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!
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 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'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.
It is an honor for me to serve as a member of the Board for Art & Creativity For Healing. For the last 14 years, Laurie and the Volunteers, Guild and Board Members have brought a powerful means of expressing pain and grief through abstract art. This method as allowed for individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds to gain healing and understanding of their experience through their own personal art.
I have had the distinct opportunity to volunteer as a helper of the amazing facilitators for many of our local programs, as well as served at the studio workshops. The impact that the program has for all of the individuals who participate is important for their 1) healing process as well as 2) the communication of their individual experience of their situations to their own family, friends, case workers and therapists.
Art for Healing classes are relaxing and allow participants to find their creativity inside. Truly enjoyable classes...great for children and adults. The Art & Creativity for Healing team are well prepared and organized and encourage expression of all feelings.
Art for healing was a great team building experience. Hard to explain how great the experience was. My co-workers and I all bonded over our different levels of creativity and all got to know each other a little better by explaining out pieces. Laurie put together an amazing class for us, I highly recommend this to any company looking for team building events. Or for people who maybe need a new way to understand their feelings and emotions. It was a great day!
This is my 10th year as a volunteer for the Art4Healing program at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Through this program it has been a blessing to me to work with kids from ages 4-25 who have cancer. I meet with them one-on-one in their hospital rooms and provide the tools, encouragement and interaction to help them express themselves through art. Even their family members often join in to create an art project that helps them find some release for stress or discouragement. Art 4Healing is an important organization that facilitates many different kinds of healing through art and creativity. Laurie is a very special person who, through her vision, has developed programs for people suffering from several different kinds of pain. What a privilege it is to be part of this non-profit!
I have been a volunteer for the Visiting Art Angel program at Children's Hospital of Orange County for about 8 years. It is such a joy for me to represent Art 4 Healing to the kids with cancer. This one-on-one experience with kids from ages 5 to 20 is a chance for me to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults and their families. Each week I have at least one very special experience that I know makes a positive difference. Through art, kids are able to express their thoughts and feelings at such a difficult time. It's a privilege for me to be a part of this important program.
As Director of Behavior Intervention and Wellness programming for The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, we have partnered several times with Art & Creativity for Healing with our patients, and we have loved collaborating with them! Their kindness and understanding of our children's needs has helped our Wellness program move along in the right direction!
I was privileged to attend the Arts and Healing training with Lauri and her staff some years ago now. It was a powerful and informing experience for me. I have used the information I received to teach young children, Seniors as well as at a local woman's drug rehab facility. I am tremendously thankful for the training I received as well as a life-long skill that I can share for the rest of my life.