Stillness Through Art
a guide to overcome eco-anxiety
Stillness Through Art, a Guide to Overcome Eco-anxiety is a practical guidebook that uses art to support Australian's mental health. Those who have suffered from bushfires and the ongoing drought in Victoria need to alleviate their trauma and build self-care skills. This guidebook helps them achieve just that.
It was created by experts in the field of mental health, art, science, and naturopathy. Some of these experts include Pr. Katherine Boydell from the Black Dog Institute and Dr. Rob Gordon.
There are 8 chapters in total and each includes information on a particular technique as well as two step by step activities. One of these activities is for adults to do on their own, the other is designed for children to do with the help of an adult.
This book is free and is available in your nearby Neighbourhood house, school, art gallery or art group. If not contact Sofie Dieu for a hard copy, and meanwhile access the contact below in the pdf provided.
This content can (and should) be spread freely with your loved ones and people from the Community. It is not for sale as the content has been designed to be provided free of charge. This is possible thanks to the support of the Community Enterprise Foundation, PHN Gippsland and the East Gippsland Shire Council.
This chapter was co-written with Pr. Boydell from the Black Dog Institute
Chapter 2 was co-written with design lecturer and yoga certified teacher Juliana Luna.
Dr. Barbara Doran from UTS helped co-writing this chapter. Barbara is an artist and researcher with a keen interest on how art, mental health and science inter-connect. You can follow her work on social media @drbeedee
Sensorial Awareness was co-written with Juliana Luna who also helped shape chapter 1 Emotional Colours.
Mandala Now was co-written with registered art therapist Rachel Hiskins from Hiskins Art Therapy. Rachel has over 16 years experience in the field of art therapy, find more about her work on hiskinsartstherapy.com
Cultivating Stillness was co-written with Dr. Barbara Doran who also helped shape State of Flow.
Let's be an Aloe Vera was co-written with the people from Northcote Natural Therapies, Candace Borg and Jenn Clark. Find more about what they do on their social media @northcotenaturaltherapies
Creative Rituals was co-written with long term meditator and artist Eleonore Pironneau and clinical psychologist Dr. Rob Gordon who is well known for his work in bushfire recovery.
This chapter highlights the importance to acknowledge trauma through ritual.
Find more about Eleonore on her social media @eleonore_pironneau