CARE FOR CREATIVES

HEALING POWER HOURS

This schedule of open sessions provides a consistent weekly sanctuary space for creatives to congregate for self-care through various healing activities. Sessions range from relaxation training, yoga and meditation practices to expressive arts with group connection and psychological education for wellbeing. Stay for the weekly community potluck after the session – bring a snack to share! Drop-ins welcome, no pre-registration required. See schedule below for details.

Cost: $5 per session
Location: Southern Rep Theatre, Lagniappe Stage
Ages: 18+
Capacity: 30

Registration: None required – drop-in for any or all sessions! Please sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date about weekly offerings.

Schedule: Tuesdays, 7 – 8 PM, followed by potluck reception till 9 PM. See full 2018-19 lineup below.

 

October 9: Mindfulness Takes Center Stage

Life as a creative person can be incredibly demanding and stressful.  This training will teach basic mindfulness skills that performers can use to help silence their inner critic and strengthen the long-term consistency needed for a successful career in the arts. Guided by Amanda Hembree.

  • Amanda Hembree: Amanda is an unrecovered band nerd who learned early on that corporate cubical life was not for her. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified employee assistance professional who understands the creative brain is wired differently and works collaboratively with her clients to perform their best on all of life’s stages.

October 16: Yoga & Ritual for the Creative Soul

In this experience, we explore healing and creative expression through the movement of our body-instruments. The use of breath, meditation, positive language, ritual, essential oils, and crystals will enhance this experience, allowing the artist to get in touch with their inner creative spirit. Guided by Claire Christine Sargenti.

  • Claire Christine Sargenti: Claire is a natural healer, working within the modalities of yoga, reiki, crystal therapy, and essential oils. Her creative foundation comes from the worlds of classical ballet, acting and theatrical writing, all of which fuel her passion for the healing arts.

October 23: Musical Medicine

Music restores your mind, body, and spirit as we connect through play, welcoming all levels – professional musicians and shower singers alike! We create music together using percussion instruments such as drums, bells, cymbals and melodic instruments like piano and voices to craft a memorable group experience. Guided by Dr. Penny Roberts.

  • Penny Roberts: Penny is a graduate of Tulane School of Medicine’s Aging Studies program and has been a practicing board certified music therapist for over a decade. Penny is a classical pianist with extensive experience in using music to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

October 30: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The 12 most common lies that we as human beings tell ourselves, and the impact they have on our lives are examined by the group. This experience is designed to raise awareness of how an individual’s thoughts and emotions affect their creative potential. Guided by Cody Smith.

  • Cody Smith: Cody is a drummer/percussionist, and licensed professional counselor in private practice at the New Orleans Counseling and Hypnosis Center. She has 13 years of experience in the mental healthcare field, has been a performing musician for many of those years, and is an advocate for the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals in New Orleans.

November 6: Brain Fuel

Nutrition is fuel for our minds and bodies. Following a good nutrition regime can seem overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Let’s look at how what we put in our bodies affects our relationships, creative processes and performance, and overall quality of life. Guided by Sara Artigues.

  • Sara Artigues: Sara is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer, and group exercise instructor. With experience in community, hospital, and wellness settings, Sara has worked with an array of individuals from pre-teens to older adults in helping them reach their nutrition and fitness goals.

November 13: Free the Voice

This training – AKA “sonic freedom immersion” – will focus on vocal-based sound healing practices to support a sense of dynamic wellness, empowerment, and liberation. No singing experience necessary! Inclusive to all with an extra special welcome to our LGBTQ+POC community. Guided by Kei Slaughter.

  • Kei Slaughter: Kei [pronouns: they/them] is a gender non-conforming queer black artist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and board-certified music therapist with deep New Orleans roots. They hold advanced clinical training in vocal psychotherapy and specialize in serving LGBTQ+POC and youth of color communities through their healing justice practice S O U L F O L K Sounds.

November 20: Days of the Week Warm-up Regime

Get your creative juices flowing while toning your physique. As creatives, your body and brain are your main tools. Learn to jumpstart your mind and metabolism every morning with these zero-equipment 10-minute workouts. Guided by Shauna Rappold.

  • Shauna Rappold: Shauna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Theatre and is a Certified Personal trainer (CPT) from the National Academy of Sports and Medicine (NASM). Shehas been a working actor in Film and Television since 2007 and teaches acting at Creating U on the Northshore.

November 27: The Satiated Artist – Financial Wellness for Creatives

Conventional financial rules rarely apply for those earning variable income. This workshop focuses on helping participants understand and clarify the role money plays in their lives while developing skills to help build the relationship they want with money. Guided by Amanda Hembree.

