Expressive Arts Workshop Series for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Tap into your creativity, strength & beauty

Explore art-making for self care, healing & renewal

Connect with other survivors & receive support

Explore creative ways to live with breast cancer within a supportive community of women. Each workshop offers hands-on art-making, writing and mindfulness practices. Women living with breast cancer at any stage, including those who have completed treatment, are invited to attend. No experience is necessary. 

This free series will be facilitated by Dr. Jena Leake, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. It is made possible due to generous funding from the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler and the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program.

Sign up for one or more workshops at least 1 week before workshop date.

Dates:  Fridays (1 – 4:30 pm) on June 30, July 14 & August 11

Registration: To reserve your space, contact Gina Hansen at: or 434-297-4870
Please register early as space is limited to 14 participants.

Location: Park Street Christian Church, 1200 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA



Previous Workshops (2017)


The ART of WellBeing

Expressive Arts Workshop for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (10 am – 2 pm)

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This workshop is an invitation to explore creative expression as an outlet for self-care, wellness and fun. In a supportive community, we will use visual art-making, reflective writing and mindfulness practices to support us in discovering positive ways of living with cancer. Adults with any cancer diagnosis, in treatment or having completed treatment, are encouraged to attend and may bring a caregiver or supporter with them. Previous artistic experience is not required as we will engage in simple, artful practices that can be integrated into everyday life. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Jena Leake, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and is sponsored free of charge by UVA Cancer Center. Lunch will be provided.

Registration: To reserve your space, contact Gina Hansen at: or 434-297-4870
Please register early as space is limited to 15 participants. Registration deadline: May 11

Location: Park Street Christian Church, 1200 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA



Previous Workshops (2016)

Awakening the Heart:

Spring Daylong Retreat with Gina Kelley

& Guest Teacher: Jena Leake


Saturday, March 26, 2016 (10 am – 5 pm)

The arrival of spring offers an opportunity to transition from the introspection and gray of winter to an inspiring, uplifting energy of connection and action. You are warmly invited to this daylong retreat where we will carve out time and space for self-care, reflection, connection, and practice. Gina’s offerings for the day will include: grounding and energizing yoga, meditation, community lunch, and gentle hiking. Jena will offer a mindfulness-based creativity practice to awaken our senses and artful nature. The retreat location is a magical and special place 40 minutes from downtown Charlottesville in Crozet, Virginia – thoughtfully selected to allow us to connect in community with each other and with the beautiful natural surroundings.


Intermodal Expressive Arts WorkshopReImagining Life through Art Jena Leake

Friday, November 13 (6-9 pm) & Saturday, November 14, 2015 (10:30 am – 6 pm) 

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From the beginning of time, cultures throughout the world have created art, rituals and contemplative practices to celebrate and respond to the human condition. In this intermodal expressive arts workshop, we will use visual art-making, poetic writing, authentic movement, and mindfulness practices to explore artful approaches for self care, well-being and creating in response to the inevitable challenges, surprises and stressors of life.

Taught from an intermodal expressive arts perspective, participants will discover how the layering of art modalities enhances our capacity for creative expression and deep inner knowing, inviting a re-imagining of how we perceive and engage in our everyday lives. We will play at the edges of what is known and unknown, becoming nomadic artists on a journey of shaping our lives in meaningful, courageous ways that reflect our deepest nature. In the process, we’ll cultivate contemplative arts practices to take into our daily living. All levels of experience welcome in this community art studio where everyone is an artist and a beginner as we follow our images towards new frontiers in our art and lives.

Fee: Early Bird: $165 before October 15 or $185 after October 15 (includes art materials)  

Location: Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center, 609 E. Market St. in the Michie Building, Suite # 110, Charlottesville, VA

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SPRING 2015:

 Embodying the Artist Within

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Continuum Movement & Expressive Arts Workshop

 May 1 – 3, 2015

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Inside each of us is an artist with the creative capacity to shape our lives as a vibrant expression of our true nature. In this Continuum Movement and Expressive Arts Workshop, we will engage in somatic and arts-based practices for cultivating embodied presence, inquiry and authentic expression. Explorations in movement, sound, spacious silence, and being in nature will support our explorations in drawing, sculpting in clay, dancing, writing, and other forms of art-making. By awakening our senses and opening to the depths of artistry within us, we discover new images, resources and inspiration to nourish and sustain us in everyday life. This weekend workshop is an invitation to immerse yourself in Continuum and artful play while gaining perceptual and somatic skills that can be integrated into daily practices as well as creative and healing work with others.

Co-facilitated by Jena Leake, PhD, REAT, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist & Rebecca Lawson, MA, R-DTR, Authorized Continuum Movement Teacher 

Location: Evolving Therapies Studio, 912 Damascus Church Rd., Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Fee: $300 (includes art materials)

CEUs: 11 for Bodyworkers

Schedule: Fri., May 1: 6-9 pm; Sat., May 2: 10:30 – 6 pm; Sun., May 3, 10:30 am – 1 pm

Register: This workshop is FULL. To be added to the wait list, please contact Rebecca Lawson at: ; For more info, see:


The Art of Self Care & Caring for Othersspring

An Expressive Arts Workshop Series for Counseling Professionals

Facilitated by Dr. Jena Leake

Sponsored by The Institute for Experiential Therapies at Eastern Mennonite University

Fridays, Feb. 27, March 27 & April 24, 2015 (10 am – 3 pm)

Workshops may be taken individually or as a series;

4 CEs per workshop (NBCC#4488); 4 REAT Personal Process Hours per workshop

During this expressive arts workshop series, we will engage in individual and community art- making to explore mindful and artful approaches for self care, well-being and therapeutic work with others. Each session will include:

A creative, nourishing environment to gather regularly with peers and engage in meaningful dialogue and reflection about your life and work

* Introduction to expressive arts therapy methodologies and their applications in clinical and community settings

* Arts-based practices for personal and professional growth integrating visual art-making, movement, music & reflective writing

No previous art experience is necessary as we will work with simple yet transformative explorations that can be adapted to daily life and varied work settings. 

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