About Crescent Moon Center
The Crescent Moon Center program is designed for clients recovering from a substance use disorders (SUD) and who are committed to recovery. We welcome administrators and staff, working in the field of SUD, to participate. We value your partnership. Come and experience the power of healing through art, and equine assisted learning.
Crescent Moon Center's mission is to build a community of support around individuals recovering from substance use disorders by offering equine assisted learning, creative arts including poetry and painting and assistance in career development.
Crescent Moon Center is now accepting applications for its pilot program. Over a 6 day period, participants will experience healing arts and equine workshops, intended to support sustained recovery. Each day there will be workshops in the morning and afternoon. Boxed lunches are provided.
DATES: July 13th - 18th
Crescent Moon Center's core program offers experiential healing arts and equine workshops known to benefit and lead to sustained recovery. The workshops include Equine Assisted-Learning. Art4Healing, mural development, Plein Air painting, creative writing and therapeutic driving. Each workshop is designed to address the particular needs of a participant for the specific purpose of developing self awareness, insight, confidence and exploring solutions for personal change.
Equine Assisted Learning
Educational and psychotherapy practices have sprung up throughout the United States and Europe to help people with substance use disorders and mental health issues. Studies have shown that there are many benefits from the utilization of experiential programs with horses.
Our Equine-Assisted Learning workshops will utilize this approach in an environment where participants will explore solutions for personal change. Experienced educational facilitators will guide workshop participants through activities intended to help people identify and work through issues which confront them in their daily lives, while also developing confidence, self-acceptance, self-awareness, personal growth and leadership
Crescent Moon Center’s partnership with the Solano Land Trust and Access Adventure has made it possible to offer Carriage Driving Sessions. This session will provide examples of focus, teamwork, effective communication and the importance of building partnerships. Michael Muir is a man known for teaching the art of carriage driving to people with mental and physical challenges.
SPLASH is action painting which enables shifts in perspectives through gestures and abstraction.
Participants are engaged through the utilization of a variety of tools including large canvasses, oversized brushes, sponges, and rags, and unconventional painting techniques, such as splattering and ragging horizontally (on the easel) and vertically (on the ground). Meditation is integrated into the session, designed to keep one in the moment and provide refreshed perspectives.
Art 4 Healing
A fast-paced, theme-based group creativity workshop in which participants use colors to respond to questions posed by a facilitator.
This workshop is an artistic journey into our deep thoughts and feelings through shapes and colors. Art provides an emotional release from troublesome thinking and gives us hope, a sense of well-being and wisdom. It gives us insights in ways that words do not allow; opens us to inspiration and engagement with ourselves.
The Singing Tree Project is a mural-making workshop conceptualized, designed, and painted by program participants. The goals include building healthy relationships and community, inspiring hope, honoring nature, celebrating art & creativity and cultivating health, resilience and well-being.
Creative Writing & Poetry
Poetry and poem-making are compelling and effective tools in the journey toward wellness. It can enable one to change internal dialogues and to create positive metaphors about our lives.
This workshop provides tools and support to heal body, mind, and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing, speaking and writing poetry.
Anyone can write; what happens after that, is a journey. Poetry is a dance of one’s spirit in words. It is a form of expression with its own field of energy, and it changes our ingrained patterns of thinking and processing in life.
Karen Kahn is the founder and President of Crescent Moon Center. She is an attorney, equestrian, artist, writer, and mother who lives in the Bay Area with her husband, dog, and horses. She is a certified member of the Board of Equine Interaction Professionals and certified in Art4Healing. She is a strong proponent of the belief that horses, and creative arts can have a transformative effect on one’s life.
Michael Muir is the great grandson of John Muir, the explorer. He is a champion in dressage, driving and he continues to breed the Stone Wall horse at Rush Ranch. Michael has suffered from MS since he was 15 years old, is a two-time cancer survivor and is mobility limited. Despite these challenges, he drives forward and is an inspiration to everyone.
Laurie Marshall, M.A. is a cutting-edge educator and creative activist who uses collaborative art to envision healing of heartbreak. She is a book author including, “Beating the Odds Now”, “Singing Trees: A Growing Forest”, and founder of the non-profit, Unity Through Creativity Foundation. Her Singing Tree collaborative mural methodology has produced over 90 murals with 20,000 people from 52 countries.
John Fox is a Certified Poetry Therapist and Practitioner of Poetic Medicine and is a poet and author of numerous books including, “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making.” He is an adjunct faculty member of several colleges and teaches around the globe.
Hilary Maslon is an abstract painter with over 30 years of experience in painting and exhibiting. She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Queens. As an entrepreneur, ecologist, and lover of animals she brings a new perspective of art and healing. She has taught art to diversified groups and venues in NYC, Mississippi and California.
Cynthia is the Director of Operations and Fundraising at Crescent Moon Center and is facilitating the Pilot Program. She held director roles in marketing and business development for biotechnology, healthcare, and consumer product industries over three decades. She is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and writer. Her heart is to help other's find their authentic voice.
Who We're Looking For
We are looking for eight interested adults, ages 18+, with varying backgrounds who are either in recovery and/or work with people in recovery. No prior experience with horses or creative arts is required.
Participants will be asked to attend six sequential days from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The program will be conducted at Rush Ranch on Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Suisun, CA. The Client Program will be held on July 13-18, and the Administrator Program on July 20-25, 2021. The closing session will include a round table discussion and an opportunity to share art and insights from the week.