Join us at
East Village Access
242 East 2nd St. NY, NY
February 13th 2018
What does it mean to be mentally “different” in a culture dominated by reason? How can we pursue other dimensions of our humanity that are often less valued in our time? How do we acknowledge and value our own sensitivity and yearning for ways of being that expand beyond the range of rationality?
There are many thinkers, artists, and leaders we can look to for suggestions. Take for instance, Vincent van Gogh, a critical and visionary artist who placed a greater value on spirituality and justice than many of his contemporaries. The courage of his work shows us that it is possible to step outside the norm, to value alternate ways of thinking, and to connect with each other in our desire to express ourselves through the arts and spirituality.
We can draw inspiration, solace, and wisdom from engaging with courageous works of art and spirituality such as Van Gogh’s and by joining together with others who consider creativity and spirituality important parts of their life, their story, and their healing .
In this workshop, we begin with a short (10 min) guided meditation exercise, followed by a group discussion of a work of spiritual art (such as van Gogh’s painting “Starry Night” or a Mary Oliver poem). Then we engage in a personal creative exercise that furthers our understanding of the work. We will leave connected to a deeper meaning for ourselves and our communities.
Dr. Bradley Lewis - psychiatrist, therapist, and humanities professor. He is devoted to enriching clinical practice and everyday life through integration with the arts, humanities, and cultural/religious study.
Dr. Montana Queler - psychologist and licensed mental health counselor. Her approach to therapy honors suffering and difference.
Annie Robinson - Annie Robinson - wellness program facilitator at NYU School of Medicine, narrative medicine instructor, certified wellness coach, and doula. She is dedicated to guiding people in explorations of their innate capacity to heal, awaken, and flourish.