Expressive Arts Florida Institute is founded on the firm belief in the positive power of creativity, in every person and in the world. Through Certificate Training and Life Enrichment programs we teach and facilitate the expressive arts for personal, professional and social change.
“I believe that the expression of our authentic creativity is a positive force for healing and peace, in individuals and in our world. Looking deep within to discover our inner visions, and learning the skills to bring these into form can be a profound experience for both artist and viewer. As an artist, teacher, therapist, and facilitator, my commitment is to stay honest in my own creative expression, and to assist others to do the same. This is a journey that can move us through our resistances, fears, and wounded places; a discovery process that allows our unique creative wisdom to be unearthed, honored, and witnessed. When we share ourselves from our most authentic creative place, we offer to the world our unique sacred vision.” Read Kathleen’s full bio here
“I believe in the profound power of the arts process to bring healing, wellness, and transformation to people of all ages and life circumstances. Expressive arts is a path that allows me to integrate my love for art my life’s desire to help others.” Read Victoria’s full bio here
“Expressive Arts is a way of life for me. Through the arts, I connect deeply with my inner knowing that guides me through life’s challenges and is with me in times of joy. Expressive arts is a personal practice for me, a way to contain my life, reflect on it, and bring to consciousness what is needed to make change both personally and in community. It is aligned with my soul’s purpose to be engaged in the arts and to share it with others.” Read Tamara’s full bio here
Theresa earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 2004. After teaching college students for several years and becoming a full-time family caregiver, she found herself longing to explore her creative side and embody a more authentic self. She discovered Expressive Arts Florida Institute in 2015 and has not looked back. She earned a certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts in 2018. While completing the certificate program, Theresa also trained with PeaceLove Studios in Providence, RI, and facilitated Expressive Arts workshops for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is deeply inspired by Mother Nature and enjoys using intermodal processes like meditation, movement, visual art, and writing in her personal creative practice. She lives in Gainesville, FL, where she facilitates Expressive Arts workshops for community groups. Theresa is currently Teaching Assistant in some of the EAFI intensives, and mentor/advisor for EAFI students.
Brandy King Schafer is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Filial/Play Therapy certification from Stetson University. She is currently pursuing an ATR-BC certification through additional education and internship. Brandy offers existential and person-centered expressive arts therapy at Expressionists Creative Counseling, LLC. She specializes in creativity development, stress and anxiety management, perfectionism, and complicated grief. As a collaborative presenter with EAFI at the 2019 International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) Conference, Brandy facilitated image exploration and living multi-modal sculptures for the “Cultivating Intentional Inclusivity” workshop. She also presented original research on infusing creativity, existentialism, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy at the EB-ACA (Heidelberg, Germany) and the Bavarian International School. Brandy is currently Teaching Assistant in some of the EAFI intensives, and mentor/advisor for EAFI students.
Liz Pascoe-Broome currently works in the Sarasota area as a free-lance actor, singer, teaching artist, and expressive arts facilitator. Recently Liz has taught acting classes and performed at The Venice Theatre, and teaches Theatre, Language Arts, Movement, and Expressive arts at the Mangrove School and Saltmeadow School of Sarasota. In the past she has toured the country teaching performing and visual arts, and is passionate about creating performance projects that invite other’s to explore and expand their creative potential. Liz Pascoe – Broome’s workshop offerings as well as contact information can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lizpascoeexpressiveartist/
Patricia Manning RN, BSN is a Childbirth Education Specialist, a Board Certified Holistic Nurse/Baccalaureate Level and is a multi-state licensee through the Florida Board of Nursing/Nursing Compact States. She is also a graduate of the Art and Healing Program at Ringling College of Art and Design. Patricia provides Pregnancy Health and Wellness classes for at risk mothers-to-be in Sarasota, incorporating expressive arts into her practice. In the role of Nurse Planner at EAFI, Patricia is accountable for the oversight of all aspects of planning, implementation and evaluation of the Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) sessions. Patricia co-facilitates Art as a Healing Practice with Kathleen Horne.
