This year, we are so happy to welcome our first ever Artist-in Residence, Caitlin Dundon! Caitlin Dundon is a mixed-media artist and calligrapher with over 20 years of experience. She teaches at mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada and has taught at Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats (Portland, OR, […]
“Writing practice brings us back to the uniqueness of our own minds and an acceptance of it. We all have wild dreams, fantasies, and ordinary thoughts. Let us feel the texture of them and not be afraid of them. Writing is still the wildest thing I know.” ~Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life […]
Art & Eating Disorders: Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders Eating disorders (ED) and body image issues affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the US alone. No doubt, as a clinician, you have already worked with someone who is affected by eating disorders, or you will. I have focused […]
We recently sat down with the amazing Bobbi Kidder to ask her a few questions about Drama Therapy. Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT/BCT has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association for Drama Therapy and currently serves on the board of the Drama Therapy Fund. She previously taught at Rogue Community College and served […]
Cultivating a creative practice is profoundly rewarding. We, at Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute, believe that creativity is for everyone, not just artists, or creative “types”. Read on for some ways to get your creative spark ignited!
Keeping it real I was in a lecture given by a well-known contemporary artist, who’s name I shall withhold. He was giving a slide presentation of works by another well-known artist of another era, Pierre Bonnard. I barely remember the lecture, except for a few minutes that will forever be etched in my mind. The […]
“In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. ” ~Thoreau “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality.” ~Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness […]
We’ve all been there. Our work is satisfying, fulfilling, and…not always easy. In Section C of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics: “…In addition, counselors engage in self-care activities to maintain and promote their own emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to best meet their professional responsibilities…” (If you abide by a different […]