Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oogly at Turning Point - The Center for Hope and Healing

We finished the second half of our workshop at Turning Point KC and what a time we had! I’m so impressed with the people who came and try their hand at making ooglys and experimenting with clay as a way to help manage their health care concerns. I’m already making plans to go back and lead another set of sessions in a few months.
Participants sharing their creations at Turning Point.
Our session last week focused on making ooglys. Sometimes, I take a few “examples” with me but this time I chose not to and just walked the group through the process of creating their oogly. Since this group is dealing with healing and working through issues related to chronic illness, I thought they might enjoy exploring for themselves. One participant affirmed that saying “It was so good we started with nothing!” I couldn’t agree more. 
Letting the imagination take over.
The second half of our workshop at Turning Point included a fantastic creative writing experience and a chance to revisit the process of working with the clay by making a small bowl to hold glass that will melt into a pool at the bottom of the vessel when it’s fired. That short exercise got everyone reacquainted with the feel of the clay before they began their writing and reflection on the process and their creation.
Turning Point was a warm and welcoming setting for the creative process.
Given the size of the mouths on a number of ooglys, it wasn’t surprising everyone had lots to say about their pieces in their writing. The most enjoyable part for me though, was the laughter and smiles as everyone played with clay last week and their eagerness to touch the clay again this week.
Big mouths and lots of hair abounded.
The creative process renews itself just like the human body and spirit and many of the participants are planning to join me at the next session when it is scheduled. They hope to use the process of making an oogly to map the progression of their healing. I look forward to being a part of the process.
Everyone's oogly is dear to them.
Thanks to Cathy Pendleton and the team at Turning Point for having me out to facilitate at the center!
Myrna with Cathy Pendleton, Director of Adult Programs

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