Workshops

Theresa Foster

Hello! Welcome to my workshop page. I am Theresa Foster, owner 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 creative arts group experiences in Gainesville, FL since 2016. Testimonials and photos from previous workshops are below. I hope you will join me at a Mindful Creativity event soon!

Workshop Testimonials

Gratitude Mandalas for Mother Earth

Saturday, April 6th, 2-4 pm

A Gratitude Mandala for Mother Earth

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks… Into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. – John Muir

Join me in celebration and appreciation of Mother Earth’s many gifts! I will teach you how to relax by making mandalas (circular artworks) from a variety of natural materials (e.g., plants, rocks, sand). We will set an intention and connect with the present moment through a meditative process. I will provide some natural materials, and some may be gathered on site outdoors (weather permitting). I will also invite you to do some reflective writing to feel a deeper connection to the process. Our mindful creative process will leave you feeling more calm, more inspired, and more grateful. No previous art experience is required; we are a critique-free group. Come and enjoy creating in community!

Prepayment required, limited seating.

Fee: $25 before Friday, March 29. $30 after Friday, March 29.

Adults 18+. Register below.

**CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: 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 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.

GRATITUDE MANDALAS FOR MOTHER EARTH

Saturday, April 6th 2-4 pm. United Church of Gainesville, West Wing. 1624 NW 5th Ave. Payment by PayPal OR credit cards below (note the separate icons; PayPal account not required). Event not sponsored by or affiliated with UCG. Note Cancellation and Refund Policy. Questions about payments? Please email me.

$25.00

Acrylic Pour Your HeART Out!

Saturday, May 4th, 2-4 pm

“Acrylic Pour” Style Painting

  The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. Jackson Pollock


Join me for this energizing creative experience, an Introduction to Acrylic Paint Pouring. I will teach you a technique in which combining different colors of paint along with an unexpected ingredient will produce some fascinating designs. We will work mindfully, appreciating the present moment. Then I will invite you to capture your responses to the process in writing; we will have time for group sharing at the end. Paint, canvases, and other materials will be provided. This process is fun and spontaneous; it’s an exercise in detachment from predictable outcomes. After you leave, I hope you will feel inspired to try this eye-popping technique on your own! No previous art or creative writing experience is required. Come and enjoy creating with us in community.

Prepayment required, limited seating.

Fee: $25 before Friday, April 26. $30 after Friday, April 26.

Adults 18+. Register below.

** CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: 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 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.

ACRYLIC POUR YOUR HeART OUT

Saturday, May 4th 2-4 pm. United Church of Gainesville, West Wing. 1624 NW 5th Ave. Pay by PayPal OR Credit card below (separate icons below; PayPal account not required). Event not sponsored by or affiliated with UCG. Note Cancellation and Refund Policy. Questions about payments? Please email me.

$25.00

Creative Spirit Circle with Theresa

“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

More Testimonials

DISCLAIMER:
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/

My Mindful Creativity workshops are special opportunities for busy adults like you to relax, renew, and restore your creative fuel for life. Take a break from the outside world and enter the realm of your own inner wisdom and mindful presence. I offer a semi-structured experience, fun art materials to use, and a supportive atmosphere in which you can simply focus on being present. You don’t need to worry about having an artistic background, or any special preparation, or outcomes. I invite you to simply create something fun and/or meaningful to you. You will leave feeling more connected to yourself and others in our Creative Spirit Circle. Give yourself the gift of mindful creative play. You deserve it. And after all, life is a canvas and creativity is our superpower!

 

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