Finding Beauty in Dark Moments ...


Saturday, 18th October : 10am - 4.30pm

Gosford Regional Art Gallery 

Cost - $65.00/$55.00 concession. All art materials included.

I used to think that loving yourself was one of those new age, feel-good platitudes that would inevitably lead to boring self-absorbtion and narcissistic tendencies. I don't think that way any more. Not when I see so clearly the results of NOT loving yourself - poor life choices in career and relationships, who you allow into this one precious life, how you allow yourself to be treated, who and what you give your time and energy to, how happy you are.

Leaning to love yourself changes your life in big and small ways. Art and storytelling enable a new way of looking at this central issue which can bring a clearer focus and thus, empowerment, to act more consciously on your own behalf.


Why do we need to re-learn how to love ourselves?

What happens from childhood to adulthood that makes us act against our own best interests - in life, in love, in work, in relationships?

Why does society teach us that self-love is equal to selfishness?

How can self-love and care for others co-exist in a healthy, balanced way?

These questions are steps along the pathway to finding that wonder and enjoyment in our own selves that we often seek in others - not that the 2 are mutually exclusive. But our lives change and our preferences change when we make choices from a place of self-love, self-respect and self-knowledge. Art therapy, creativity and storytelling enable us to identify and build upon that within us which is worthy of deep love and respect. 


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