Art as therapy

Sandy Eliadis is a firm believer in the therapeutic value of art. She was so amazed at how it helped her that she decided to invite others to experience it.

Sandy began by offering resin painting workshops from her Om Creative Cave in Carrum Downs, an “amazing” space where anyone can come and enjoy the non-judgemental company of like-minded people in a safe, relaxed and nurturing environment.

“I have had a lot of wonderful teachers who have been an absolute inspiration and blessing to me, and I want to inspire others to have a go. If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

Sandy’s resin workshops are intimate affairs. She works with only one or two people at a time, or a maximum of six if smaller pieces are involved, so each person is assured of individual attention. Occasionally a guest artist will be on hand to demonstrate his or her techniques.

“They are lessons but I want them to be fun. I want it to be about the journey rather than the destination.”

The “destination” is not just your own piece of stunning art but the feeling of accomplishment, of emotions released and purpose found.

There are more wonderful classes on the way, including air-brushing, mixed media, intuitive painting, spirit guide drawing, vision boards, beginners’ workshops and monthly craft classes. Sandy is also keen to offer workshops for children and is looking at setting up meditation classes, where people can come along and enjoy a meditation session before they paint. And she wants to devote one day a week to a “fun day, where you can paint with other people, crank up the music and just have fun”.

Everything, even morning tea and lunch, is supplied at the workshops – “just bring your inspiration and an apron” – and Sandy’s daughter, Zoe – “my right-hand woman” – takes bookings, organises the workshops, and helps set up and clean up.

So take a break from life’s pressures, enter the Om Creative Cave and nurture your creative soul. You’ll be glad you did.

A: Factory 3/40 Access Way, Carrum Downs
M: 0409 776 948