Class is an open group–an invitation to participate in a welcoming and nonjudgemental learning environment. We will understand feelings, sensations, and lived experiences through art and body-mind processes such as drawing, writing, dance/movement, music, mindfulness, yoga, and reiki. These are essential self-care practices based on the empirically supported assertion that the mind, body, and spirit are inextricably interconnected.
The class material is synthesized and facilitated by Nick Duran Fair, MFA, MFTT to promote self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for expressing feelings. No prior experience is necessary. Please have art materials ready (pencils, pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils), wear comfortable clothing, and wash your hands before class.
Please keep in mind that working deeply in this way may surface some discomfort and strong emotions. What is shared and discussed in class will remain confidential, and there is no requirement to share. Participants are welcome to turn off their cameras anytime. Many of the class activities do not require looking at the screen for prolonged periods of time.
This class does not claim to be curative and consultation with a medical provider is strongly encouraged. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741. Additional support for mental health can be accessed by the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), The Trevor Project Hotline 1-866-488-7386, and Open Path Psychotherapy Collective 1-800-268-2833.
Nick Duran Fair, MFTT, MFA, is an artist, teacher, and mental health clinician whose work attends to the mind, body, and spirit connection. They have taught at UCLA, California State University Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, and Whitman College. Their work has been presented in Los Angeles by Pieter, PAM, REDCAT, Highways, Human Resources, and in New York City at the former Dance Theatre Workshop, Movement Research, and Danspace Project. They are a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee at Richstone Family Center and will attain an MS in Counseling Psychology from CSULB in December 2020. Their creative and therapeutic work synthesizes mind-body awareness, spiritual and energetic practices, and dance.