (585) 325-3145 x144. Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines 2022 before attending in person.

Example by Judy S.

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 Safety Guidelines 2022 before attending in person.

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, May 28, 2022: 

In-Person:

Sun Catchers: 11am-12pm (Sat.)

These materials are provided: Stained glass paint, glass and plastic round ornaments.

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula

The pieces in this workshop will be part of the Summer 2022 window display called “Weathering the Storm: Resilience & Mental Health.” The window scene will include cyanotype collage waves and above the waves, colorful glass and plastic clouds will hang. Inside the glass clouds will be messages of hope and resilience. In this workshop we will create small sun catchers carrying a message of hope and resilience. We will begin by reflecting on the question: what helps you weather the waves of your life experience? Use your response to inform you of the design of your sun catcher. You may choose to share your responses or keep them private. Your messages may be placed inside the sun catcher. At the end of the workshop the sun catcher will be collected for the window display and be returned when the display comes down (end of 2022). There may be an opportunity to make a sun catcher to bring home as well. 

Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines (attached) before attending in person.

In-Person & Virtual Open Studio: 11am-1:30pm (Sat.)

This is a space/time when we gather to continue working on 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 Safety Guidelines (attached) before attending in person.

You can also 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 

In-Person & 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. Please read the CWO Safety Guidelines (attached) before attending in person.

You can also 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 

Viewing Hours: Annual Show – Resilience, 11am-1:30pm

See this collection of 2D & 3D creative work from the CWO peer community.

 

Viewing Hours: Keeping A Promise Exhibit: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Creative Wellness Opportunities of the Mental Health Association is honored to host the exhibition Keeping A Promise, a collection of 25 photographs by Joe Ripperger. These prints are curated and accompanied by the poetry of Barb Murphy, Joe’s Aunt. Keeping A Promise seeks to break the stigma of mental health challenges and provide supportive resources for suicide prevention.

 

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