Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mom's Night Out Workshops- Supporting Mom's and Building Community

I have recently started hosting "Mom's Night Out" Workshops at the studio. This series of monthly workshops is geared toward supporting moms, caregivers and female identified folks in all stages of life, through intergenerational community and creativity. Each month Diana Rose Studio will offer a workshop in a creative medium. All materials and supplies will be provided for project. Guest artists will visit from the surrounding community to instruct some of the workshops. A portion of the proceeds for each workshop will be donated to Proud Mama Support Services to help fund the Perinatal Support Group in Corvallis. At each workshop, a liaison from Proud Mama Support Services will help facilitate a safe space in which we can all support each other through the joys AND challenges of motherhood. During each workshop, participants will complete a personal art project to take home as well as a collaborative piece symbolizing our support for one another as moms. My goal is to give mom's/ caregivers a creative outlet, help build community and fundraise for Proud Mama Support Services. I have invited local female artists/ entrepreneurs to come lead projects and make community connections. 

The first workshop was a macrame workshop during the month of September, led by yours truly where participants learned a basic macrame knot with many pattern variations and created a wall hanging to take home. 

Macrame Mom's Night Out showing off their wall hangings
The second workshop was led by Laurel Buley of Rambling Rose Botanicals and focused on Self- Care. Participants created a group tea blend as well as individual tea blends based on their herbal preferences. We also made some body scrubs, herbal bath soaks and handmade clay essential oil diffusers. We sat with the herbs as we processed them, stripping the leaves off the stems and discussing properties of the herbs as well as ways we each practice self-care and what that looks like for different people. The aromatherapy in the studio was simply intoxicating as we sampled Rambling Rose Teas and created our herbal goodies. My favorite blend from the class was the Rosemary Ginger Salt Scrub. I've included the recipe below: 
Some of the finished Teas/ Scrubs

Rosemary, Ginger Salt Scrub
1 Cup fine sea salt
1/4 Cup oil of choice ( we used Sunflower oil)
Pinch of ground ginger
1 tsp ground rosemary
A few drops sweet orange essential oil

*Use as a body scrub in the shower

Lemon Verbena after being processed
Essential oil Diffusers
The next mom's night out workshop is November 4th from 5:30-7:30 and will be hosting the Mandala Lady for Mandala Coloring as Meditation. Here is the class description and registration info:

Doodling and coloring are known to activate the reward centers of the brain in the prefrontal cortex. Allowing ourselves to play with colored pens and paper can create a wonderful opportunity to calm, center, and de-stress. For those of us with an inner critic, coloring offers us a low-risk chance to practice self-compassion and set self-criticism aside. 

Plus, compared to other mediums, pen and paper may more easily fit into the busy life of moms, with all its interruptions and curious little hands that get interested in our creative projects.

During this workshop you will explore three unique ways to meditate and tap into your own inner wisdom by coloring different forms of mandalas:

A pre-drawn mandala
An in-the-moment doodle mandala
A free-form mandala by way of a guided meditation

As part of the workshop we’ll also cover such topics as: how meditation can help us with stress, depression, or other mood issues, how to set intentions, a variety of coloring techniques, and different ways to color intuitively.

All materials and coloring media will be provided. If you have a favorite coloring medium that you like to use, you’re welcome to bring/use it during the workshop. You’ll also receive some mandalas to color to take home.

Total Cost= $50 per student (materials included) REGISTER HERE

*9 Spots available, register online only*

About the Instructor:
Maureen Frank is a Mandala Artist and Intuitive Channel. She began her Mandala journey after her 1999 trip to Egypt. Inspired by ancient art, nature, architecture, and patterns she created well over 200 mandala designs and art pieces since. Maureen likes to play with a variety of media including color pencils, gel pens, poured inks, markers, watercolors, and acrylics; each giving a different feel and texture to her art. Coloring mandalas, for her, acts as a creative form of meditation as well as an enjoyable calming practice. When setting an intention before coloring, she receives inner guidance and insights during and afterwards, making for a powerful coloring experience.

Find out More about Maureen's Work: