ARThrive: Healthy Relationship Series

Through simple and creative guided workshops, each ARThrive session will explore different topics while creating art together in a safe(r) space. All materials are included and light meals will be provided.

ARThrive is a partnership between SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office and the SFSS Women’s Centre and, new this year, we are working in partnership with the SFU’s Indigenous Student Centre to support some of our sessions.

Sessions are open to all students of all genders.

For Fall 2019 term, we invite you to participate in a series of sessions focused on Healthy Relationships.

Diving Inside: Relationship with Self

September 24, 2019 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm
All Genders Resource Center, TC 3014

Self-care is a holistic approach to nurture your connection to self through mind, body and soul. Join us in this workshop to explore your inner-relationship through creative writing and crafting a relaxation salve as well as an energizing roll-on.

Through a variety of activities, you can expect to gain a deeper understanding of ways in which you may foster a healthier relationship to self.

Registration for any of these sessions is required:

Healthy Relationship: Our Way

October 22, 2019 from 4:30pm – 7:30 pm
Halpern Centre Room 114

In this creative expression workshop, we invite our bodies and our imaginations to bring into focus the ideas we have around navigating relationships with our peers, friends, loved ones and ultimately ourselves.

Through creative writing and guided movement improvisation, we will explore our inherited ideas around consent and boundaries that contribute to our vision of healthy relationships. We will identify the characteristics of the relationships that empower and lift our being, and hone in on the choices we can make that lead to mutual feelings of respect and empathy for others.

This safer space for creative writing and movement exploration is facilitated by Cost Salish storyteller Rosemary Georgeson (Sahtu-Dene) and dance artist Olivia C. Davies (Euro-Anishinaabe) and in an adaptation of the O.Dela Arts creative expression workshop, “Home: Our Way”.

Registration for any of the sessions is required :

Fostering Healthy Relationship in the Community

November 19, 2019 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Halpern Centre Room 114

The goal of this workshop is to explore ways to build authentic, healthy relationships within your community and to break down barriers preventing us from connection. We will tap into our creativity and discover personal strategies that will foster resilience and connection with all of our relations. You will leave feeling empowered to use tools that you inherently possess to foster deep and meaningful connections.  

This safer space is co-facilitated by Erika Doehring and Adriana Contreras.

Erika Doehring is a proud Gwich’in granddaughter, an artist, poet and healer. She is constantly on the journey of discovering her culture and connecting to her story. She always danced to her own drum, and resisted conformity by following her heart. This is something that she brings to her style of facilitation, using authentic understanding and creativity to foster meaningful connections and discussions in space.

Adriana Contreras is a Visual Artist, Graphic Recorder, Designer, and an avid Arts advocate. In 1998, at the age of 15, she migrated with her family from Bogotá, Colombia to Vancouver,BC, the unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Since then, she has worked and volunteered with Arts and Community organizations such as SFU Galleries, New Performance Works Society, SFU Woodard's Cultural Programs, The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, among others. In 2018 she was selected as one of two Community Scholars with the organization, Drawing Change. 

Registration for any of the sessions is required:

Please note, this is not a therapeutic support group. ARThrive strives to be a creative space that fosters empowerment.

For more information please contact Melanie Crudgington at

Writing for Self-Care

January 20, 2020, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

SFU Burnaby Campus, Bennett Library 7200

Creative Self-Care is intended for anyone interested in using creative writing for self-care. Through a series of guided writing prompts, workshop participants will be invited explore personal strengths and values, choice and desire, memories and healing. This is a process-based, self-reflective workshop—meaning there are no “right or wrong” ways to approach the exercises, and no pressure on the outcomes of the writing. Sharing is always optional.

Bring your preferred writing tools -- paper and pen or a laptop -- and a willingness to help create a confidential, supportive and safer environment.

Facilitator: Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada). She is the author of four books and the editor of three anthologies. Her debut novel Sub Rosa (2010) won the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015) was a finalist for BC Book Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Registration is required:

Please note, this is not a therapeutic support group. ARThrive strives to be a creative space that fosters empowerment.

For more information please contact Melanie Crudgington at