I’ve been to several Art & Healing workshops, and every time it is miraculous to witness the results that this type of therapy has on people in such a short period of time. It’s a wonderful organization that strives to give all it can and I adore Laurie, she runs that organization with a lot of love, it’s awe-inspiring!
As a member of the Guild, I had the good fortune to be a participant in an Art and Creativity for Healing workshop. I am NO ARTIST but Laurie assured us all that it didn’t matter. She was right—her voice, her prompts and the music allowed me to focus on my feelings—let them out and flow on my canvas. I typically write my feelings on paper, in a personal journal. For the first time, I expressed myself through color and paint strokes. When I finished my canvas, my feelings and emotions were there for me to reflect on and to learn more about myself. Such a valuable tool!
I was surprised at the depth of emotion I felt during one of my paintings. I thought the death of my son was healed and I had moved on. I found I still had some anger and anguish that came to the surface during my painting. I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in this healing process and will always cherish my painting.
Art4Healing is an amazing tool for the expression of emotion, whether pain or joy. The organization, Art and Creativity for Healing, is a fun, yet extremely professional group that has helped so many thousands of people through the years. Laurie, the founder, is a gifted teacher who puts clients immediately at ease with her wonderful style. Her story of coming to create Art4Healing to help others is one that all should hear. The facilitators teaching Art4Healing to various at-risk populations all over southern California are all top-notch, and the volunteers are a lively, passionate group. Personally, I was able to work through a grieving exercise as a participant recently after my father passed. Doing that painting was more than therapeutic. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization, and all of the outreach that is happening in this broken world!
I discovered Art4Healing about 18 months ago and two months later I received an Art4Healing teacher certification. The mission of Art & Creativity for Healing “to support healing through art & creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress” resonated strongly with me.
While participating in the teaching certification course I had the opportunity to observe the process in various real time workshop environments; working with homeless families, and active duty marines. I was again deeply impacted as I saw firsthand, the doors for healing open. The impact was palpable. “Voice” was given to feelings, which were previously buried deep, through creative process.
I knew that this modality would definitely fit in my inventory of resources for offering opportunity for emotional inquiry and healing through creativity to those seeking. I now, regularly, facilitate Art4Healing workshops with women in recovery programs. Participants have so benefited from the process. Each finds their own messages, opening pathways of healing and moving forward in their lives.
Art & Creativity for Healing fills a huge need in our society and the programs that Laurie Zagon has developed over the years have been inspired and provides promise of hope to many who otherwise might not have found a voice for their pain, illness, grief, fear or stress. Whether you are one who is seeking healing or one who is seeking to increase methodologies for healing in one's own profession or vocation, Art & Creativity for Healing is a profound resource to be experienced.
When I first came to Art for Healing both of my parents had died and I found the Art for Healing workshops so amazing, I ended up taking everything they offered many times and also became a Facilitator. Now as I work with children, teens and adults I see the power of this process to help people express themselves and begin to heal in whatever ways they need to heal. There are so many examples but I will never forget the teen who had been involved in bullying said that for the first time he realized what he did to the other guy and he felt bad. It's a process that can encourage empathy and so much more!
Art and Creativity for Healing is an amazing organization! Over the years I have been both a participant and a facilitator. I found the workshops so personally meaningful that I wanted to learn how to help others do this work. Art and Creativity for Healing takes art supplies into some of the most challenging environments. Facilitators provide guided experiences that show both children and adults how to use their own creativity and imagery to express themselves and find a way through their personal issues. As a teacher, artist and a trained counselor, I believe Art and Creativity is an organization with integrity and heart, it's the real deal!
I've had many great experiences with Art and Creativity for Healing. I was invited to a workshop maybe 17 or 18 years ago. I fell in love with the method, and have been taking classes and volunteering whenever I can, ever since. The Art 4 Healing method is so powerful. It guides me to get my analytical brain out of the way and allow my true feelings to come forward. I think of the process as "clarifying"--it always brings insight and clarity to the things going on in my life, often revealing perspectives or answers that I didn't anticipate! In my own life, Art 4 Healing has helped me to process everything from day-to-day stress, to career, to illness, to marriage and motherhood, and more. As a volunteer, I've seen the "magic" of the method work in all kinds of populations--with at-risk youth, with victims of domestic violence, kids at Camp Pendelton, and more. I've seen it bring light, hope and healing to dark, confusing, and painful places in people's lives.
The founder, Laurie Zagon, is a gifted leader and has done a great job bringing her vision to the community and guiding the organization over the years. Her staff is talented and organized, and the organization is well-run. They are driven by true passion and belief in the method, which has proven to be so effective with many different populations over the years. Everything is done with care and thoughtfulness, and there is a warmth and positivity that permeates everything they do.
