From Mat to Canvas is designed to help you achieve a deeper sense of well-being through the unique pairing of yoga and creative visual expression. During this two-hour workshop, we will integrate creativity and artistic reflection with elements of yoga (postures, breathing, and meditation) to increase your awareness and connection to your body, mind, and spirit. Many of the foundations of yoga can help free artistic or creative intentions and help us connect more deeply with our creative source.

In this workshop we will invite creativity and visual expression to occur right there at the mat.  All levels of artists, non-artists, yogis and non-yogis are welcome. If you are looking to try something new, join us for this unique experience and know that you will leave with a renewed vision of how to take your yoga practice off the mat and out into your world.

Sat, Nov. 8, 1-3 pm


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“Mat to Canvas was a lot of fun. I felt relaxed and by the end of the workshop my mind seemed to stop buzzing. I felt like the art really helped me get out of my own head.” – Mat to Canvas participant

Carolyn Crotty, MA, ATR, LMHC, is an artist, art therapist, and educator in Burlington, VT. Her artwork is inspired by nature and relationships with a particular emphasis on themes of identity, home and our sense of place, belonging, and connection in the world. When she is not making her own artwork, Carolyn facilitates individual and group art experiences for people of all ages through her community arts organization, Whirled Tree Arts. Carolyn earned her Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is a nationally registered art therapist and a Massachusetts licensed mental health counselor and has been practicing yoga since 2004. As you might guess, her favorite posture is tree pose.

Jim Beebe-Woodard, RYT-200 began practicing yoga in Boston in 2002 and has been teaching in Burlington, VT since 2010.  Jim believes that everyone can find strength and change on the mat. His classes focus on the alignment and articulation of postures, movement with music, and connection with breath. He enjoys teaching newcomers and others with limited experience, and works to make the initial experiences of practicing yoga accessible and encouraging. Jim is a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, CT where he studied music and voice performance, and went on to earn a BA in Psychology and English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. As a writer, he has appeared in the AIGA Boston Journal, and as a contributor to Vermont Public Radio’s My Vermont project.

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