Seeing Past the Smoke – Yoga and Art Workshop – Alton Downs
CQ has certainly seen their fair share of natural disasters over the last few years.. not the least of which the devastating fires that tore through our communities late last year.
People have suffered trauma and the effects of that trauma can be added to after each event slowly wearing away at our mental health.
This leads to stress which when experienced for extended period, can lead to many debilitating medical problems ranging from headaches to heart disease.
This is what led Capricornia Catchments to take a more holistic approach to disaster recovery by offering a series of these workshops.
This day will focus on getting people out of their heads and into their bodies. To let go of harmful ruminating on negative thoughts through the practice of trauma sensitive Yoga Therapy, simple mindfulness and breathing techniques for anxiety relief and healing.
This is then followed by an art session, either printmaking, weaving or sculpture.
“This gives people an opportunity to connect, to share their stories, to strengthen their mental and emotional resilience and to heal.” said Ms McArdle who is a Yoga Australia Registered Yoga Therapist believes that for a long time, especially in men and boys, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, asking for help or speaking about the
emotional impacts of disasters such as these is seen as being weak or cowardly. “This is not the case, in fact it can and does require a great deal of courage to speak up when we need a hand,” she said.
“Perhaps it is time to be more authentic and to reach out and connect when we need support, indeed by doing this we then make space for others to do the same.
9:00am- Arrival and sign in and welcome
9:15am-Overview of the Seeing Past the Smoke Project
9:30am- What is Yoga Therapy
9:45am Yoga Therapy Session
12:00 Clay Work with Ainslie McMahon
3pm- Wrap up and thankyou
Morning Tea and Lunch Provided
Where: The Caves Hall
When: Saturday 15th February 2020
RSVP: E: firstname.lastname@example.org
P: 0428123244 with dietary requirements
This event is jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements
Limited spaces so book now to secure your spot
Please note that this activity is unsuitable for children