Monthly Workshops

January-March 2017 Workshops

These workshops are designed to inspire creativity. I will gently guide you through each step, as you learn new techniques, experiment, and complete a project, in a safe, supportive environment.

Visioning 2017

Vision Board Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

January 28, 2017

10:30am to 1:00pm

It’s the end of the month. You’ve had some time to reflect on the last year and absorb the changes that 2017 will bring.

Now what?

Think of this process as an invitation to all the things you want to bring forward in your life in 2017.

How do you want to feel?

What one word to you want to experience to its fullest?

What does all of this look like?

You may not be in control, but you are in charge. This is the first step to creating the life you desire.

Vision Board Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

We’ll incorporate your favorite symbols, mantras, and quotes into the background, creating your own unique vision board
Vision Board Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

Then, we’ll add images that reflect your ultimate vision for 2017.

This isn’t static. Your board is meant to change and develop as you experience joys and challenges throughout the year.

Join us for this vision board workshop, and activate your within.

Vision Board Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling


Cost includes one 11×17 bulletin board and all art materials.

Register Here

Mixed-Media Affirmation Paintings

February 25, 2017

9:00am to 1:00pm

Mixed Media Painting Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts counseling

An affirmation is a sentence or thought, that when repeated several times a day can help to change the way we think. It is a positive declaration and something declared to be true. In this workshop, we will create a personal affirmation that speaks to us and helps us return to center, and we will learn techniques for adding color, texture, images, and text to a painting. By the end of this workshop, we will have created richly layered paintings, with beautifully textured backgrounds and affirmations that feed our souls.

Mixed Media Painting Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling


Cost includes one 8×10 canvas and all art materials.

Register Here

Cigar Box Zen Gardens

Held at the Namaste Center

Saturday, March 18, 2017

12pm to 2pm

Facilitated by Kara Ashley-Gilmore

Zen Garden workshop at the Namaste Center

Create your own Zen garden out of a small cigar box, collage materials, paints, natural materials (sand, moss, shells, stones, etc), and ephemera!

Bring your own box to use or purchase one for $1 or $3 when you arrive.

Zen Garden workshop at the Namaste Center

These sessions will be for the non-artist and artist alike. There is no need to have any artistic experience, as it is about the creative process. All materials will be provided.
No pre-registration required.
$15 Donation Suggested
Visit The Namaste Center for information about their center for healing and the arts.
The Namaste Center
2700 Greenville Hwy
Hendersonville, NC 28731

Weaving our Stories

March 25, 2017

9:00am to 1:00pm

Weaving our Stories Workshop at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

Can you remember the things that have shaped who you are in this present moment?

We all have a story to tell, and we cannot, not tell our stories.

Combing the art of storytelling, through writing, and the weaving of papers, fabrics, and natural materials, we will create a tapestry of our past and present lives. 

Your story is sacred. It is beautiful, and it matters.


All supplies Included.

Register Here

“Paint it Out”

Intuitive Painting Classes at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

Winter Dates

Monday, January 30th,  6-7:30pm

Wednesday, February 8th, 1:30-3pm

Monday, February 20th, 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, March 8th, 1:30-3pm

Monday, March 20th, 6-7:30pm

Grab a brush and let it all out.

Your fears, your dreams, your joys, your frustrations…There’s room for all of it here.

We’ll use the principles of intuitive painting as our guide for self-expression through lines, colors, and shapes.

These workshops are about the process of art-making–the release of emotions, the building of confidence, self-acceptance, and self-compassion–not what your final painting looks like.

I’ll provide an optional prompt or theme and share painting techniques during each class.

Intuitive Painting Classes at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

No art experience needed.

$20 per class

All Supplies Included. Feel free to bring your favorite art journal, if you want to.

Register Here

Sunday Mandala Meditations

January 22, 2017  |  February 12, 2017  |  March 12, 2017

9:15am to 10:30am

Mandala Meditation Sundays at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

This will be an incredible opportunity to go deep, deep within. Circles have long been used a a way to invite relaxation, clarity, and focus. Join us for a morning of guided meditation and mandala drawing as we seek answers to the questions that have been on our hearts. No art experience is needed.

Mandala Meditations at Mountain Creative Arts Counseling

$15 includes all supplies.

Register Here

“It’s Never too Late to Begin Again”

A 12-Week Creativity Development group based on “The Artist’s Way” author, Julia Cameron’s, latest book,

“It’s Never too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond”

If you are struggling to figure out “what’s next?” in mid-life or retirement, this is the group for you. Over the course of twelve weeks, we will use Julia Cameron’s four creativity tools (bi-weekly walks, weekly artist’s dates, daily morning pages, and weekly memoir writing) to re-discover our joys and experience a creative re-birth. This process is life-changing, but it does require a commitment and investment of time to do the homework and use the tools provided. Trust me, it will be worth it.

March 6, 2017 to May 22, 2017

Mondays, 1:30-3pm

$10 per session

Please purchase your book and read & complete the tasks from the “Week 1” chapter before our first meeting on March 6th.

Register Here for the full cost of $120.

To register with a weekly in-person payment, please contact me at 828-595-3847 or

Workshop Testimonials

  • “Thank you for a super workshop.  I had a wonderful time, feel great about taking the next step and excited about the possibilities that are opening up.”
  • “The tone you set was so conducive to safety and exploring and enjoying.”
  • “Your instruction and pacing for the activity were just right, gave precisely the guidance I needed.”
  • “Kara was fantastic. So easy to be with, listen to and she is caring and knows her work. I found I could do something for me and enjoy the quiet atmosphere as well. Thank you for providing this opportunity.”
  • “I appreciate the masterful job you did with planning and preparation.  The whole workshop gave such a sense of being carefully designed and thoughtfully set up — with delightful materials:  art supplies bountiful but not overwhelming, decorated and encouraging individual packets of goodies…  It seems you thought of everything, right down to that tiny envelope for our message to ourselves.  It was all so inviting and pleasing.”

Pre-Registration Required

REGISTRATION POLICY: No refunds or credits of any payment will be made for notification of withdrawal within 7 days of the start of the workshop, once the workshop has started or for missed sessions of groups. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop if minimum enrollment is not met; in which case, the registration fee will be fully refunded. When we receive your registration we will send confirmation and specific workshop information.  If the workshop is full, you will be notified that you have been placed on a waiting list. I limit workshops to 6-8 participants to allow each student the necessary time and space to complete their project. Therefore early registration is optimal to guarantee your seat.

Directions and Parking

Workshops are held at 307 N Main Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues, in downtown Hendersonville. Mountain Creative Arts is above McFarlan’s Bakery, to the left of the red vending machine. Free parking along Main Street has a three-hour restriction, Monday through Saturday, from 8am to 6pm.

For additional parking information, visit Downtown Hendersonville’s parking page.

Contact Kara, at 828-595-3847 or for more information.

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