Eva’s Frogs Jump for Joy
Sometimes as adults we forget what it means how important it is to play, have fun and let our creativity guide us. On the evening of Thursday, February 26th, 2015 Eva, who is our Community Outreach Coordinator, invited us to a Felt Board Workshop which was led by Rhea. Both these cool ladies orchestrated a really fun filled night, and the workshop really made us all feel like we were kids again for a couple of hours.
When we walked into the room, which is becoming very homey and familiar to us, we were greeted with the smiles of women who are becoming friends. The tables were pushed together and there was felt everywhere! Stickers and glue and glitter markers and material and all kinds of crafty things covered the tables, which at first filled us with a little bit of trepidation but eager anticipation as well. What were we going to do tonight? It was a little bit of a mystery.
Eva introduced Rhea to us, and Rhea showed us a little something that she had created with felt — a storyboard — which broke the ice. We all had an ‘aha’ moment that said this was going to be a really laid back, felt kind of night filled with the freedom of expression. And when you’re given that kind of freedom anything can happen and great and wonderful things can occur.
So instead of breaking into groups we were asked to create something independently. We had been used to being in groups so this was a little bit different than what we were used to, and I found it to be a little bit daunting at first if I’m being perfectly honest. But after about 10 minutes of getting comfortable and getting our feet wet so to speak, the ideas started to flow.
As the night went on these individual stories made of felt began to emerge and they were as unique as everyone in the room. They were these magnificent felt stories and everyone had a special story to tell. Each story was centered around love and compassion and caring and kindness held together by the Heart-Mind Well-Being philosophy. It was great just to see everyone being so relaxed and open, sharing thoughts and memories and ideas and laughter — lots of laughter. It was just such a wonderful place to be that night and I think that all of the women that were there forgot their worries for a couple hours. And maybe it brought us back to a freer time in our lives when we were just kids and joy and compassion and positivity came easier to us because we weren’t filled with the worries and responsibilities of adulthood.
So thank you Eva and Rhea for such a great night!
Check out our pictures of the activities, taken once again by the talented Jennie Yuen, so you can get an idea of the Heart-Mind Well-Being Felt Art night we enjoyed at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.
The surprising thing that’s happening — I mean, intellectually we know that this is what we wanted to happen, but if we’re coming from a heart-minded perspective which is really what this is all about, we find that we’re connecting first from the heart and then the mind follows. And it’s a really great feeling when you experience this happening and you see the joy that unfolds in these interactions. It’s a really beautiful and amazing, joyful thing. And that’s the whole reason we’re doing this.
So stay tuned because I’m sure there’s more awesome and fun things to come. Hope you enjoyed our photos and if you have any questions, comments or ideas you’d like to add, share or see posted here reach out to us because we love to hear from you. This is something we really hope you’d like to hear more about and take part in. Just let us know in the comments below or call or email us or drop in for a visit. And of course as always if you’d like to volunteer we’d love to have you.