Many people underestimate or don't acknowledge the incredible lessons and healing energies that persons with developmental disabilities bring into the lives of others.
One of the most powerful programs we have witnessed here at White Barn was the welcoming and acceptance of a session teaching a group of individuals with developmental disabilities alternative healing and therapy practices including meditation, mudras combined with aromatherapy, parable teaching, and Tai Chi/Qigong.
The group was extremely calm, focused, and enjoyed both learning and later sharing, the things they learned about ways to keep calm, be less stressed, and how to live in the moment. One young man normally exhibited signs of high stress and anxiety, and none of his regular behaviors were presented during or after the session.
Teaching alternative methods of healing that support day-to-day activities for persons with developmental disabilities include (often a modified version of):
- Meditation in motion (Tai Chi/Qigong)
- Aromatherapy (plant-based oils combined with mudras - hand positions)
- Guided Visualization
- Water-Color with Meditation (art based experience)
- Parable Teachings
- Making prayer ties and other multi-cultural lessons
We invite groups, organizations or families to schedule an hour session at White Barn in the tipi or ask about having a class taught at your facility. Wheelchairs seem to do ok going through the grass to reach the tipi.
1-Hour Sessions with a minimum of 10 participants are $20 per person and include take-home gifts such as educational materials, aromatherapy, oils, worry stones, etc.
For more information, call White Barn Healing Arts Center at 330-281-1387.
White Barn is honored to continue to work with the wonderful staff and the amazing participants of Portage County's Coleman Adult Day Services. We have taught monthly classes either here at White Barn or at the Coleman Adult Day Services facility for nearly a year now.
Our visits continue to focus on learning new holistic and alternative methods for stress-relief, anxiety management, personal growth, and ways to live each day in peace and being of service to each other.
We have experienced meditation, aromatherapy, parables, art and water color projects, Tai Chi/Qigong, lessons from other cultures, and a beautiful blend of practices that enrich our lives.
Many thank Madeline Hakin and the good folks at Coleman Adult Day Services for working together with White Barn to make these visit possible!