Coming Home: Culture, Hope and Connection
Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference, August 25-27th, 2023
St. John’s Newfoundland
Florescence: A Compendium of Flowers
This workshop aligned with the conference theme of rural art therapy and showcased how flower gardens may be restorative as a horticultural activity, as a cultivation of live art media, and for outdoor gatherings incorporating symbolic enactments featuring flowers. Florescence refers to flowering, a changing situation and development. Flowers are expressions of life support and contribute to both biodiversity and human vigour. The ephemeral nature of flowers is an opportunity to reflect upon metamorphosis as a human and botanical experience. The workshop will take the form of an outdoor studio with flowers as our centrepiece for adornment, observance and enactment.