The themes in this section illustrate both the artist’s journey through the workshop and its impacts on them. This started with the development of trust and community that was central in the success of the workshop. Next, the workshop practices offered artists the opportunity to relax and develop heightened somatic and self-awareness. Working from this relaxed meditative state with different art mediums and personally meaningful symbols, the artists reworked images from the past, including images from around the time of their diagnosis. This resulted in the release of suppressed emotion and heightened agency. Significant realisations and change followed, including for many, their affirmation of being ‘more than HIV’. Finally, artists’ development of personal symbol languages, described in their finished art works, helped embed the changes they experienced.