with nature, mindfulness, and creativity
All programs require a registration to reserve your spot and to let us know that you are participating. To register for a program,
click on Adult Registrations under Adults.
Submit a registration form as well as payment through paypal.
If you have any registration/payment questions or difficulties contact us at 443-801-0841
Programs for Adults
Unless otherwise indicated, all programs take place at:
The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210
SoulCollage® Cards by Annette Laugel
“The activities encouraged a gentle sharing of experience that made our gathering feel like a little community. The movement exercises were a great alternative way to bring attention to experience. My drawings were surprising and revealing for me – though at first I thought nothing would happen when I put pencil to paper.”
- Vicky P. Response to Mindfulness class
Mandala by Joan Pingitore
“It was kind of amazing how quickly we established trust in the group. I left with more self-awareness and with new tools for my daily life.” -Katy M.
Response to Mindfulness Class
September - December 2019
SoulCollage®: Journey through the Elements
Sept. 15, Nov. 17, 2019,
Jan. 19, March 15, & May 24, 2020
June 14 Make up/drop in
$55 single class
$225 for 5 classes ($45 per class)
SoulCollage® is an intuitive approach of collage-making used for exploring one’s inner world and for encouraging self reflection and awareness. The SoulCollage® approach was created by the late psychotherapist, Seena B. Frost, who inspired a worldwide movement of personal growth within creative communities with this collage medium. The SoulCollage® process combines quiet time and creativity with the gentle sharing of insights about collages within the safe circle of the group. No previous experience is necessary. Materials and light refreshments provided. Feel free to bring your lunch as well as collected images that you might want to use.
The theme of this class series is the Five Elements Theory found in Eastern medicine and philosophy. The qualities and attributes of each element are explained and we explore how they show up in nature. We are all influenced by all five elemental energies but we will look at how we tend to emphasize certain elements over others in living our lives. Each class will focus on the essential qualities of the element associated with each season as follows.
Sept. 15, 2019 The Earth Element is the harvest time of Late Summer
Nov. 17, 2019 The Metal Element is the shortened light of Autumn
Jan. 19, 2020 The Water Element is the flow of Winter
March 15, 2020 The Wood Element is the bursting forth of Spring
May 17, 2020 The Fire Element is the growing warmth and light of Summer
Annette Laugel, LMT, LGPC, became a SoulCollage® facilitator in 2012. She has lived in the Baltimore area since 1977, and has had a private practice in the holistic healing arts for the last 36 years. She graduated with a MS degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland in 2015. SoulCollage® is one of Annette's favorite mediums for her own personal healing.
Mindful Art: An Introduction
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30-8:30pm
For anyone new to Mindful Art, this class is recommended but not required for the Mindful Art series in October. In this 2 hour class you will learn about and experiment with a variety of art tools and materials, work with the basic elements of art, engage with simple mindfulness practices to encourage your intuition and spontaneity, and allow your creativity to flow.
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 2- 30, 6:30-8:30pm
$85, $10 materials fee payable in first class
Utilizing mindfulness practices to enter fully into the present moment, we’ll engage with art as a way to respond to experiences of nature, music, poetry, imagery and memory. This series of 5 art classes is for curious people with or without experience in art and mindfulness. Art activities include observing, listening, drawing, painting, print making, and simple book making. This is an opportunity to explore intuitively with art processes and visualizations that support connection with nature and synchronize body, mind, and spirit. Reflect and share within a small group and leave with a deeper appreciation of beauty in the world.
Robin Williams has over 30 years of teaching experience in visual and performing arts. She has worked with people of all ages and in particular with veterans, seniors, elementary and middle school students, as well as collaborated with other artists and educators on theatrical, community, and inter-faith projects. Her engagement with the creative process includes earlier years of experiences in figure skating, dance, choreography, and visual arts. Her work, Guardians and Invitation, are installed in Lake Roland Park as part of the Art on the Trail program.
