The Gifts of Imperfection (Art Journaling) class is a beautiful representation of the process towards self-care and self-compassion. Holding the bold dynamics of vulnerability and courage all at once through art, reading, and conversation, I was able to grasp a glimpse into what it meant to be myself with a trusted community. As time went on, I felt trust to share risky questions I had hidden within me: What does it mean to be wholly present? Can I trust vulnerability as a man? How do I fit into community? What are my strengths? Am I lovable? Am I worthy of desire? The class provided a safe space for me to wrestle with these questions with people who genuinely cared for me. I'm grateful for the kindness and hospitality the facilitators, Erika Lewis and Cheryl Meakins, blessed me with. Their compassion, empathy, intuition, and curiosity allowed fruition of good community to happen. I have made life-long friends here. Gifts of Imperfection Art Journaling class was not a place to find all the answers, but instead an invitation to process towards being a wholesome community member and individual.
As a person being raised to suppress your emotions this group was a huge tool to begin that very process. It was challenging to risk, to feel, and to portray feelings.
The group (in the art journaling workshop) is safe, fun, and the leaders are approachable, vulnerable, caring, kind, and patient.
It was a beauty from ashes experience for me and it takes the edge off of stepping out and embracing imperfections. I highly recommend this group and have met awesome people.
I hope to attend the group again.