Spirit Dolls for Strength Creativity Workshop


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

- Saturday, September 7, 10am-3pm

Spirit Dolls Creativity Workshop“If you want to transform a situation or a relationship, focusing on strengths is often more effective than focusing on problems.” - Fialkov & Haddad, 2009

In this art-based workshop, we will create small spirit figures to identify and celebrate a quality or virtue that we would like to increase in our lives. Using simple doll making techniques, we will wrap shiny wire and sparkling beads with unique fabrics and found objects to embody qualities or virtues that we value - appreciation, gratitude, joy, hope, optimism; freedom from anxiety and depression; health, and humor.

"When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity" (Seligman, 2002a). Together we will explore our sense of play, delight our senses, and create spirit dolls which invite our strengths and virtues to come to life.


  • Attendees will be able to identify and list strengths using Peterson and Seligmans’s Character Strengths and Virtues.
  • Attendees will be able be able to list three ways that making spirit dolls can be used to identify and examine strengths.
  • Attendees will learn wire wrapping, simple doll making technique, as evidenced by constructing one or more doll.

Snacks will be provided. Bring a box lunch. Lunch can also be purchased from healthy, reasonably priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

4.5 CEC's are available for this workshop.

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