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Monday, May 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
J1B: Guided Meditation & Reflective Creativity: A Workshop to engage your mind’s eye towards insight, reflection, and calm.

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In this 60-minute workshop participants will experience a guided meditation followed by the opportunity to create art reflective of the imagery inspired by the subconscious during meditation. Using sounds, music, verbal ques and relaxation prompts, participants will be offered the opportunity to let go of daily stressors and experience the effects meditation and mindfulness practices can have on overall wellbeing.

The meditation theme will focus on cultivating calm, soothing imagery, and reflect on ideas of the self. Once the meditation is complete participants will be invited to create artwork reflective of their visual journey during meditation. Creativity is reflective of the meditative process. The end of the workshop will allow for several minutes to share experiences and artwork. This is optional. Sharing can help deepen the understanding of the experience for some individuals, but not all. Listening to others share is useful as well.
Participants can expect to have a felt sense of what a meditation experience might be like after attending the workshop. Additionally, during the discussion at the end, tips and suggestions will be offered as “take-aways” for simple meditation and mindfulness practices that are generally accessible.

Art Materials are not provided. Any materials on hand can be used. Suggestions: Markers, Colored Pencils, Collage and Glue Sticks, Paints, Crayons, Pastels, Pencils, office supplies like pens, sharpies even dry erase boards, etc.

Art Therapist
Yoga Informed Psychotherapist
Mindfulness Educator
Community Herbalist

Sue McCoy is a seasoned professional in the Helping Field. Her foundation is built upon a master’s degree in Art Therapy from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. It is the foundation of art that has grounded Ms. McCoy’s approach to healing in creativity, curiosity, and compassion.

In her evolving career of 20+ years as a professional, she remained dedicated to leading with creativity. Sue started out as a trauma informed therapist, rooted in attachment theory and deeply connected to a relational model. Eventually when motherhood brought the desire to attend a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, mindfulness would emerge into her work as a therapist and take her practice out of the chair, away from the art supplies to the mat. Later when life expanded in greater ways, Sue began her personal study of Buddhist philosophy. Again, the ways of creativity took hold, and the Buddhist concept of suffering became indistinguishable from her long-understood trainings in trauma. She began to sit on the cushions with her clients.

The thread that consistently weaves is always creativity. Whether combining artmaking and meditation, movement and mindfulness, self-reflection and journaling, or meal planning and empowerment, Sue believes there are a multitude of ways the human condition can heal and grow.

Sue McCoy is a clinically licensed counselor in Illinois, and professionally licensed in Texas and Georgia. Currently, she is focusing on becoming a Certified Integrative Therapist, Registered Herbalist and trained in EcoTherapy. Sue’s current scope of practice includes online individual therapy, mindfulness-based groups, and wellness support services. She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her family, 3 dogs, 9 chickens and garden full of native and medicinal plants. You can find her in June 2022 teaching at Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center during Native Plant Week.

Get your glow on (session type) | Texas Digital Library and the TCDL Planning Committee opted to provide our guests with conference “swag” that was experiential, and – hopefully – beneficial, rather than physical. Our committee has curated four unique experiences for guests that are intended to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.

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Sue McCoy

LCPC/LPC-Art Therapist, Lotus Effect

Monday May 23, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Virtual https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93914804861