Healing Art Journals for Elders

Oblate School of Theology

Originally Published on OST.EDU

Tuesday, October 17

Healing Art Journals for Elders

Tuesdays, Oct 17 – Nov 7 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time | IN-PERSON EVENT | SPACE IS VERY LIMITED, REGISTER EARLY Oblate School of Theology

Date and time

October 17 · 2pm – November 7 · 4pm CDT


Oblate School of Theology285 Oblate Drive San Antonio, TX 78216

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Healing Art Journals for Elders

Tuesdays, Oct 17 – Nov 7 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time | IN-PERSON EVENT

Art can harness the healing power within each of us and help bring us into community with one another. … And connection, to ourselves and others, is at the core of art and healing. Healing isn’t a destination with a fixed timeline or endpoint but rather a path – or many paths. ~ MoMA

Following my stroke, I started to collect different methods of treatment – traditional Western ones, alternative ones, spiritual ones. … I went through a process of both healing and curing. While cures aim at returning our bodies to what they were in the past, healing uses what is present to move us more deeply to Soul Awareness, and in some cases, physical “improvement.” As I’ve said, although I have not been cured of the effects of my stroke, I have certainly undergone profound healings of mind and heart that have made these past two years among the happiest of my life. ~ Ram Dass, (Still Here)

In this class, Gaylynne Robinson, MA, art teacher and ordained member of the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, will offer the opportunity for exploring and healing wounds that are ripe for healing in the autumn and winter of life. In this time of life, we are called to tend our physical, emotional, and relational wounds with the grace and wisdom of an elder. The healing art journal helps us record and explore thoughts, ideas, and feelings about the healing topics to be discussed in class. Collage, doodling, dangling, scribbling, sketching, and reflection gives us fresh takes on letting go and living life with joy and compassion.

This class is hosted by the OST Forest Dwelling Program which is a 2-year intensive formational program for people seeking to live into a mature spirituality (www.ost.edu/forestdwelling). This class will give an opening glimpse into themes of aging which are developed and harvested on the spiritual journey of an elder. These talks will encourage you to explore simple ways of healing and being that can lead you deeper into the life of a spiritually mature and loving elder.


  • A blank journal book whose paper is sturdy enough for markers and watercolors (OPTIONS): a Strathmore Visual Journal is available at local art stores and Amazon; a Ranger Dylusions Art Journal is available on Amazon, Dick Blick website, and local art stores.
  • Colored pencils (regular, or watercolor pencils and water brush), markers, pen, pencils, erasers
  • A limited amount of other supplies will be available for use

Space is very limited, so register early.

Class Dates

All classes will take place on Tuesday afternoons, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Central Time, on the Oblate School of Theology campus in Whitley Theological Center, classroom 104 .

  • October 17, 2023
  • October 24, 2023
  • October 31, 2023
  • November 7, 2023


Gaylynne Robinson, MA, retired from teaching at The University of Texas San Antonio after 14 years and decided to follow her calling to teach art to seniors. She is a certified grief counselor, licensed drug and alcohol counselor, and certified in trauma resolution and expressive arts therapy. Robinson was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2009 and given the name True Mountain of Flowers. She has taught art and wellness at NISD continuing education and Oasis Lifelong Learning. She is currently pursuing a certificate in gerontology to better help seniors find comfort and inspiration through art.

Registration Fee: $45

For information or to register by phone, contact Victoria Rodriguez, Associate Registrar, at vrodriguez@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240.