Awakened Heart
1999 Carla Mattioli

Creative Arts , Yoga & Tai Chi for

 Spirit Renewal 

Carla Mattioli, M.A.Interfaith Minister Artist & Director Bio & Testimonials

Art , Yoga & Tai Chi Classes / 2014 Workshop Schedule

Creative Arts Intensive Training

Art Correspondence Courses

Artwork for Sale

Art Therapy

Flower Essence Consultation and Flower Essence Practioner Training

Let the Beauty we love be what we do. -- Rumi

  Carla Mattioli, M. A. is an Interfaith Minister, artist, art therapist,  yoga & tai chi teacher. Carla devotes her life to celebrating the power of the arts as a living , awakening source of  Heart and Soul healing and Spiritual renewal. Therapeutic arts help us enormously in times of illness, loss and transition as we move through challenges toward self-realization and release old patterns that no longer serve us. We are sustained with wisdom and spiritual guidance that stream toward us through the practice of the arts. As the I Ching, The Chinese Book of Changes says" Creativity comes from awakening and directing our higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the universe and are appointed by heaven".

                                                                Educational Background

A former public school teacher, Carla holds a Master's Degree in Creativity in Literature and Art from UMass Boston and extensive post-graduate training in Anthroposophical Visual Arts and Art Therapy inspired by the spiritual research and color theories of Rudolf Steiner. Carla has been in private practice as an art therapist and has worked in the field of education, arts and humanities for over 30 years. In addition to teaching painting and drawing to Waldorf Teachers in training at Antioch New England Graduate School, Carla has been an arts consultant, therapist and workshop leader at schools and conferences across the country.

She first realized the healing qualities in plants and flowers through drawing and painting them, and was introduced to Flower essence preparation and consultation with the English essences in Britain in 1985. Carla has since trained with the Flower Essence Society in Nevada City, California, and for many years she has lectured at hospitals, schools  health and yoga centers , training health professionals and others interested in the use of flower essences for emotional and spiritual well-being.

Carla has also practiced yoga for  30 years, and has benefited from the study of many styles of yoga, dance, eurythmy, Alexander Technique , tai chi and Buddhist mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Teaching yoga now for 13 years, Carla is certified in the Krishnamacharya lineage of yoga, which values adapting yoga to the individual needs of every student. She is certified in Tai Chi  instruction from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi  in Santa Barbara, California .Carla is ordained  as an Interfaith Minister from the New Seminary Center for Interfaith Studies in NYC. and the Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary in New Hampshire.

                                                       Painting Themes and Inspirations

Her artwork is particularly dedicated to Divine Wisdom and Divine Love and her heartfelt prayer is that  her work may inspire us to open  our hearts to new levels of awakening, compassion, deep listening and peace, all so much needed now in our world .   Carla’s Italian family roots come from Monte St. Angelo (Mountain of the Angels) on the Southeast coast of Italy where a vision of the Archangel  Michael was seen in the 9th Century A.D. Carla also experiences a strong connection with the meditative practices of Zen Buddhism and the color healing wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism . She loves the sacred wisdom traditions of Ancient Egypt ,Taoism and the  Yoga Wisdom of India. She has studied yoga for 28 years and sacred dance from a number of world traditions. Elements of all these inspirational world cultures can be seen weaving through her paintings.
          The Awakening Arts Collection of paintings are created through the mediums of watercolor, plant pigments and fabric dyes on paper and silk. There are now over  20 of her works available for purchase in art cards and various sized digital reproduction and Giclee prints as well as originals for sale. Feng Shui consultants  have recommended Carla’s work for its high level of vibration, its potential to transform energy in a space and its inspirational and uplifting qualities. Through the help of the world-wide web, Carla’s transformational Art Cards, Art prints  and Art Correspondence Courses are now enjoyed by friends all around the world.

Full Color digital reproductions and Giclee prints as well as originals of her works are available for viewing and purchase by appointment.


     Carla teaches art & yoga classes  on Boston's North Shore and offers personalized  color consultations, art therapy, flower essence consultations, private yoga instruction and intensive trainings in the Awakening Arts  approach to painting both in person and via Art Correspondence course.

