Art of Life and Curiosity

Creative Mental Health, Wellbeing and Life Balance Exploration

by Mairead Ashcroft



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 27/03/2023

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781669889915
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781669889892
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781669889908

About the Book

Art of Life and Curiosity invites you to open any page of the book to discover new perspectives and provide space to break free from old patterns of thought and behaviour. This interactive mental health wellbeing book can enable opportunities to explore universal life topics to improve holistic wellness in unique ways. By combining theoretical modalities and ancient teachings from the Native American Medicine Wheel, Mindfulness practice, and other wisdoms, readers engage in a semi guided practice of contemplation, self-discovery, and compassionate self-care. Art of Life and Curiosity may be a lifelong mentor whose guidance transforms with your changing developments and needs. Mairead’s survival of religious childhood sexual abuse and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has influenced her training as a trauma informed Counsellor, Art Therapist and Wellness Coach, leading to the development of Art of Life and Curiosity. Readers are encouraged to create their own Wellness Wheel using the easy to follow written and visual directions. Mairead’s creative, symbolic art works and reflective questions, add personal allegories to enhance the reader’s involvement in the book by presenting gentle opportunities for contemplation and transformation.

About the Author

Creativity and the teachings and philosophies of universal elders encouraged Mairead to realize her seventeen-year longing in the arrest, conviction, and incarceration (2015) of the man who sexually abused her as a young child, an ordained member Catholic Church. As a result of discovering that the old ways still have wisdom relevant to our wellbeing today, Mairead developed and illustrated the Art of Life and Curiosity to share her insight with others. This work of love and compassion is dedicated to Mairead’s four adult children who endured the seventeen-year struggle by her side. Without focusing her own story of trauma, Mairead uses compassion to support others who have experienced similar challenging life events resulting in Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mairead has dedicated many years of study on the effects of trauma on the brain and body, enhancing her counselling, art therapy and life coaching practice and her approach to recovery. Mairead participated in changing Australian laws by speaking in Parliament during the Victorian Inquiry 2011, and Australian Royal Commission into institutional responses into childhood sexual abuse 2014. In 2012 Mairead was awarded and Inspirational Woman’s Award by the Hobson’s Bay City Council in the area of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence advocacy. Mairead and her adorable side kick, Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog are friendly faces in their hometown of Altona, Melbourne. You can find out more about Mairead on her web page at or her blog