Alternating Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm
Beginning on September 26th
You hold space for healing. You listen and honor the stories and pain your clients bring to your office week after week.
Holding that kind of space can be draining and grueling at any time, but in these days when anxiety, depression and hopelessness are skyrocketing societally, it is that much more taxing for the therapist. Not to mention, you have your own worries about the world and your own personal struggles.
How can you help someone else fill their well, if yours is bone dry?
You have your own well to fill.
Fill Your Well is a six-session, alternating week program just for practicing therapists at Unfold Studio in Cotati. It's a private community in which to do your own processing, healing, releasing, and transforming through creativity and with the guidance of an experienced facilitator.
Many therapists have mentioned to me that they would like to come to my classes but their own clients already attend, so that's not possible. And yet, we all need a safe place to express ourselves. That’s why I’ve created this special program just for therapists and healers. I know from my own experience holding space, that you are a filter for all that your clients express day after day and you need your own safe space for self-care and self-expression.
Fill Your Well is a unique offering, there's nothing else like it in the Bay Area.
Hi, I'm Susie Stonefield Miller, artist, teacher, and person centered expressive arts facilitator. My passion is introducing people to their long dormant or banished Inner Artists, and making space for healing and transformation through the powerful practice of art journaling. Find out more about me here.
Art journaling is a no-rules creative practice, combining color, imagery, line, texture, and words to express what's churning around inside of you. It can be fun, playful and relaxing, and it can also be emotional, insightful, and life-changing. Best of all, you don't have to have any art background or training or skills (in other words, you don't have to be "an artist") to get the full benefit and joy of an art journaling experience.
Questions about art journaling? Click here for more info.
In Fill Your Well, the focus will be on your personal process. There will be guided options for you, but you are encouraged to do what feels right to you, whether that is use a prompt or start with a completely blank page and no idea what you're working on. Learning how to trust and lean into your intuition in this work is powerful stuff and often incredibly fruitful.
And I will be there the whole time to support you in the process.
For those of you familiar with classes and workshops at Unfold Studio, Fill Your Well will be a bit different. Though it will be the regular open studio experience, in which each participant finds their own inspiration and works on their own path, there will be additions to the format.
Grounding meditation: Each class will begin with a grounding meditation. It's recommended to plan accordingly to arrive in time (or a little early) for this and not to walk in during this, to avoid disrupting the group.
Sharing: Each class will end with sharing, either whole group or in intimate dyads. Sharing is always an invitation, not a requirement.
Stable Group: Registering for Fill Your Well is registering for the whole program, not individual evenings. The same group will attend the entire program, no drop in's.
Guidance: There will be plenty of support around the art journaling process, but this is not a technique-rich program, rather an expressive arts experience focusing on trusting your intuition to guide you to the materials and expression that best suits your needs. My style of facilitation is believing that you are the best arbiter of your path and healing. I am there to create and hold the sacred container; to share the materials (and how to use them) with you; and to help redirect you from your stuck place, if, and when, you desire. My style is not "step"-driven ("first you do this, then you do this...") but rather holding space for you to discover what is deeply inside you that desires a voice. That means that it is an open-ended process and no two pages or participant's experiences will be the same.