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Supporting emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress.

As of October 15, 2013 23011 Moulton Parkway, Suite I-5, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 Ph: 949.367.1902 | Fx: 949.367.1904 |

WE ARE MOVING AS OF OCTOBER 15TH We’re excited to announce that Art & Creativity for Healing is moving to a new location in Laguna Hills on October 15th. We’ve spent the last

13½ years on Getty Drive in Laguna Niguel, about 8 miles from our new location. Our current studio has served us well, and we have many wonderful memories here, but we couldn’t be more excited about our new space. The new studio is actually a large commercial space in the Laguna Hills Business Park. The photo to the left shows the outside facade. We’re excited about the hustle and bustle happening and all of the great restaurants and businesses within an easy walking distance of the new location. While we’ve been happy with our current space, there were several motivating factors for us to make a move. A huge construction project of condos called the “Gateway Project” will commence development at our current location in the next 6-12 months, so we would ultimately be asked to move. The new facility offers more square footage, and, more importantly, it has allowed us to rethink our layout. We’ll be able to start from scratch by knocking down walls and putting up others that better fit our team. We’ll have a larger capacity classroom and more of an open plan overall so we’ll be working closer together, rather than the more compartmentalized layout at our current place. It has been an exciting 13½ years for ACFH, and we look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history. Thanks for everyone’s support throughout the years, including all the Guild members and volunteers who are helping us pack and prepare for this upcoming October 15th move. Also, we want to give a special shout out to commercial interior designer and artist, Donna Johansen, for creating and donating a spectacular floor plan for Art & Creativity for Healing’s new office.

New Office and Studio Location! Please update your address book.

23011 Moulton Parkway, Suite I-5 Laguna Hills, CA 92653

2013 Volunteer Orientation Workshops

Art & Creativity for Healing relies on our fantastic group of volunteers to help provide workshops in our community. Every year we offer five volunteer orientations at our studio. Please check out the following volunteer opportunities to get more information: Workshop Assistant Office Help Fundraising HeARTs for Healing Women’s Guild

Volunteer Orientation The orientation will provide a brief history of the organization and a better understanding of the volunteer opportunities that are available. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience a mini Art4HealingÂŽ workshop. No art experience necessary! Please wear clothing appropriate for painting.

Our last 2013 Volunteer Orientation will be held on: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Held at: 26079 Getty, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

2014 Volunteer Orientations will be held at our new studio: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Held at: 23011 Moulton Parkway, Suite I-5, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 Advanced registration required. If you are interested in volunteering or to register for the next orientation workshop, please send an email to our volunteer coordinator at or register online at

Hearts for healing womens guild A compassionate, energetic & creative group of women that support Art4Healing速 programs for children and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief & stress. Our mission is to be Art4Healing速 Ambassadors, advocating and fundraising for Art & Creativity for Healing in the community. Join us at our monthly guild meetings held at our Art & Creativity for Healing studio in Laguna Niguel. RSVP to attend: Next Guild Meeting: New Member Brunch - Potluck September 19th, 10:00AM - 12:30PM Held at: 26079 Getty, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Non-members Fee: $40 Members Fee: $20 *Fees listed are subject to change based on Guild Meeting activity

Help a child ease their pain through art by donating $20 or art supplies for a Healing Art Box A “Healing Art Box” is a special shoe box filled with 10 differentart supplies distributed to a child 6-14 years old experiencing hardship such as death of a loved one, divorce in the family, numerous deploymentsin a military family, chronic illness or

DONATE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ART SUPPLIES 1. Child Scissors 2. Colored Pencils 3. Construction Paper Pads (9”x12” or smaller)

the stress of economic hardship. Through drawing,

4. Crayons

painting and creative expression these children can

5. Drawing Pads (9”x12”)

say things they often have no words for. If you prefer we can fill a box for a $20 donation. Donations can be made on our website:

6. Markers 7. Oil Pastels 8. Pencil Sharpeners 9. Water Base Paint Pots 10. Watercolor Sets NO USED ITEMS PLEASE

Where to look for supplies: Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Target, and Wal-Mart. (we will be providing the boxes)

CALLING ALL BUSINESSES! We are seeking business volunteers to contribute new art supplies or cash donations for 1,000 “Healing Art Boxes” to be delivered to underprivileged children this year. This is a great opportunity for your employees to help children in need. Volunteers are also needed to deliver


these “Healing Art Boxes” to the children.

American Family Housing Shelter for the Homeless (homeless children)

Camp Pendleton

(children of the deployed)

Canyon Acres/Kinship Center (abused children and foster youth)

CHOC Hospital

(children in long term care and their siblings)

Human Options Shelter/CSP Inc. (children exposed to domestic violence)

Illumination Foundation (homeless children)

Orangewood Children’s Foundation

(FaCT program - families experiencing economic hardship)

Project Hope Alliance (homeless children)

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

(families experiencing economic hardship)

and many more...



he Art4Healing® Program is comprised of 2-3 hour workshops during which children and adults are invited to express their feelings with color. They process their journey with pain, grief, fear or stress through painting, while learning about color, composition and other art elements. The guided exercises are effective in encouraging and nurturing all participants to experience an emotional release through their work with paint on canvas. Through a series of colorful warm-up exercises, participants reach deep within their souls to access their creative talents and become producing artists for a day. Each Participant creates a series of abstract paintings that bring to the surface his or her own story. Each painting reflects its creator’s unique personal journey. These extraordinary workshops are available monthly at the Art & Creativity for Healing studio for all  who are interested in experiencing these unique methods. Space is limited so reservations are required. Art & Creativity for Healing also conducts group workshops developed for your workplace, on-site or at our studio. Many organizations have found our workshops especially helpful for staff team-building and stress reduction.

