Last week, inquirers in the Arcadia House Mindful Art Therapy group expressed their emerging experience of recovery by creating representations using drawing, collage, found poetry and conversation. I am always astounded by the courage, insight and honesty that is expressed as everyone shares what they have have to know.
My friend (an art therapist) said 'choose some figures from my new collection'. I obliged although I didn't really feel like playing. I placed them on a large piece of paper and moved them around until they 'felt right'. I felt my energy shift as my curiosity arose. I looked at the postures of the … Continue reading I was feeling unsure… vulnerable.
Last week, residents in the rehabilitation therapeutic community created collages to express their experience of change and choice; Where will I be in twelve months if I change, and where will I be if I don't change? I sometimes think my heart will burst, as inquirers share their stories of courage, loss, hope and determination. Whilst … Continue reading Where will you be?
A few years ago I became deeply moved by a book written by Sharon Strouse, called 'Artful Grief'. Sharon describes her experience after the death of her daughter, and how she found collage, and then the 'SoulCollage(R)' process, a gentle way to find healing and give voice to her unspeakable grief and loss. She says … Continue reading Compassionate Friends…
An inquiry into change... one eye on the changing feeling naked linked to spreading wings arteries drawing life away from crippled limbs. A poetic response to representation of personal change. Ink blot and collage, 2018
Meet some of my current 'inner team' I was facilitating an art therapy group in a rehabilitation centre this week, when the conversation turned to how they wanted to change their unhelpful behaviours, and how they always seemed to sabotage themselves. I briefly shared what I know about the workings of our ‘inner team’. The group … Continue reading An ‘Inner Team’ activity
The inquirer explains how her “murky brown” shape has 'sprouted' and her excitement is evident as she stands up with her hand on her heart explaining her emerging meaning. She says she is surprised by the “feeling inside'... like something I know but don’t know”. Moon (2007) suggests that when an inquirer creates art they … Continue reading Accessing the not quite known…