Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art

by SafeArt, Inc.
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
Help Trauma Survivors Heal Through Art
HAICU artwork on display
HAICU artwork on display

HAICU has a core group of 8 women that meet once a week for 3 1/2 hours.
Each week we do a variety of things. We open with a poem or a song, do breathing exercises, some kind of movement (usually Qi Gong) and sometimes add some dancing.

The picture that is included shows one of the facilitators and one of the participants after they hung an art show in a local venue in December. This art was created over the past two years by HAICU participants.

Recently we have been working through exercises in a book called The 52 Week Motivational Journal. This has been led by one of our participants and we have all found it engaging and helpful.

An art project we have been doing over the past month or so is creating Intuitive Self Portraits based on a workshop from artist Robin Sturis. It is a process where we draw and paint with our non-dominant hand. Which is most interesting about the process is that we do not change or fix anything. When we feel the urge to do so, we walk away.
In the end we talk to the painting and it tells us why we painted what we did. It is a truly amazing process.

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Image of HAICU participants at horseplay
Image of HAICU participants at horseplay

The Healing Arts programming is continuing with a hybrid model for group sessions. As we move into the winter months, when colds are more prevalent and travel more dangerous in the snow and ice, remote groups will be hugely beneficial. 

Healing Arts Imaginative Care Unit, HAICU, is at capacity with 8-10 participants on a weekly basis. This group of women, mainly seniors, continue to be a supportive community for each other. They have been working on a painting project led by Mitch Beck. 

We are partnering with the Central Vermont Council on Aging to be a resource for one another. Our hope is to provide another ongoing weekly group for seniors who would like to learn about the benefits of creative expression. 

We are so thankful to everyone who supports our groups and our community. 

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The Healing Arts for Adults programming has continued to meet with the participants on a weekly basis. With warmer days of summer, they have been enjoying meeting every other week in person to learn about herb and plant medicines. Being outside in nature is a great healer. 


SafeArt has received a grant from Central Vermont Council On Aging to help support the Healing Arts for Adults programming, especially for seniors in our community. We are thrilled for this partnership and to share resources between the organizations to reach more folks in need. 


We are still taking Covid19 very seriuosly, as we work with many who are in a high risk category. Masks are required for in person programs that take place indoors and we are sanitizing after every meeting. Much of our programming still remains online. We are maintaining a hybrid format to accessing our programming, because we have noticed that by having both in person and online options we are able to reach more people. 


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Image of a HAICU participants decluttering!
Image of a HAICU participants decluttering!

January is the time for resolutions, reflection, and for clearing the clutter on all levels!

This month in our Healing Arts for Adults group we took on a 9 day decluttering process we found online. The primary goal of the process is just as it sounds, to let go of physical objects that are cluttering our space and cleaning things up. But the deeper and more important goal is to let go of everything we no longer need on all levels, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Thereby making room for the things we would like to bring into our lives.
This opened some very unexpected surprises for most everyone as we noticed where the resistance was to letting go of certain things. Sometimes Connecting to fond childhood memories or past traumas. Other lives and people we may have had and are now gone. We found that by bringing consciousness and love to the process we were all able to see, learn, and let go in a beautiful heartfelt way .

We also decided that instead of just carting our treasures to the thrift stores, we wanted to share them with our neighbors in need. This was a slower process but was amazingly rewarding for us all. Those who received donations were so grateful. We felt like we were really part of a process and a community circle.
Perhaps some of you will be inspired to try this too!
Here is the website for the one we did.

Let go, Reach out, and make way for your dreams!
-Susan, Mitch, and HAICU


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Through SafeArt’s Healing Arts for Adults programming, we work with femme-identified folks who have experienced trauma and other challenges in their lives. We support their desire to heal and assist each participant in finding their individual path to healing.
We support adults to:
  • Hold a safe container to explore challenging issues related to abuse, trauma, identity, addiction, illness, self-worth.
  • Address social-emotional issues that come up in their lives.
  • Help identify triggers and develop healthy tools and strategies to respond to them.
  • Create a safe supportive space where everyone can bring their authentic whole selves for support and healing.
Modalities SafeArt utilizes include:
  • Mindfulness, yoga, movement practices
  • Visual art projects, creative writing, dramatic expression
  • Creative ways to connect us to each other
  • Dynamic discussions
  • Games & Play
  • Healthy eating
  • Self-care and stress relief
  • Breath work
  • Plant healing
  • Music
  • Meditation
  • Journaling
HAICU - Healing Arts Imaginative Care Unit - Chelsea VT.
This group meets every Wednesday during the daytime. It is an intimate small group for adult femme-identified folks who have experienced trauma or are having difficulty coping with their daily lives for any number of reasons. This can include simple and complex life challenges in relationships, care of  loved ones, employment, finances, and emotional or spiritual issues. This is not a drop-in group. While we understand that things come up in life we ask that all group members be committed to arriving on time and attending and participating each week.
We have space in our Healing Arts Group!
Resiliency Building thru Creative Expression
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Zoom
Free to Participants!

In this healing arts program we will be inviting engagement in creative expression and community connection to support you in these stressful times. 

We will be creating a safe container for "doing the work," using visual arts, nature exploration, journaling, music, movement, and building resiliency practices to facilitate healing. 

This group is open to women, femme identified and trans folks who have been impacted by trauma, stress, or the challenges of life. 

We define trauma as any injury to body, mind, or soul. This can include illness, depression, abuse, anxiety, etc. 

Register by email or phone - or 802-685-3138


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SafeArt, Inc.

Location: Chelsea, VT - USA
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