This monthly workshop, conducted in a studio environment, is designed to foster self-care practices, respite, and enjoyment for participants. Each month we will focus on the needs of a specific audience. The topic for May’s workshop is:

Learning the Gifts of Grief and Loss

Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
11759 Missouri Ave., (Stoner Park)
Los Angeles, 90025

Learning to attend to our grief and loss with compassion and kindness can help us cultivate the capacity for resilience, healing, and transformation.

* Learn to cultivate loving-kindness, self-compassion, and therefore, well-being.

* Discover the role of mindfulness practices as a pathway to stress reduction and self-focus. 

* Enjoy using art materials with a focus on color, movement, symbolism, and textures. 

* No artistic talent needed!

This gathering starts with a brief lecture on the topic.

Workshop fee is $25.00.  Space is limited to 12 participants per workshop, register HERE early to guarantee your spot.


Presented by:

Anne Galbraith, MA-ATR, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and clinical art therapist, and the director of counseling at OPICA Adult Day Program & Counseling Center. She also provides art therapy support groups for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) at UCLA Marilyn Hilton Achievement Center. Anne is interested in the benefits of cultivating mindfulness arts to enhance quality of life and wellbeing for family caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients, MS and related chronic illnesses. Anne practices Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation (MBSR) and Metta, Loving Kindness Meditation.

Elizabeth Lira, MA, MFTI, is a marriage and family therapist registered intern under the supervision of Arline Agay. She first came to OPICA as a volunteer in January of 2012 and immediately discovered an affinity and acumen for working with the geriatric population. Subsequently, Elizabeth started her traineeship in September later that year and ultimately was hired on in a full-time staff position. Elizabeth provides both individual and couple counseling specializing in caregiver stress, grief, and age-related issues such as increased isolation, physical challenges of aging, and changing roles.

Katie Durnbaugh, MA-ATR, MFTI, is a marriage and family therapist/ art therapist intern under the supervision of Anne Galbraith. She joined OPICA Adult Day Program and Counseling Center in 2011 and has cultivated a special interest in working with the geriatric population. She provides counseling services for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, adults with developmental disabilities, and family caregivers. She specializes in the utilization of creative expression to foster a sense of well-being.