Upcoming Workshops | Sept., OCT., NOV., & DEC. No previous art experience necessary for all workshops

“Expressing Feelings with Color”

This monthly 3-hour workshop teaches participants how to express their feelings with color on canvas, using the Zagon Method of Art4Healing®, while learning about color, composition and other elements of art. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Sunday, September 29th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, October 27th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM th

Sunday, November 24 , 2:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, December 29th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

“Paint Your Way to Inner Peace”

This half day workshop is a creative and soothing way to express personal feelings through abstract art. Participation in an “Expressing Feelings with Color” workshop is recommended but not required. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Saturday, September 7th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Expressions of Faith in Color”

This 3-hour workshop is especially designed for individuals who are interested in learning techniques to express their faith with colors using acrylic paints on canvas. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Wednesday, September 11th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

“Art4Healing® Disappointment & Loss”

This 3-hour workshop is especially designed for individuals who have experienced a recent disappointment or loss such as a job loss, financial loss, etc. Participants will be encouraged to express disappointment and loss through the expression of abstract colors on canvas. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Saturday, September 14th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“The Language of Colors”

This introductory workshop for anyone wanting to experience the Art4Healing® method. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Thursday, September 19th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM Saturday, October 19th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Having it All”

This workshop focuses on what it means to have it all. Each participant will be guided through a series of signature exercises that focus on their deepest desires in pursuit of peace and happiness. This creative approach taps into what is most meaningful in their lives. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Saturday, September 21st, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Register online at or call at 949.367.1902

“Painting from the Heart”


This workshop focuses on abstract painting from the heart. Each participant will be guided through a series of signature exercises that focus on the lightness and darkness within all of us. This creative approach teaches participants a way to say things with color and paint when there are no words. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Saturday, October 5th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bereavement 4-week Workshop Series:

Dealing with the loss of a loved one. This Art4Healing® workshop series designed for children and adults takes participants through their emotions, teaches them methods of looking at their grief, and promotes healing through color and expression.

CHILDREN: FREE for children (6-12 years) Wednesdays, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd Time: 3:45-5:45 PM ADULTS & TEENS: Fee: $135 (includes art materials) Thursdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

“Painting Prayer”

In this 3-hour workshop you will learn to pray with paint using prayers and music. Ideal for those seeking clarity of calling and direction in life. Participation in an “Expressing Feelings with Color” workshop is recommended but not required. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Saturday, November 9th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Art4Healing® Anger”

This 3-hour workshop is designed to help participants learn to communicate their anger by expressing feelings with abstract colors on canvas. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Thursday, November 14th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

“Art4Healing® Compassion Fatigue”

This 3-hour workshop is designed for individuals that are continuously giving of themselves to others. You will be encouraged to identify and process compassion fatigue by using color and painting as a vehicle for expression. Fee: $55 (includes art materials) Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Painting from Your Soul”

This 3-hour workshop is especially designed for individuals that are interested in revealing their soul through painting. You will be encouraged to reveal the real you by using abstract color on canvas as a vehicle for this expression. Fee: $55 (includes all art materials) Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

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ONLINE WORKSHOPS All online workshops are facilitated by Founder/Director Laurie Zagon. Fee $55 for each workshop.

“Expressing Feelings with Color” Webinar

This 2-hour webinar teaches you how to express feelings with color using the Art4Healing® method. Participants will process their feelings by painting abstractly on canvas. (No previous art experience necessary)

Thursday, August 29 , 4:00 - 6:00 PM PST

“Painting from Your Soul” Webinar

This 2-hour workshop is especially designed for individuals who are interested in revealing their soul through painting. You will be encouraged to reveal the real you by using abstract color on canvas as a vehicle for this expression. (no previous art experience necessary)


“Art4Healing® Stress” Webinar

This 2-3 hour workshop uses color to identify and process stress. Participants will use abstract painting on canvas as a tool to express the ups and downs in their daily lives. (No previous art experience necessary)

Thursday, September 19 , 4:00 - 6:00 PM PST th


“I enjoyed the whole 2- hour webinar experience. I feel more free to start painting again myself. I never gave “the committee in my head” a name before. Learning about this was very helpful to me. Thank you Laurie!”

Wednesday, October 30th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM PST

“Art4Healing® Revealed” Webinar

This 2-hour webinar is especially designed for individuals who are interested in experiencing the Art4Healing® methodology. You will be encouraged to create abstractly using color and acrylic painting as the vehicle for expression. (No previous art experience necessary)

Thursday, December 12th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM PST

“I am so glad that I was led to your painting webinars online. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting parts of myself that have spent little time together: that of my creativity and my pursuit of emotional health. Actually, the latter has prevented the former in the past!”

