COVID-19 and Well Beings Studio: We are committed to the emotional well-being of children, teens and families during this unprecedented, difficult time. Let’s READ, FEEL, CREATE, HEAL together.

We began with the Little Green Monster project to help families impacted by cancer and we are growing! Introducing…

Read. Feel. Create. Heal.

Well Beings Studio creates arts-based resources and experiences to support the emotional well being & open communication of children, youth and families going through cancer, other traumas and hardships.

We infuse the values of accessibility, inclusivity, diversity and equity in all of our materials, projects, and community programs.

Latest Blog

Ash and Feather: Living with Brain Tumors and Cancer

Today is Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day "Every day, a doctor walks into an exam room and tells a patient that they have been diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM). A patient learns that GBM is the most common, complex, treatment-resistant, and deadliest type of brain...

Monster in Me! Music and Dance for Wellness

There once was a little green monster who used magic to help people, when they became very sick. The little green monster wrapped a special spell around people with cancer. He knew that sometimes life could be hard. So, the little green monster brought us under his...

SAVE THE DATE! Ash and Feather Podcast and Fundraiser

In support Minority Health Awareness Month this July. Well Beings Studio is hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness about minority mental health, intersecting with medical trauma, anti-racism, and queer family life. The fundraiser will support our family-centered...

WBS Becomes Community Initiative of OneOC

OneOC is now our fiscal sponsor! Our new EIN# 95-2021700 501c-3 donation platform coming soon! Thank you all for your support.

Seeking Focus Group Families

July 2020 / Well Beings Studio seeks cancer-impacted families for a focus group to provide feedback on our innovative, interactive app in development, Little Green Monster: My Cancer Story Quilt. Families will receive a free prototype of the app, a hard copy of The...

FREE Virtual Dance Camp

In Collaboration with Active Learning USA, Well Beings Studiobrings a FREE dance camp. Move with us to songs about feelings.Dancers will receive a FREE book, baseball hat, t-shirt, and littlemonster friend stuffy and be featured on You Tube. July 6-31, Monday,...

Anti-racist Parenting and Teaching is Emotional Well-being

"I am a young black man, doing all that I can to stand... I just want to live." --12 year old Keedron Bryant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arYjPsqlk4I I listen to Keedron as a parent, teacher, and white person in the United States. I am haunted. I work to be...

Racism Is a Public Health Emergency

Thank you to Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins for this assertion and your leadership in the wake of George Floyd's death at the knee of a police officer this week, on May 25, 2020. [Note: This post contains discussion about racist violence.] I...

The Power of Music: For Children and Families during COVID-19

Listen, she said. You will feel better Mommy. She wove a tapestry of music around me, filled the air with light and sound, joyful this moment, melancholy the next. She allowed time to pass. Fingers move along the range of possibilities. She didn’t wonder if it was...

Making Cancer Magic during COVID-19

What happens when someone you love is diagnosed with cancer? The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! by breast cancer survivor and parent, Sharon Frances (formerly Chappell), helps families talk about cancer, diagnosis, treatment and the feelings that accompany the...

Mothering and Writing through Cancer

This Mother’s Day, I think about all the ordinary women doing extraordinary things for their family and themselves. For me, it is a time to acknowledge firsts: the first being divorced, the first with all cancer treatments done, the first pandemic, the first home...

Space Exploration: Braving Big Questions through the Arts

I snap my fingers in moon cast shadows on my smooth head. The contours shape me and peel my layers back. My remaining hair falls carelessly into my hands. I sway in starlight as the strands whisk away. I learn to look. My body does not equal disease. I snap my fingers...

Available Now At Grytmentalhealthsummit.com

We created a video for their summit that is located in their “video vault” People have to sign in (FREE) to acress the content. Visit their website for more info.

It’s Earth Day! Very Special Well-Being Events in April

I rock back and forth to soothe this body, cut and sewn, poisoned and burned. With my heart open to the rain, I ask its pounding rhythm to soothe me. Pour its buckets of water over my fear. Nothing about this is easy. I sit in back aches, soft cheeks, the sunrise....

Colors, Shapes and Feelings: BRAVE Video Series

In the second BRAVE video hosted by Well Beings Studio, I read My Many Colored Days with the help of my friend Prisma. We explore how to use colors and shapes to talk about emotions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSB4H7eahwE Video Activities include: Book...

From Isolation to Metamorphosis: Slow Art for Children and Teens

This week, I wrote, "I feel forlorn and unmotivated. I am exhausted by 4pm, left with a defeated world at my feet. I can't muster dinner. My tasks are left unchecked. There is no one to rescue me. Rescue us. Rescue all of us. No one. And that is a lonely lonely...

Light, Dark and Shadow: Living through Art and Drama during COVID-19

I remember the day my hair started falling out. I finished an oncology appointment and was standing outside waiting for my ride. I had already buzzed my hair short in preparation. It had taken me several looks in the mirror to grow accustomed to my face without a full...

Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! Our First Arts and Emotions Video. (The BRAVE Series!)

Today, Susan G. Komen Orange County sponsored my book reading and art demonstration video via their Facebook page. I am learning through COVID-19 that we have the strength, persistence and creativity to try new things, explore new normals, and create magical things...

Inside Out: Integrating Emotion and Action through Art

It's ok to be angry. Feelings of all kinds have intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. I used to think being angry was bad: it felt uncomfortable, it hurt, it made me hot and sweaty. Sometimes I was ashamed of the intensity of my feelings. Nowadays, I wake up and...

“Animals Have Magic”: Healing Arts for Children, Teens and Families

Driving home from an Arizona parrot rescue with my newly adopted Senegal, I received The Call. "Ms. Chappell? Do you have a minute? I have your results. Over half your samples were cancerous. You have breast cancer." The nurse rattled off numbers and acronyms. I only...

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