As a life coach and empowerment artist working in the areas of domestic violence and cultural diversity I recognise that creativity, art, story, song, dance and music are the tools and activities that affirm women’s strengths and interconnectedness regardless of our cultural background.
Engaging with art in a communal setting creates a place where we can celebrate our connections and share the richness of the stories and experiences that define our cultural and individual uniqueness.
I am very appreciative to the women who attended a Women’s ART of Change Empowerment & Life Coaching Camp and allowed us to photograph some of the sessions. By doing so we can share the powerful message that sharing and creating together is the answer to crossing the cultural and language barriers that can prevent women from coming together.
When women from CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) settings engage with this form of life coaching tools they are able to express their unique culture as expressed through the templates that are the equivalent of the hand outs and power point presentations in most training environments.
Art and creative expression is a unifying medium across all cultures and a powerful medium for sharing our stories and expressing our vision for the future.
We had a Warrior Woman’s Empowerment Workshop on camp. From black and white templates, the Warrior Woman is created…
The Warrior Woman…
Her head~dress represents developing the power of the mind to overcome obstacles and adversity. Cultivating thought patterns and mental focus for creating the life we envisage for our selves and our children.
Her large heart symbolises the importance of remaining compassionate and connected to others whilst not being overwhelmed by the d.v cycle of promises and repetitive abuse. This is especially significant when recovering from domestic violence as safe personal boundaries are core to keeping the family safe.
Her wings remind us that our mental well being and health requires balance in our emotions, mind, physical and social health.
Introducing the Warrior Women theme for the day:
Phoenix Woman was created as a way to express changes that came about through trials and difficulties.
Stories of the past and stories of the children’s future are shared as we create the warrior woman.
Two communities came together on the 2nd day of the camp.
Patty created her Warrior Woman’s Headress using spirals of wool…
Sisters…We are all the same within regardless of the skin we are in..