Workshops, courses and coaching in trauma informed mindfulness practices, expressive and therapeutic arts and meditative arts.

 We offer individualized and group mindfulness based, trauma informed  arts based, therapy, coaching and wellness programs for people in any stage of life or recovery.

 No art experience required!

For COVID19 FREE RESOURCES please go to the COVID19 Page.


We are dedicated to providing mental health wellness and psychotherapy to underserved and socio disadvantaged clients who may not have insurance or cannot afford normal therapy costs.  Our certification programs, coaching/therapy and courses are significantly lower than other providers because of that.  Our intention is to help you find your own healing power and train you to go out and help others.  It is a pay it forward concept. 

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The arts respect and worship life and story. 

Every creation is a sacred ceremony.

-Jessica Waters


Therapeutic, Expressive Arts  Workshops

If you are looking for a different experience in creating art where no art experience is required, that incorporates different modes of expression from visual art to poetry, then try one of our workshops that will encourage you to connect with your heart, mind and soul through mindfulness, contemplative prayer and meditation. As a participant you'll explore and play with different media, connecting to the power of expression in the personal growth, spiritual development and healing process.  

Our facilitator is a licensed and certified art educator and mental health practitioner with specialized training in trauma, mindfulness, expressive and therapeutic art and addictions, who has decades of experience in teaching expressive arts groups and facilitating trauma sensitive mindfulness practices for all ages.  For more information about Jessica, please visit the about page.

New groups are always forming for live workshops in the Kansas City Metro Area.  We have provided expressive arts groups to nonprofits, churches, camps, schools and individuals.  Online workshops are offered here.

Classroom and Teacher Training

Due to the COVID19 Virus Pandemic we are suspending in-person workshops at school sites for the rest of the school year for 2020.   Teacher workshops and coaching will still be available online via Zoom, Facebook, phone and email.

Our owner/facilitator/coach, Jessica Waters has 25 years of experience working in the public and private school system at the elementary level.  She has trained school district and site personnel in Trauma Basics, Trauma Informed Classroom Development, Social Emotional Learning, Self Care Practices, Classroom Management, Mindful Schools, Resilience and Expressive Art for Stress Relief, as well as given workshops for state teacher and art education associations and facilitates mentoring in developing Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Classrooms and SEL Integrated Visual Art Rooms.  She is currently a trainer and practicing expressive arts facilitator with a school district outside Kansas City and a member of the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness's Think Thank-Education Division.

Sign up to be the first to know when on our email list for one of our specialized art facilitator-life coach programs.  For more information on workshops, classes, personalized coaching or support group facilitation contact us.


Accepting Applications for certification programs in:
  • Therapeutic Art Facilitation-Life Coaching
  • Mindful Art Facilitation-Life Coaching
  • Shamanic Art Facilitation-Life Coaching
  • Transpersonal Art Facilitation
  • Mindfulness and SEL in the  Classroom
  • Trauma Informed Classrooms
Contact us for more details.

MBTI Expressive Arts Recovery Coaching and Counseling 

We offer Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Recovery Coaching using a holistic, strengths based, expressive arts modality.  We specialize in Grief Counseling/Coaching and Healing with Art Palliative-End of Life Facilitation  as well as holistic trauma and addiction recovery coaching that includes expressive arts, nutrition, spirituality and mindfulness practices.​  Coaching is not therapy.  It can be used singly or in addition to therapy.  Counseling services are available.

  • Expressive Arts Workshops

  • NeuroArt 

  • Mindful Mandalas and Mandala Therapy

  • Lectio Divina Therapy®

  • Visio Divina Therapy®

  • Art for Stress Relief

  • Integrating Mindfulness into the Classroom

  • Integrating Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed, Social Emotional Learning into Children's Expressive Arts Groups

  • Trauma Informed Classroom and more!

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