Expressive Arts for Body/Mind/Spirit is an experiential workshop that embraces the integrated nature of the arts. Participants can expect to engage in deep personal exploration through visual art, movement, sound, music, writing, guided meditation, and nature ceremony. A strong group “container” will be established, through guidelines and ground rules, and witnessing/sharing will be an important part of the total experience. Expressive Arts is a holistic field, inviting deep exploration and change in all aspects of human experience – body, mind, and spirit. A variety of powerful and playful individual and group arts processes will evoke authentic creative expression and meaningful personal growth. Each participant will create a beautiful, meaningful, personal mandala (sacred circle) that “holds” the totality of his or her experience over the course of the workshop.
Appropriate for, but not limited to: educators, therapists, healthcare professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, spiritual directors, or anyone seeking creative self-exploration, increased wellness, and a willingness to engage with the arts. No prior arts experience is necessary. Some previous experience with personal self-exploration is recommended.
It is also appropriate for anyone seeking training in Expressive Arts as a career path, and credit will be given toward the Certificate Training Program of Expressive Arts Florida Institute. This workshop is one of the core courses of the certificate program.
“The EAFI Faculty are gentle, non-judgmental listeners who helped me to explore inner places I might not have traveled without that level of safety in their presence. It was a terrific learning environment for me. The camaraderie with the other students enriched every intensive weekend. As one traveling from Ohio, the Sarasota location was a welcome respite and worth every travel dollar.”
Spiritual Director/Expressive Arts Practitioner,
Executive Director, Always We Begin Again
EAFI Level One and Two Graduate
Additional Workshop Details
One of the key components of Expressive Arts is learning the creative connection between the arts modalities (visual art, movement, writing, sound/music, guided meditation, nature ritual, drama). Many different experiential arts processes, as well as some didactic content, will be woven into the outline, as well as some time for private reflection, art-making and witnessing/sharing.
Some of the key arts processes are:
*Creating a mandala
*a variety of voice explorations
*an introduction to Touch Drawing™
*Clay work and story
*Dance of everyday gestures
*Nature-based art and ritual