Origins of the Methodology
Our methodology was developed by Suzan McCreadie, drawing upon her background in graphic design from Academy Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands, and her experience with Astar process art courses under the guidance of Gail Schoeman. Our approach shares connections with art therapy, focusing on positive themes and providing participants with a pleasing and satisfying result after the workshop, as well as a deepened insight or a more positive outlook on life.
Explanation of our Methodology
The heart of each workshop is a conscious theme, introduced through a short guided meditation. The crafting or visual arts used are vehicles to deepen the understanding of the theme. For instance, in our “Happy Hippy” workshop, participants reflect on a list of positive character traits, inspiring a set of colours to adorn a dreamcatcher. In “Packed with Positivity,” participants select or formulate positive affirmations and create beautiful cards to be used in daily life.
Why We Chose To work this Way
We chose this methodology as it sits comfortably between art therapy, Astar process art, and mainstream craft sessions. It doesn’t require trained therapists like art therapy, it focuses on the end result unlike Astar, and it adds a deeper layer of awareness and conscious themes that mainstream craft sessions often lack.
Benefits of the Methodology
Our methodology engages participants in a way that complements other self-development activities like yoga or meditation. Participants leave with a sense of accomplishment, joy, greater insights, empowerment, and positive self-awareness. The group setting fosters friendships and camaraderie. For organizations, the visual output and participant feedback are excellent resources for reporting to funders and stakeholders. The workshops can be funded through mental health, environmental, and creative channels.
In practice, the methodology shines through in workshops like “Happy Hippy
.” Here, participants start by reflecting on their positive traits, which inspires the colours for their dreamcatcher. This physical, creative process is linked with self-awareness, giving participants a tangible representation of their positive attributes.
Continuous Learning & Development
Our methodology is continuously evolving, guided by feedback from participants, facilitators, and funders. This feedback shapes our workshops, refining our objectives and processes, and contributing to our examples and training material.
Could this work for your Organisation?
Interested in how our methodology can be applied to your specific group, theme, or event? Contact us on email or book a meeting via this calendy link to discuss your specific requirements.