Breathe True Yoga
“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing and drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.”
– Natalie Rogers
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
Every human being has the deep urge to express themselves honestly but we are not often encouraged to be our most authentic selves. Our creativity is available at all times and needs only an invitation to awaken. Expressive arts requires no special talent or skill. We are already artistic- this is our birthright. True talent comes from taking risks and being willing to express everything - light and dark, pretty and ugly, conscious and unconscious. The more we practice self-expression through the arts, the more our individuality and unique style emerges.
When we come to explore a theme, whether it be grief, love, or a recurring dream, the use of expressive arts is a profound way to deepen our understanding of the mystery of who we are. We then become more self-aware and wise. Because expressive arts sometimes pushes us to delve beyond our comfort zone, the practice of it fosters trust, confidence and courage.
Authentic spontaneous art is unique in that it is not pre-planned nor does it try to emulate anything. It is sheer raw expression without mind control or editing. Therefore, we learn to embrace whatever is expressed without judgement. It is very different from art or dance or poetry that is mind or technique or performance-based because it comes from a place deep within us where the self-structure or ego is not engaged. As we learn to remove the barriers and veils of illusion between our inner and outer worlds, our experience inevitably becomes revealing, freeing and liberating.
Expressive arts involves all the different art disciplines (drawing, painting, collage, poetry, storytelling, movement, music, mask etc.). It is used as a gateway to the unconscious world. Participants are encouraged to work quickly and intuitively so that the process of expression is emphasized rather than the final product. Often times one theme is explored using several different modalities so that the experience is well rounded and open. As we become more familiar with communicating through the arts (not just by speaking), we come to understand more deeply our feelings, emotions and perpetual patterns and conflicts. We learn to foster self-awareness and love, manage behaviour and addictions, develop social skills and improve our overall approach to life.
To book an E.A. workshop as part of your classroom or school art program, yoga training, psychotherapy/counselling practice or just for fun, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence." Osho
Photos from an Expressive Arts workshop at the Dharma Centre of Canada, July 2016.