 Reverend Carla Mattioli, M.A.

Awakening Arts
P.O. Box 777
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
(978) 546-8018 or info@awakearts.com


        TESTIMONIALS and  RECOMMENDATIONS
          FOR ART THERAPY, PAINTING  CLASSES , FlOWER ESSENCES AND YOGA

                             with  Reverend CARLA MATTIOLI, M.A.


Carla's classes are a truly transformative experience. Her approach to teaching is open, supportive and extremely thoughtful. Her great gift is an ability to engender an awareness of color as a living being, breathing through art.
Any student who is lucky enough to experience any of the classes will be amazed at how Carla can call forth the artist in us. One begins to see all of nature as the work of a Divine Artist, and when the classes have ended, one senses a new octave has been touched.                                                            R.C.


I have been deeply moved and inspired here, and have gained in self knowledge.  L.D.

The course gave me completely new insights into color- a new growth experience, long overdue.
Carla is a magnificent teacher, I appreciate her depth.          D. O.


 I took  a  painting class with Carla in October. My wife, Deidra, a teacher there, had given me a gift to take the class. The class was just wonderful. For days and days I couldn’t stop looking at the leaves and taking in the natural tapestry of fall – stopping several times to collect some beautiful leaves.You also inspired me to do a few paintings since the class. It has been such a great internal./ Spiritual little journey each time I paint – I just wanted to thank you for being the teacher that you were that day.   God bless,    J.B.


I cannot say enough about the results of Carla's teaching, that I have felt both personally and have witnessed in others.
Carla creates an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, a safe, stimulating environment which encourages people to reach their full creative potential. She enables people to explore the act of creation as a spiritual practice, as a way of awakening to their true nature and contacting the beauty and mystery of their lives."    Psychotherapist


With the art therapy and flower essences, Carla has been an angel and a gift for myself and my three children. As a result we are so much better able to communicate our feelings to eachother. Thank you so much.
                                                                                                          Artist and mother of three.
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Carla is a wonderful art therapist, to whom I am always delighted to refer clients. She applies the therapies imaginatively; she individualizes treatment: she works extremely well with both children and adults. She takes deep interest in her clients and conveys warmth and positivity, in short, she has a true therapeutic manner. I've been most pleased and priviledged to work with this gifted therapist and have only the highest recommendations for her work.
                                          Family Physician


YOGA CLASS TESTIMONIAL
"This is the most extraordinarily subtle and powerful yoga I've ever taken.   The first class I took with Carla I walked in with a lot of neck & shoulder pain and walked out feeling like I'd just been to my chiropractor.    At this point I've taken over 70 classes with Carla, and every single time I leave feeling transformed both physically and mentally.  Carla manages to seamlessly blend her gift for color and imagery with her clear instructions in a way that puts me in some sort of meditative state the whole time.  I take a morning class -what a great way to start the day!"                 
                                                                                         MUSICIAN AND PIANO TEACHER


Yoga Class for Men Testimonial
Carla has recognized the particular needs of men by organizing a special yoga class attuned to our potentials and sufferings. Some of us have worked in physical occupations, some not, but we have all accrued limitations to our wellbeing in movement. I am enjoying  the fuller, more comfortable use of my body. With Carla's encouragement I'm even regaining some range of motion in injured areas of my neck and wrists.      STONEMASON AND ACTOR

YOGA CLASS TESTIMONIAL

Carla's teaching is among the very best. She takes a personal interest in each student, is conscientious about
their unique needs, special requirements and bodily issues that arise with regularity.Classes are always changing, yet contain fundamentally basic postures and sequences that help build a strong foundation. She brings in elements like the seasons, the constellations, the environment and Ayurvedic principles.Carla even  changes venues as in this summer when we practiced by the sea in Rockport.Very sincere and dedicated, Carla earns people's respect and dedication with a loyal clientele, many of whom have taken her classes for  10 years now.She is multi-talented, has a lovely singing voice, plays an instrument and leads chants that I find myself happily humming throughout the day.
I feel stronger, more flexible and balanced in my practice and will continue to participate in Carla's classes for my health, well-being and happiness.  B.P. Gloucester, Ma




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