We are Pod.
My little Pod group formed randomly … or was it laced around some invisible design?
After Australia’s election in May, I felt a strong urge towards community, to be with like-hearted people. I sent out an email to maybe twelve creative arts therapists to get together, to lament, to make art, to see what emerged.
Four of us turned up on the day. We bonded immediately.
We became Pod.
Pod is for grieving, expressing our true feelings, making art and, importantly, eating too much cake. We’ve now met several times. We don’t necessarily talk politics or big picture stuff. We speak whatever matters to us at the time.
ART, LOVE AND REALNESS
my impassioned happy-slogan
in meeting three.
Pod gathering number four begins. We have cake on our plates. We have art materials at our fingertips. We have landed.
I slap down a bit of collage. It gives me a ground; a starting point. How about a pre-painted magazine page and a paint-dabbed tissue?
I notice the letter W right there in the centre, on its side. Can you see it? I pause. W? What might that mean to me right now? Straight away the answer comes. It stands for ‘We’.
It stands for the ‘We’ of Pod.
It’s a reminder of community, of interdependence. It tells me I don’t have to try and figure out my life, my work, my struggles, on my own. Even as I write this sentence, I breathe out a sighhh. It is so easy to get caught up in individualism, where I think I have to solve problems in my busy head; where I have to be a self-made woman and put myself out in the world.
Do you relate? ‘Making it on your own’ is so embedded and idealised in our culture. Such pressure. Anyway, it’s a myth. Nobody truly succeeds on their own. Always, someone somewhere sometime is supporting us.
I write a little ‘e’ next to the W. We.
I paint a Pod. I write the word ‘We’ lots and lots of times. The word becomes weird and funny, but demands to proliferate.
More white tissue beckons. Laying it down is a bit like a tourniquet. Ew. Suddenly I don’t like the picture. It looks like blood and a bandage. We-e-elll …Pod was kind of forged in blood. And a community of ART, LOVE AND REALNESS is incredibly healing.
I still don’t particularly like the picture, but I want to share with you the sustaining spirit of ‘We’. I want to live in the Creative Love Exchange.
Along those lines, here’s a wee (We) community noticeboard.
Let me link you to upcoming offerings
of several non-Pod Sydney art therapists.
Penelope James: Sydney Art Therapy Group for Therapists in Glebe over 6 Tuesday evenings from 15th October www.arTTi.com.au
Anne Buckingham: Art + Mental Wellbeing workshops at Lane Cove Gallery in September firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Lawrence: Embrace your Inner Superhero (for women) in Ryde on Saturday 14th September http://www.into-arts.com.au
Romny Vandoros: is to co-lead one of her Artful Retreats…in Crete! October 1st to 4th. https://www.artfulretreats.com/crete-4-days?fbclid=IwAR2nJKgrvf67-jnLhxqYK4ohJrrqz2d5MuzGl1n_isXpMX891JNJw4aTjZI
Phillipa Tayler: A Creative Look at Chronic Pain several Monday mornings in Willoughby https://www.workshoparts.org.au/course/ArtTherapyChronicPain
Roxy Taylor: The Benefits of Art Therapy in Residential Aged Care podcast https://www.wisecare.com.au/blog/episode2
Oh yes. There’s me. Sally Swain: I have one or two spots in Creative Wellspring on Saturday 21st September in Glebe, Sydney.
We are ART THERAPY ABUNDANCE!
with love, art and soul from Sally