Donna has had a varied career as an Art Teacher, Ordained Minister, Expressive Arts Facilitator and Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach. Donna holds a B.A. in Art Education from Westminster College, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, a Certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts from Expressive Arts Florida Institute, and a Certificate from The Color of Woman School. She brings a love of creativity, teaching and self-expression to her work. Her fondest wish is to see others awaken to their Deep Wisdom.
Judy Lyon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art and Psychology, with an emphasis in Art Therapy in 1977, from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She attended the University of South Florida in Sarasota to obtain her MA degree in Guidance Counseling in 1997, and she earned a Certificate in Art and Healing in 2008 from Ringling College of Art and Design.
Judy Lyon is a current member of FAEA (FL Art Education Association) and SAEA (Sarasota Art Education Association). She has presented Expressive Arts Trainings and Retreats throughout Florida and Michigan.
Deborah McKeever has a M.A. in Psychology, and Certificate in Art and Healing. She is an LMHC and expressive arts therapist. She owns Still Life in G Gallery in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida.She is a Public Art Advisory Board member appointed by the DDA in Bradenton. In the past she worked for the Arts in Medicine Program at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL as an artist-in-residence. Deborah is currently doing expressive arts with outpatient groups and with individual clients at Centerstone in Manatee County, FL. She also does an annual client art show for Centerstone.
Julie Burch is a lifelong teacher and artist, who enjoys sharing her passion for meditation and art with people of all ages. She is a trained coach in the Unified Mindfulness system of mindfulness training. Julie has a masters degree in education, is a certified health educator and art teacher,a certified Zentangle teacher, and an expressive arts facilitator trained at Ringling college of Art and Design. After many years of teaching in the public school system, Julie now facilitates individuals and groups in mindfulness, Zentangle, and a variety of art experiences. She is the creator of The Florida Wildlife Coloring Book, published by Pineapple Press and available through Amazon or at Art and Frame in Sarasota. Follow Julie on her Facebook page.
Topaz Weis, REACE, is an Expressive Arts Facilitator / Consultant, artist, dancer, astrologer and mother. She is the founder of Expressive Arts Burlington, VT and works with international clientele in person, by phone and in sponsored engagements. Informed by many years of study in earth-based spirituality, trans-cultural mythology, dance, theater, and multi-modal expressive arts, her empowering work promotes connectivity, a playful approach and profound experiences which refresh the spirit and grant new and exciting pathways towards growth and wholeness. Topaz is a graduate of Expressive Arts Florida Institute Certificate Training in Intermodal Expressive Arts.
Markus Scott-Alexander, PhD, REAT, is the founding director of World Arts Organization, an expressive arts training program in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is senior faculty at The European Graduate School in Switzerland and is adjunct faculty at the St. Stephen’s College Art Therapy Program. His doctoral arts-based-research-project was as director/choreographer in residence at the Arts-based- Research Studio at the University of Alberta. Recently, Markus conducted workshops at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, BC and at TAE Expressive Arts Training Program in Lima, Peru. Last spring, Markus taught in in China, at the EXA Symposium in Ireland and at the new EGS campus in Malta.
Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is an associate professor in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked as an expressive arts therapist since 1983 and has been a licensed clinical counselor since 1994. He was the President/Executive Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health. Dr. Kossak is also a professional musician performing for over 30 years in the Boston area. He is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an understanding of embodied empathy.
Fay is an independent, Registered Expressive Arts Practitioner (REACE), a therapeutic storyteller and an artist. For over 30 years she has designed and delivered Expressive Arts experiences for both individuals and groups of all ages with a focus on mental health. Her published paper (in the international, peer reviewed Journal of Arts & Health), contributes to the growing body of evidence that now supports the value of engaging in creative processes on our mental and physical well-being. Fay was awarded the Fellowship of Applied Education from Fleming College, nominated for the Innovation and Creativity Award from the Chamber of Commerce and is the founder of the Visible Voices Open Arts Studio, a community hub which encourages everyone to respond creatively to things that matter. She has been invited to speak about her innovative work nationally and internationally.