The Art of Wellness documentary spotlights the important role of the arts and the positive impact that participating in arts-based programming has on our well-being, supporting people with high stress, anxiety, and depression Facing grief at the loss of your loved one, or managing your way through life’s challenges and traumas, can be greatly helped by expressing yourself through the arts.
Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre is featured in the Art of Wellness short documentary, along with other organizations that offer arts-based programs supporting mental wellness.
Ongoing Events & Workshops
Every Thursday @ 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Last Class of the season is June 22nd, 2023
Join our community for a weekly practice in movement of breath, body and mind for a healthier, happier, more connected life. These weekly sessions of gentle Mind-Body connection will bring you energy and vitality.
Community Meditation with Mayur Patel
Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm –7:30PM
Last Class is Wednesday, May 10th, 2023
Mayur Patel has generously offered his services to provide our community with yoga and guided meditation.
Registration is preferred, but drop-ins are welcome!
Soul Sound - Spring Sonic Journey
April 23rd, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
It is the time of year to prepare and set our intentions as we welcome the beginning of Spring! The energy that is cultivated now will result in the blossoming and unfolding of its manifestation in the summer to come. It is important during this time to root ourselves to the Earth and ground our energy so that we can expand and amplify higher as the sunlight increases!
Wild Wicks: Aromatherapy Candle Crafting
Sunday, April 30th @ 1:30PM to 5:00PM
In this half-day retreat, you will learn how to craft your unique aromatherapy candle using all-natural ingredients infused with hand-picked wild plants sourced from the land in a supportive and community environment.
Sacred Cacao Journey into the Heart
Sunday, May 28th @ 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Cacao is a potent plant medicine that helps us to move into our heart, reflect, explore our wishes & dreams, heal what needs to be healed, & move with love. In this plant journey, gathered in circle, we will work with ceremonial-grade cacao from Guatemala.
Rest & Restore with Restorative Yoga
Every Friday from September 23rd – October 21st (Fall 6-Week Session)
Every Friday from November 4th – December 9th (Winter 6-Week Session)
This 6-week series uses props such as chairs, bolsters, blankets, straps, and blocks to help the body and mind soften more into relaxation and stillness. With consistent practice, the more the body and mind will slip into the familiarity of ease and relaxation.
Through the support of our local partners and board members JCHAC offers a variety of workshops and events that will help members explore the opportunities social prescribing and healing through art has to offer.
Druid Medicine Sound Journey w/ Darren Austin Hall
Friday, June 9th @ 7:00PM to 9:00PM
To kick off the 3 – Day Source Resonance Intensive, join us Friday evening with a special experience of one of Darren’s legendary DRUID MEDICINE SOUND JOURNEY so participants can experience his craft and witness how Sound Journeys can be orchestrated.
3 - Day Source Resonance Intensive w/ Darren Austin Hall
June 9th, 10th, 11th
The 3-Day SOURCE RESONANCE INTENSIVE is an inspiring and empowering experience stepping into the radiant world of sound healing, the sacred power of music, and learning to foster a deep and universal sense of our vibrational reality. This intensive is for all levels of experience with sound and music.
Temple of the Wild Ecstatic Dance w/ Darren Austin Hall
Sunday, June 11th @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
To conclude the 3 – Day intensive. Join us for an ecstatic dance celebration on Sunday evening from 7:30-10pm with Darren donning his DJ Druid cap and featuring a closing Sound Journey.
Long Light - Mini Festival
Saturday, June 17th, 2023 @ 4:30PM
Cacao Ceremony: Plant Journey into The Heart
Sunday, October 16th @ 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Cacao is a potent plant medicine that helps us to move into our heart, self-reflect, explore our wishes and dreams, heal what needs to be healed, and move with love. In this plant journey, gathered in circle, we will work with ceremonial grade cacao from Guatemala. A rich, restorative yoga practice will open our hearts while being deeply nurtured.
Mondays, September 26th - October 28th @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
This 4 week Creative Resilience workshop series will help participants discover and explore their internal capacity for resilience, through the power of the arts. This program will be facilitated by Susan Ksiezopolski. Susan is a HeartMathcertified Building Personal Resilience Coach, and believes that “When we become more resilient it enables us to thrive, moving more confidently into dealing with life vs. being overwhelmed and drained by it.
Monthly Dose of Wellness: Susan K
Susan Ksiezopolski, following her retirement from a 32-year career in the public sector, reignited her life-long passion for poetry. In 2016, she graduated from the Humber School for Writers. In 2018, she founded WriteWell to support organizations and individuals in creating a path to success and wellness by unleashing the power of expressive creative writing.
She has developed and delivered a wide range of sought-after writing workshops including; Free the Writer Within, Write on the Spot, Write to Heal, Creative Resilience, Write Your Story – Memoir Writing, How to Build Your Writing Habits. Since 2016, Susan has delivered over 300 workshops.
Susan will be sharing some of her thoughts and experiences in the form of blog posts that can expand your knowledge in the Art of Wellness.
By Susan Ksiezopolski In addition to arts-based activities to support our mental health, spending time in nature and specifically gardening also benefits our wellbeing. Gardens
Everyday should be Earth Day
By Susan Ksiezopolski Take heart, winter’s claws are loosening, our trees buds are braving the weather, peeping out, and our flower beds are preparing themselves
Soak in more light – Spring into creativity
By Susan Ksiezopolski A favourite time of year for many – our spring equinox! This year it arrives on March 20 2023, the day where