Our Creative Catalyst workshop series is designed for adults, with a focus on mindful self-care, connection, and self-exploration. Any of our workshops can be replicated for private groups at Indigo or off-site.


Workshops begin with an intentional warm-up, followed by guided art-making. For closing, instead of a group critique, we take time to talk about the art making process and products, from a place of non-judgment. Through this process, we are able to gain new insights and perspectives while learning a new skill.


Creative Catalyst workshops take place on select Fridays from 6:30 until approximately 9:00 pm. Workshop descriptions are listed below, with dates listed or TBD. Most workshops can be replicated for private gatherings. Please email for details. 


All workshops require advanced registration of $45. Proceeds from these workshops support our art therapy programs. Limited scholarships are available upon request.

Please note:

The scope of this workshop series is recreational self-care and creativity. These workshops are intended to supplement, not replace, treatment from a mental health clinician.

4/03 + 5/01 Intuitive Painting

Guest artist, Erin Meyers, will be leading this workshop. Erin has been practicing intuitive painting for eight years and has led workshops at Indigo since 2017. This style of painting focuses on the process of creation rather than the product. Erin uses the creative process as a form of self-care and self-exploration and enjoys sharing her approach with others. 

This workshop will begin with a guided intention-setting creative exercise to warm-up the body and mind. Participants will then be encouraged to transfer their expressive mark-making to canvases and transition to painting with acrylics in a variety of pre-mixed colors. No formal art background is required to benefit from this experiential workshop.

Acrylic paints lend themselves to immediacy. There are no mistakes with this intuitive method of painting. The art process becomes a catalyst for new ideas to surface. Participants will have the opportunity to explore non-traditional tools and techniques, incorporating stencils and spray paint, while manipulating paint with a variety of found objects.

6/05 Intentional Moon Journaling

Indigo art therapist, Kelly DeSousa, MS, ATR-BC, RYT, will be leading this workshop. We will get in tune with the moon and mindfully explore the waxing and waning of the moon phases. We will set intentions for the current phase of the moon, as we learn to practice gratitude and self-love through our ongoing processes of change, evolution, and adaptation. 

The archetypal and cyclical nature of the moon phases can provide a template for self-discovery and self-empowerment. Creative moon journaling provides us with a reflective practice that allows us to check-in with ourselves, tune in deeply, and let go of that which no longer serves us to make room for the new. 

During this workshop, we will explore intention-setting transient art mandala making, embellish our journals, and learn creative journal prompts that relate to the phases of the moon. We will also discuss and practice self-care moon rituals that can become a part of your personal practice at home. 

Still Life Nature Studies

This creativity workshop will be led by Indigo art therapists. Participants will be guided in an intention-setting temporary mandala-making warm-up using natural materials. Then, we will be guided in the basics of mindful art-making. Participants will be invited to focus with intent on a still-life set-up of plants and florals to draw and paint. Our emphasis for this exercise will be on process, rather than product. We will be using blind and stop-blind techniques, while learning to slow the mind and body. Patterns and forms that emerge will lend themselves to intuitively painting. 

Mandala Exploration

Indigo art therapist, Sarah Beaman, MA, ATR-BC, will lead this workshop that explores mandala creation for mindfulness and meditation practice. A mandala is a circular form representing the universe. In Hinduism and Buddhism, mandalas have been used in traditional sacred art and meditation. 


Mandalas are rich in archetypal symbolism and meaning. The deeply meditative practice of mandala creation can lead to self-discovery and stress-relief. This workshop will explore "The Great Round", archetypal stages that relate to life phases that we repeat over and over again. 

As a warm-up, we will create transient art (impermanent) mandalas, practicing intention setting, focusing, and letting go. We will then explore a phase of the Great Round in-depth using a variety of art media. We will close our workshop with a guided group discussion and processing of our individual mandalas.


Indigo art therapist, Devon Schlegel, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, will lead this creative mask-making workshop. Mask creation encourages self-reflection and self-expression. This workshop offers the opportunity to intuitively explore and reveal our hidden strengths. This process can help us to build self-compassion and gain insight. 


Participants will warm-up with a mindful intention-setting exercise. Devon will then guide us in creating individual masks using papier-mâché over a pre-fabricated face mold. Once the masks are dried, we will paint and embellish them to represent personal strengths and positive aspects of ourselves. 


We will close by reflecting on our finished products through dialoguing with our masks and guided group discussion. 

Mindful Watercolors

This workshop will be lead by an Indigo board-certified art therapist. Following an intention-setting warm-up with clay, participants will be guided through a series of exercises, connecting breath with brush strokes. Through this tangible mindfulness practice, we will learn to create intuitively, with an emphasis on process and a deep connection with the body. We will close with a guided small group discussion of the art-making process and products created. 

Tree Symbol Exploration

We will warm-up with a meditative impermanent art mandala, using tactile materials from nature. Each participant will then be encouraged to create an image of a tree, using acrylics on canvas. Our art therapists will guide participants in an intentional exploration of the layers of symbolism found within the imagery of the tree. Great inner wisdom can be discovered while reflecting upon this archetypal symbol, using the technique of intuitive painting.

Grounding Containers

Indigo art therapists will guide participants in a mindful warm-up activity using smooth river rocks as a tool to focus on the present moment. Participants will paint a word or symbol on their rock and will be guided in a simple awareness exercise for intention-setting and grounding. Participants then will select from a variety of hinged wooden box shapes and be invited to embellished their chosen wooden box using a variety of mixed-media art materials. The box will become a safe container that will serve as physical and symbolic representation of our inner and outer worlds. The rock will be placed inside the completed box, serving as a physical and symbolic representation of centering and grounding.  

Animal Archetypes

Indigo co-owner and board-certified art therapist, Devon Schlegel, will lead this workshop based on animal archetypes. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore the universal symbolism of powerful animal archetypes through an intuitive art making process.


Participants will warm up through mindfully exploring and discussing animal images along with an archetypal interpretation of their image. Devon will guide us in an intentional exploration of the layers of symbolism found within the creatures that inhabit the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and spirit.


We will be invited to create on small canvases using paint, collage, found objects, and more; all inspired by the wisdom of their animal archetype. 

Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Indigo art therapists will lead this workshop that explores the basic processes of Japanese textile binding and dyeing techniques. Participants will learn Kanoko, Kumo, Arashi, and Itajime shibori methods. We will warm-up with a mindful mixed-media intention-setting exploration, focusing on the rich color of indigo. We'll then move on to creating our own dyed tea towels using a variety of folding, binding, and wrapping techniques. In addition to our supplied tea towels, participants are welcome to bring their own natural fabrics to dye, including table cloths, scarfs, curtains, bedsheets, and more!  

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