Self-Nurture with Nature: A Mindful Walk
Sunday, Sept. 29, 10:00am -1:00pm
Sensing and connecting with nature is truly healing. Being in nature encourages us to be more calm, relaxed and less stressed. While walking the Red Trail in Lake Roland, we will combine our innate connection with nature with mindfulness. We will learn and engage with simple meditation practices to shift our present experience from doing to sensing, from judging to accepting, from holding on to letting go, and from seriousness to lightness of being. We will visit some of the Art on the Trail installations and co-create with nature and each other. No experience necessary. Lake Roland Park. Please reserve your space by submitting a registration form so that we know you are coming.
Creating Altars: Honoring the Moment
Saturday, October 12, 1:00-4:00pm
Sunday, October 13, 1-4:00pm
$65, $10 for materials payable at first class
By creating altars, we are arranging sacred spaces to honor and elevate what is important in our lives. They are reminders to attend to our spiritual well being and can facilitate prayer, meditation, and contemplation. Altars are universal and timeless. The presence of an altar magnetizes our intentions and directs our awareness to a person or group of people, event, place, emotion, season, or stage of life. After a brief overview of the topic of altars and shrines, participants will contemplate, sketch, and determine their own intention, structure, criteria, and materials for their own altar. We will use art materials and processes to create a group altar as well as an individual altar that reflects and honors something meaningful in our lives. No experience necessary.
Robin Williams- See above for instructor information.
The Gift of Impermanence
Threshold Support Circle and Inner Harbor Wellness
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00-5:00
Sunday, Nov. 3, 12:00-4:00
Join us for a weekend of exploring the nature and beauty of change and impermanence. Participate and engage in experiential approaches, including meditation, journaling, expressive arts, and small group sharing that help us see our existing beliefs about life and expand our awareness of impermanence and the cycle of life. The Japanese aesthetic “wabi sab” is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. This notion will loosely guide us throughout the weekend. No experience necessary. Come with an open mind.
Threshold Support Circle (TSC) provides a forum and resources to explore end-of-life issues and after-death care. TSC believes that life can be lived more fully when we befriend and come to terms with the reality of death as part of the natural cycle of life. TSC offers opportunities to discuss options, ask questions, learn new skills, and share stories of personal experience. By offering educational opportunities, community, and information, TSC empowers each person to create the end of life experience.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2:00-3:30pm
The Baltimore County Public Library
Engage with mindfulness, mandala making and creativity. This class offers a time for reducing stress with mindfulness, art making and sharing with others. The mandala is a sacred symbol of wholeness and healing used throughout the world as an expressive tool for centering the emotions, mind and body. This class is about allowing your creativity to arise without judgment or expectation. We will inspire our inner artist with music, poetry, guided mindfulness practices, nature, a variety of art materials, and everyday life. For the curious beginner and experienced explorer. Please reserve you spot one week prior to the class.
Low Tech Paper and Book Making
Monday, Dec. 9, 5:00-8:00pm
$30 includes a $5 materials fee
Play with water, pulp, paper and book making. Bring "bits and pieces" of any fibrous objects such as hand torn pictures from magazines, napkins, tissue, lightweight fabric, ribbon, leaves, feathers, pressed flowers, yarns, etc. We’ll have a stash of materials you can use and samples of what can be done. For those who want more, we’ll make a variation on the flag book.
4 Sundays, 3:00-4:00pm
Dec. 1 - 22, 2019
Free/$5 Suggested Donation
This is a time of joyous celebrations, family and community gatherings, and hopeful expectations. Along with our excitement can grow an underlying level of stress, and apprehension leading to a sense of being off balance. Feeling out of sync with ourselves can quickly lead to irritation and unintended reactivity in daily life. Mindful Pause offers an opportunity to stop, to take time for yourself and to refrain from excessive busyness. It is a time to re-establish balance in body and mind and to generate good will and gratitude. During this hour we will learn and engage in mindfulness meditation, breathing practices, mindful walking and listening, poetic contemplation, and brief sharing in the safety of a small group. Feel your thoughts and emotions settle as we open and refresh an uplifted heart.
Robin Williams directs Inner Harbor Wellness. Her experience as Director of Education at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center, and training with the Center for Mind Body Medicine, The Mindfulness in the Schools Project in the UK, and with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction form the foundation of her teaching. Her life long experience in the arts includes being an art and dance teacher, choreographer, multimedia artist and collaborator.