Create to Heal™ Compassionate Care is our signature program that works with patients, their family members and healthcare providers in compassionate and collaborative ways. The programs are based on the use of all forms of art, including what founder Varga calls "the art of scribbling and doodling," that allow participants to "get out of their heads and into their hearts" where healing begins. Breaking the stress and pain cycles - whether it is emotional, physical or spiritual pain - is key to the program's success.
For over a decade, Founder and CEO Patricia Varga has been teaching her special brand of creativity to cancer and chronic pain patients, their family members and healthcare providers. She uses guided meditation, visualization and mindfulness techniques, all forms of creative writing, the color and motion of art, uplifting and soothing music to help with the healing process. One of thecore benefitsof the Foundation's Create To Heal program isstress reduction. We often receive the following patient feedback: "This class gives me great peace and joy. I am much calmer, more relaxed." "The Create to Heal workshop is a mind-expanding experience that enables you to communicate with your inner-most being. The workshop relieves stress, brings joy and peace."
To implement and provide the Create to Heal program, Patricia has worked with patients, their families and side by side with oncology nurses, doctors, pain management specialists, chaplains and spiritual care providers, social workers, psychologists, art therapists, hospital administrators, and hospice and palliative care specialists. By now, some form of Create to Heal has been experienced by thousands of people going through serious illness and disease, chronic pain, fear and anxiety.
The techniques and exercises developed include a variety of healing practices. Here are the five principles of the Create to Heal program:
Meditation and Guided Imagery
Inspirational Messaging – poetry, short narrative, creative writing, journaling]
The Visual Arts – the color and motion of art
Music and Tone
Motion and Exercise
Our programs also consist of several books and tools:
Create to Heal for Cancer
Create to Heal for Pain
12-month Gratitude Journal
Create to Heal Mindfulness App