Sheila will be presenting on: The Art of Grieving: How Art and Art-Making Helps Us Live Our Best Lives Now

Dr. Sheila K. Collins, PhD believes that in facing life’s toughest challenges we mature into our authentic selves. Through writing, teaching, speaking, and improvisational artist performances she offers thought-provoking insights, embodied practices, and art-based tools to help people deal with what life presents them.

Her book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and the Rituals That Heal describes her journeys with two of her three adult children and her best friend through their life-threatening illnesses and deaths, and the rituals that helped her family to heal.

Using her background as a dancer, social work professor, therapist, and improvisational performance artist, Dr. Collins demonstrates in her online and in-person presentations how art-based tools have helped her and can help others live joyful embodied lives.

Her engaging, often humorous 2016 TEDx talk, When Death Threatens, demonstrates the challenge of being a caregiver to a loved one dealing with a death-defying illness and the gifts present in such circumstances.

Her book Stillpoint: A Self-Care Playbook for Caregivers to Find Ease, Time to Breathe, and Reclaim Joy, revised with co-author Christine Gautreaux, has for over two years guided a weekly online class taught by the authors and attended by professional and family caregivers from around the world.

Dr. Collins’ upcoming book is titled The Art of Grieving.

Her blog Dancing with Everything is available on her website http:/

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