World-renowned Milliner and advocate for mental health, Waltraud Reiner will back in 2019 in her little red hatmobile.
Her work employs a philosophy of positive mental health through creativity. Waltraud and Outback Arts will visit eight communities this year facilitating social cohesion while teaching weaving and wellbeing practices and supporting positive mental health.
Weaving is widely used across the globe as a tool for mindfulness and positive psychology. This program will increase awareness of these concepts, teaching participants to use their inherent character strengths, belief in their abilities as well as social and emotional competence. There will also be public forums that will help people reframe negative thoughts, discuss adversity and understand how creative experiences can be used to improve self-care.
Weaving for Wellness will foster a space for positive relationships, community connections and resilience and a chance to get away from the daily stresses of the drought. The project is made possible by a Tackling Tough Times Together grant, distributed by FRRR.
So come along to a workshop near you, weave a yarn and take home a new wall hanging. A variety of weaving techniques will be featured including floor loom, small frames, mixed media canvas and hats for the die hard. No experience needed, so there’s no excuse to miss out!
Cobar, 29 – 30 June
Nyngan 3 – 4 July
Coonamble 6 – 9 July
The Marra 11 – 12 July
Carinda 14 – 15 July
Walgett 16 – 17 July
Brewarrina 17 – 20 July
Bourke 21 – 22 July
Book online here or contact Outback Arts to register.