Exciting things have been happening and I am so thrilled to introduce Natalie DeFay as the new child and family Art Therapist to help our communities’ growing need for the healing benefits of Art Therapy. After nearly a year of supervising Natalie, I knew she would be a great addition to the practice and I am honored to have her leading our newest group for adolescents, as well as accepting individual clients. Check out her first blog for Integrative Art Therapy, Lessons On Play: Contemplating the Language of Children As The New Child Art Therapist.
I’m also excited about several upcoming events. My partner, Tony Sparacino, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and I have partnered to bring a day-long pilot couples retreat full of play, creativity, and nature to the art of connection, communication, and intimacy building. You can visit www.theheartmattersretreat.com to get all the details and/or submit your application. Next on the calendar is the American Holistic Nurse’s Conference, which I am honored to have been invited to speak on November 4 in Mesa, AZ about the power of EcoArt Therapy as creative self care for the prevention of burnout and compassion fatigue.Only a few days later, I’ll be off to Manhattan for the Expressive Therapies Summit to continue the discussion in a day long workshop on EcoArt as a therapeutic tool for connection to the changing cycles of self and nature. If you can’t already tell, I’m pretty passionate about the combination of art, creativity, and nature to invite grounding and healing for both myself and my clients. Nature is an amazing co-therapist in leading the way toward integration and wholeness. It invites us to loosen the grip of our mind in order to make greater contact with our senses. This is the practice of mindfulness.
Stay tuned for more updates as I’ll soon be announcing details of the upcoming EcoArt Retreat scheduled for January and look forward to sharing in the near future! Looks like I may also be adding some online EcoArt services in 2017, so not to fret if you’re outside the Phoenix area. In the meantime, please do check out the video below and let me know about your connection to nature. Is it something familiar? Not so much? Somewhere in between? And, if you’d like to explore some EcoArt invitations, check out these activities on creative self-care and play. Don’t forget to comment below to let me know how they go!