Winter Offerings at the Art Life Studio

 Special Events
Friday, April 1, 5:30 – 8 pm
Spring Art Opening – The Re-Imagining Life through Art Project
Details coming soon!
Saturday, April 2, Time/Details TBA
Community Expressive Arts Workshop
We are pleased to welcome back to the studio Dr. Sally Atkins & Dr. Harold McKinney
from the Expressive Arts Therapy program at Appalachian State University for a weekend of
  New Classes & Workshops
Day, Evening & Weekend Offerings
Please note: All classes & workshops require advance registration.
Payment plans may be available; please ask.
Registration forms can be downloaded at
Women’s Expressive Arts Group
Awaken the Muse and Become an Artist of your Life!
Within every woman there is an artist, a wild soul full of passion, wisdom and endless creativity. When we express ourselves authentically and artistically, we ignite the creative fire within, nourishing a more soulful, enlivening way of being in the world that supports growth, healing and transformation.
In this spirited women’s group, we will use painting, writing, poetry, authentic movement and contemplative practices to awaken the artist within while sparking new possibilities for shaping life as a full expression of self. Each class will include time for individual art-making and reflection, community sharing and ritual, and practical tools for cultivating contemplative and arts-based practices for tending the creative fire in everyday life. Every woman welcome; no previous experience necessary.
Two 6-week sessions available:
DAY:  Thursdays, Feb. 3 – March 10, 10:30 am – 1 pm
EVENING:  Tuesdays, Feb. 15 – March 22, 7 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $275 (includes art materials, $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space)
Women’s Weekend Retreat Series
“She calls us to paint, to dance, to speak, to sing the TRUTH of our lives…
She calls us to paint, to dance, to speak, to sing to SAVE our lives…”
-Sally Atkins, from “The Messenger”
In this advanced expressive arts group, we will focus on listening to the call of the wild soul, claiming our inner knowing and body wisdom, and becoming artists of our everyday lives. Each retreat afternoon will offer a luxurious time of “coming home to self” through art-making, embodied writing, contemplative practices and deep sharing within a community of women. Drawing on mythic stories of the feminine, intermodal expressive arts explorations, and ritual, we will shape a supportive environment for each woman to deepen her soul work through the arts. This group is specifically for women who are committed to cultivating intimate and soul-centric relationships with self and community, and for women who wish to deepen their practice of art-making as a path to soul-making.
Pre-Requisite: Previous experience in expressive arts groups at the Art Life Studio and a demonstrated commitment to expressive arts practice, individually and in community. Commitment to all 4 sessions. If you are interested in registering for this group, please contact Jena directly for more information.
WEEKEND DATES: Saturdays, Jan. 22, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16 (4 Sessions)
10 am – 3 pm (with a break for lunch on your own or with others)
Fee: $350 (includes art materials; $150 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your place) 
Expressive Arts Therapy & Coaching
R.E.A.T. Supervision
Offered by appointment; sliding scale available. Please note: Jena will be unavailable for individual sessions until Feb. 1, 2011. However, appointment times are currently being scheduled for February.
To schedule an appointment or register for an event, please contact:
Jena Leake, Ph.D. Candidate, R.E.A.T.
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
Director, the Art Life Studio
(434) 996 – 8087


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