Clear. Direct. Present.

BEing Balance offers deep listening through multiple resources. BEing Balance follows your process and finds the language and direction that suits you to explore your journey and to find the best way to support you.

We take in our world and life experience in many ways: from our physical experiences and body awareness, literally and metaphorically to what we eat, read, think and process. We also connect to a universal energy that is more than us. Whatever we internalize can manifest in body symptoms, dreams, relationships, work issues or world issues. 

You might find yourself at a crossroad, blocked or in need of support and you may be experiencing body symptoms ranging from physical illness to anxiety, depression, stress, loss and grief, self-esteem.

BEing Balance listens to and follows signals and tailors various processes towards self-exploration, self-expression, awareness and understanding, dialogue, creative expression and energy balance.

Sharlene Friedman is the founder of BEing Balance. She created BEing Balance out of years of journeying to seek harmony in body, mind and spirit, being present to others and herself. Capturing the essence of BE In human BEing, her teacher Mary Burmeister always says we are “human BEings, not human DOings or TRYings.” Sharlene has always been drawn to the visual arts world. Self-expression has been a perfect resource to explore her own inner journey and life issues. In1994, she was introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu, which gave her the tools to harmonize her own energy and to teach others simple self help exercises they could use on themselves.

Sharlene Friedman BAFA,

Dip TATI, Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Clinical Member of OSRP, Certified JSJ Practitioner.

Sharlene has been in independent practice since 1989 as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. She was born in South Africa and came to Canada to study Art Therapy. In South Africa, she was part of the Rape Crisis Centre called POWA (People Opposing Woman Abuse) and was responsible for group training and crisis counselling. In conjunction with private practice, where she focuses on work with individuals, couples and supervision, Sharlene is on faculty with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute as the Group Art Therapist. She has also worked with numerous agencies including women’s shelters, addiction treatment programs, The Rape Crisis Centre of Peel Dufferin County, the Peel Collaborative and the Barbara Schlifer Clinic in Toronto where her work focused on working with trauma, recovery and personal growth. In 1996, Sharlene was instrumental in creating and co-facilitating an open group for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse and trauma. The group ran for over seven years. She is the co-author of the manual, Weaving Our Voices: An open group for women who have survived Childhood Sexual Abuse and trauma A Group Leaders Manual and was responsible for training agencies in Peel, Guelph and Toronto in this model. Sharlene also practices and teaches self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu®, an art of harmony body mind and spirit.

Art Therapy

As people living in a complex world, we sometimes need to be able to look at ourselves from different viewpoints. Art therapy is a way of expressing yourself through nonverbal techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, collage, gesture, movement and sound.

Sometimes we cannot find the words to express how we feel but we can sense an atmosphere of unease. We find a way to put that atmosphere into expression and use it to describe and access what we previously had no words for.

Sometimes we need to release emotions in a cathartic manner without hurting ourselves or others. Art expression, movement or sound gives us that release. There is no talent or training necessary. Just as we witness children using art and play as a way of expressing themselves, we have the capacity to access that child nature of self-expression.

Sessions are based on the client’s needs. They may involve art-making, talking, movement, energy work or listening to dreams. 

Clients tap into their inner resources and learn how to discover and use their own tools and strengths.

Workshops

BEing Balance invites teachers in Art Therapy to do workshops, as well as from the Process Mind Centre in Portland, Oregon to teach weekend workshops on Process Mind. We also organize Jin Shin Jyutsu® classes. If you are interested in our workshops, please send us your contact information. We will send updates of upcoming workshops.

Upcoming:

Merging Our Inner Worlds with Our Outer Work
With Salome Schwarz
November 3rd 4th 5th 2017. Toronto

There is a deep wisdom in us and a great capacity for awareness. In order to create personal well-being and sustainable communities, be it in moments of friendship or conflict, we need to be open to the often surprising insights, developments, and possibilities that exist within us.

Can we stay in touch with a sense of the earth and the universe or the subtle tendencies that moves us in certain directions? Who are we? How do we listen to the deepest energies, hopes and visions behind different voices, events and body experiences and engage on a more co-creative path?

In this workshop participants will enhance their ability to facilitate between and among the different voices and experiences as they happen within and around us. It forwards basic process-oriented skills and a sense of freedom and appreciation for the diversity we bring. Along with everything we already know, we are reminded that it can be helpful to let ourselves be informed by something deep, subtle and magical: the background intelligence behind the larger field.

Participants will:

  • Experience the magical integration of multiple dimensions and interactions
  • Learn to follow and explore subtle experiences and signals, inner voices, visions and body experiences, as well as communication signals in relationships and teams
  • Gain practical experience using these stages and processes through exercises
  • Observe demonstrations of these techniques and the reflective impact those experiences have on both the participant and the observers.
  • Salome Schwarz, PhD, Dipl. PW, has been a faculty member at the Process Work Institute and has worked in private practice for over two decades. Her great passions in life are awareness, dreaming, and nature. Salome likes working with individuals and teams in diverse settings and enjoys being an international trainer and consultant. She loves Process Mind practice because of the dreaming connection it creates with others, the earth and universe. She also loves to capture the mystery of life through photography.  http://processmindcenter.org/

When:  November 3/4/5 Friday Saturday Sunday 10am -5.00pm each day

Where: Swansea Town Hall (near Runnymede and Bloor) Space Limited

Registration: $500. [Early bird $450 by August 30th ] Credit Card, Cheque, email transfer accepted.

For more information contact: Sharlene Friedman 416 588 2471 sharlenegf@gmail.com

Make Cheques payable to Sharlene Friedman:– mail to 65 Beresford Ave, Toronto, M6S3A9