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Using the Arts as a Way of Exploring Forgiveness

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January 30, 2021 @ 10:30 am 12:00 pm PST

4 Saturdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 – 12p, online (Zoom)

$35/series or $10/class

Each week allow yourself to move more deeply into the multi-layered process which releases the hold of unforgiveness. Using a different medium each week, we will suggest ways to release the hold this emotion has on your mind and heart.

  • Week 1Poetry: Read or write a poem that clarifies your experience. Examples of poems from Hafiz and Anthony Machado. Read quote by Malachy McCourt: “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Writing exercise: Unforgiveness feels like…; Forgiveness feels like….; Note the expansive feeling that comes from the Forgiveness


  • Week 2Collage: Using an amalgam of words, images, textures, create layers of beauty on paper. What colors to use? What textures to convey the sense? Discussion: Can forgiveness happen in layers? All at once? And ultimately can it happen for you?


  • Week 3Nature/Flowers: Experience forgiveness in creating a bouquet. Keep in mind the person you are giving it to, whether in the present or on the astral plane. Create a healing garden or space over time. Plan such a garden for the spring.


  • Week 4Fire ceremony: conduct a fire ceremony, where slips of paper are written on and burned in the fire. Read about and discuss Ho’oponopono, the Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness (“I’m sorry; Please forgive me; Thank you; I love you.”)


Kristy Law, Ananda’s gardener and Kirtan musician and Nayaswami Jamuna, Minister and artist will present this series of classes. Early sign ups encouraged so materials can be provided.

$35/series or $10/class