• August 6, 2022
  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Online (Check-In Begins at 9:45 a.m. PDT)
Add to Calendar 08/06/2022 10:00 am 08/06/2022 2:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Expressive Arts Practices to Harness the Energy of the Lion’s Gate Join CIIS Faculty and Expressive Arts Therapist Jill Therrien for an experiential workshop exploring and harnessing this potent time through an array of expressive, artistic modalities. Online (Check-In Begins at 9:45 a.m. PDT) false MM/DD/YYYY

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  • This workshop is being hosted live online. Portions of this workshop will be recorded, and limited access to a recording will be made available to those who attend the live event. 
  • Instructions on how to join will be emailed to registrants shortly before the workshop start date.

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Each astrological year, when the Sun enters the sign of Leo and the star Sirius moves closer to Earth, a unique and powerful alignment called the Lion’s Gate Portal emerges. Typically beginning on the eighth of August each year, this portal is known for raising the consciousness of humanity through heart-centered change at the individual level. When we heal ourselves at that moment, ripples for collective change may arise. 

The days and weeks surrounding the Lion’s Gate Portal are an optimal time for working with the energies and archetypes of creativity, love, and playfulness in tending to changes we seek in ourselves as gifts to the collective. It is also a time of cultivating the necessary personal empowerment it takes to be your full creative self. The peak of this energy usually occurs between August eighth and twelfth annually, and it can be so abundant that our nervous systems may become overwhelmed. This year, because of the proximity to the full moon at this time, these feelings are likely to be further magnified. 

Join CIIS Faculty and Expressive Arts Therapist Jill Therrien for an experiential workshop exploring and harnessing this potent time through an array of expressive, artistic modalities. Jill guides participants to connect with the creative energies of this moment in a grounded and intentional way. Participants cultivate ideas for their own personal ritual to use during this especially potent year and in future arrivals of the Lion’s Gate Portal. Through guided meditations, journaling, movement, and collage work, participants explore any heart-centered change that may be calling them. Participants also receive a digital zine as a reminder for what potential this annual event can bring.  

During this workshop, it is beneficial for participants to be in a space of comfort where privacy is possible. There will be a movement section which is both gentle and self-guided to accommodate varying abilities. Please bring a journal and collage materials, such as found objects, magazine cut outs, paper, and glue. 

Explore creative practices that can support your personal growth at this potent time and beyond.

Jill Therrien headshot. Jill has brown, long hair that goes past her shoulders. She is standing in front of a white wall and is wearing wooden, curved earrings. Jill is a proud member of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Jill K. Therrien
(she/her) is an expressive arts therapist, educator, and intuitive astrologer.  Jill has a private practice with a wide range of wellness services and professional consultation. She primarily sees clients looking for an alternative to psychotherapy. Working from an integrative approach, Jill offers Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy from a Relational-Cultural therapeutic stance. She is also an intuitive astrologer who practices from the evolutionary school of astrology.  She has a special interest in helping clients process interpersonal, collective, and intergenerational grief.   

Jill is a licensed marriage and family therapist with the state of California, a registered expressive arts therapist with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, and an adjunct faculty member with the Expressive Arts Therapy Departments at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Lesley University. She is a proud member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and currently resides in the occupied homelands of the Anishinaabe people, commonly known as Michigan. For more about Jill, please visit her website.

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