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Cancer Support -- Virtual Art Therapy Workshops

  • Categories: Cancer, Virtual Event

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  • Event Type:Classes

Join us at Boulder Community Health and Rocky Mountain Cancer Center for monthly workshops with art therapists Cindy Gordon and Tamara Schardt. They will help those affected by cancer (patients, caregivers and family members) discover the therapeutic benefits of self-expression through art. No art experience is necessary!

January 4: Finding and Expressing Affirmations
In this workshop, you will choose or create affirmations to hold in a special container. Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging or negative thoughts. Bring some affirmations that you hold dear, and some kind of container (e.g. a small box or jar), or a 2-dimensional surface to creatively hold your affirmations.

February 1: Creating Your Safe Place
The safe place visualization and expression can be used as a visual image to bring a sense of calm and security to your mind when we face challenges. We will create our own safe place with any materials that you wish.

March 1: Creative Responses to Meditation and Breathing
This workshop will focus on relaxation and creative expression. We will lead you through several breathing exercises, visualizations, and meditations, and you will be invited to respond creatively to the feelings of calm that arise.

We will continue to meet online on the first Monday of each month using Google Meet until otherwise notified. For most of these workshops, you can use any materials including colored pencils, markers, pastels, paints, collage materials. If you need supplies, please let us know!

When: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Where: Google Meet link will be provided after registration
Cost: Free – Please consider donating to BCH Foundation
RSVP: Please contact Tamara Schardt at 303-720-4201 (call or text) or

Tamara R. Schardt, MS
Tamara is a Masters-level art therapist, working toward board certification and registration. She’s also an artist, advocate, and educator who believes art is for everyone; it is a vehicle of expression that can amplify voices, reduce stress, build confidence, create connections and change, and shed light on adversities. Tamara works with clients across the lifespan, individually and in groups, using art therapy and verbal psychotherapy (talk), incorporating mindfulness, educational, adaptive and movement techniques.

Cindy Gordon, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC, CAAP
Cindy Gordon is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified art therapist. She works with individuals and groups facing the challenges of depression, trauma, body image, grief, anxiety, medical issues and life transitions. Cindy works with clients using both verbal psychotherapy and non-verbal methods (art therapy, photography, and writing) to reduce stress, promote self-awareness, and gain insights about themselves.


Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People age 12 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more on our general vaccine information page.