Mindful Drawing: A Sketch Walk

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Mindful Drawing: A Sketch Walk
11:00 AM
De L'Église Metro Station (Rue Wellington Exit)

Are you interested in doing a mindful activity which sparks creativity, while meeting and connecting with others?

Join us as we close Mental Health Week by bringing you along on our first Sketch Walk taking place in the Verdun neighborhood! The drawing portion of the event will be led by local artist and art teacher Pelin Viyan, and the discussion portion of the event will be led by our project coordinator and local artist, Saria Chatila.

🚶Walks are a great way to get in touch with your surroundings and move with intention. They can also be used as a daily tool to maintain mental wellness. Walks promote the release of endorphins, which overall improve your mood and reduce stress levels.

✏️ Drawing during this sketch walk offers you a way to visit paths and streets through a more present state. It is a practice of witnessing, and coming back to the simplicity of your senses.

This sketch walk presents you with a moment to explore, move, and connect with your creative eye through drawing what calls your attention, while connecting with others. We will travel at an easy pace and make stops at interesting spots throughout the two hour period. At the end of the walk, we will discuss our experience and the process of creation 💭

This event is free and open to ALL levels of skill and anyone who is simply interested in getting creative while getting their steps in 🙂

🎟️ You must reserve your spot on the following Eventbrite page where you can also give a donation https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-drawing-a-sketch-walk-tickets-622233967547

*We are proud to host free events for Mental Health Week to promote accessibility and remove financial barriers for attendees. If you would like to support our mission and enable us to organize more events all year long, as well as support our free active listening service, please consider making a donation: https://bit.ly/3UMhLny

Things to consider bringing to the sketch walk:

💦 Water

👟🧢 Comfortable shoes/weather-appropriate attire

✏️📓 A sketch pad/notebook, and a pencil/pen (we will provide some as well!)

🧍A friend

[Accessibility information: Busy sidewalks, loud noises, wheelchair user-friendly]

Meet us at:

📍De l’Église Metro Station (Exit Rue Wellington)

Montreal, QC H4G 2P4

11:00AM – 1:00PM

*Note that this event is weather dependent and will be rescheduled should the weather not be in our favor.

About your facilitators:

Pelin Viyan is a Kurdish artist and art teacher based in Montreal. In her work she explores myths and stories of her Kurdish background through earthy mediums of paper and watercolour. As a part of her artistic practice, she also offers drawing and painting classes to children and adults.

Saria Chatila is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. Her work explores culture, identity, mental health, and what it means to be human. Working with Vent Over Tea has allowed her to put her passion for mental wellness towards creating spaces for others to show up for themselves, while meeting like-minded people.

About Vent Over Tea:

Vent Over Tea is a free active listening service in FR/EN based in Montréal that connects those who need to vent with an empathetic listener in a local café or virtually. To book a vent session or for more information, visit https://ventoverteastg.wpenginepowered.com/en/

À propos de Vent Over Tea :

Vent Over Tea offre un service d’écoute active gratuit, en personne et confidentiel à tous les membres de la communauté locale dans le but de promouvoir le bien-être mental. Pour réserver une séance d’écoute active ou pour plus d’informations sur nos services, visitez le https://ventoverteastg.wpenginepowered.com/fr/

This initiative has been made possible by the support of CHSSN and through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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