Mandalas for Managing Stress and Increasing Wellbeing


With Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT & Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC

- Saturday, September 12, 10am-3pm


The Mandala serves to move us towards psychological growth,
expressing the idea of a safe refuge, inner reconciliation and wholeness.

-Carl G. Jung, Mandala Symbolism

Mandalas, a Sanskrit word meaning "containers of essence," can serve as vessels into which we project our psyche and a visual reflection of our experience. It is then returned to us as a way of restoration. Mandalas can also be a means to set and focus an intention - in this case our focus wil be on managing stress. We will outline elements of stress and explore what it means not only to reduce stress but to increase wellbeing for ourselves and others. 

Let’s reduce our stress and feel more joy, peace, energy, clarity and motivation! This workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience; you need not consider yourself an artist to attend.  All materials will be provided. Snacks will also be provided.  Bring a box lunch or lunch can also be gotten from healthy, reasonably priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

  • Objective 1: Attendees will be able to identify 3-5 signs of stress and 3-5 indicators of wellbeing.
  • Objective 2: Attendees will be able to 3-5 strategies for reducing stress and increasing wellbeing.
  • Objective 3: Attendees will be able to list 3 therapeutic benefits around using mandalas in art therapy as a stress reduction tool. 

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Suggested donation: $45
Suggested donation for Continuing Education Credits: $55

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About Rebecca and Gioia
Rebecca Wilkinson and Gioia ChiltonRebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT and Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC and are both registered and board certified art therapists with twenty years of experience in mental health and in facilitating training and workshops. They are co-founders of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC which provides training, consultation, and clinical therapy designed to promote wellbeing and increased life satisfaction. They serve as adjunct faculty at George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and provide continuing education and development through the Potomac Art Therapy Association. They also serve as core faculty of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, facilitating supportive workshops for clients affected by life threatening illness and the professional providers working with them.

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