Widening Rings of Being

An expressive art experience for releasing and uplifting

Led by Arooj Chaudhry, LCSW 

Sunday, August 4, 2024 | 10am-3pm 

@ the Marigold Center: 648 SW 2nd Street Corvallis, OR 97333 | Please use our shared entrance with Wild Yeast on SW B Ave.

$120 Community | $110 Educators | $100 Students*

*We have up to 3 50% scholarships for OSU undergraduate students, and 3 50% scholarships for graduate students (apply here)!





Create with the magic of colors and free flow expression. Swirl in the dynamic play of gathering and releasing, releasing and settling, and settling and uplifting. Join us for a full body, immersive and contemplative art experience for connecting with inner wisdom. Led by expressive art facilitator, mental health therapist, and award winning artist Arooj Chaudhry. Arooj will integrate principles and accessible practices from the Sufi contemplative tradition in this session. Simply bring yourself and an open mind; wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on. No art experience or affiliation with Sufism needed. All art supplies will be provided and participants will bring home a piece of expressive artwork on an 18x24 inch piece of Arches archival watercolor paper. 



For questions about registration or ability-related accommodations, please contact ContemplativeStudies@oregonstate.edu or leave a voicemail at 541-737-4785 with a text/call-back number. This program is not refundable.

Community Of The Spirit 

There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,
if you want to be held.

Sit down in the circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepard’s love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.

Don’t accept consolations.
Close your mouth against food.

Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.
You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.

-Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi; Translated by Coleman Barks

About Arooj Chaudhry, LCSW

Arooj Chaudhry is a licensed Mental health therapist, an award-winning artist, and online inspiration of expressive and healing art. In her words, expressive art gets you out of your mind and into your body. It facilitates a calming flow state through the creative senses. The swirling, colorful background image of the event graphic is a photo of Arooj's original artwork.