Restoring in Nature, Mind-body practices, and Art for self-exploration & Healing
A Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Read more here: Stanford finds mental Heath prescription: Nature
Nature Heals, soothes, restores, connects! Screen time is deadly…
Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.
The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, or sad, or helpless. This, in turn, elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A pleasing environment reverses that.
Read more about this study here:
At Eco Art Journeys we use nature’s wisdom and nature guided walking meditations, to teach us about ourselves and the world we live in. We use art as a catalyst for transformation for healing, for processing the feelings and emotions that come up during soul explorations that aren’t easy to articulate sometimes, in that space where creating and nature’s wisdom merge is a very special pearl of wisdom that is offered to you by your own inner guidance that helps voice the deep pain, trauma and hurt or limiting beliefs that keep us stuck in a cycle. If you want to read more about the effects of nature on your health click here. If you want to learn more about how art heals click here. Also if you want to learn more about Yoga, Taichi and Qigong and how it improves your health, click on each word.
Taichi: An ancient meditative martial art that tones the body, lowers blood pressure, and promotes overall well-being in all ages. Engage the warrior within to respond and not react. Tai Chi allows you to quiet your mind, move beyond the fight and flight response and stress.
Qi Gong is a simple meditation practice that aligns your breath, strengthens your immune system and cultivates awareness of the energy flowing through your body. Qigong has been shown to improve posture and respiration.
We use art journaling, coloring, perhaps a painting, a collage, a dance, a photography, a song or anything that sparks your creativity and self- expression to brings forth discoveries of your inner life, perhaps new possibilities for different choices to attain wellness, a more meaningful and purposeful life.
Being stuck in the daily grind or the rat race prevents any kind of creativity from springing up! So here we offer an opportunity to replenish your soul, your body, and your mind, we hope to create the space to find inspiration, relaxation, nurturing yourself, and exploring your soul for healing and to even perhaps rediscover your passions.
Our retreats are themed journeys of self-discovery, soul-searching, personal insight, conflict resolution and inner healing engaged through connecting with nature and letting it teach us so then we can engage our artistic expression. Nature teaches us a new language and it shows us how we can use our individual life experiences for healing, connection, transformation, and empowerment and it is our mission to bring this healing and empowerment to underserved communities.
During our Soul Explorations, we use art journaling as a catalyst for healing, we give or trauma a voice and meaning by providing expressive art workshops to support emotional healing.
We’re different from other art programs. Our Eco Art Journeys curriculum contains guided exercises, rather than loosely formatted art sessions. These exercises are specially designed to elicit emotional responses. Participants leave encouraged, with enhanced clarity and insight.
Eco Art Journeys is not Art Therapy.
We are NOT an Art Therapy provider. We share art as a tool for self-expression and self-exploration. The structure of the Eco Art Journeys sessions makes clear that the leaders are facilitators of the creative process, not therapists guiding it. EAJ facilitators don’t offer any interpretation or diagnosis.
The focus remains on the participants in charge of their own exploration. The fact that this process is therapeutic DOES NOT make it art therapy.
Art therapy is actually a legally separate institution and field of practice.
The retreats provide an opportunity to explore your deepest longings, connect with and heed natural callings in yourself, and others, break down limiting beliefs and fall deeply in love with your authentic self, heal the past hurts, develop the courage to follow your dreams, learn to follow your intuition to develop your full potential, by discovering and embracing your purpose and your calling to be an agent of change
Who: All abilities /ages and anyone interested in deeper self-exploration, creative process, nature exposure and explorations, rejuvenation, and adventure.
*Opportunities for community service will vary depending on location.