Hello! Welcome to my workshop page. I am Theresa Foster, owner of theresafostercreates.com. I’m an artist, a writer, and a creative arts workshop facilitator. I received training in group facilitation from Expressive Arts Florida Institute, located in Sarasota, FL. I have facilitated contemplative and creative arts group experiences in Gainesville, FL since 2016. Testimonials and photos from previous workshops are below. I hope you will join me at one of my art events soon!
- “Compared to when I arrived, I feel creative, energized, reconnected, centered. Yes, I recommend Creative Spirit Circle to others because it was a supportive, non-judgmental space for creative exploration.” — Cindy Craig, 09/17/19
- “The experience was very relaxing and fun. I enjoyed the variety of mediums.” — Alycin H., 09/17/19
- “I recommend because it was very casual, low-key, relaxing, and a lot of supplies provided. Also judgment-free.” — Cobie Kalle Swaby, 09/17/19
Creative Freedom Retreat
Saturday, October 26 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Embrace Your Inner Artist… Embrace Creative Freedom
This day is for YOU… explore… relax… create… connect… discover…
In this mini art retreat, I invite you to immerse yourself in the flow of the creative process. Join us for a day full of guided arts exploration of our body-mind-spirit connections using a variety of self-expression modalities, including visual imagery (multiple media will be available), gentle movement, imaginative writing, and vocalization/sound-making. We will explore these arts modalities in connection with personal intention-setting and making mandalas (a circular artform), the visual arts container for our experience. There will be plenty of time for art-making, sharing, and listening in our circle.
In my groups, we create intuitively from our hearts and nurture our inner artists in a non-judgmental atmosphere (i.e., we invite our inner critics to step away). Past participants in my workshops report that when they express themselves authentically and explore their creative possibilities in our circle, they feel greater self-connection. When I gave myself permission to say YES to my inner artist (almost a decade ago!), I began feeling greater self-trust and self-belief, as well. Then I began saying YES to being the artist of my own life in so many other ways.
Are you ready to say YES to greater Creative Freedom? Yes, I hope so! Let’s create together, friends. Pre-registration required. Limited seating. Adults, 18+.
Please review Cancellation and Refund Policy (scroll down below Creative Circle descriptions). Thank you!
(NOTE: Registration fee INCLUDES donation to Karuna Cottage & all art supplies. No additional fee to Karuna Cottage is required.)
Creative Freedom Retreat
Registration for Creative Freedom Retreat
In Creative Spirit Circle, we slow down our breath after a busy day, set an intention, and create intuitive art from the heart. Come explore art supplies like watercolors, collage, pastels, colored pencils, and other sources of inspiration. No previous art experience needed, no need for erasers, no critiques. Plus, enjoy soft music, herbal tea, and snacks in a retreat setting. I will provide gentle guidance to lead us into art-making followed by optional reflective writing and group sharing; everything is an invitation. Leave feeling centered and inspired through a deeper connection with self and others. For those interested, a private Facebook group is also available to offer inspiration and nourish your creative practice between meetings (moderated by yours truly). Please read about the suggested donation, and register below:
Creative Spirit Circle, October 15
Donation to Theresa Foster (additional info on donation below)
In Clay and Movement Circle, we focus on “being here now,” but we enter our creative process through gentle conscious movement of the body, creating shapes in physical space, and we use clay, a 3D sculptural media, to create images. Conscious movement is different from “dancing,” and can include walking meditation, free-form gestures or motions to music or in silence, or other practices like yoga and tai chi. Colored scarves and movement guidance will be provided as inspiration and entry into this practice; movement is by invitation and may be adapted to one’s own needs and preferences (e.g., sitting in a chair). Come explore and discover how an intermodal process of movement plus visual arts can enliven your arts or writing practice! The same no-critique guidelines and witnessing/sharing features of Creative Spirit Circle apply. Please read about the suggested donation, and register below:
October 8 class is closed
Clay and Movement Circle: October 22
Donation to Theresa Foster (additional info on donation below)
For both Creative Circles:
Suggested donation to Theresa Foster is for ONE session of Creative Spirit Circle, payable by credit card or PayPal (separate buttons below). Donation of a different amount may be offered at the group meeting, by cash, check, or credit card via Square (this web interface does not allow for sliding-scale payments). The Karuna Cottage owner also requests a sliding-scale cash or check donation (dana) at the end of the meeting. Please give according to the benefit you receive from the experience. Please RSVP to reserve your seat in advance. Karuna Cottage address will be provided to those who RSVP. Thank you!
** CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR GROUPS:
Paying in advance means you agree, understand, and accept the following policy. Cancellations and/or refund requests must be made to Theresa Foster by phone or email 7 days before the workshop or retreat date. Requests made less than 7 days before the workshop date will be honored, but will also incur a 10% service fee. Requests made less than 24 hours before the workshop date will not be honored. No refunds will be issued if a participant registers but does not show up for the workshop and does not send prior notice of cancellation. Note that a minimum number of participants is required to hold the group. If that minimum is not met, Theresa reserves the right to cancel the group with less than 24 hours notice and issue a refund. She will contact participants by email should she need to cancel.
“Compared to when I arrived, I feel relaxed, joyful, and connected with myself. This is a chance for me to disconnect from the outside world and play.” – Jean M.
“The experience gives me permission to create and encourages others to give themselves permission. Thank you!!” – M. Suzanne B.
“I feel inspired, creative, and relaxed. I would totally recommend this experience to a friend! Inspired- Joy!” -Barb S.
“I recommend because Theresa is a great facilitator and the materials were great. I came in feeling dark, but left feeling light. Nice sharing at the end.” – Dave B.
“It was calming to follow my impulses freely. I enjoyed the safe space to create whatever comes to mind.” – Reid S.
“I always leave feeling better.” – Rose Ann W.
Scroll down for more participant feedback…
Some previous workshops
Acrylic Pour Your HeART Out!
After this workshop I feel inspired, creative, relaxed, and joyful. I loved it all, especially Theresa’s instruction techniques. I would recommend this to a friend. It’s fun! – Shelby H.
Earth Month Gratitude Mandalas
When I made my mandala, I wondered, “who lived in this shell?” It connected me to nature in a new way.- Susan
Creative Spirit Circle group at United Church of Gainesville
“I loved creating my mandala. It was fun!” – Heidi S., 09/22/18
“I would absolutely recommend this experience to a friend. Creative energy inspires! I can’t wait for the next session!” – Elise 10/27/18
“Thank you again for your Mindful Creativity gathering. The experience was thoughtful, creative, kind, growth-inducing, and FUN! My artwork is hanging on the fridge. Each time I pass it, I hear, ‘Be more in touch with your creative side.'” – CCK, 09/15/18
“Theresa’s workshop was thoughtfully organized with fabulous materials. I enjoyed the “back to childhood” creativity moments that helped me leave my ‘I am not an artist’ mantra behind.” -F.B., 09/15/18
“The experience was wonderful and enlightening!” – Mary, 09/15/18
Creative arts experiences can be emotionally powerful. They can also produce general health and wellness benefits that some might describe as “therapeutic.” I include this disclaimer to emphasize that I am an artist, not a therapist. I understand the boundaries and I have been trained to facilitate creative arts group workshops in a manner consistent with my abilities and background. I design arts experiences as a form of recreation and life enrichment, and I do so with utmost care for participants’ well being. My workshops are not a form of psychotherapy. If you are seeking Art Therapy or other psychological treatment, please locate a licensed Art Therapist, or other mental health professional: https://arttherapy.org/