AbstractFrom Grounding to Common Ground is a qualitative research study that explored the potential of
the Art for Peace group as a creative, contemplative practice. As an organizing element, this
paper referred to the widely used Tree of Contemplative Practices, created by Maia Durer in
2004 as a qualitative research project for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society using
convenience sampling drawn from Art for Peace attendees, four, one-hour virtual interviews
asking a single, open-ended question were conducted. Through a phenomenological lens, and
applying tenets of qualitative, contemplative inquiry, the lived experiences of Art for Peace
attendees were investigated. They were explored in relation to contemplative practice, teasing
out effectiveness, relational components, and synchronicities (i.e., common ground) among
them. The results indicated that Art for Peace can serve as contemplative practice, with far-
reaching implications and ideas for future research. This study began with a call for easy access,
no-cost practices to support current gaps in mental health services that began with the COVID-19
pandemic and continue today. However, the results offer promise for a much broader call
extending to anyone moved to expand their sense of connection, awareness and well-being.
These findings aim to contribute to the limited research on creative contemplative practices, as
well as shine a light on the art therapy profession.