Sunday, February 03, 2008

For BC art therapists and those near by...

For art therapists in or near British Columbia, there are some wonderful sounding symposiums and workshops coming up this month and in May. If you are interested in the overlap of aboriginal culture, ecology, and art therapy you might want to take a look at these.

A Voice in the Wind
The power point presentation and workshop is intended for the Voice in the Wind project, which is a combined sailing expedition around the North America continent with a series of arts and culture events coordinated in specific ports of call. The intention is to bring attention to global warming and environmental concerns through art and culture and an intense experience of being in nature.
Creativity, Ecology and Self Reflection

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. (William Blake)

This power point presentation will explore the relationship between creativity and self reflection with a focus on the development of an ecological model of being. The principles, goals and practical applications of ecological approach to Art Therapy will be discussed.

Time: Tues. Feb. 12, 2008 @ 2 pm.
Place: Capital Theatre, Nelson.

Voice in the Wind Workshop

The voice in the wind project is focused on bringing attention to environmental issues through the use of the arts. This experiential workshop will use art, writing and reflective practice to provide an opportunity for participants to explore a personal voice in giving expression to ecological identity and a sense of belonging and place on the planet. The workshop will draw from eco psychology, art & poetry therapy, ecological identity work, gestalt therapy and phenomenology. Art making and techniques of free writing, distilling of themes, list poems in the form of rage poems and thank you poems, will be included in the exploration of metaphor theory and phenomenology. No art or writing experience is required.

Facilitator: Monica Carpendale BFA, DVATI, RCAT, BCATR is the Executive Director of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute and she is currently excited about the development of eco art therapy and the relationship between art and poetry in self exploration. Monica sees the development of an ecological identity as being fundamental for the health of not only the individual but of our homeland – the planet.

Time: Wed. Feb. 13, 2008 @ 1: 30 to 4pm.
Place: Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, #209 –601 Front Street, Nelson
Info & registration: 352 2264
Cost: $25

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute
A Voice in the Wind OPEN Studio
Saturday Feb. 9th, 2008
at the
206 & 209 – 601 Front St.
Time 10 to 5 pm
By Donation

Bring boxes and photographs – of children and grandparents – nature and the environment (photocopies so that they can be used in the art) and creative recycled materials. There are a lot of materials available so don’t worry if you don’t have something to bring – bring yourself and your children and or grandchildren.

We will be making collage boxes for an installation at the Capital Theatre as part of the Voice in the Wind project and we will be making large size constructed creatures out of recycled materials. Come and join in at any point in the day.

Awakening the Heart through the Arts: Connecting Community Spirit

"My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake, it will be the artists who give them back their spirit." - Louis Riel

Symposium Dates: May 13 & 14, 2008

Mir Centre for Peace, Selkirk College, Castlegar, BC

This symposium will take the perspective of the medicine wheel to approach aboriginal issues in health with a focus on the value of arts and culture in prevention, rehabilitation and therapeutic treatment. The workshops & presentations will focus on all aspects of the medicine wheel looking at the essential needs of human beings as: a sense of spirituality, sense of mastery, sense of connection, and a sense of well-being. Aboriginal cultures have traditionally integrated arts and culture in healing practices and the contemporary use of Art Therapy has proved to be a very valuable method and traditionally appropriate in addressing many of the physical and emotional issues facing aboriginal communities today. The symposium is about establishing healing and reconnection through the arts and igniting a fire of compassion and community action and creativity.

The intention of the symposium is:

* To bring together aboriginal artists, art therapists, health professionals, front line workers, community & cultural leaders to share a vision of approaching health and healing in community through culture and the arts;
* To share knowledge, research, and techniques regarding the use of the arts in healing;
* To provide support and an opportunity for dialogue between professionals working in fields of health & education;
* To articulate a vision for a new approach to health and healing in community through culture and the arts.

The vision of the symposium includes:

* Inspiring speakers address the underlying disruptions to health and the need for the arts in healing,
* Experiential art therapy workshops,
* Panels & presentations on the arts and healing with physical, mental health and emotional issues: substance use, diabetes, suicide, trauma & abuse, grief, residential schools, FAS/FAD, ethical issues and dilemmas, etc.
* Cultural performances, sweat lodges and a feast

For more information please see the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute website or contact them directly: 1-800-580-6388 / 250-352-2264

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