Draw Me Nearer

Exploring Prayer & Meditation as Creative Art


Workshop Overview

Details for one 6-week series

Whether you find it difficult to engage with traditional prayer or you're interested in enriching a current spiritual practice, this workshop offers new, creative ways to pray and practice meditation using drawing, coloring, and papercrafts. Each week focuses on a different theme and incorporates mindfulness techniques, poetry, music, and sacred texts from multiple wisdom traditions.

Population: designed for ages 16+

Length of workshop: 6 consecutive sessions, one 60-minute session each week


Delivery: offered in-person or remotely on Zoom

Materials needed for Zoom workshop participants:

  • plain, unlined 8 ½ x 11 paper, sketchbook, or journal

  • assortment of different colored pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons

  • scissors

“Creating art as an act of prayer is an embodied, active prayer. It recognizes that every thought and action that we undertake if it is done with spiritual awareness, will have a spiritual effect. In this light, creating art is the channel through which an artist’s prayers are manifested. Art is not prayer because of the particular imagery or symbolism that is used. Art as prayer is a conscious connection to the Creator.” ~Erika Hastings


Emily Olson

Arts & Mindfulness Coach

Emily Olson seamlessly weaves together music, movement, visual art, creative writing and mindfulness practices in an integrated approach to personal and spiritual growth. Over the course of her 25-year career as a professional musician, she cultivated a holistic approach to mindful awareness by integrating sound, movement, writing, storytelling and visual art with practices from multiple wisdom traditions, as well as through studying the Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement, Body Mapping, Dalcroze Eurythmics, Enneagram, and Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. Emily has a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan, and her interest in the role of the arts and mindfulness in health and wellness has led to certifications in Therapeutic Music, RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training, and Trauma & Body-Based Awareness. Emily’s depth and breadth of artistry have been fostered by her spiritual journey, which can be characterized by lifelong curiosity, an unbound pursuit of wisdom, and a constant longing to evolve.

Signing Check


Details for one 6-week series

Fee:  $450

Payment structure: Full amount paid in advance by your institution with a check made payable to Emily Olson, 874 Pinecrest, Dexter, MI 48130 or other mutually agreed upon payment method.

Minimum number of registered participants to run the workshop: five (5) participants

Travel stipend may be negotiated for in-person workshops offered at organizations located more than 60 miles from Dexter, MI.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to 2 weeks before the scheduled workshop date; 50% refund after that up to 3 days from the scheduled date. If there are fewer than eight students registered for the workshop two weeks out, the workshop will be canceled and you will be issued a full refund.

In the Classroom


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Contact Emily Olson at (734) 395-2696 or emilyolson.427@gmail.com.