Reflections and transformation

“Storytellers ought not to be too tame. They ought to be
wild creatures who function adequately in society. They are best in disguise. If they lose all their wildness, they cannot 
give us the truest joys.”

– Ben Okri

I have just spent the most incredible and transformational weekend in an ancient and magical place on the Beara Peninsula.

The weekend workshop was facilitated by our much-beloved tutor and mentor Julie Aldridge, who taught and supported students, during our art therapy training.   The workshop involved body-work as well as art making while we played with and examined our personal story in relation to energy and money.

The process of transformation is something that is part of the natural life cycle and intrigues me – this paradox of wild/tame, how to be, how to grow and be safe, and how to deal with being caught or captured.  Julie read us a wonderful story about Wayland Smith and the Valkyries, a transformational Nordic tale about 3 swan maidens and 3 brothers.

Here’s a wonderful song from ‘Stories’ by Martha Tilston.

By Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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