by Megan Thomas, NDNU Student Liaison
It was an uncommonly sunny Sunday at the northern edge of San Francisco, where the golden gate’s swooping lines decorate each backyard outlook. The Northern California Art Therapy Association (NotCATA) met in a small white house for their monthly board meeting, focusing particular attention to the upcoming conference. With September quickly approaching, committees are busy organizing workshops, social events, silent auctions and volunteer placements. Since this conference is open to art therapists up and down the west coast, the board is working hard to ensure a wonderful event.
After focused discussion over homemade lentil soup and warm baguette sandwiches, the board members endeavored on a hike of Land’s End. Self-care so often gets forgotten in favor of deadlines and accomplishments, so dedicating such a time to spend together, as a community, meant a great deal. We strolled and chatted; about the conference, our careers, families and lives. We shared the beautiful sun and the committed time with one another as we found our way to the Labyrinth. Robin Valicente, organizer and leader of the event, pulled watercolored paper disks and pencils from her backpack, and each member turned inward to create a bridge drawing. It was a fantastic Sunday, of both productive planning and relaxing exploration.
Keep an eye out for future NorCATA events, and be sure to join this vibrant community at the September conference in Berkeley.
This blog is authored by members of our board, regional representatives and by various guest authors who are NorCATA members.