Expressive Arts use the arts as a tool to process life experience. Participants discover new things about themselves, exercise their creativity, connect with the world they're in, and allow what is most inspiring them to lead their way. Using a range of modalities - including dance, visual art, and creative writing - participants are able to explore their experiences in a way that acknowledges the power we have to shape our lives. As a certified Tamalpa Practitioner, a professional dancer, and a veteran teacher, I have special expertise in identifying, articulating, and transforming the way the body holds our life story through art. Expressive Arts provide especially good containers for working with the parts of ourselves and communities that carry complex themes. We can explore topics that are difficult to articulate in ordinary conversation by engaging the whole range of human expression.
My approach is:
Transformational: In this work, we have the opportunity to transform the stories we are operating with through imagination. Imagination is a key element of any great vision. Without it, we tend to repeat the past.
Sustainable: By becoming conscious of our state of being, we become conscious of our personal needs. We can then intentionally work to meet those needs. This is the root of meaningful self care.
Connective: Every program I offer honors each participant as a unique individual as well as a member of a community. We grow the most within supportive relationship.
Embodied: The entrance point for this work is the physical body. We practice somatic awareness to better understand ourselves and each other.
Ecological: By healing ourselves we can heal the Earth. Nature includes humans. We do not stand a part from the ecosystems we live in. Considering this, I draw upon the wisdom of nature in support of creating harmony in human life.