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With Sobia Ahmad, RYT 500

In this workshop, participants will explore the relationship between art and
wellness through mixed-media abstract compositions. Emphasis will be on
channeling positive energy, visualizing hurt and pain, containing anxiety, and
creating a “whole” self through guided meditations and expressive exercises. This workshop requires no prior experience in art.

About Sobia Ahmad

Born and raised in Pakistan, Sobia Ahmad moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a community health worker. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland College Park: B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health. She has worked with Montgomery County government as a Behavioral Health Program Coordinator where she developed mental health education materials and programming for minorities. Ahmad believes art holds immense powers and can be a tool for both personal and societal transformation. It can help enrich one’s quality of life through its therapeutic nature and also allow people to connect with a wider community by acting as a tool to raise awareness about issues of social justice. As someone who has personally found healing in art in times of both physical illness and mental health struggles, Ahmad is deeply interested in sharing the positive effects of art on wellness with those who are not trained as artists. She leads art and wellness workshops at the University of Maryland College Park, VisArts Center, and Sanctuaries DC.
Ahmad’s artwork is an exploration of identity as an immigrant Muslim female. Her work has been included in the Sadat Art for Peace permanent collection and has been displayed widely in the Washington D.C. metro area, in Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and in several other cities including Chicago, Seattle, and London. She was awarded an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center for Fall 2018. Her work can be found at