Classes & Practices

Water & Words


Join us for a unique meditative maker practice that combines watercolors, readings and effective strategies for slowing down and coming home to yourself.

Whether you’re a professional artist or you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since second grade, the act of making marks on paper can be a gratifying, vitality-fueled activity. For some, it can also be a form of meditation.

This unique practice encourages participants to reconnect with that steadfast part of our collective maker heritage and, in so doing, tap innate wellsprings of energy and delight along with a renewed sense of possibility, in mark-making and in everyday life.


During this two-and-a-half-hour practice, participants will be encouraged to release any expectations of having to produce “beautiful art.” Instead, possibility and play become the animating forces that by their very nature promote one-pointed attention, a common element in many traditional meditation practices.


Participants are asked to bring one spiral-bound 11″x15″ pad of 140 lb. watercolor paper. An apron and casual workshop attire is also recommended. Participants are asked to remove street shoes upon entering the workshop and so feel free to bring along your favorite pair of slippers.  All other materials will be provided.

Also, bring along a thoughtful book, cherished quotes, or other reading material that moves you in meaningful ways, however you define that. The purpose of this will be explained during the workshop.


DATE:   (To be announced)

TIME:    10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

PLACE:  The Well Within Workshop

                 129 South Batavia Avenue

                  Batavia, Illinois  60510

FEE:          $75

NOTE:  Enrollment is limited so please call 630-416-8440 to reserve your spot in this class.


Mary Ellen Bratu, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Naperville, Illinois. She’s also a practicing artist.