Encouraging
a Creative
Culture
Enter ManyWaters

MANYWATERS

Vision - Calling people into the creative flow of God.

ManyWaters is a network of believers who inspire creativity and ignite hope.

Our desire is to encourage an environment for creativity and intuitive leadership where people are enabled to receive and respond to the Spirit’s voice, express themselves in the fullness of who they were created to be, and make significant contributions to the betterment of their community.

 

SOUND OF MANYWATERS

Beauty Within

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When the ladies arrived for art therapy for their very first session, I had them randomly select an image of a flower from magazine clippings. We would use this image as the center focus and create a mandala.  To get focused, I led a guided visual meditation I call “A Seed in the Desert”.  The idea is that this “seed” sprouts and grows into a beautiful flower representing our lives if we will nourish the seed.  The mandala shown here was done by an offender who was able to “see” beyond her desert environment and imagine the possibilities for her future.  Is there a seed in a desert place of your life that is ready to sprout and bloom? Why not visualize it and explore the possibilities today?

Arts & Hearts

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“”Live Life” is the work of an offender at Virginia Correction Center for Women.  This artwork is one of my favorites of the zendoodle art we’ve done together over the past 6 months since beginning the art therapy program.  I must keep the artist’ name confidential, but I can tell you she is very proud of the progress she has made in dealing with stress and anger through the use of art and art therapy.  Her artwork shows her pondering on living her life from a heart of love and life.

There are 26 women in two groups meeting with me every Wednesday.  It’s the highlight of my week and I’ve been told that these ladies don’t want to miss a session!  This past week we began a theme I call “Whole-hearted”, and asked the ladies what that meant to them.  We had lots of great responses… being totally committed, fully present, and able to embrace your whole self.  I like that. I led a visual meditation on being whole-hearted. It was powerful… imagery burst forth from each of the participants with stories that were to unfold.  This week we’ll create the images in their art journal – mixed media collages with watercolor and ink…. and of course, candy hearts!  I’ll be sure to post them for you to see, too!

What’s that sound?

 

Last week in my art therapy group at the Virginia Correction Center for Women we used the visual image and symbolism of bells –  an appropriate image for the Christmas season, I thought.  We considered the purposes of different kinds of bells, their tones and volume in communicating, and how various groups might recognize the quality of each specific sound.  The bell symbol helped us to focus on the sound of our own voices and what we want to draw attention to by our tone when we are communicating.   It was a good discussion for these ladies who often feel like they have no voice.  This topic was a springboard for working in our art journals – drawing and writing about our voices.

We’ve been able to share like this as we create art at the prison each week.  Art and music therapy are well known agents of healing and stress management.  Studies are showing the benefits help in resolving grief, trauma, loss, and even in the prevention of dementia. In the field of Corrections, it is thought to help reduce recidivism.  I am so thankful to be able to share my art and coaching skills with over 30 ladies at VCCW each week.  They tell me they love being in this program and see how it’s really making a difference for them.  Have you thought about the sound of your voice?

RESTORING HOPE COACHING

Restoring Hope is about the future ~ being able to see a future that is life-giving and realistically know that we have the resources to achieve that future. Unfortunately, many of us are unable to work on creating our desired future because we bump up against the patterns we know work against us over and over again. Everyone does.

Other times we may find ourselves weighed down by grief and resentment over things that have occurred in our past. When we are grieving or resenting we are hope-less.

While we cannot change the past, we can change how we experience our past to inform our future. Restoring Hope focuses on the Nature of Hope and the resources to resolve painful memories, grief, resentment and practice the art of forgiveness.

Coaching Sessions are based upon the goals of the client in a Complimentary Session drawing from the topics below:

• Resources to Create Change
• Resolving Painful Memories
• Resolving Grief
• Forgiveness and Resolving Resentment

An Individual Session of One Hour is $75.00. A 3 Session Plan is $165.00 paid in advance.

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Restoring Hope can help you make significant progress in the transitions of your life. Contact us today to gain new vision and hope for your future.

ART THERAPY

Art Therapy

Expressive art therapy is helpful to both young clients as well as older ones. It allow for expressing inner thoughts and feelings in ways that frequently cannot be conveyed with words. It fosters emotional growth and facilitates awareness and healthy expression of emotions. Our art therapy programs utilize a variety of art media and techniques encouraging both non-verbal and verbal communication. Art therapy programming can be arranged in private settings one-on-one and in small groups settings.

Art Therapy at Virginia Correctional Center for Women - We are offering 2 art therapy groups currently for approximately 30 women. The offenders say they are benefiting from this expressive therapy and VCCW would like to offer more women the opportunity to participate as funding becomes available. The program is funded by donations through our non-profit, ManyWaters (501c3). Donation are tax deductible.

If you are interested in making a donation for this vital program, please click here.

If you are interested in planning an art therapy program or private session, please contact us here.

ENCOURAGING A CREATIVE CULTURE

COACHING a Creative Culture.....

