the Refuge

The art of Self discovery...Creativity, Healing and Spirituality

Art the Refuge


Art the Refuge                                                                                

"Don't turn away!  Keep your eyes on the bandaged place.  That is where the light enters you."  Rumi

Art the refuge was born from scraps of paper, torn out of magazines on an evening just a year after my daughter Kristin's death.  I heard a voice, it said, "Why don't you make a collage?" I created over a hundred collages over an ten year period. I  gathered the fragments of myself and pasted them down.  The unspeakable found form and I found healing.  I  kept my "eyes on the bandaged place."

You are invited to join me in the safe and sacred space of this refuge.  This is an opportunity to quiet the mind and open the heart.  This is an opportunity to be with your life as it is.  This is an opportunity to come to the edge of your joy and sorrow,  your fear, courage, rage, shame, pride, your nothing and your everything.  This is an opportunity to create and get out of your own way, trusting that what emerges is perfect.  This is an opportunity to tear, cut, paste, draw, paint and embelish your creation.  This is an opportunity to allow formlessness to come into form.  This is an opportunity to pour what you keep inside, out onto the paper.  This is an opportunity to bear witness to the mystery of life moving through you.  This is an opportunity to say yes.  This is an opportunity to fall in love. This is an opportunity to be the one you are..."that arises from nowhere and timelessly flows everywhere at once."  ShantiMayi

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT                                                                                                      

Board Certified Registered Art Therapist

Liscenced Clinical Professional Art Therapist

Certified SoulCollage (R) Facilitator

Art the Refuge ~ Time

I generally schedule one collage circle during the weekday from 12 until 3 and one on a Saturday from 1 until 4. 

Specific times are shared during intake and consultation.

Art the Refuge ~ Dates 

Dates and specifics are shared after intake and consultation.

January    February     March     April     May     June 

July   August   September   October   November   December

Art the Refuge ~ Fee

$50.00 Per Circle  

Art the Refuge ~ Requirements

Strong Commitment Needed ~ Maximum of Four/Five Participants ~ Registration Required

Art the Refuge ~ Experience

Opening of the circle with silence, guided meditation and sharing ~ Artmaking ~  Witnessing, sharing and group process  ~ Closing of the circle

Art the Refuge

"When soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image."  Meister Eckhart

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