Miniature Shrines to Blessings and Thanksgiving


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

- Saturday, November 15, 10am-3pm

Miniature Shrines to Blessings and Thansgiving

Although most of us can identify what is working and good in our lives, we frequently focus and dwell on what interrupts that field of positivity. In other words, most of our experience is uneventfully positive (we are able to walk, talk, eat, work, play), but when something disrupts this baseline, it naturally gets our attention. To use a visual metaphor, you could say that our attention is like a photograph. The “good” forms the background, it frames the picture but it is less distinct, may even go unnoticed; whereas the “bad” appears sharply clear in the foreground, and commands our focus. This is understandable, and actually helpful to us, because it identifies that something needs to be dealt with. However, if we only notice problems, we do not have the opportunity to enjoy what is positive and good.

In this workshop, we will create shrines to identify and honor the little blessings and big blessings 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 shrine.

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

  • 1) Attendees will be able to list three ways that focusing on blessings and gratitude help us manage and recover from adversity.
  • 2) Attendees will be able to list three ways strategies for incorporating gratitude and attending to the good into our personal and professional lives.
  • 3) 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 with 4.5 CECs $55

Pay what you can amount: $


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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