In this online video-based course you will be guided through six practices to answer the question: How can our experience of beauty transform the way we see ourselves, our situations, and our environments?

Expand our lexicon of beauty

Building Relationships

Image Making

Becoming alive in beauty

Transforming our map

Journey with your question

Your instructor for this course is Rita G. Patel, a Global Garden Practitioner for 2021.

This course is designed for interaction with Rita within the comments below each video. Please feel free to ask questions, post comments, and share photos.

Your Instructor

Rita G. Patel
Rita G. Patel


Rita’s work asks the question: what if we could transform the world by experiencing beauty? This experience is a rich source of inspiration that informs her creative process at the intersection of beauty, well-being (social, emotional and mental) and creativity.

She is a mixed-media artist, inspired by materials, methods, and pattern.

Rita has exhibited her artwork since 2000 and has designed interactive art experiences at the Detroit Institute of Arts, in organizations, and with her public art.

Rita holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a focus on Quality of Life. She is trained in Conversational Leadership by poet David Whyte and is certified in Enchantivism and the Creative Problem Solving method.

Rita also is a CPA, Certified Workplace Wellness Program Manager and Public Health and Well-being Specialist.

Rita’s work is held in the permanent collections of the NYSE, Brooklyn Art Library, and public communities of Detroit. She lives in Michigan with her husband Alan Haras, with whom she frequently collaborates.

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