Virtual Artful Healing: Time to Connect

Monday, March 15, 2021,

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Practice a series of hands-on activities inspired by artworks in the galleries. In our Artful Healing sessions, Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR, an art therapist with a private practice in Waterville, Maine, called Conscious Art Therapy will gently guide participants through a creative healing exercise inspired by a work of art in the Museum’s collection. This offering will support the development of creative expression, increase your self-awareness, and teach you simple tools to support your emotional wellbeing.
This month’s exercise is inspired by Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Sangrienta, 1975. During this Artful Healing offering, we will be learning how to use creativity to connect more deeply to ourselves and the larger world that we are also a part of.
In this film, “Silueta Sangrienta” by Ana Mendieta, we see a female figure both embedded into the Earth and also separated from the Earth. Many of us live a life where we are distracted and feeling separate from the Earth and the nature around us, yet we crave a deeper connection and sense of belonging.
Today we will learn how to engage in our own Unity Mandala creative practice. This practice allows us to remember that we all belong and each add our own unique value to the whole.
Recommended Materials:
11×14 white drawing paper
Markers or colored pencils
A large dinner plate for tracing
A pencil
*The materials listed above are only a recommendation. Feel free to use the art materials that you have on hand at home or that you are inspired to use.

Artful Healing is part of the Museum’s wellness initiative, Let Art Inspire, all of which are available online through the Museum’s website and Facebook page.

The Waterville and central Maine community can schedule appointments with Bodhi at

For questions, please contact Jordia Benjamin. To receive regular updates on our Let Art Inspire programs, please sign up for our wellness initiative newsletter.

Content Note: Mendieta’s artistic practice contains images of nudity and blood, which will be explored in this program. If you would like to skip to the healing portion of the program you can jump to 3:51.

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