  • Amanda Hembree: Amanda is an unrecovered band nerd who learned early on that corporate cubical life was not for her. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified employee assistance professional who understands the creative brain is wired differently and works collaboratively with her clients to perform their best on all of life’s stages.

December 4: Performance Empowerment

Learn a variety of confidence-building and stress-reducing exercises you can quickly do before entering your creative zone. Choose the ones that work best for you! Guided by Nikki Mingledorff.

  • Nikki Mingledorff: Nikki is a marriage and family therapist, dedicated mother, and educator. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in marital and family therapy, is EMDR certified, currently works as an administrator at Family Care, Inc., and is pursuing additional trainings for the purpose of opening up her own business focusing on family, parent, child and marital enrichment.

December 11: Tai Chi

A gentle, internal exercise designed to improve our physical, emotional and mental health. This training teaches the principles of Tai Chi, moderate body opening exercises and deeply focused healing breathing techniques. Guided by Terry Rappold.

  • Terry Rappold: Terry has been teaching this ancient art for over 25-years.  He is the author of Tai Chi American Style published in 2015. He teaches classes in the New Orleans area at East Jeff Hospital, NOMA, and various locations for People’s Health.

December 18: Yoga for Creativity

This all-levels yoga class provides space for participants to creatively flow through postures. We link breath with bodily movements to cultivate physical strength and balance, emotional stability, and clarity of thought. Guided by Annie Rooney.

  • Annie Rooney: Annie is committed to creating safe spaces for people to simply be themselves in our modern world. She has a background in social work, is a licensed yoga teacher, has a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and is currently pursuing licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

January 8: Somatics and Improv for All Bodies

Through somatic exercises, mindful breathing, bodywork, improvisation, play, and written reflection we retune ourselves to our bodies. Together we remember how to inhabit and be present with ourselves. Guided by Rhia Jade.

  • Rhia Jade: Born in Southern California, Rhia is a choreographer, dancer, and bodyworker living in New Orleans. Her training includes a Bachelors in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA, summer training at Le Centre National de Danse in Paris, and work as a class programmer at Pieter in Los Angeles under Jmy Kidd.

January 15: Tasting Peace Meditation

Feel like meditation is too much work for too little peace?  Experience simple meditation techniques that are pleasurable, repeatable and calming. Come take a breath. Come taste peace. Guided by Joanna Russo.

  • Joanna Russo: Joanna is a theater director, an acting coach, and a teacher of yoga and meditation. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga and conflict resolution, is the co-artistic director of Mondo Bizarro, and directs plays for theater companies all around town.

January 22: Composing Healthy Relationships

Satisfying relationships are vital for health, success, and overall wellbeing but performers often struggle with forming healthy, long-term “non-industry” relationships. This workshop will teach creatives: active listening skills, assertive and confident communication, establishing healthy boundaries, and resolving conflict constructively. Guided by Amanda Hembree.

  • Amanda Hembree: Amanda is an unrecovered band nerd who learned early on that corporate cubical life was not for her. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified employee assistance professional who understands the creative brain is wired differently and works collaboratively with her clients to perform their best on all of life’s stages.

January 29: DanceMeditationTM

Through a variety of breath-based movement experiences, we let our bodies take the lead to relax, heal, and find release. Get out of habitual movement patterns and initiate a dialogue with your body to open doors and explore new ideas and sensations that can lead to inspiration for all forms of creatives. Guided by Kryss Statho.

  • Kryss Statho: Kryss is a certified DancemeditationTM Instructor with the Dervish Society of America and the owner of Crescent Lotus Dance Studio. Her movement experience ranges from classic Western styles to Middle East and Far East ethnic dances and combines beautifully with the moving meditation practice of DancemeditationTM to open doors for others to find healing through embodied movement practice.

February 5: Free the Voice

This training aka “sonic freedom immersion” will focus on vocal-based sound healing practices to support a sense of dynamic wellness, empowerment, and liberation. No singing experience necessary! Inclusive to all with an extra special welcome to our LGBTQ+POC community. Guided by Kei Slaughter.

  • Kei Slaughter: Kei [pronouns: they/them] is a gender non-conforming queer black artist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and board-certified music therapist with deep New Orleans roots. They hold advanced clinical training in vocal psychotherapy and specialize in serving LGBTQ+POC and youth of color communities through their healing justice practice S O U L F O L K Sounds.