Kathleen, Massachusetts Jane, Wisconsin Thank you for the wonderful paintings from the “Expressing Feelings with Color” Webinar workshop. Sharon, Maryland

I enjoyed participating in the class. I would like to do more of this. This was FUN! and a sense of release. Thank you! Maria


FACILITATOR’S CORNER Stories from our Art4Healing® Certificate Program Graduates

Every Friday morning between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon, I am witness to little blessings which confirm the power of Art4Healing®. Workshop participants are always so appreciative that we show up with art supplies in hand and smiles on our faces. They appreciate that we take time out of our lives to help them learn a little something about themselves through art. What they don’t know is that we, as facilitators, are also learning a little something about ourselves along the way. Everything changes the moment I start facilitating a workshop. When the women walk into the classroom, my purpose becomes clear. I am there to encourage them to express themselves courageously. Somehow, all problems or exhaustion from the week disappear. It is one of the best parts of doing something you love. Time seems to stand still. I feel blessed to be the person to guide them through the workshop, and they in turn feel special to be a part of it. Our classroom becomes a safe place in which the women are able to simply be and express through painting what they are carrying with them that day. The workshop gives them a couple hours during the day to truly connect with themselves, see their circumstances from a distance, and express their emotions on canvas without judgment. It sounds simple in writing, but in fact there are many little things that we do as facilitators that give them permission to experiment creatively, quiet their mind, and accept their painted mark....especially in the midst of tears. The workshop that I facilitate is called “Paint to Feel, Paint to Heal”. Like all Art4Healing facilitators, I guide the participants to express their feelings with paint on canvas, but in the act of doing

this....we guide them to do a whole lot more. We guide them to quiet their minds, center themselves, and come into the present moment. We guide them to be aware of their thoughts which may sabotage the process. We guide them to take deep calming breaths. We guide them to visualize their emotions, which are individual to their experience, and to give them form with painted dabs of color. Guiding someone to use paint as a modality of self-expression is an immediately rewarding experience. I get to witness how every participant builds up their courage the moment they choose their color and make their mark on the canvas. I am touched that, in the midst of so much uncertainty in their lives, these women are willing to try something new, with a complete stranger to guide them through it. There is something incredibly beautiful in the women’s sharing about their finished paintings. There are moments in which the women paint with tremendous heart. Their pain is present in the way they choose to make their painted mark, sometimes expressed through thick, jagged strokes which may symbolize the intensity of their emotion. At other times, their marks may be veil-like and shy. We take nothing for granted in these classes. I am no longer surprised by what these women find moving. Most of them have struggled with damaged relationships from the time they were children. It is foreign to them to have someone respect them, honor them by giving them time and space, and validate them with simple affirmations such as a smile and a warm look as they courageously and vulnerably tell their story without words by painting abstractly on canvas. I am blessed and strengthened by their courage to continue on and change the path of their lives. Thank you to all who have allowed me in, to show them the healing power of expression that lives inside all of us. by Claudia McCain, Art4Healing® Facilitator at the Human Options Domestic Violence Shelter 11

About Art & Creativity for Healing Founded in 2000, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to helping children and adults process their feelings of pain, grief, fear or stress using the medium of painting on canvas. Art & Creativity for Healing provides classes taught by Founder/Director Laurie Zagon and her team of highly qualified facilitators at our studio and on-site at nonprofit community organizations. Through programs offered in collaboration with more than 35 hospitals, schools, military bases, treatment facilities and nonprofit agencies, Art & Creativity for Healing has facilitated Art4Healing® workshops for more than 40,000 children and adults in the Southern California region since it was founded. The Art4Healing® method was originally developed by Zagon in New York City in 1987 as a workshop designed to help busy executives deal with stress. Zagon and Art & Creativity for Healing’s Board of Directors actively raise funds throughout the year by soliciting individuals, corporations and foundations for gifts and donations. For more information, please call (949) 367-1902 or visit our website at

EXECUTIVE BOARD Matthew B. Burnias Board Treasurer Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial Don Goodwin Board Vice President Executive Vice President, Goodwin Co. Sue Stinson Board Chair Volunteer for community programs

BOARD MEMBERS Sharlene Baker Board Member Educator and Arts Advocate Sandra Bohi Board Member Business Owner/ Entrepreneur


Sherri Elgas Board Member Field Development Project Manager, Training, Arbonne International Erica Jones Board Member Associate Director, Workforce Development Operations and Analytics, Verizon Wireless Michelle Moreno Board Member Operations Manager, Zumysis Danilo Peguero Board Member Software Engineer, Adobe Robert L. Santini, Jr. Board Member IT, Hitachi Data Systems Robert Winokur Board Member Medical Doctor, Mission Hospital

Sara Winokur Board Member Faculty Researcher, University of CA, Irvine Laurie Zagon-Sorrentino Board Member Founder/Director Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. Artist/Educator/Author STAFF Laurie Zagon Founder/Director Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. Artist/Educator/Author Sheila Huettl Assistant to the Director Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

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