Create Your Own Toolshed Workshops in Ellsworth and Northeast Harbor

By la, 01/11/2014 - 15:31

Workshop:  Create your own Toolshed of the Heart (in 2-3 workshop sessions) with Lelania Avila

Ellsworth workshop:  Location is the Ellsworth UU Church

Ellsworth Dates:  Tuesday evenings in January 6 - 8:30 p.m.  1/14/2014, 1/21/2014, 1/28/2014

Northeast Harbor workshop:  Location is the Northeast Harbor Library

Northeast Harbor Dates:  Wednesday, February 5, 5:30 - 7p.m, Saturdays, 2/8/2014 & 2/15/2014 9 a.m -12:30 p.m.


This workshop is a hands-on creative exploration of the Toolshed of Your Heart.  Lelania will briefly share her concept of the "Toolshed of My Heart,"  a three dimensional depiction of the tools she has cultivated over the years to bring peace into the world.  She will offer a framework for building a solid toolshed, as a place to store and reflect upon the tools available to us all in our daily lives.  Together we will make time to discover what tools we want in the Toolshed of our Hearts, including tools that we already use, as well as new ones we'd like to master.  We will construct a three-dimensional piece of art as part of our exploration and expression.

What you can be thinking about to prepare:

Lelania invites you to show up with your open heart and mind and jump in wherever you are!  However, if you'd like to be thinking about the Toolshed of Your Heart and what it might look like in the three dimensional realm, and why you'd want to explore this topic in the first place, perhaps begin by thinking about what "Peace" means to you. Consider this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh: "We all have the right to suffer, but none of us has the right not to practice.  Our responsibility as humans is to transform our suffering in order to transform the suffering around us."  

We will be exploring the mind-body-spirit connection, as well as the interconnections between personal health and well-being with planetary health and well being.  What is your Bliss?  What's "Light's On!" for you?  How do you nourish yourself?

Also, if you can set aside some time in the days between workshop meetings to allow yourself to play with your art piece as well as time to reflect, the time we are together during the workshop may be more fulfilling.   There is, however, time built into the workshop schedule for reflection, creative expression, and sharing.

Participants are encouraged to bring:

  •  a journal/notebook/paper and something to write with
  •  open heart and mind
  •  any collage materials you'd like to bring (when you think of "The Toolshed of My Heart" do any images come to mind?)  Consider decorative papers, magazine images, photos, greeting cards, as well as fabric, watercolor paints, and found objects.

About the Instructor:

Lelania Avila lives with her family in Northeast Harbor, where she homeschools her two children, Rosie and Haji (13 and 9) and enjoys the nightly meals her husband, Kyle prepares.  Regular trips to her heart's Toolshed inspire her to breathe mindfully throughout the day as she mothers, practices Kundalini yoga and meditation, and NVC (NonViolent Communication).  She celebrates her creativity through her calligraphy.  

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Lelania:  276-9377 or

And here's more information about The Toolshed of My Heart