Courage and Connecting with Creativity

Sometimes being creative alone can take courage, through deeper reflection using art materials we can engage in meaningful inner dialogue that can also help us connect with others.

Creativity can help us find language and begin conversations around difficult issues. In The Courage to Create psychologist Rollo May writes: 

"The Creative processes must be representing the highest degree of emotional health, as the expression of normal people in the act of actualizing themselves."


Siobhan McQuillan, One Million Stars Ireland and Miffy Hoad Mental Health Ireland are facilitating an arts based CPD workshop for Cavan Monaghan Arts and Health Forum on Friday 28 May.


Miffy Hoad (Mental Health Ireland) will facilitate a star weaving jam in the morning 11am -12.30pm where participants have the opportunity to weave their own star. (See more details below)


In the afternoon Siobhan McQuillan (Art Therapist) will facilitate an afternoon entitled “Courage and Connecting with Creativity” 2pm-4pm

Siobhan will present on the importance of creativity in assisting conflict resolution, self-regulation and self-soothing and deliver an interactive workshop using collage and the visual arts to support participants in getting in touch with their creative self.

There are star weavers all across Ireland.


The One Million Stars project began in Australia when Maryann Talia Pau, began weaving stars as a response to the rape and murder of Irish woman, Jill Meagher in Melbourne. It is now a global movement Star Weaving Kits - One Billion Stars. The weaving Project was brought to Ireland in 2019 by Siobhan McQuillan an art therapist with Amber Women’s Refuge. One million Stars Ireland continues to grow. The hand-woven stars represent light, hope and solidarity against all forms of violence. A ‘Star Weave Jam’ is a space people gather to weave stars together in community and have opportunities to have courageous conversations about domestic & gender-based violence.



Siobhan McQuillan is a registered art therapist with IACAT and is committed to connecting communities through the healing power of art. Siobhán is an Art Therapist with her own practice, Arts Reach Ireland and together with Amber Women’s Refuge have founded "One Million Stars Ireland". This project supports communities/villages in Ireland to weave stars for various installations with the aim of raising domestic abuse awareness while using the power of weaving and the arts to build community resilience and hope for a safer future for all. Since qualifying as an art therapist from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh in 1999, Siobhan has worked as an art therapist in social work, education and health settings.


Free but booking essential :



Date and time:

28 May 2021 from 04:00 to 09:00


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