Pain in the Arts

Chronic Pain and Mindfulness-Based Art Workshop
Chronic Pain and Mindfulness-Based Art Workshop


Suffering from chronic pain?

Living with chronic pain is an experience shared by many. Because it affects our body, mind, and soul, a multidisciplinary approach to pain is a highly effective way to “reboot” our nervous system, learn productive skills to manage our symptoms, process emotions and help educate others on chronic pain experiences

This small class setting (3-5 people) is geared towards people over the age of 16 who experience daily chronic pain or prolonged illness, and may include (but is not limited to) people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, migraines, trauma or injury, lupus, Lyme disease and others.

Participants will explore a range of mindfulness-based skills (breathing, body scans, and guided meditation) using a variety of art activities (collage, calligraphy and ink, tangle and pointillism art), and reflective writing/drawing and music. Participants will also be introduced to chair yoga to learn body and breathing skills for managing chronic pain, learn how to create a personalized mindfulness-based art kit, and receive guidance on educational resources regarding creativity and mindfulness.

We understand that often people living with chronic pain or chronic illness can find it difficult to commit to a recurring class. If clients are unable to attend a particular Pain in the Arts class due to health issues, we are happy to offer admission to an Open Studio Session in lieu of that missed class. Up to two missed class can be used in this way. Please note that attending Open Studio Sessions will give you access to the studio and materials, but will not provide Pain in the Arts curriculum.

No art experience is necessary!

Dates and times:  This program is not currently available. Please contact us to be placed on a waitlist.

Location: Alongside You’s art studio located in our Ladner office, at #203-4840 Delta Street.

Fee: $225 (GST included). Pre-registration is required.

To Register: Please call our office to be placed on a waitlist, at 604-283-7827 ext. 0.

What to Bring: Clothes that can get messy! There’s no need to bring art supplies.


Registration is required. Please call the office to register.


“Art gives a face to the ambiguity of chronic pain…it gives visual expression to something that is often elusive.”
Dr. Steve Feinberg, American Chronic Pain Association


If you are interested joining this class, please call the office at (604) 283-7827 ext. 0 to register!