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Creative Wellness: Exploring Grief through Creativity

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Time: 9 am – 5pm
Location: Pine St Studios, two doors down from GAAC. A map and detailed information will be provided a few days before class begins.

The death of a loved one can have a profound effect on our mental and physical health. Creativity is a powerful tool that can support navigating this emotion and bring new understanding and insights into the process of grief.

Exploring Grief through Creativity provides a supportive, creative retreat for people moving through grief to examine and process their experiences of the death of a loved one. This full-day retreat includes facilitation by a licensed therapist and three workshops led by professional teaching artists. Participants will work as a group and individually to explore how a creative practice can support the shifting impacts of grief. Workshops will involve learning to create and keep a visual journal, vibrational sound immersion, and clay hand building. All supplies are included. No art experience is required. Full bios can be found on the GAAC website.

Cost includes all materials, light breakfast, snacks, refreshments, and lunch.

For more information, please contact GAAC Education Manager, Melissa Johnson.

Jessica Kovan (She/Her) is a mixed media artist and educator aiming to create conversations to foster both collective and personal understanding. jessicakovan.com

Phil Wilson (He/Him) is a studio potter and educator who has found that clay is a naturally accessible and expressive material where everyone can experience a moment of satisfaction, inspiration, and a little self-affirmation with clay. lotsopotspottery.com clayspacetc.com

Courtney Wiggins (They/Them) is a Vibrational Sound Therapist, End-of-Life-Doula, lay herbalist, Reiki 1 practitioner and community lover/dreamer/builder/weaver/facilitator/activist. joyfulnoisesoundtherapy.com

Megan Mertaugh-Graver (She/They) is a mother, partner, mental health therapist (M.Ed., MSW, LMSW Clinical), artist and community advocate, and is the founder of Care-O-Van, PLLC and AVEC Care Farm. careovan.com

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/


To ensure the safety of our students and Staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons for indoor programs and 16 outdoor programs
  • All students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home and not attend class.
  • Students and Staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff will sanitize common areas and touch surfaces regularly.
  • We have optimized our indoor ventilation system to reduce the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air.
  • If Leelanau County COVID-related cases are designated¬†high¬†risk, students and visitors must wear a face mask to prevent transmission.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, Staff will inform the GAAC’s new policies or procedures before the start of the course.


March 11
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pine Stree Studios
Pine St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636


Adults only
In Person


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