February 12: Slow Yoga Flow & Higher Purpose Meditation

This hour is designed to connect you to your higher purpose through gentle yoga followed by a guided meditation and group processing. All levels are welcome to explore your unique creative energy through embodiment, introspection, and intention. Guided by Jordan Esfeld.

  • Jordan Esfeld: Jordan passionately combines psyche and soma through her work as a certified yoga instructor at the intersection of mental health. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in mental health counseling at Loyola University of New Orleans.

February 19: Movement Group Jam

Dance, music, and creative movement are used to explore interpersonal connections. This collaborative dance experience culminates with a group discussion. Guided by Meaghan McCarthy and Rachel Van Kirk.

  • Meaghan McCarthy: Meaghan is working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University and has been dancing all her life. Currently a member of the Nola Chorus Girls, she has been swing and jazz dancing for six years, with a focus on solo improvisational and large group formation dancing.
  • Rachel Van Kirk: Rachel grew up in the world of dance and theatre, and now uses her passion for the arts as a method of self-care. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

March 12: Yoga & Ritual for the Creative Soul

In this experience, we explore healing and creative expression through the movement of our body-instruments. The use of breath, meditation, positive language, ritual, essential oils, and crystals will enhance this experience, allowing the artist to get in touch with their inner creative spirit. Guided by Claire Christine Sargenti.

  • Claire Christine Sargenti: Claire is a natural healer, working within the modalities of yoga, reiki, crystal therapy, and essential oils. Her creative foundation comes from the worlds of classical ballet, acting and theatrical writing, all of which fuel her passion for the healing arts.

March 19: Autogenic Hypnosis Relaxation Training

This restorative training guides participants into a self-generated state of deep relaxation. The soothing experience is processed and can be used for sleep improvement and stress reduction in the daily lives of busy creatives. Guided by Sarah Zoghbi.

  • Sarah Zoghbi: Sarah is a mental health practitioner with an extensive theatre arts background and international experience. She is certified in aromatherapy and autogenic hypnosis, trained in shamanic journeywork, has a Bachelors in Theatre, a Bachelors in Psychology, and is pursuing her Masters and licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

March 26: Tai Chi

A gentle, internal exercise designed to improve our physical, emotional and mental health. This training teaches the principles of Tai Chi, moderate body opening exercises and deeply focused healing breathing techniques. Guided by Terry Rappold.

  • Terry Rappold: Terry has been teaching this ancient art for over 25-years.  He is the author of Tai Chi American Style published in 2015. He teaches classes in the New Orleans area at East Jeff Hospital, NOMA, and various locations for People’s Health.

April 2: Mindfulness Takes Center Stage

Life as a creative person can be incredibly demanding and stressful. This training will teach basic mindfulness skills that performers can use to help silence their inner critic and strengthen the long-term consistency needed for a successful career in the arts. Guided by Amanda Hembree.

  • Amanda Hembree: Amanda is an unrecovered band nerd who learned early on that corporate cubical life was not for her. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified employee assistance professional who understands the creative brain is wired differently and works collaboratively with her clients to perform their best on all of life’s stages.

April 9: Days of the Week Warm-up Regime

Get your creative juices flowing while toning your physique.  As creatives, your body and brain are your main tools. Learn to jumpstart your mind and metabolism every morning with these zero-equipment 10-minute workouts. Guided by Shauna Rappold.

  • Shauna Rappold: Shauna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Theatre and is a Certified Personal trainer (CPT) from the National Academy of Sports and Medicine (NASM). Shehas been a working actor in Film and Television since 2007 and teaches acting at Creating U on the Northshore.

April 16: The Roles We Play

As social creatures, relationship is an unavoidable aspect of our lives. Through group dialogue and gestalt psychodrama techniques: witness, explore, and reflect on the roles we play in the relationships that have shaped our lives. Guided by Elijah Chong.

  • Elijah Kane Chong: Elijah is a lifetime artist, a graduate of Southwestern College’s Masters of Art Therapy and Counseling program, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, NM.

April 23: Slow Yoga Flow & Higher Purpose Meditation

This hour is designed to connect you to your higher purpose through gentle yoga followed by a guided meditation and group processing. All levels are welcome to explore your unique creative energy through embodiment, introspection, and intention. Guided by Jordan Esfeld.

  • Jordan Esfeld: Jordan passionately combines psyche and soma through her work as a certified yoga instructor at the intersection of mental health. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in mental health counseling at Loyola University of New Orleans.

April 30: Tasting Peace Meditation

Feel like meditation is too much work for too little peace?  Experience simple meditation techniques that are pleasurable, repeatable and calming. Come take a breath. Come taste peace. Guided by Joanna Russo.

