Inner Strength Sanctuaries


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

- Saturday, June 20, 12:30-5:30pm

Inner Strength Sanctuary WorkshopThe word “sanctuary” refers to a place of refuge or safety. In this art-based workshop, we will create small found object sculptures as sanctuaries to protect a quality or virtue that we would like to honor or increase in our lives. These inner strengths—such as gratitude, joy, hope, resilience, or humor—sometimes need a sacred haven. Together we will explore our sense of play, delight our senses, and create a shelter for the strengths we value in our lives.

This workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience–you need not consider yourself an artist to attend. Materials will be provided but attendees are also invited to bring any personally meaningful objects that they might want to include in their sanctuaries.

Snacks will be provided. We will have a short break for lunch—either bring a bag lunch or lunch is also available from healthy, reasonably priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

For counselors, art therapists, expressive therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists who wish to receive 4.5 CECs, the workshop objectives are:

  • Attendees will be able to identify and list strengths using Peterson and Seligmans’s Character Strengths and Virtues.
  • Attendees will be able to list three ways that focusing on character strengths help us manage and recover from adversity.
  • Attendees will be able to list three strategies for using found objects and boxes as tools in art therapy for identifying and meeting therapeutic goals.

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 CECs: $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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