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Reconnecting with Art Therapy: Artwork by Alum Adele B.

By: Adele B., Renfrew Alumna

Posted on October 28, 2020

Adele B. artworkThen: When I was in the depths of my eating disorder, I felt like I had lost my light - like I was trapped in darkness, inside and out. A dark depressing cloud full of negative thoughts constantly loomed over me. I felt empty and devoid of life, like that tree. There were mountains of struggles I thought I would never conquer. The river was dry because it seemed like there was no way out. I could not see beauty or hope in my life. 

Now: In recovery, I feel free from my eating disorder and have hope for my future. I have my light back, and I spread it to the world. I am also able to experience the beautiful things the world has to offer. I can travel the flowing river anywhere I want to go. I have conquered those seemingly impossible mountains of struggle. The birds represent my freedom to fly away from the dark cloud, to overcome depression and negative thoughts. The sun is rising in my life; it is the dawn of my life beyond my eating disorder. I know life will never be perfect, but it is so much better in recovery. 

- Artwork and description by Renfrew alumna Adele B.


This is the first of three installments sharing artwork created by participants of the September 2020 virtual alumni workshop "Reconnecting with Art Therapy," led by Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC, Creative Arts Therapies Supervisor at The Renfrew Center.

If you are an alumni who is interested in attending a "Reconnecting with Art Therapy" workshop, the next one will be on Tuesday, November 17, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. EST. Click here to register.

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