Creative Arts , Yoga & Tai Chi for
Let the Beauty we love be what we do. -- Rumi
A former public school teacher, Carla holds a Master's Degree in Creativity in Literature and Art from UMass Boston and extensive post-graduate training in Anthroposophical Visual Arts and Art Therapy inspired by the spiritual research and color theories of Rudolf Steiner. Carla has been in private practice as an art therapist and has worked in the field of education, arts and humanities for over 30 years. In addition to teaching painting and drawing to Waldorf Teachers in training at Antioch New England Graduate School, Carla has been an arts consultant, therapist and workshop leader at schools and conferences across the country.
She first realized the healing
in plants and flowers through drawing and painting them, and was
to Flower essence preparation and consultation with the English
in Britain in 1985. Carla has since trained with the Flower Essence
in Nevada City, California, and for many years she has lectured
at hospitals, schools health and yoga centers , training health
and others interested in the use of flower essences for emotional and
Carla has also practiced yoga for 30 years, and has benefited from the study of many styles of yoga, dance, eurythmy, Alexander Technique , tai chi and Buddhist mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Teaching yoga now for 17 years, Carla is certified in the Krishnamacharya lineage of yoga, which values adapting yoga to the individual needs of every student. She is certified in Tai Chi instruction from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, California and in the instructor training program of Dr. Fuzhong Li of the OREGON RESEARCH INSTITUTE- the first Evidence-based Tai Chi program for Better Balance and Healthy Aging . She is currently training with Master Lee Holden from Santa Cruz California in Qigong, Tai Chi and Tao Yin (Taoist Yoga) out of the tradition of Master Mantak Chia.
For 4 years Carla studies
mindfulness meditation and movement with Zen Master Thich Nhat
Hahn and she now pursues further art training in the Zen arts
of JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY and Oriental Flower Arrangement,
aspects of the original Taoist Arts training in the ancient Shaolin Temples of China.
Carla is ordained as an Interfaith
Minister from the New
Seminary Center for Interfaith Studies in NYC. and the Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary in New Hampshire.
Painting Themes and
Carla Mattioli, M.A.
P.O. Box 777
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
(978) 546-8018 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIALS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Yoga , Tai Chi/Qigong, Art Therapy, Painting, Flower Essences
with CARLA MATTIOLI, M.A.
Art Classes and Art Therapy
"Carla's classes are a truly transformative experience. Her
approach to teaching is open, supportive and extremely thoughtful. Her
great gift is an ability to engender an awareness of color as a living
being, breathing through art.
Any student who is lucky enough to experience any of the classes will be amazed at how Carla can call forth the artist in us. One begins to see all of nature as the work of a Divine Artist, and when the classes have ended, one senses a new octave has been touched. " R.C.
"I have been deeply moved and inspired here, and have gained in self knowledge." L.D.
"The course gave me completely
new insights into color- a new growth experience, long overdue.
Carla is a magnificent teacher, I appreciate her depth. " D. O.
" I took a painting class with Carla in October. My wife, Deidra, a teacher there, had given me a gift to take the class. The class was just wonderful. For days and days I couldn’t stop looking at the leaves and taking in the natural tapestry of fall – stopping several times to collect some beautiful leaves.You also inspired me to do a few paintings since the class. It has been such a great internal./ Spiritual little journey each time I paint – I just wanted to thank you for being the teacher that you were that day. God bless, " J.B.
"I cannot say enough about the
results of Carla's teaching, that I have felt both personally and have
witnessed in others. Carla creates an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, a safe,
stimulating environment which encourages people to reach their full
creative potential. She enables people to explore the act of creation
as a spiritual practice, as a way of awakening to their true nature and
contacting the beauty and mystery of their lives."
Tai Chi/ Qigong Testimonials from Seniors
" I feel healthier and happier! My balance has improved, I'm more mindful of my breath.
The practice helps me slow down. " Peggy Wakeman, Rose Baker Senior Center
" I attend 2 of Carla's Tai Chi classes per week in
Rockport. I experience more relief from my joint
pain from these Tai Chi classes than from physical therapy! Lisa Paone,
Rockport Council on Aging
" Carla is the most amazing teacher! The guided imagery and breath practice along with the
ancient Tai Chi/Qigong movements bring a feeling of healing, love, peace, calm and beauty to my body, mind and spirit. It is simple to modify if someone needs to!" Dr. Judy Warrington
“Almost one year of Tai Chi practice with Carla and I feel holistically renewed -
I function better with more energy and much less arthritic pain. I am grateful! I look forward to every class and Carla’s optimism. " Anna M. Rockport, Ma
I just love Carla’s Tai Chi class! I have
fibromyalgia and arthritis in my joints and Tai Chi /Qigong is
to heal my achy knees and shoulders! I leave class feeling relaxed and
Betsy Hale, Rockport Ma
“My neurologist recommended that I learn Tai Chi to help with my
balance and walking issues due to
idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. Carla
teaches Tai Chi & Qigong both of which encourage my
body, mind and spirit to
cooperate with eachother to produce strength and energy. Under
tutelage, in just four months of
private sessions, I now can walk and stand for periods of time without
the aid of my
cane and more stability is achieved with each session. Thank you,
Mary Malcolmson, Rockport, MA
"This is the most extraordinarily
subtle and powerful yoga I've ever taken. The
first class I took with Carla I walked in with a lot of neck & shoulder
pain and walked out feeling like I'd just been to my
chiropractor. At this point I've taken over 70
classes with Carla, and every single time I leave feeling
transformed both physically and mentally. Carla manages to
seamlessly blend her gift for color and imagery with her
clear instructions in a way that puts me in some sort of meditative
state the whole time. I take a morning class -what a great way to
start the day!"
MUSICIAN AND PIANO TEACHER
Class for Men Testimonial
"Carla has recognized the particular needs of men by organizing a special yoga class attuned to our potentials and sufferings. Some of us have worked in physical occupations, some not, but we have all accrued limitations to our wellbeing in movement. I am enjoying the fuller, more comfortable use of my body. With Carla's encouragement I'm even regaining some range of motion in injured areas of my neck and wrists. " M.R. STONEMASON AND ACTOR
"For many years my lower back was my achille's heel. The rest of my body was in excellent shape. I experienced almost constant pain except when lying down that ranged from mild to excrutiating depending on what activities I needed to engage in. I began attending Carla's classes one year ago and have done 1-2 yoga classes a week and tai chi as well. After a few months I began to notice a change in my back! The pain became intermittant! I actually had periods of time pain free!! Now after a year of classes the pain returns rarely and only after intense exertion (like shovelling). I know now what yoga sequences to do to bring relief fairly quickly. I am immensly grateful to Carla and Vini-yoga for helping me heal what otherwise may have been a crippling condition. She is a dedicated, sensitive and intensely aware teacher."
C.T. Building Contractor, former Modern Dance Teacher and Performer
"Carla's teaching is among the very best. She takes a personal interest in each student, is conscientious about
their unique needs, special requirements and bodily issues that arise with regularity.Classes are always changing, yet contain fundamentally basic postures and sequences that help build a strong foundation. She brings in elements like the seasons, the constellations, the environment and Ayurvedic principles.Carla even changes venues as in this summer when we practiced by the sea in Rockport.Very sincere and dedicated, Carla earns people's respect and dedication with a loyal clientele, many of whom have taken her classes for 10 years now.She is multi-talented, has a lovely singing voice, plays an instrument and leads chants that I find myself happily humming throughout the day.
I feel stronger, more flexible and balanced in my practice and will continue to participate in Carla's classes for my health, well-being and happiness. " B.P. Gloucester, Ma
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