Category Archives: creativity

Art & Social Justice

Art & Social Justice “Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.”  James Baldwin As we have watched unprecedented events unfold throughout our country, we are reminded of the transformative power of art. Art and social justice are deeply connected.  Speaking truth though art has a long and mighty […]

Reflections from a Graduate of Our Training Program

“As we tap into the deep sources of bodily wisdom through creative art expression, we dance the renewal, recreation, and healing of ourselves and our world.” This quote by Anna Halprin illustrates how creative expression not only helps to strengthen the body-mind connection but also aids in the process of our healing as individuals andas […]

Local Artist Spotlight: Rae Akino

Local Artist Spotlight: Rae Akino Our intern, Sophia Maggio, recently interviewed local Seattle Artist, Rae Akino, who tells stories through her art, and has found healing along the way.  SM: What brought you to art? RA: As a child I displayed interest as talent in drawing and crafts but was told that could never be […]

To Make Art is Human, To Create Divine.

I am privileged to work with so many wonderful people who come to the institute for workshops and trainings. They come because they are drawn to the concept and practice of using the expressive arts for healing, but not everyone starts out being comfortable engaging in the arts experiences. Offering a safe space to explore […]

Have Art Supplies, Will Travel: The Making of a Mobile Expressive Arts Kit

An Interview with Courtney Taylor, LMHC Recent NWCEAI Graduate Meet Courtney Taylor, a counselor and recent graduate of the professional certificate program at NWCEAI. Courtney uses a unique traveling art kit to bring creativity to her clients. This week, we asked her about her therapeutic process, creativity, and recommendations for other therapists. What is your […]

Creative Journal Writing: A Self-Care Practice

“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 […]

Keeping Art Real

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 […]

The Art of Mindfulness: 3 Ways to Tap Into Your Inner Kid

“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 […]

The Ethics of Self-Care

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 […]

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