Centering Sessions

Centering Sessions is Michigan's first Mindfulness-Centered Clay Art Therapy Group program, facilitated by Kathryn Whitlock, MA, ATR, LLPC, CCTP-II. You must apply to participate in this program by filling out the appropriate application for the program facilitator to review below.

All Centering Sessions courses are include 3 hours of weekly clay instruction in addition to mindfulness-focused, group-based art therapy during scheduled class times as well as access to Education Studio firings and glazes, a studio shelf, open studio opportunities and the first 50 pounds of clay.

Meet Kathryn Whitlock

kathryn's professional background

Kathryn is a Registered Art Therapist, Limited Licensed Counselor, and Certified Trauma Professional. She holds a BA in Ceramics with a Minor in Psychology and an MA in Counseling with a Specialization in Art Therapy from Wayne State University.

She utilizes a combined approach of Mindfulness Based Art Therapy, Existentialism, and Person-Centered approaches inflected with Transactional Analysis, Object Relations and Internal Family Systems perspectives to facilitate Art Therapy courses that support participant growth and encourage introspection and greater emotional regulation. She has been a practicing clay artist for more than 15 years, and has been working with Pewabic since 2015.

who should take this class?

Class Terms: You must apply to participate in future classes below. Check this page for updated Centering Sessions offerings.

These classes are best suited for adults (18+) who would like to set aside time for mindfulness, self centering, and personal artistic growth regardless of clay experience or skill level all under the supervision of a licensed art therapist. Apply Below!

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spring + summer 2024 sessions:

guided exploration

Instructor: Kathryn Whitlock

Dates: Spring + Summer 2024 - Session 1 and 2:  April 25-August 15 (16 week course)

Time: Thursday afternoons from 2pm - 5pm

Price: $562 (these sessions are prorated for July 4)

Class Description: This course is open ONLY to continuing Centering Sessions students. While weekly group art therapy reflection sessions are included, the remaining subject matter will be determined by a group vote prior to the beginning of the term.

guided exploration application


Instructor: Kathryn Whitlock

Dates: Spring + Summer 2024 - Session 1 and 2: April 26-August 16 (16 week course)

Time: Friday mornings from 10am - 1pm

Price: $600

Class Description: Incorporating elements of Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy, Eco Art Therapy, and traditional and contemporary approaches to clay, participants of this group will receive instruction in different methods of hand-building and finishing techniques.

The driving force within this class is to foster a deeper connection to the natural world, to draw attention to the connection between clay work and the environment, and to facilitate emotional healing through the development of Mindfulness skills.