Thursday, June 13th -- Embroidery as Healing for Self-Image

with Tala Barbotin Khalidy and Macarena Rufin


The embroidery as a Healing for Self-Image workshop aims to introduce embroidery and Art Therapy to participants as a means to surpass negative self talk around body image in a safe and nurturing space. The workshop is designed for participants to reflect on their self-image and inner voice and utilize art therapy and embroidery as a means to heal from negative self-talk around body image.

Embroidery work enables the participants to evaluate the space they currently take up in the world and what takes up space in their minds, through stitches to look forward to and conversations about their relationships with themselves and their bodies, as well as their journey through life and intentions for the future.

All materials will be included and provided at the beginning of class, and participants will be able to take an embroidery hoop and needle home with them if they wish.

Exchange: $50

S I G N  U P  O N L I N E

Tala is a fashion designer and educator currently teaching embroidery as an occupational therapy craft at the Womankind NGO, helping residents that have been through sexual violence, domestic violence, as well as human trafficking, to find healing in craft and elaborate plans for their future outside of the residence. Having experienced the benefits of embroidery work herself after going through a family loss, she believes sharing the practice with others who need it can be a great tool for fostering empathy and growth. Embroidery has played a central role in Tala’s career in both fashion design and community work, and her work has been published in several publications including i-D or Suitcase Magazine. She is currently starting her own brand based on the therapeutic and cultural exploration of embroidery as a construction method. You can view her work on

Macarena is a licensed, board certified Creative Arts Psychotherapist who works with all ages from birth upward. She works in various settings and modalities including in the non-profit sector with children and families, private practice, facilitating workshops in the corporate sector, and is also an infant mental health consultant. Macarena takes an individualized, warm and culturally-sensitive approach using a range of traditional and creative therapy modalities such as art therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy and reflection to guide clients through a supported and reflective exploration of the self in order to support the development of insight and address a range of challenges such as depression, anxiety, loss, stress, trauma & relational issues that you may be experiencing. You can access more about her practice and contact information at