Carol Maher believes in the value of encouraging a creative culture. Her sense of mission led her in the creation of ManyWaters Ministries in 1998. From art therapy groups to leading retreats, Carol inspires hopes and dreams.  She welcomes creative, out of the box thinking that encourages new connections and expands vision for community growth and development.

Carol’s years of experience as an art educator, spiritual coach, counselor, and community leader equip her to work with individuals and groups.  Carol is a certified coach through The Appreciative Way Coaching founded by Dr. Rob Voyle, and finds this approach invaluable and foundational to her life and ministry.

Who would benefit from Carol’s encouragement?

Artists, Non-profit and Ministry leaders, and Motivated folks who desire to:

• honor & live their values, purpose, and mission
• resolve grief, loss, trauma, and resentment
• explore spirituality through creative expression
• integrate creative expression in personal life & work environments

How to get started?

Contact Carol to talk.

Appreciative Coaching

The Appreciative Way of coaching is a way of “being” and “seeing” in the world that leads to positive life-giving ways of “doing”. The focus is on HOPE and defines it as “the ability to imagine a tomorrow that you would find enjoyable and life-giving; and to know that you have the resources to achieve that preferred future.”

Drawing from Appreciative Inquiry and Contemplative Spirituality, this coaching approach helps clients move from negative, fear-driven motivations to positive, loving motivations that lead towards personal and professional transformation.

All Coaching is done by phone or Skype except where the client is within convenient distance.

Introductory Session (30 minutes) is complimentary to assess goals.  Individual sessions are $75 for an hour.  Clients may schedule 3 Sessions as a "package" for $165.  Sessions are paid in advance by check, Paypal or credit card.

Ask About Other Opportunities

Creative Expression & Spirituality ~ Small group settings for 3 or more sessions are planned for each unique group.  Carol leads through spiritually directed focus themes, visual imagery, and creative expression that encourages deeper listening skills and inspires imagination.  Program costs are planned for each individual group. 

Dream Interpretation ~ learn the value of your dreams from a biblical interpretation.  Recording and drawing dreams in a dream journal is recommended.  A donation to our ministry is requested.

Retreats ~ Creative & spiritual encouragement retreats are the highlight of the year!  Often along Indian Pathways or Island Breeze locations that inspire creative energies and new life are our destinations.  Help us plan one that meets your group needs!  We'd love to work with you.  We are currently planning a three day excursion in VA - "Journey on the James". Call for details.

 

THE ARTS

The Art of Listening

The Art of Encouraging

The Art of Imagining

ARTS = Apostolic, Restorative, Transformational Streams

“The Sound of Many Waters” ~ Revelation 14:2

Not only are the Arts extremely important as a vehicle of self-expression and beauty in the world, but the Arts create platforms for restoration and transformation of our communities.

The word “ARTS” can be seen as an acrostic.  Each letter represents a value embedded in ManyWaters, whereby the power of creative listening and engaging with others flows outward as streams of life into the world.

The Art of ListeningWhat do you hear/see?

Listening, tuning an ear to the sound of hope. Looking for a vision of the future.  Where do we hear the sound of life? What do we perceive? An intentional lifestyle of contemplation; taking up a position to see and hear as in Habakkuk 2.  To be "prophetically conscious" ~ What is the Spirit doing among us? What does the Spirit want us to do about it?

The Art of Encouraging ~ What do you think?

The art of encouraging can make all the difference in building healthy relationships that lead to vibrant groups and communities. Asking the type of questions that lead to healing, hope, and future-oriented thinking moves us towards actions that produce growth. 

Consider how our coaching might benefit your life and work.  Coaching for leaders focuses on strengthening character building and leadership skills. Ask about the "huddle" approach. Carol & John partner together encouraging couples and leadership teams.

Contact Carol to learn more and get connected.

The Art of Imagining ~ What do you wonder?

Is there a stream of living water bubbling up?  How to encourage its flow...

What will it become? How will it bless others?

There is no limit to the heart of imagination as we allow ourselves to wonder.....

Here is what Bobbie LeViness had to share after attending one of our creative sessions....

"Carol, ... Participating in your Faith in Arts workshop, called 'JOY', a few months ago encouraged me in a variety of ways.  I am still finding that 'streams are bubbling up' even in the midst of the craziest times in my professional and personal life.  I find myself taking photos in the woods during my walks with my dog... of small things that I might have otherwise passed by.  Stopping and seeing them through the camera lens helps me to see God's daily gifts.  I just don't want to miss the joy God has for me anymore.  One of my favorite meditations you led was 'Behold=Surprise'!  God has surprises for us if we can be open to the Spirit.  Another fun gift from the workshop was the fellowship that sprung from it!  I then wanted so much to offer my small creative gift that when two friends asked what we could do to help another friend who was recovering from surgery, I offered the idea of a collage of encouraging images we put together and framed.  Here is the gift we gave her....."

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ManyWaters


5605 Eagle Lake Drive

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Carol Maher


carolsdream@gmail.com

804-868-0041


John F Maher, Jr.


johnwinded@icloud.com

804-461-0449