In January, it was a glimmer of an idea: Art as Healing: Beginning an eCourse. Creating an art as healing eCourse was an overwhelmingly daunting experience for me but with the help of some talented people, the process was actually invigorating. I want you to meet some of the ones who bolstered my confidence and encouraged this vision – Our Filmmaker, Music-Maker and Art as Healing eCourse Consultant.
Not Just a Videographer but a Film-Maker
I met Maggie through the our local indie film theater, The Nickelodeon, affectionately called The Nick. Several years ago, Healing Icons updated it’s website. Wanting to include some dynamic videos I turned to Andy Smith, The Nick’s executive director, for advice. Maggie Calton had just finished an internship with The Nick and he was impressed. I’ve been overjoyed with her talent and sensitivity in capturing an elusive subject – art as healing! Being in front of the camera was a nerve-racking experience but she put me at ease. I also knew she was an excellent editor. I trusted her. Maggie has captured our story eloquently and crafted the eCourse, Mindful Mandalas, with masterful skill.
Meet Maggie Calton
I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From a very young age, I was involved in theater. The stage was the foundation for my love of storytelling which led me to the worlds of photography and film-making.
I earned my BA in Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, where I spent much of my time writing scripts, watching TV, and attending SC’s only nonprofit cinema, The Nickelodeon Theater. I interned for The Nick’s Indie Grits Film Festival where I fell further in love with the independent film community.
After graduating, I spent a year working at a preschool in Nashville, TN where I gathered a whole arsenal of jokes, wisdom, and pseudo facts from 4 year olds. A lover of long distance running, I dream of traveling to destinations that are gorgeous and full of happy trails. I’d love to find myself running through the Irish countryside, any of the U.S. national parks, or Hawaii. Always a lover of exploration and food, I am passionate about finding every city’s ‘best’ pizza place and supporting the local bakery.
My current adventure is attending the University of Texas at Austin, where I will be earning an MFA in screenwriting with the Radio Television Film graduate department.
Happy trails to Maggie and I hope she is available when we begin filming our next e-Course.
Not Just Background Sounds but a Music-Maker
Original music for our art as healing eCourse? Sure. I’d love that but I wasn’t certain that was within our budget. Maggie was way ahead of me and had already lined up a colleague of hers. I think he nailed it! Introspective, sacred tones that segue into joyous celebration.
Meet Thomas Keim
Thomas grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He immersed himself in music at a very young age. It all began with the drums, which led to jamming with the kids down the street, which led to several more self-taught instruments, which led to countless musical adventures and collaborations.
Thomas is now fresh out of the Belmont University songwriting program in Nashville, TN. Having grown up steeped in pop-punk and rock, Thomas can now confidently write you a country song, too. How cool is that!
He listens to everything, but some musical heroes include The National, Conor Oberst, and Joanna Newsom. He has collaborated many times now with Maggie in scoring some of her short films and media projects–he’s excited to see how his musical take on Creating Brave merges with the inspiring visuals.
Not Just a Proofreader but an Art as Healing eCourse Consultant
Although I’ve been teaching art as healing to adult cancer survivors for over 20 year, translating this knowledge into an eCourse was a different animal. I knew my friend and colleague, Christy Clonts, had the breadth of expertise I needed. She wholeheartedly agreed to be part of this project. I wrote the curriculum. We’d talk, discuss and fine tune. She’d critique and I’d revise. Maggie and I’d film and sequence the lessons. She’d critique and I revise. I will forever be grateful for her invaluable insight and clarity!
Meet Christy Clonts
I am a holistic life coach, a teacher, a writer, a speaker, a celebrant, a maker of things artful and creative, a yogini, and a pretty decent cook. I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother and was the caregiver for my elderly parents, a midwife to their time of dying. I am a creator of sanctuaries for birds and human beings, a gardener of plants and possibilities.
Gathering, cultivating, researching, trying out, and discerning the effectiveness of healthy, healing, soulful practices from across times, cultures, and teachers is one half of my vocation, my calling. The other half includes making these healing ways of being accessible and of benefit to others.
I love designing and creating beautifully engaging learning experiences and curriculum, for example:
- “How to Be a Healing Presence” for the national nonprofit which profides support for caregivers, Leeza Gibbon’s Memory Foundation and Leeza’s Care Connection
- Creative Art and Writing Retreats (for small groups and various organizations)
- Mindfulness for Emotional Balance and Focusing Attention (for educators and parents)
I have spent 35 plus years as an educator of children, adolescents, parents, teachers, community members, instructional coaches, and administrators, having served as a teacher, an organizational director, an instructional/leadership/life coach, a state level leader, a university lecturer, and a private consultant. I have a B.S. in Special Education for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning disturbances as well as an M Ed., with a cognate in guidance.
A Different Kind of eCourse: Mindful Mandalas
Held within this beautifully orchestrated art as healing eCourse is more than just instructions on how and why to create mandalas. Once a week for eight weeks, you will not only receive beautifully filmed instructional videos with downloadable PDF’s that reinforce the weeks lesson but a series of questions that will assist you in unearthing the layers beneath what you have created. You will have a conversation with your mandalas. They will gently guide you, support you, surprise you and fill you with restorative joy and peace and inner calm.
Is your curiosity piqued?
What is it that draws you to this eCourse?