Art of Being

Mindfulness and creativity are at the heart of the Art of Being program at Wellspring Women’s Center. This innovative and unique program offers something for everyone, from a 30-minute blast at the Craft Club table to a 10-week commitment in an intensive expressive therapy group. Whatever creative goals women have, we strive to meet them through our workshops, coaching, outreach and sharing. Painting, Drawing, Crochet, Sewing, Knitting, Henna Design, Jewelry Making, Beadwork, Silk Scarf Painting, Paper Crafts and Ceramic Art are just a few of the art forms our participants have explored in Art of Being.

See what women who participate in our program have to say about it!

(A huge THANK YOU to Futures Explored for their help in filming and editing this video.)

Art of Being Expressive Therapy Group Intensive

Creative expression is a powerful tool to cultivate the positive qualities of mindfulness and insight. Being present in our lives can help us to tap into our inner strength and wisdom and increase our feelings of well-being and joy.

In this innovative 10 week program, we explore our creativity using a combination of activities such as art, poetry, dance, music, journaling and more.  Using a different area of focus each week, we will work to discover imaginative ways of expressing our thoughts and emotions. Sessions will be team-taught by a licensed clinical social worker, an MSW intern and an artist, and will be limited to 16 participants. Open to all women, and art experience is not necessary.

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Creative Art Workshops

Get your art groove on! This series of art workshops are open to all women in the community, and will include clay sculpting, silk scarf painting, jewelry-making, and more. Days and times will vary, and sign-ups will be required in order to help us plan for adequate materials and assistance.

These workshops are offered free of charge and materials will be provided at no cost.

This month’s workshops:


Craft Club

Join us every Thursday morning for fun projects like crocheting, beading, card making, origami, painting ceramic tiles and more. Craft Club is a drop-in activity, and all women are welcome to participate at no cost. Materials will be provided free of charge.
Click here to see Craft Club activities for this month:

Click here for a complete calendar of Women’s Wellness activities for this month:

Supply List

We rely on the kindness and generosity of the community to help support this program, and donations of art & craft supplies or the funds to keep it going are much appreciated. We also invite women with a creative skill to share to become involved as a volunteer teacher.

Take a look at our current needs here:  AOB_wishlist

Or visit our online wishlists:
Art of Being Wishlist – Blick Art Supply
Art of Being Wishlist – Amazon

If you have questions about these programs, or would like to sign up for one of our art workshops, please contact the Art Program Coordinator.

Art Program Coordinator

Missy Kinder
916.454.9688 x 210

About me: I am an artist with over 30 years experience coordinating art programs and curating exhibits for the State of California and in community settings, including seven years designing and facilitating art classes for teens experiencing homelessness at Wind Youth Services.

I am thrilled to be part of the Wellspring team and look forward to sharing the joy of creative expression with the incredible women who walk through the open doors of Wellspring.