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Arts in Healing: Family Support Group

Free and confidential Creative Arts Therapy support group for those with a loved one struggling with addiction

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts invites you to 6-week pilot support group for family members impacted by addiction, led by Creative Arts Therapist Candace Rivela.

Creative Arts Therapy integrates various aspects of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental space to facilitate personal growth and healing. Our pilot group offers family members an opportunity to awaken their creativity in a supportive, community-centered process that will lead to emotional release, self-compassion and new insight. Learn from the challenges and successes of others who can relate to your situation and find your own inner strength through a process of creative discovery on the historic grounds of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

Weekly sessions will incorporate group discussion and sharing, mindfulness exercises, creative arts activities, and experiences on our campus including the Museum.

About Candace Rivela:

Candace Rivela.jpgCandace is a Board Certified, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz and a master's degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Candace is the Lead Teaching Artist in Museum Education and Creation Programs at Bethel Woods, helping to further development of the Teaching Artist Program. Additionally, she is helping to launch a series of community-based Creative Arts Therapy pilot programs. Bethel Woods is currently in an exploratory phase to identify areas of need in the community through research and investigation. They would like to use the information gathered, along with their experience in arts programming and community outreach, to offer a program that utilizes art and creativity as a platform for engagement and a catalyst for positive change. 

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019   --  6:00 PM Add to cal
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019   --  6:00 PM Add to cal
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019   --  6:00 PM Add to cal
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  • May 8 - Jun 12 , 2019
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
    597 West Shore Road
    Bethel, NY 12720
  • RSVP required, sign up for one or all sessions. Each group is capped at 20 participants, first come first serve. No art experience necessary.

    Recommended for ages 14+