Today we talk with Marja-Liisa Rintala, who is a Creative Arts Therapist.
Marja-Liisa offers a range of workshops and individual sessions:
- Mumma Circle is for mums of young children who want to process the world of changes that parenthood brings through art.
- Yoga and clay workshops are for people who want to explore mindfulness in creative ways.
- Journaling workshops, and
- Girls night-in events that use art and dramatic techniques to make self growth creative and fun!
Why are you passionate about your classes and where did your passion stem from?
I have always just loved the way being creative makes me feel. I began studying and researching how creativity could help other people feel as good as it made me feel, and along the way, I healed a lot of my old wounds through the creative therapy process. This inspired me even further to share these tools with others.
Why should people attend your class?
We often believe two lies: 1. The truth is outside of us, and 2. we are not all creative
Both of those lies make us feel small and helpless. But through therapeutic creative activities people get to experience the joy of hearing their own inner voice and allowing themselves the freedom to create without expectation. It can be quite liberating.
What makes your classes extra special?
I've been lucky enough to work with a huge range of people’s life experiences as well as attained a host of qualifications in mental health and creative arts therapy. But above all that, I know what it’s like to feel like you are talking in circles, and not able to break through. And I like to think I offer people the chance to work with someone who is just real about life’s challenges and the ways in which we hope to grow.
What experience do you create for your attendees?
Depending if you are attending a workshop or individual session, the experience will be different. Workshops will step you through a series of creative activities that work towards a common group goal, like making clay pots with your eyes closed to learn to trust yourself and relax! Individual sessions might include mapping out your family tree with a range of unique objects, writing a story together or making a mandala out of coloured sand. Your goal is individual, so the activities will be unique too.But in the end, my hope always is that people walk away feeling like they have been heard, and have expressed themselves to the fullest.
What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to hosting?
The aha moments people have when they let themselves create and allow their own intuition to come through.