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CREATING A MASK TO REVEAL THE INNER SELF, a workshop with Sandy Geller

  • Saturday, August 22, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom
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  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Full-Time Students


This will be an experiential workshop for 15 participants. We will be making masks together, via zoom. We will work together in a soulful creative space, with time to observe, to share, to discover things about ourselves.

Sandy’s workshops take you into a numinous place of mystery. Some say it is a transformative experience. We will send a list of suggested mask making materials and more details.

Early registration is encouraged.

Sondra Geller,  MA, ATR-BC, LPC, is a Jungian Analyst, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is in private practice in Washington, D.C. metro accessible. She lectures and gives workshops for The George Washington University Art Therapy Master's Program, Philadelphia Jung Institute/PAJA, the Jung Society of Washington, and the C. G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland. Her focus is on Making Art in the Presence of the Analyst, Jung and Aging, Jung and the Creative Process, and Jungian Art Therapy. Some time ago she was guest co-editor of a special issue of Psychological Perspectives, "Aging & Individuation".


RECOMMENDED PREPARATIONS (though not necessary). 

The mask will need a foundation piece that you can then embellish with paint, pastels, feathers, ribbons, yarn, string, strips of fabric, buttons, pebbles, bells, cut outs from magazines.  You can also use elements from nature like moss, lichens, sand, stones, twigs and grass.

The foundation for the mask can be as simple as a paper plate or a paper bag with holes for nose and mouth.  At the bottom of the page you will find links for a wide variety of pre-made paper pulp masks.  Shapes for the eyes, like Halloween masks, half masks or full masks. Let your imagination soar.

For the purposes of this workshop I suggest a mask that you can create and glue*** during the time we are together in the workshop.  Also if you are going to order a template for a mask the paper pulp masks are easier than plastic to use with glue.

There will be time to create your mask, look at it deeply and wonder what it has come to tell you.  Then we will take  time to share with the group, if you like.

***Glue: Modge Podge, Glue gun, Glue spots

No doubt some of you will begin thinking about the mask as you gather random materials.  Let this be part of your process.  Go about it mindfully and with a soft gaze. 

Links (We recommend purchasing your materials sooner rather than later so they arrive in time for the workshop):

- This is the Blick site for eight versions of a basic recycled pulp mask for just a few dollars.

-This link has a broader range of mask and store options:

1. If you purchase a paper pulp mask and intend on painting it with acrylic paint, using a gesso primer would help prevent the mask itself from becoming too wet from the paint. Different color gessos exist if you are interested in having a base coat other than white. Gesso is easily purchased in tubes/bottles at craft stores such as Michaels/Blick/etc.  We recommend covering your mask (you can paint it on with a brush) with gesso at least 24 hours before the workshop so it has time to dry. 

2. With that said, if you purchased a plastic mask, the gesso will also help the mask accept paint and anything you glue on it more easily, so again, gesso is recommended. 

If you are curious about gesso, take a quick look at this link

3. Regarding your workspace, a few things to think about:

  a) First, Sandy requests that you please be present with your Zoom video and audio for the workshop.

  b) During the creative process, you can determine if you wish to show your face, your work, or your work & face while you are constructing your mask. For some of you with desktops, this may mean a little planning to be able to have the workspace set up the way you prefer before the workshop.


Program registration closes on Thursday , August 20th, at noon. 

Zoom links will be sent about 24 hours in advance. If you do not receive your link, please reach out directly to

By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or video of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the Jung Society of Washington, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


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