The Mindful HeART Program
Fridays | January 12th, January 26th, February 9th, March 1st, & March 15th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
In this 2 hour session, students will learn and explore the benefits of creative thinking through art, nature, and mindfulness activities.
Our philosophy at JCHAC is that everyone has an artist within and art is for everybody.
During these morning sessions your child will:
- Create art, uninhibited by our thinking mind and allow students to get in touch with who they are, what inspires them, and how to unleash their inner creativity.
- Explore the natural world, benefiting from nature while learning to connect with the
- Experience Mindfulness, through learning about self-regulation and management tools.
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About Your Instructor
What to Expect
Foraging, Journalling and Sketching in Nature
Students will partake in foraging collecting leaves discussed and using them for art projects for their nature journal. This journal will be made on site by each student using specialty papers and nature-inspired elements. They will understand the importance of journaling and sketching and be guided on techniques and lessons on how to fill their journals with art, history, love and more!
Learn about the Land
Work your way through our nature trails and learn about the native species of weeds that are beneficial to our planet and health. We will also be learning about the history of the grounds from both indigenous and present day perspectives.
Nature as a source of Wellness & Mindfulness
Students will learn about the interconnectedness between ourselves and nature and how taking care of it can also be a source for our wellness. We will learn about mindfulness and use nature as guide to healthier living through various activities that include meditation sessions, breathing exercises and more.
- Tree & plant identification
- Animal tracking
- First nations & traditional skills.
- Bird language
- Gardening & plant tending.
- Story telling
- Nature sketching
- Art project using foraged objects
- Emotional Literacy (how to manage emotions).
- Skills to connect with themselves and others.
- Mindful walking.
- Mindful art & journalling.
Information & Policies
We will start at 1:00PM and end at 3:00PM. See program details for specific dates. Drop-off is at 12:45PM. Pick up should be done no later that 3:15PM
According to Halton Region public health guidelines regarding learning cohorts, Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre cannot provide extended care for 2023. We thank you for your understanding.
All classes will be conducted in the Main Floor of the gallery, the porch of the gallery and primarily, outside in our Gardens. Drop-off will be outside of the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre Gallery at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd East just off of William Halton Parkway.
Health and Safety
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. To continue our mindful approach to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keeping overall health, Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre programs meet health guidelines designed in consultation with the Town of Oakville and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, encouraging physical distancing and as much instruction outdoors as possible.
Class will consist of up to 10 students and one instructor working exclusively with the assigned group.
We ask parents to also use their better judgement if they notice their child is showing symptoms of COVID-19 or other flu-like symptoms. In this scenario, we ask that children who are sick stay home.
During the program, art instructors will ensure that all students practice social distancing measures.
Students and staff may be required to wear face masks indoors if Halton Region public health guidelines state they must at the time of camp. The learning space will be equipped with hand sanitation stations and a sink for thorough hand washing.
An email outlining all necessary information listed above will be sent to registrants prior to the program start date.
What to Bring
Students are to dress to get messy and should bring water and a snack as long it is nut-free.
Inclement Weather Policy
Class will run regardless of the weather, unless warnings issued by weather specialists state otherwise. Program content will be adjusted to the weather as necessary if working outside.