Meditative art for stress relief

In collaboration with Gillian McAuliffe of Practical Wisdom, we are thrilled to announce a pilot program of ZentangleĀ® classes for children currently undergoing treatment for cancer or blood disorders, and their parents and siblings. Gillian is a certified Zentangle teacher and a strong advocate of the mental and physical benefits of Zentangling.

Already used therapeutically in a number of hospitals in America, this unique and powerful form of meditation through art has been associated with a range of psychological benefits, and may reduce stress, anxiety and panic attacks; increase self-esteem; improve sleep; increase attention span and improve concentration. It may also improve hand/eye coordination and develop or help rehabilitate fine motor skills.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured, repetitive patterns. Focus, creativity, relaxation, ceremony, empowerment, abstraction, fun and discovery are just a few of the many benefits of this elegant activity. Focus on the task of tangling clears the mind and gets rid of noise, encouraging mindfulness and reducing stress.

Zentangle is a simple and portable activity that can be done anywhere, any time. All you need is paper and a pen, making it a great activity for those who spend long days in hospital.

As part of our pilot program, introductory classes are free, and those who wish to continue tangling after their lesson may purchase a Basic Kit (including a 01 micron black pen or apprentice pen for children, a small graphite 2B pencil, a tortillian blending pencil and 5 white tiles) for the subsidised price of only $5. All we ask is that attendees complete a short questionnaire prior to the class, and then another approximately 4 weeks later.

All sessions will be held at the Practical Wisdom studio, at 85 Matlock Street, Mount Hawthorn.

  • Saturday 18th October
    1pm-2:30pm (adults only)
  • Tuesday 21st October
    4:30pm-6pm (children 8+ and adults)
  • Tuesday 28th October
    4:30pm-6pm (children 8+ and adults)
  • Saturday 15th November
    10:30am-12pm (children 8+ and adults)

Places are strictly limited. For more information or to book your place, please use the form below.

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