Sherry Rueger Banaka (Hillsboro, OR)

Intentional Creativity/EFT Workshop: GRIEF TO GRATITUDE, Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 1pm - 5pm
CO-TEACHER: NADYA KING Grief is how we feel on the inside when our loved one dies. Mourning is expressing our grief outwardly, and it is through mourning that we heal. ~Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. Fall is a time that people in many cultures remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the gifts they brought us. Yet it can also be a time we miss them more. Seeing the brilliant leaves of Autumn fade and fall to the ground, happy memories now tinged with sorrow often well up within us, and we may feel an emptiness in our hearts longing to be filled. You are invited to join Sherry and Nadya in this workshop combining the power of Intentional Creativity and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping). In this half-day workshop, you’ll create your very own House of the Heart painting to honor your special loved one. We will be using acrylics and collage on canvas, and no experience is necessary! Using the tools of tapping, inquiry, meditation, journaling and painting, you’ll be guided through a gentle process to acknowledge your feelings and access your inner connection with your loved one, moving through your grief into gratitude. The soothing music of the harp, EFT and Reiki will also offer gentle support during the class, and you’ll be able to use the EFT instruction you receive after the class, as well. Your investment in the workshop is $75, which includes all painting materials and instruction. Wear clothes you can paint in, and bring your journal and a copy of a small photo of your loved one (about 2x2”). The immense amount of guidance Sherry received to process her own grief over the deaths of her husband and only child inspired her to serve others, and she became certified in both Intentional Creativity® and Clinical EFT in order to more fully share her gifts. Sherry shares part of her grief journey in the anthology, Heal Thy Self. Copies of her book will be available at MECA. Nadya is certified in Intentional Creativity and Reiki and has been a Hospice respite volunteer, playing harp for patients and their families. Both Sherry and Nadya find much joy in sharing these tools for healing in their community.