“Window of Time” Workshop Series

We are here to support you in the face of COVID-19 and its impact on our lives and communities. We invite you, along with your families, friends, and co-workers, to participate in these self-led art workshops as a way to explore your experiences, feelings, and needs. Your creations can also be useful in communicating and connecting with others, both directly and virtually.

You can download and print the worksheets or follow the prompt and create your art on a blank sheet of paper or other material. Use whatever supplies you have available for your creation. There is no right or wrong way to create or participate!

We hope your “Window of Time” promotes wellness and resilience for you and your loved ones as we work through these unusual circumstances together.

Two new workshops are posted here every Tuesday. Sign up to receive updates. Also, join us every Thursday, 1pm PST, on Facebook Live for a grounding exercise and a Windows Facilitator sharing about the most recent art workshops in this series. View previous “Window of Time” sessions: Week 1, Week 2

If you’re comfortable, please share your art on social media, tagging @AWBWorg and using the hashtag #WindowOfTimeArt. You can also email photos of your creations to [email protected] so we can share with others.

Safe Home

Being out of our routines and dealing with the constant stream of information about this ever evolving pandemic can disrupt our sense of safety and control.

What makes you feel safe at home? It is different for each of us. This workshop is designed for individuals and families to creatively explore what their safe home looks, feels, sounds, and smells like. Your safe home creation can serve as a reminder of the various things you can do to help yourself feel safe while home.

Also, sharing your creation with people you live with is a great way to spark a conversation around any conflicting needs between people in the home, giving you a way to work together to find balance while meeting everyone’s unique needs.

• Download Worksheet: English |  Spanish
• Resource: Creating a Safe and Open Home Environment

Community Agreements

With the current state of affairs, it is even more important that we care for ourselves and others. We are all dealing with this situation differently. Taking time to identify and share what you, and those you interact with, need to feel safe can help us be kind and patient with ourselves and one another.

Creating community agreements can be beneficial in setting up clear communication, boundaries, and expectations to create a safer environment for yourself and those you are in direct and virtual contact with. The agreements can be used to address any conflict and miscommunication that may arise in a gentle and productive manner. If an agreement is not followed, take the time to discuss and make adjustments as necessary.

• Download Worksheet: English | Spanish
• Resource: Developing Community Agreements

Personal Needs Flower

Duing this stressful time we can be so good at taking care of other people that we forget someone who is very important — ourselves!

This workshop gives you an opportunity to creatively explore your core needs, and perhaps even discover new ones! Your flower can serve as a reminder of all your unique needs and the various ways you can meet those needs. It can also be used as a tool to communicate your needs with others so you can support one another in ensuring that they are tended to.

• Download Worksheet: English | Spanish
• Resource: Self-Care Is Important: Why Is It So Hard to Practice?

Take a Break, Self-Regulate!

Even in normal circumstances, it can be difficult to stay grounded and present in our bodies. Being regulated refers to the central nervous system being in balance, calm, and alert. There are many ways to self-regulate, and taking breaks is a great way to move toward feeling calm and grounded.

How do you like to take breaks? We all enjoy doing different things. This workshop provides an opportunity to identify various activities you like to do when taking a break. Make spinners to remind you of the ways you can calm your mind and nervous system in order to feel more in control.

• Download Worksheet: English | Spanish
• Resource: 50 Ways to Take a Break Handout

Gratitude Journal

As we move through this time, things are happening that might make us feel worried, uncertain, scared, and a lot of other emotions. Keeping a journal that gives us time and space to focus on what we are grateful for can help put things in perspective and provide a much-needed sense of calm.

Being grateful takes practice, and this workshop provides you with a place to capture and remind you of the various things you are thankful for. Research has shown that directing our attention towards the things we are grateful for, both big and small, has a domino effect by helping our brain to move away from fear and anxiety and towards well-being. Sharing your journal with loved ones (virtually or in person) is a great way to spread positivity and foster connection and inspiration.

• Download Worksheet: English | Spanish
• Resource: Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain

Treasure Boxes

With everything the world is going through, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and get stuck in negative thoughts. To counteract this we can focus on the people, places, memories, things, and anything else in our lives that we deeply value.

What do you treasure? What is important or meaningful to you that you want to keep safe and protected? This workshop provides an opportunity to identify and connect with what is close to your heart. Fill your own treasure box to serve as a tangible reminder you can use to keep you grounded in what is truly important to you. If you’d like, share your treasure box with others as a way to stay connected to what you value and help others do the same!

• Download Worksheet: English | Spanish
• Resource: 10 Proactive Ways to Figure Out What’s Most Important to You