This is my favorite photo of the highest point in Portugal. Akiba and I went to Portugal last summer to visit friends and make a pilgrimage.
I'm putting together a film of some glimpses of our pilgrimage and look forward to sharing it as soon as it's finished being born.
On another note, I've been asked to be the coordinator for the Emotional and Spiritual component of Above and Beyond, a holistic health center in Manchester, Maine. Please let me know if there is a branch of emotional and spiritual healing you wish to offer.
Fusing Glass is the layering of 2 or more pieces of glass and surrendering them to the fire of a glass kiln. It is quite miraculous to assemble pieces of glass and have them emerge from the kiln as a united and luminous whole. This creative process reflects the healing journey of life whereby the beauty, power and chi (life~energy) of challenging pieces of life are embraced.This whole~hearted embrace allows for the fire of suffering to be transformed into the light of joy! This serving dish was a birthday gift for my husband, Akiba.
The Women's Healing Grief Through the Expressive Arts is a 5 week group intended for women seeking to heal the loss of a loved one, a relationship, an ability, one’s home, the loss of one’s sense of self or any other source/s of grief through a life~giving and playful connection with the arts. As each art form has its own medicine to offer the body, heart, and soul, when multiple art forms are knowledgeably integrated in a safe and inclusive context, the brain circuitry for maximum wholeness is activated. Each week focuses on exploring the soul~nourishing qualities of different art forms. Participants may choose from the following art forms: painting, collage, fusing glass, movement, music, theatre, creative writing, poetry, and/or the film arts to help transform the suffering of grief into the empowerment of joy!
Women's Healing Grief Through the Expressive Arts is a group forming in November at Above and Beyond Wellness for Women, 8 Pond Rd, Manchester, Maine 04351. Please call Above and Beyond at: 512-8780 to let us know best days/times except for Wednesdays. Please call Maryam Mermey at: 458-3357 with questions about the group. No experience is necessary.
Dr. Maryam Mermey, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, holds a Ph.D. in Arts, Health and Society. She also has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.Ed. in Arts in Education, and a B.A. in Dance and Poetry.