Nature & Art as Therapy

Nature & Art as Therapy is a free, monthly support group located in Ocean View, Hawai’i. This group is open to those seeking mental health support, family and friends of those impacted by mental health challenges, social service and mental health professionals, and curious community members.

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Through engagement with nature, creativity, and each other, the group aims to reduce stress and depression, normalize conversation about mental health, and build community around mental health wellness.

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As a pilot project, participants are asked to anonymously share demographics, reasons for attending the group, familiarity with local mental health services, and feedback about each session. By compiling and reviewing this data, Root & Rise can then share with potential partners, funders, and legislation about needs in our community. The ultimate intention is to help build more accessible, integrative, and unique mental health services in our rural, growing, and vibrant community in Kona to Ka’ū. 

Gratitude Cards
Gratitude Cards

Participants include Regina Weller of 808 Homeless Task Force, Mona Maynard of CARE Hawai'i, and a handful of people seeking mental health support.

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Pressing botanicals
Pressing botanicals

During this session, we discuss the powerful impact of gratitude on our mental health and our relationships. Participants share what they are thankful for and make cards as a creative expression of gratitude.

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Gratitude Cards
Gratitude Cards

Participants include Regina Weller of 808 Homeless Task Force, Mona Maynard of CARE Hawai'i, and a handful of people seeking mental health support.

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Nature & Art as Therapy is partially funded by your in store and online māmaki tea purchases, pop-up tea and plant sales, and generous donations. Many thanks for supporting this effort!