Mandalas for Centering Strength

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Our latest class gathered at Lexington Medical Center to explore the idea of art making as a form of healing. A few had been outside of cancer treatment for many years but still possessed a nagging fear of a recurrence. Others had just finished treatment. One was heading to Duke University on Friday for exploratory…

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Our Inner Lives

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Opening my Gmail this morning, I landed on a message from my daughter containing a link to the article How Not to Be Alone by Jonathan Safran Foer, saying it reminded her of me. I was deeply touched by this gesture, and it reminded me of all the cancer survivors I have worked with and of our…

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Your Springtime Creative Muse

By Heidi Darr-Hope

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard This weekend, I wandered throughout my neighborhood, slowing way, way down to see my familiar environment through a different lens, traveling in my own backyard. As spring begins to…

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Spring Oncology Art and Healing Workshop

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. This spring, stretch into your mind-body-soul connection and join us for our spring oncology art and healing workshop. Finding the Quiet in the Roar: Creating Sanctuary Thursdays, March 14, 21 & 28 and April 4, 11, 18 & 25 11:30am – 1:30pm Our physical world…

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Wordless Wednesdays – Mandala in El Espinal

By Heidi Darr-Hope

In El Espinal, Oaxaca, Mexico, nature inspired this mandala of curled sepals, vivid pink tufts, creamy white flowers, stones and seeds. If this were your mandala, what would you title it? Share your ideas below.

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Wordless Wednesdays – Collage

By Heidi Darr-Hope
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Tuesday Tributes – The Pause Between

By Heidi Darr-Hope

On this gray, dreary, misty, wintry morning, I sat on my mat at the end of yoga class and listened to my breath, especially to the pauses in between. I’m granted this opportunity every week I practice at my intimate neighborhood studio, Amsa, but this morning I especially savored the experience of surrendering, of becoming absorbed, immersed…

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Thursday Travels

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Travel: to move forward towards a given direction or path; to journey through or over a given distance; to follow a course or path, going from one place to another; to cross over boundaries and borders Travel Beyond Your Comfort Zone The idea of movement from a known, comfortable place to an unknown, mysterious place…

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Wordless Wednesday – Watercolor

By Heidi Darr-Hope
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In this Year 2011, Make Time to Travel

By Heidi Darr-Hope

  “We need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience and we pass our days in a…

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