This post is just a test for my blog posts – but still, it’s a good time to say how much I appreciate this beautiful part of our country. This was taken at El Morro when I was living in Arizona. What an amazing time of my life!
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.
“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” Anne Frank
Research suggests living near the beach can improve our health! Now I know why I am so drawn to being near the water…
Some of us can go to the beach for this kind of relaxation, but all of us can use “visualization” and our listening skills to make a difference. I have found that as I establish a daily practice of these disciplines, the “concerns” I have are no longer my primary thoughts – they do not take the position from which I see the rest of my life or my world. I am then able to relax, let go of the many “voices” that distract me, and receive the “breath of God”. I begin to notice the rhythm of my own breath and as I look and listen in that place, I am cleansed and refreshed – my energy is restored.
What is delightful for me in this process is that this opens up much more to me. It is like rivers of living water (John 7) that flow out from within me. If I listen and look even further, I may begin to receive an impression, a clarity about a concern, or a word that heals.
The “waters of life” flow in and through me – and refresh.
When I am encouraging others in this practice in my coaching or art therapy ministry, I direct the client to visualize the most pleasant place they can think of and “go there”. I often ask them to sit or lay in a comfortable position. Once they can see themselves in that pleasant place, I ask the to look and listen, and see what comes. Then they just receive and listen, and receive and listen. The voice of the Living Waters may come. The voice that is upon the wind of God may come. Then, they can receive all they need and be at rest in a new way for that day.
I am so grateful for this practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Art of Listening
The Art of Encouraging
The Art of Imagining
“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.
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 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.
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.....
Recently, Ginny Jackson and I held a creative gathering for 8 women called "Among the Lilies". We explored the scripture from Song of Solomon 2:16 in conversation and creative expression through collage making. Participants were asked to bring a childhood photo, simple art materials, and their imagination! Ginny began the morning with her research on lilies from all over the world. Carol taught from Songs and led a visualization and asked everyone to journal their impressions. Sharing followed that was very moving. Then collage making began. After an hour or so of art, we gathered in a circle to share. We all discovered things from our art work about our faith journeys and relationships. I'll be sharing some of their stories on my blog. Below are just a few of the beautiful collages.
Carol's Encouragement flows from a deep joy inside. She sees the world full of mystery and beauty... places and people that stimulate her imagination and creativity to find positive solutions to life's questions. Tap into her art and coaching strengths or collaborate on a community need for fresh insights and intuitive thinking.... or join in on a fun activity she is leading.... You will find yourself encouraged in your own creative ideas and who knows what will open up to you!
Art teacher ~ Art Therapist ~ Appreciative Coach ~ Creative Spiritual Direction & Retreats
Art Education BS - Kutztown University; Art Therapist at Virginia Correctional Center for Women, Goochland, VA; Masters in Ministry concentration Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Chesapeake Bible College & Seminary, Ridgley,MD; Certificate in Appreciative Coaching & Restoring Hope, The Appreciative Way, Portland, OR.
Please feel free to contact us!