OP20 Nature, Art & Community: Navigating Our Changing World

Friday June 12

3:30 PM  –  5:00 PM

Nature, Art & Community: Navigating Our Changing World

Instructor: Cynthia Shealy

Two sessions: Fridays, June 12 and 19; 3:30 - 5 PM

$55 Member | $65 Non-member

NC EE Criteria II credit

BRN | BREG Elective credit - 3 hours


Humans are wired to be creative, connected, and compassionate.  Yet, as we bear witness to the devastation of the natural world, species extinction, and climate change, we can become overwhelmed, numb, and feel more disconnected. Grief is a natural response to this destruction and loss, yet grief, especially climate grief, is not widely recognized or supported in our culture.  This workshop will offer ways to reconnect with our “original wiring” and give healthy expression to our grief. 


Participants will use writing, time in a small group, time in nature, and art making to explore ways to deepen their connection to self, each other and the more-than-human world. It is through expression of our grief, anger, and fear that we can find more ways to maintain hope, take action steps, and ultimately experience more joy and meaning in our lives. 


Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration.



Cynthia Shealy is a certified EMDR Consultant, registered yoga teacher, expressive arts therapist, and budding ecotherapist. She has a private therapy practice in Asheville, NC, where she works with individuals and leads community expressive arts workshops. Her “whole person” approach incorporates the therapeutic tools of Ecotherapy, somatic approaches, mindfulness, humor, creativity, yoga, movement, and a healthy dose of curiosity and self-compassion. Cynthia believes that nature provides the perfect partner for deeper exploration on the micro/macro level.


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