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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Thursday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
SAORI: Mindfulness Weaving for Everyone

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It's easy to express yourself through color, texture, and rhythm with SAORI weaving arts — a form of mindfulness meditation weaving from Japan. Dedicated to free expression and self-development, Loop of the Loom is bringing this method (suitable for people of all ages) to New York City; their free-form "happy weaving" approach employs brightly-hued natural fibers and threads. Their goal is not solely to teach a craft, but to encourage self-exploration and facilitate personal growth. In this daylong Master Class, participants will learn about the origins of SAORI, and how it is currently being used by people of all ages and abilities. SAORI origami clothing will also be featured, as well as how this form of "holistic healing weaving" is being used in hospitals and homeless shelters. Participants will be given ample opportunity to spend time at the looms.  Join us to celebrate the beauty of imperfection, an aesthetic that is eminently compatible with the creative arts in therapy! 


Ria G. Hawks, MS, CNS, CPNP

Ria G. Hawks, MS, CNS, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian Hospital and adjunct facility at Bank Street College of Education, Graduate School, in the Child Life program. Her clinical interests include integrative approaches to ease the suffering of children with cancer. Ria volunteers and supervises at a weekly program of SAORI weaving at the Hope’s and Heroes... Read More →
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Loop of the Loom

Loop of the Loom
SAORI weaving, SAORI fashion pattern books, SAORI clothings and accessories, BENGALA Natural Mud Dye, MASUHISA Handspun Organic Cotton Yarns & Indigo Yarns, and more cone yarns imported from Japan.

Jennifer Murphy, ATR-BC, LMHC

| Jennifer Murphy, ATR-BC, LMHC, graduated from Lesley University’s expressive therapy program with a focus in art therapy. She has worked with several populations including adolescents with traumatic brain injury, homeless adults, and adults who experience mental illness. Currently, Jennifer is the art therapy coordinator at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Department of Mental Health facility in Jamaica Plain, MA, where she runs... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:00am - 5:15pm
Saori Weaving: Loop of the Loom 227 E 87th St, New York, NY