Expressive Arts for Artists Workshop at Leir House

Event Dates:
  • Tue November 9, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tue November 16, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tue November 23, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tue November 30, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tue December 7, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Event Cost: $60.00-$360.00
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Across our 60+ years of service, the Penticton & District Community Arts Council recognizes that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unlike anything we have collectively experienced. As community and individually, the lives, livelihood, and practices of artists have been impacted on an unprecedented level. Our community arts programming has continued unabated amidst the pandemic, providing paid opportunities for artists, but we also wanted to offer them something more…something that would more directly address and support the challenges that artists have been facing during this difficult time.

Thus, Expressive Arts for Artists workshop was created in collaborative partnership with Maiya Robbie, RTC, with the hope of providing artists tools for creative self-care and connection during these uncertain times.  Maiya Robbie is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist and a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor. Expressive Arts Therapists offer sessions and workshops that integrate creative modalities, embodiment practices, and psychotherapy. Modalities can include visual arts, creative writing, drama, music, voice, and movement as catalysts for personal inquiry, discovery, healing, and growth.

There are two ways to participate in the Expressive Arts for Artists workshop:

  • Six in person session on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, starting November 6th. (Limited to eight participants.)
  • Distance learning at your own pace. (Limited to 20 participants)

The in-person wellness series is an opportunity for a small group of artists to go deeper into the exercises and practices. All materials and handouts are included in the course fee. Participants will receive an Art Box at registration specifically curated for this course. This project is open to self-identified artists working in any medium or discipline, living in Penticton and Area. Registration is required. Fees are on a sliding scale. Full details at

We would like to thank the BC Arts Council’s Arts & Culture Resiliency and StrongerBC supplements and generous donors in our community for funding this program. This support ensures this project, materials, and art supplies are low costs for participants while ensuring the facilitator’s regular rate is honoured. We appreciate the support and belief in the value of arts and culture for all.

Are you an artist who would like to participate? Visit our website for more details and for how to signup. To find out more about the Penticton & District Community Arts Council, to see the list of current programming and events, and how you can support arts and culture in our community, please visit our website:

Workshop Fees

To ensure equitability for attending while honouring the value of this offering, we have proposed the following course fees:

  • Core workshop fee: $180

    • In person + all of the materials and course access.

  • Arts Supporter fee: $360 one participant fee + one participant access gifted to another artist

    • In person + all of the materials and course access.

  • Supportive workshop fee: $90 for participants who may have financial barriers

    • In person + all of the materials and course access.

  • Distance Learning fee: $60*

    • Art box and printed / emailed Guide to Wellness and course materials.

    • *Shipping extra.