Beauty Within

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


“”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!