May 9, 2015: Exploring our Practice Through SoulCollage facilitated by Tseme Garcia

Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
in the Sarana Kuti (building at the rear of the east parking lot)
2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA

Through the weaving together of expressive arts with guided meditation, visualization, poetry and reflection, we’ll spend the day inviting our spirits to engage in meditative play. We’ll use SoulCollage®, a technique that involves contemplatively selecting and gluing magazine images onto 5” x 8” cards as a tool for inquiring into and deepening our meditation practice. The SoulCollage process helps us to discover and explore our authentic selves, bringing healing to ourselves and to others through creative expression. We’ll incorporate mindfulness and reflection in order to look inward using the creative process to explore our practice. We’ll engage in contemplative sharing, allowing us to learn about ourselves and listen to one another in a safe, supportive environment.

During the workshop we’ll explore two themes: What brings you joy or delight? and What helps you relax into “Samadhi”? (Samadhi might be described as a state of whole-hearted and deeply embodied awareness). We’ll examine these two themes and how they relate to our meditation practice and daily living through the medium of SoulCollage, personal reflection, and group sharing.

These workshops are a safe place for us to “play” and explore—no art experience or talent is needed! Those who especially feel “I am not creative,” are encouraged to attend. Come allow your inner child to play!

The Facilitator:
Tseme Garcia, MA, CCRP, CNC, CFSP has been providing individual and small- group spiritual guidance using expressive arts and contemplative practices since 2004. She has used SoulCollage and other expressive arts to explore her own spiritual journey for more than a decade. Tseme is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Wellness Coach who teaches whole foods nutrition to individuals and small groups using the Food+SpiritTM approach to mind-body healing, nutrition, and wellness. She guides Gyalshen Modesto Sangha and studies Bön Tibetan Buddhist meditation and spirituality. She holds a Master’s degree from Sofia University; a Certificate in Expressive Arts from John F. Kennedy University; and a Certificate in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction.

This day is freely offered to all. Donations/dana are gratefully appreciated to support the facilitator and IMCV’s future offerings. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for a potluck lunch. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.

Necessary supplies including magazines will be provided, but feel free to bring any favorite magazine images or personal photographs that you might wish to use.

Please register in advance so that we may have enough materials for all attendees.