  • Joanna Russo: Joanna is a theater director, an acting coach, and a teacher of yoga and meditation. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga and conflict resolution, is the co-artistic director of Mondo Bizarro, and directs plays for theater companies all around town.

May 7: Self-Care Balance

Finding a way to balance life’s demands and our own needs is always a struggle. This educational self-care hour offers support for reaching your goals while taking care of yourself. Guided by Nikki Mingledorff.

  • Nikki Mingledorff: Nikki is a marriage and family therapist, dedicated mother, and educator. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in marital and family therapy, is EMDR certified, currently works as an administrator at Family Care, Inc., and is pursuing additional trainings for the purpose of opening up her own business focusing on family, parent, child and marital enrichment.

May 14: Shamanic Drum Journey

Relaxation, imagery, and powerful drum sounds are used to guide a journey to your future self. The memorable experience is then explored with the group as creative inspiration. Guided by Sarah Zoghbi.

  • Sarah Zoghbi: Sarah is a mental health practitioner with an extensive theatre arts background and international experience. She is certified in aromatherapy and autogenic hypnosis, trained in shamanic journeywork, has a Bachelors in Theatre, a Bachelors in Psychology, and is pursuing her Masters and licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

May 21: DanceMeditationTM

Through a variety of breath-based movement experiences, we let our bodies take the lead to relax, heal, and find release. Get out of habitual movement patterns and initiate a dialogue with your body to open doors and explore new ideas and sensations that can lead to inspiration for all forms of creatives. Guided by Kryss Statho.

  • Kryss Statho: Kryss is a certified DancemeditationTM Instructor with the Dervish Society of America and the owner of Crescent Lotus Dance Studio. Her movement experience ranges from classic Western styles to Middle East and Far East ethnic dances and combines beautifully with the moving meditation practice of DancemeditationTM to open doors for others to find healing through embodied movement practice.

May 28: Somatics and Improv for All Bodies

Through somatic exercises, mindful breathing, bodywork, improvisation, play, and written reflection we retune ourselves to our bodies. Together we remember how to inhabit and be present with ourselves. Guided by Rhia Jade.

  • Rhia Jade: Born in Southern California, Rhia is a choreographer, dancer, and bodyworker living in New Orleans. Her training includes a Bachelors in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA, summer training at Le Centre National de Danse in Paris, and work as a class programmer at Pieter in Los Angeles under Jmy Kidd.

June 4: Yoga for Creativity

This all-levels yoga class provides space for participants to creatively flow through postures. We link breath with bodily movements to cultivate physical strength and balance, emotional stability, and clarity of thought. Guided by Annie Rooney.

  • Annie Rooney: Annie is committed to creating safe spaces for people to simply be themselves in our modern world. She has a background in social work, is a licensed yoga teacher, has a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and is currently pursuing licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

June 11: Musical Medicine

Music restores your mind, body, and spirit as we connect through play, welcoming all levels – professional musicians and shower singers alike! We create music together using percussion instruments such as drums, bells, cymbals and melodic instruments like piano and voices to craft a memorable group experience. Guided by Dr. Penny Roberts.

  • Penny Roberts: Penny is a graduate of Tulane School of Medicine’s Aging Studies program and has been a practicing board certified music therapist for over a decade. Penny is a classical pianist with extensive experience in using music to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

June 18: Grounding and Grooving:

This dance-based experience teaches movements and exercises which can be used to feel more present and grounded. Take some time to calm your mind and connect with your body. Guided by Meaghan McCarthy and Rachel Van Kirk.

  • Meaghan McCarthy: Meaghan is working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University and has been dancing all her life. Currently a member of the Nola Chorus Girls, she has been swing and jazz dancing for six years, with a focus on solo improvisational and large group formation dancing.
  • Rachel Van Kirk: Rachel grew up in the world of dance and theatre, and now uses her passion for the arts as a method of self-care. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

June 25: Guided Imagery Relaxation

Relax into a visual journey to your own idyllic retreat. Harness your imagination to reduce stress, release body tension and increase feelings of wellbeing by creating a safe, inner sanctuary.

  • Nikki Mingledorff: Nikki is a marriage and family therapist, dedicated mother, and educator. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in marital and family therapy, is EMDR certified, currently works as an administrator at Family Care, Inc., and is pursuing additional trainings for the purpose of opening up her own business focusing on family, parent, child and marital enrichment.

 

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Contact Care for Creatives

Sarah Zoghbi, Director of Care for Creatives
phone: 504.356.2094 | email: szoghbi@southernrep.com