WISDOM CIRCLES OCEANIA METHODS & TOOLS

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Our programs are rooted in a cultural and trauma-informed model, utilizing well researched methods for facilitating self-discovery, change and reparation.

Our creative tools provide expressive arts healing experiences like Eco-Art Therapy and traditional observation practices to reconnect to our innate abilities to create natural working systems with respect to ʻāina and each other.

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​Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy integrates neurological research on how the brain processes trauma with the sensory process of art-making in supporting healing and recovery. This process provides participants in active opportunities to experience their capabilities in learning to self-regulate and build new positive sensory memories and relationships. Uplifting strengths rather than labeling pathologies and viewing each individual as capable, supports a resiliency-based framework for understanding a person's trauma reactions.  

Wisdom Circles Oceania Programs teach participants to think, feel and relate by observing and experiencing Nature's wisdom working.
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In Hawaiian culture, kilo is the practice of observation in understanding one’s surroundings and environment over time. Kilo is used to learn, experience, and discover the most effective processes in order to better plan for the future including in areas of climate, agriculture, spirituality, and innovation. We integrate our workshops within ecological frameworks and place-based cultural practices that build awareness of relationships to ʻāina and each other. These activities help to increase resilience, improve mental health, and develop a practice of deep observation and examination, which cultivates traits of leadership, community, and responsibility.

At each Wisdom Circles Oceania Workshop, participants practice deep observation and examination that supports belonging, decision-making and understanding.
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​Eco-Art Therapy blends traditional Art Therapy with the emerging science of Applied Ecopsychology - an experiential modality, which teaches us to think, feel and relate by observing and experiencing Nature's wisdom. This experiential art-meets-nature process helps us to identify and release underlying and conditioned beliefs more easily than conventional verbal counseling. We're able to witness nature's wisdom through a process of creation and art, observation, feeling, and journaling, giving us deep, powerful revelations and understanding of wholeness.  Ecopsychology studies the effects of nature on our well being and its natural ability to release and heal trauma. Through this process we're also remembering our connection back to our ancient wisdom.  

Creative Expression through art, movement, poetry, and music creates 
a positive brain-body connection to support us in feeling more joy and
creative flow and help us do the work of shifting old conditioned beliefs.
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Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching supports people in working through creative blocks like procrastination, overwhelm, perfectionism, and self-sabotage. This coaching methodology is based on extensive research on the brain and creativity. It helps us learn techniques for building new muscle habits that feel good and help us to continue showing up for ourselves.​​  Its about having fun, starting with what's easy, and utilizing tools that help us allow creativity to flow.  Through gently acknowledging patterns, habits, and fears we learn to know ourselves, and to treat ourselves, with our own innate wisdom.   

Other components of Wisdom Circles Oceania Community Workshops and Programs include the following tools and techniques:
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  • Mindfulness

  • Guided Visualization

  • Art Journaling

  • Community Outreach and Education

  • Arts Curriculum Development

  • Textile Art

  • Earth Pigments and Plant Botanicals