I hope that ever more and more people will have access to this enriching and healing experience. If everyone could experience Art and Creativity for Healing, the world would be a much better place!
Art for Creativity and Healing comes to CHOC Children's, where I work. I love to see the kids get excited to do art. It really takes the focus off of pain and illness and puts it on fun and creativity. They bring different kinds of activities and projects for all ages. It's a great alternative to toys and T.V., which the kids get tired of. The volunteers are so kind and engaging, and I know our patients are safe with them so I am able to focus on other things. Overall I highly recommend this program.
I personally went three thousand miles from the east coat to the west coast to participate in the 40 hour facilitator certification course. I was recently diagnosed with PTSD from a career in law enforcement and looking for methods to cope with my symptoms. After numerous on line searches I came across Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. I did some exercises at home and knew I needed to learn more.
I was going through a legal battle with the city and department I worked with for over 20+ years. Through the training I came to see how hurt, angry, and emotional the whole process was for me. Laurie Zagon was amazing at teaching, instruction, and dealing with the students whose emotions arose during exercises.
After I saw the amazing help this program offered to me I immediately told the Veterans Outreach Center I was volunteering at about the program. They also saw the benefits in the program for their clients and workshops were offered.
Of course the population I worked with were Vietnam Veterans and they were a little reluctant to attend the workshops but were finally willing to give it a try, as they already tried everything else to deal with the PTSD they were suffering with for over 40+ years.
One of the darkest clients who was so angry at the world took the workshop his comment on the evaluation sheet confirmed what I already believed, this program is necessary to help individuals suffering from many different reasons. His quote "To forget life" and "Find Peace".
After the class he stated to me and I wrote it down "When doing the exercise I was able to forget about the real world and my chest pain subsided". The workshop had been "living with chronic illness".
For the last four or so years I have been facilitating courses at different venues and continue to do so.
We are a military family and all 3 of our boys have gotten to participate in an art for healing workshop at San onofre school. They love the experience and look forward to it each year! My husband and I also had the honor of attending the art for healing gala this year. It was wonderful! Thanks art for healing!!
What an amazing place! The founder and her staff are tirelessly working to give the best opportunities for self expression and renewal to many in awful situations. Not only for individuals who come through the doors but to community needs such as ending human trafficking!
I can’t say enough good things about this organization. My experience with Art & Creativity for Healing goes back to its very beginning when, as a Marriage & Family Therapist, I received a post card in the mail and I wanted to ‘check it out’ before referring clients to workshops. I was immediately ‘sold’ by the process as well as by Laurie with her obvious love, passion and commitment to serving the needs of so many people. Since that time I have referred many clients and have personally attended a few dozen workshops with friends, various family members (including one with my young granddaughter!) and students. For the past 10 or so years, I have brought my graduate psychology students from Pepperdine University each semester to experience what I believe to be a very helpful and therapeutic resource for all therapists.
Art & Creativity for Healing was such a blessing and right when we needed it. My husband and I were able to both enjoy an incredible class with Laurie. My husband served in the Marine Corps for 10 years. He was injured in combat on his second deployment and then deployed twice more after that he was medically retired. We both found so much healing in our paintings. Thank you for all that you do!
I have seen first hand, as well as experienced, the healing that comes with expressing hidden emotions on the canvas. Because of Lori's insight, and that of her team, bringing this method to those that need it is priceless!
I went to one class and just knew that I had to become a facilitator! Using make up sponges instead of brushes is just SO freeing! I am now almost done and am really enjoying the volunteering as I see first hand, the impact the sessions are having on individuals. People who didn't think they could paint are surprising themselves by discovering what they have inside of them, not to mention myself! While the emphasis is on the process, the story that comes out can be very revealing and even end up as a work of art. Exposing hidden pain to then be able to bring healing is priceless. I have learned much about myself and am looking forward to helping others on to a path of wholeness in an inspiring and unconfrontational setting.
I found this to be one of the most interesting, soul searching things I have done. I loved it and would love to do all the classes.
I've taken a class and hope to take the one in August for volunteering. I've read her book. The work they do speaks to my heart.
I have seen first hand how people open up and paint their feelings, releasing years of pain and stress. Many times the process of this program allows the participants to see their history or situation with a new perspective that brings great relief. It gives participants a new language with which to express themselves.
I have had the privilege and honor of faciliating these workshops for this excellent non-profit. I have worked with veterans, their wives, children, troubled teens, and women survivors of domestic violence. To be able to provide these groups to those struggling for the benefit of self exploration and healing has been extremely rewarding. This organization helps individuals heal and express themselves in ways they cannot with words. I thank Laurie and her non-profit for giving me this opportunity to witness healing through art and creativity. I am sure each person who has been able to attend a workshop has had similar feelings of gratitude.