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Info Session for Art Psychotherapy Degree offered in Mullumbimby 2018

Dear All,
I like to inform you of an other upcoming information session for this years degree course in art psychotherapy through Ikon Institute. In this session you get a little experiential taste of art therapy and get to ask any questions you may have.
Info Session is this Sunday 11am at the Byron Community College.

Please note :
This is a 3 year course that students have an option to exit earlier with a Diploma or associate degree with a one or two year commitment only rather than the full three year degree. This means you are getting government support for the course.
More info is in this weeks echo page 20 or click the echo link below.

Wishing you all a very happy, joyous and peaceful year!

 

https://issuu.com/echopublications/docs/byronecho3232/20

Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy Course offered in Mullumbimby

Dear all,
The first year of teaching a wonderful group of students the Adv. Dipl. of Transpersonal Art Therapy in Mullumbimby through Ikon comes to a close.
The feedback has been very positive and we are now planning next years degree course which is a
3 yr. Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy course
with more depths and more time to integrate all the rich learning which is provided through Ikon.
You can defer payments until you are working approved for FEE HELP.
There will be an
info session on 25th of November in Mullumbimby giving you a taste of what is to be expected and a chance to answer any questions you may have (see flyer attached).
Apply Now for 2018
Call Phil 0n 1300 000 933 click 2
Or visit ikoninstitute.com.au

Art Therapy workshops and accredited Art Therapy trainings

Dear All​

​​Very exciting news!​ My art/art therapy studio will be finished by the end of the year!
​​It was well worth waiting for. A spot with the fantastic views, plenty of light and airflow, just five minutes outside of Mullumbimby on 10 acres of privacy and peace :-)
I will run regular weekend half to two day art/art therapy workshops plus a regular clay creation group (yes, I rekindled my old passion for clay too) and will post more information about dates and workshops at the beginning of next year. If you are interested in being on my mailing list just fill in the contact form with your request.

The other good news:
is that Ikon is running one of​ their accredited training program to become a qualified Art Therapist for the first time in Byron Bay.
​This is a one year Diploma Course in Art Therapy. ​
I will be teaching some of the subjects (and most probably from my studio) amongst other teachers who will visit from interstate.

Please feel free to forward the information to anyone you feel may be interested :-)​

PS if you require Vet-Fee​-help you would have to apply asap as there will be changes next year and Vet courses no longer receive that kind of help. This is the reason Ikon likes to start already on the 15th of December 16 so that people who do start now, can receive this financial support.
See the link below and don’t hesitate to contact them directly for more information.

Last but not least there are still places left for the one day Introduction to Art Therapy at the Byron Communtiy College this Saturday the 26the of Novemenber. Just call the College on 02 66843 374

Postcards From the Edge, a three week creative arts group

This is a 3 week creative arts group funded through The Buttery Bangalow and facilitated by Claudia Gyr/Creative Arts Therapist and first session co-facilitated with Jenni Cargill-Strong. Please note time has been changed to 12:30-15:30 pm

 

Intruduction to Art Therapy Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one day group has been running through the college for the last four years and offers an enjoyable day, connecting with each other, exploring and experiencing art therapy processes and learning about the many ways and areas it can be used in mental health and personal develpment.

Date of Workshop : Saturday 5th of December 10am -4pm

Place  :Mullumbimby , Byron Community College

If you are interested please get in touch with the college directly on

02 66843374

Facilitated by Claudia Gyr/ MA Creative Arts Therapy

 

Transformational Oracle Creation

Mullumbimby Art Therapy is offering a creative exploration Group for Women who have experienced Trauma and Domestic Violence.

The images produced will be  developed into a tarot card set and be part of an exhibition in November (if participants agree).

This is a strength based group focusing on our values and resources.

The group is focused on the enjoyment of being creative together amongst a support circle of women. This is an open group so  women can choose how many weeks they like to participate. An initial interview with the Women’s Resource Centre in Mullumbimby is required. Contact Neroli or Michelle on 02 66844299 or 0457864253

The group runs for four weeks, Fridays from the 17th of July to the 7th of August 10am-1pm and is held in Mullumbimby.

Facilitated by Claudia Gyr/MA Creative Arts Therapy

 

 

One Day Workshop about Cultivating your Compassiate Mind

The Power of Compassion: How to Manage Stress by Cultivating your Compassionate Mind

In 2 weeks time (June 19th), the University Centre for Rural Health North Coast is bringing Professor Paul Gilbert (UK)to Lismore run a one-day low-cost workshop for the general community, assisted by a friend of mine, James Benette-Levy.

Its a rare opportunity to see on the North Coast a founder of a significant psychotherapy (Compassion Focused Therapy). It’s possible that you at his evening talk 2 years ago when he drew 326 people to the Lismore Workers Club.

Next week, Paul is on a panel with the Dalai Lama at the Happiness and its Causes conference in Sydney. The North Coast workshops (there’s a 3 day workshop in Byron for therapists June 15-17 – see www.cbttraining.com.au) are his only other Australian events.

 If you want to see Paul’s Lismore evening talk from 2013, you can find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GKVMILwzdY
The Lismore 1 day workshop is filling fast. If you are thinking of coming, I’d strongly advise registering in the next week to secure a place. The application form is attached, or you can find this and more information at www.cbttraining.com.au
Thanks to the various sponsors (Lismore Council, North Coast Medicare Local, Northern Rivers Social Development Council, Lightn Up and ourselves), lunch is also included. Its purposely low-cost to open to the community at large as part of the Compassionate Lismore project, and  a great deal at $90, or $60 concession.
They are keen to make it so that not just health and community sector professionals, but also members of the general public are aware of the opportunity, so please do let friends and clients know, if you think its something that might be of value for them.

A Day of Art Therapy

This year I will run the popular ‘Intruduction to Art Therapy’ day again in Mullumbimby. The next workshop will happen on the Sunday the 29th of March 2015 10am-3:30pm with the wonderful support of the Byron Community College.

For enrolement please contact the College on 02 66843374

 

I don’t get to update my website regularly anymore but I like to refere you to my pinterest boards where I now pin interesting information in regards of art therapy and other interesting information. It is a quick and wonderful way of sharing information and ideas. So here is the link

https://www.pinterest.com/personalshrines/

And don’t hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions, through the contact form on this website.

Creative Arts Counselling with Children

Using creative means for expression is a really essential skill when working with children who often don’t find the words to express their feelings and emotions.

Below is some information about a great couple of training days up at the Sunshine coast on the 22. and 23. of November facilitated by one of my leturers when I studied Art Thearpy. If you are interested in learning more about Sandplay and the use of creative tools when counselling children, check out the link below.

2014 Creative Arts Counselling with Children

 

 

Mindful Living

Mindfulness is a word we come across almost daily now and particularly in regards of mental health.
Brain research has shown that we can change our brain with our mind and it is evident that living mindfully has a very positive impact on many areas of our lives. It isn’t something new as Buddhism and other traditions have been using mindfulness as a daily practice for a very long time, but it finally has found a wider recognition in our society in playing a vital part towards our health and well-being.

Jon Kabat-Zinn defines Mindfulness as :
“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non- judgementally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”

As I explore the gifts of mindfulness in my own life I notice that the joy of any experience lies within its presence or absence. For example: We all have our little morning routines. One of mine is to make myself a hot lemon drink. Obviously there are many ways I can go about it and experience this event.
I discovered  that it is not so much what I do but how I do it. I can for example stumble into the kitchen grab the lemon and the cutting board whilst I run through the list of things I need to do. Whilst I am cutting the fruit I remember an incident from yesterday, a conversation I had. Then I look for the juicer, imagining how that person must feel like in their own life. As I pour the juice into the glass I remember to check my car into the mechanics. The kettle boiled and I pour the hot water in the cup together with the lemon juice. I grab my cup still thinking about the car and start worrying about the problems it may have as I wander back into my bedroom.
Now imagine the second version: I wake and have a good stretch, feeling the warmth and weight of my blanket, taking my time to connect with my body sensations.
Then I push off the blanket and feel the fresh air on my skin, roll out of my bed gently, placing my feet on the ground, feeling the smooth soft wood underneath them. As I walk into the kitchen I notice some stiffness in my joints though slowly easing off as I move. I grab a lemon feeling its nobly waxy skin in my hand. As I cut it the lemon smell evaporates into the air and little squirts of juice touch my hands. I boil the kettle. I am hearing the bubbly noise and the click to switch it off. Then as I poor the hot water I see the steam rising through the morning light. I grab my cup feeling the weight of it as I walk back into my bedroom.

I am sure you get a sense of what I am trying to say, nothing seems to bring joy if we are not doing it mindfully: aware of our senses and feeling.  Most of us most of the time live in our heads. The simplicity of bringing the mind back to our senses brings us back to the present moment. This is available to us every single moment and the shift I notice is actually quite big, metaphorically speaking, from a small black and white box to an open colourful space. I feel that the whole world is opening up when I shift from the minds conceptions to an open mind of curiosity and wonder.

Now I don’t deny thought processes we need to think through as we enquire and investigate our lives, but we may find more joy and make change in our lives more easily with awareness and mindfulness.
Even negative thoughts and feelings, when met with an open, accepting mind dissipate more easily and quickly. The tricky thing is of course that we by default move in the opposite direction: which is to avoid, resist and distract ourselves from those unwanted thoughts and feelings. We keep busy with mental things, computers, entertainment and/or drugs so we don’t have to feel.
Unfortunately we throw out the bad feelings with the good ones and slowly become more numb, dull and disconnected.  Enjoyment then becomes more and more something we believe we get through something outside ourselves. But it never satisfies us and so we become these hungry, restless ghosts looking always for more but never finding what we are looking for.
The good news is that there is a simple remedy for restlessness and unhappiness: to explore the simplicity of coming back to your senses and explore mindfulness in your life, little moments at a time. You may stumble and doubt the effectiveness at times but the more you practice the better it gets and you may even find it becomes addictive!
Blessings to you all.

Claudia M Gyr

Offering mindfulness based, body-centered Art Therapy

and sell personal shrine making kits (check out personal shrines page).