Testimonials from CourageCollages Workshop Participants

“Thank you so much. I was surprised by how much I got out of the experience. It was an interesting exercise and thought process for me. It seemed like everyone got a lot out of it too. CourageCollages was an oasis…I’m going to buy some poster board and try it with the kids. They were fascinated by my finished product. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!.” L.F., Silver Spring, Maryland

“I just wanted to tell you again how much I LOVED last night. I brought my collage into work today and showed it off to all that would look.” M. L., Columbia, Maryland

“Thank you for inviting me to your workshop. I had a wonderful time for many reasons. It really helped me to work through my feelings. I was able to talk with other survivors and I enjoyed the general camaraderie.” L.P., Rockville, Maryland

“I can’t thank you enough for hosting such an amazing event….I enjoyed my time there and love what I accomplished.” C.G., Washington, D.C.

“Thank you for offering this workshop. I’m overwhelmed by the powerful meaning I found in the simple visual expression of collage. It was a day filled with self-discovery….it helped me penetrate my cancer fears and reveal my future vision of thriving life.” P.G., Reston, Virginia

“I had a wonderful time making my collage and sharing with everyone….thank you so much for opening your heart to all of us…for making everyone feel at home, encouraging us to open up to one another and to our creativity.” C.W., Gaithersburg, Maryland

“I was burned out on fighting cancer. But attending CourageCollages made me realize how much I really do have that I’ll be around to raise my kids and even see my grandchildren. I was proud of my collage and surprised at my hidden creativity.” L.P., Rockville, Maryland

“I didn’t know what to expect but I feel so overwhelmed with joy.” T.F., Baltimore, Maryland

“This workshop met and surpassed my expectations. Cutting out the images helped me to realize what a positive journey I have been through and helped me to visualize my future.” J.H., Washington, D.C.

“This workshop was my first “public experience” talking about my new breast cancer diagnosis and it was a safe, friendly environment to begin accepting what has happened. I loved the group discussions and the opportunity to remember and treasure all of the beautiful cards and pictures sent to me during my most difficult days.” C.E., Brookville, Maryland

“It was healing to use my creative energies along with others who have similar circumstances. This was an amazing experience for people who are unable to verbalize their fears, concerns, joys, etc.” C.G., Washington, DC

“The CourageCollages workshop helped me to focus on myself. I was able to see what point I was at in the recovery process and how the cancer and treatments have changed me. I felt such joy in being able to find just the right words!” L.C., Laurel, Maryland

“This workshop was a wonderful way to let the inside feelings, emotions, and thoughts out.” S.G., Gaithersburg, Maryland

“It was inspiring to hear and feel the strength of others.” L.C., Laurel, Maryland

“This has been a wonderful experience that exceeded my expectations and has given me a new way to work through my feelings about what I am going through.” N.C., Washington, D.C. area

“What a beautiful workshop! Thank you for sharing such lovely resources, your experience, and your heart with us.” D.B., Washington, D.C. area

“I started with no plan. It was fun to watch the collage emerge from ideas that flowed from me that I was completely unaware of.” C.C., Asheville, NC

“This activity was great fun and helped bring out the artist in myself. In many ways it helped me feel more confident and playful…more than I could have predicted!” C.R. Asheville, NC

“It is extremely uplifting!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m proud to be your sister!! We are survivors!!” VL, Darlington, MD

“My collage was created in the theme of life, things that related to me personally. I am a cancer survivor for 4 years. I look forward to many more years of a cancer-free life. I offer this prayer daily, I pray that my family continues to be supportive and understanding.” Anonymous (camp bluebird)

“This activity was great fun and helped to once again bring out the artist in myself. In many ways, it helped me feel more confident and playful – more than I could have predicted.” CR, Ashville, NC (camp bluebird)

“You have helped me so very much. God bless you.” Anonymous (camp bluebird)

“Very well planned. Instructors very pleasant and eager to help.” Anonymous (camp bluebird)

“The role of creative expression is extremely therapeutic. I used it when my teenage son was killed in an accident, saving my sanity and helping me through the grieving process. I’ve used arts psychotherapy and can attest to the catharsis which is achieved. Creativity is part of life’s energy and will respond when properly tapped into.” Anonymous (camp bluebird)

“Colleen was absolutely wonderful, helpful, friendly, and caring! Thank you so much.” KH (camp bluebird)

“I started with no plan – it was fun to watch the collage emerge from ideas that flowed from me that I was completely unaware of.” Anonymous (camp bluebird)

“CourgeCollages helped me to discover art and the physical act of creating art can be very therapeutic. Just as I manifest life issues in body illness, so I also manifest healing through my body’s creating life images. I have continued to use this therapy.” P.G.

“I’m so glad you and CourageCollages found your way into my life. What a gift!” C.G.W.