Creating connection through art.
What is TimeSlips?
In January 2017 I became a Certified TimeSlips Facilitator, working with seniors with memory loss to create original stories inspired by photographs. In each session I weave in my theatre background, incorporating breath work, guided visualizations, poetry, music, and movement.
Interested in bringing TimeSlips to your care community?
Creativity can be described
as letting go of certainties.
– Gail Sheehy
It’s always a great time when the lovely Maria of TimeSlips visits us at Sunrise Senior Living of Lincoln Park. Not only is she quite charming, but very witty and entertaining as well. We love her philosophy of “there are no wrong answers” as she deftly includes all of us in on the fun, somehow remembering everyone’s name. We are grateful to Maria for brightening our day anytime she visits.
Sunrise Senior Living of Lincoln Park Reminiscence Coordinator
Maria shows compassion and patience when working with the participants, while invigorating their imaginations to create wonderful stories. Other than her qualifications working with older adults, she has always followed through and been a team member I can count on. Her inventive ideas, passionate drive and willingness to collaborate make her a delight to work with!
Artistic Director of Stage Right, a TimeSlips Program
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Maria on our Memory Support Unit for the last several months using TimeSlips storytelling. Through this unique and engaging activity, Maria has helped many St. Pauls House residents relive past memories and share these stories with their peers. These positive interactions help create an exciting energy that leaves our residents feeling proud of what they have created with Maria.
St. Paul's House Lifestyle Director
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF EACH SESSION?
To create a welcoming environment, draw upon each participant’s skills and abilities, and engage all in the joyful act of creation.
HOW ARE SESSIONS STRUCTURED?
Each TimeSlips sessions uses two photographs to create original stories in a group setting. The session begins and ends with a ritual (greeting storytellers, breath and movement). Depending on the group, movement, song, and dance are utilized to deepen participant engagement.
WHAT IS THE IDEAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS?
7-15 participants is ideal. I have worked with groups as small as 4, and big as 20, though smaller groups allow for more one-on-one interactions.
WHAT IS THE SKILL LEVEL OF PARTICIPANTS?
I work with participants of all abilities and levels of memory loss, including those who are non-verbal. One reason I love this work is because it forces me to find new and meaningful ways to connect with people.
HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
Each session lasts 45 minutes-1 hour. Depending on the facility, sessions occur 2-4 times/month
HOW DO I BRING TIMESLIPS TO MY FACILITY?
I'm always looking to expand my facilitations. Please direct questions to