Getting Connected Through Virtual Art Healing

HeART to Home Goes Virtual

Walk With Sally’s HeART to Home program focuses on art healing and was developed specifically to assist children who have been impacted by cancer. Through creative activities as well as connecting and sharing, mentees gain access to additional support in dealing with painful circumstances and skills to reduce stress, build resilience and increase self-confidence.

On Saturday, April 18th we hosted our first ever virtual session on Zoom to stay connected with one another and promote healing and growth in our community in the time of social distancing and COVID-19. We had 21 mentors, mentees, and WWS community members from throughout Los Angeles County join us for an interactive virtual event that included yoga, meditation, and an art healing exercise focusing on our personal needs during this time.

Yoga & Meditation

The morning started off with a yoga session led by Shelley Williams at Yoga Mittra that got us moving, focused, and ready for the day! We then had a meditation led by Rafael McMaster of the South Bay Artist Collective that focused on creativity and channeling our creative energy to get us ready for the healing exercise.

South Bay Artist Collective leading mediation during Walk With Sally's Heart to Home art healing session

Focusing on our Personal Needs

The art healing exercise was led by Carol Adler, a personal coach and vision board specialist. Carol led us through a personal needs flower exercise, originally developed by A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), which allowed participants to think about what they needed to feel safe and calm during this time. They then drew an interpretation of each of those needs into each petal on their personal needs flower.

One of the participants' personal needs flowers

The exercise gave everyone an opportunity to reflect on how they are feeling and to get creative with their interpretation of each need. The results were amazing! Following the exercise, everyone shared their flowers through the video chat and talked about their needs and what they discovered about themselves

Participants sharing their personal needs flowers

It was a really fun morning and a great way for our community to get connected and reflect in this time of social distancing. We will be hosting more virtual events in the future and hope to see you there. If you know a family that has been impacted by cancer, please reach out to us at info@walkwithsally.org or 310-322-3900 so that we can provide support.

 

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