Hedda Matza – Haughton
Identify Ways to Express Gratitude

Today I am Grateful book

In terms of gratitude, I suggest the first step is to find in your home a small pad or notebook or just plain paper and put the date on top and begin to list the things and people you are grateful during this time staying at home. One of my first responses is the increased time I have to spend …

Lisa Richardson – Growth in hard places

Stock Photo by Petr Kratochvil

We have made it to a 3rd Self-Care Newsletter! I consider this is a great accomplishment since it is not the only thing needing to be done and it is not in my area of expertise. I am an introvert whose attention span also shifts quickly from project to project, and can easily feel overwhelmed by all I want and …

Kathleen suggests creating a Mandala of Emotions

From Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE, REAT, Certificate Training in Expressive Arts, Expressive Arts Florida Institute Use a fairly large sheet of paper if you have one. Any size will do. Trace a circle on it using a large plate or something else that is round. Lay it out somewhere, on a table, or tape it to a board, then draw on …

Linda Joffe – Wonderful Antidote to Stress

Linda Joffe

Creative Movement Teacher, Expressive Arts Facilitator Insights and suggestions to help cope with overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression during this trying time: I find that dancing is a wonderful antidote to stress and worry in these challenging times. It brings us back to our bodies, calms the mind and releases tension. I recommend putting on your favorite Pandora …

Deirdre McKay-Wellness Advocate

Didi McKay

Artist, Author, Mindset Mentor and Arts for Health Practitioner There are hardship and death here, but for those looking for hope and strength, they will find it all around. To stay calm and strong, keep up with your practices – whether yoga or arts. My tip for others, and what I practice myself before starting a writing or art project …

How to Stay Well Through the Arts

SARASOTA  By Kay Kipling  4/3/2020 at 11:22am Some tips from educator-consultant Hedda Matza-Haughton. If you’re suffering arts withdrawal because you can’t attend concerts, plays, movies or exhibits right now, Hedda Matza-Haughton has a few ideas for you. Matza-Haughton, a Sarasota-based  licensed clinical social worker, health educator, actress, playwright and director (as well as a breast cancer survivor) has more than 25 years …

Discover More Joy in Aging

Join us for an interactive, fun-filled morning focusing on how you can increase laughter and joy in your daily life. Discover joy in aging and how laughter has positive health outcomes. You will be laughing and at the same time learning the physical and emotional benefits of laughter and joy, including research in this area.

15th Annual Florida Creativity Conference

Florida Creative Conference

Grow Your Creativity in Sarasota March 23-25, 2018 SARASOTA, FL. (February 15, 2018) – This year the 15th Annual Florida Creativity Conference will showcase 46 presenters from 9 states, as well as dynamic speakers from Colombia (South America) and The Netherlands. Personally and professionally, the importance of growing human creativity at this time in the 21st century cannot be overestimated. Innovation …

The Magic of Mandalas

Sand Mandala-Making at North Lido Beach

In recent years, the popularity of adult coloring books has skyrocketed. Walk into most bookstores and you’ll find a rack of them, including perhaps the recently published Garden Life and Animal Life by Tim Phelps, professor and medical illustrator in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Phelps specializes in medical …