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Cards of Compassion

Heart-Felt Art Expression for Gifting

Who needs Hallmark when what wants to be expressed is already in your heart?

Take this opportunity to meditate on loved ones and create cards that are genuine and personal, from the artwork to the words written. Jennifer will guide participants with mixed media techniques and practices that help access open-hearted expression.

No art experience necessary.
Each participant will receive 20 cards and envelopes.
Snacks and all materials provided. Bring a bag lunch.

$150 9:00am – 4:00pm

Located in the natural setting of the Canyon Yurt -Carmel, CA. (Directions given upon registration.)

Professional therapists learn experientially how to use this process with clients and as their own self-care.
6 CEUs $15 (BBS provider # PCE4493)

Jennifer Allen, local author of Bone Knowing, is also an artist, art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed psychotherapist (MFT) who leads workshops at Esalen and her Canyon Yurt. She has used art for personal process for over 30 years. For over 12 years Jennifer has participated in earth based psychospiritual groups: the Medicine Wheel, the Mystery School and currently, the Elders’ Council.


Bone Knowing Workshop

Accessing Inner Wisdom Through Art Process, Felt Sense, & Writing

What do you know deep in your bones?

In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be difficult to access the wisdom we yearn for to guide us in relationships, life challenges, and creative blocks. Working from the “bones-up,” residual inhibitions around creativity drop away as we leave the realm of thought and enter the body for guidance via “felt-sense.” From this place of presence, creating is spontaneous and opens access to knowing beyond our thinking mind. Imagery is explored further through writing & group sharing.

The Canyon Yurt (Palo Colorado rd, Carmel, CA) is where we access and express our inner wisdom with paint, pastels, charcoal, and collage. The workshop is open to all—no art experience necessary.
Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a packet to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day $15 or 12 CEUs $25 (BBS provider #4493)
One-day 9-4 $150, or two-day 9-4:00, $225 Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to six.

Jennifer Allen, local author of Bone Knowing, is also an artist, art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed psychotherapist (MFT) who leads workshops at Esalen and her Canyon Yurt. She has used art for personal process for over 30 years. For over 12 years Jennifer has participated in earth based psychospiritual groups: the Medicine Wheel, the Mystery School and currently, the Elders’ Council.


Drawing from Nature

Where Inner and Outer Worlds Meet

What teaching does a budding flower hold for us? A rhythmic tide? An ancient redwood?

The natural world offers an abundance of sensory metaphors that teach us about ourselves, as we take the time to deepen our connection to it through the practice of drawing and painting nature. There is no need to “know how,” only a willingness to trust the creative process.

Meditative observation shifts our vision. We “see” with new eyes, allowing inner and outer worlds to meet and begin weaving together scattered threads of our lives with new meaning. The beauty of Palo Colorado Canyon inspires us to draw and paint what we are moved by. Returning to the Canyon Yurt after outings, we continue the exploration of our images, using multimedia, journaling exercises, and group sharing.
No experience necessary.
Art materials and light snacks included.
Please bring a journal and bag lunch.
Directions given upon registration.
One-day $150, Two-day 9am-4pm $225.

Professional therapists learn experientially how to use this process with clients and as their own self-care.
one-day 6 CEUs $15, 12 CEUs $25 extra (BBS provider # PCE4493)

Jennifer Allen, local author of Bone Knowing, is also an artist, art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed psychotherapist (MFT) who leads workshops at Esalen and her Canyon Yurt. She has used art for personal process for over 30 years. For over 12 years Jennifer has participated in earth based psychospiritual groups: the Medicine Wheel, the Mystery School and currently, the Elders’ Council.


Following Your Own Thread

Supported Art Process for Personal Work

This one-day workshop is open to those who have completed the Bone Knowing workshop (at Esalen or Canyon Yurt). It uses the same concepts of sensing into the body, art-making, and writing to access intuitive wisdom.

This is an opportunity to “drop-in” for some personal work and creativity with guidance as-needed. Jennifer begins each session with guided sit and art directive and concludes with a sharing circle.

Snacks and all art media included. $95 Bring a bag lunch, journal and old shirt/apron.

Located at the Canyon Yurt, Carmel. (Directions given upon registration.)

Jennifer Allen, local author of Bone Knowing, is also an artist, art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed psychotherapist (MFT) who leads workshops at Esalen and her Canyon Yurt. She has used art for personal process for over 30 years. For over 12 years Jennifer has participated in earth based psychospiritual groups: the Medicine Wheel, the Mystery School and currently, the Elders’ Council.