Monthly Archives: March 2006

Arts & Health Symposium BC, Canada


June 8 – 10, 2006
Pre-conference Workshops: Thursday, June 8, 2006

Artists Alive! Gala Performance Saturday Evening, June 10 @ 8pm

Downtown Historic Nelson, BC

Venues include Capital Theatre, Hume Hotel, Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College, and Kutenai Art Therapy Institute

Bringing together representatives from arts and health fields to share information about existing research and collaborative models.

It is becoming widely accepted that arts and culture can make significant contributions to the health of the individual and the community.

Research has shown that the inclusion of the arts reduces the cost to health care.

The symposium will include keynote speakers, panels, presentations and experiential workshops focused on the development of arts initiatives in the health field geared towards small towns and rural communities.

Topics will cover current research, models and practical applications, which can be used with individuals from childhood through senior years.

Hosted by

in partnership with
Nelson First Health Co-op &

and with support from

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Gabor Mate, M.D.

    Bestselling author of “When the Body Says No”, and
    “Scattered Minds”, speaks on the Relationship between the Mind and the Body with regards to illness and emotional health and the importance of creative self-expression.

  • Dr. Arthur Frank

    Author of “Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine and How to
    Live”, and professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary speaks on Lifting Desperate Hearts: Five Dramas of Illness.

  • Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, PT, LPAT, ATR-BC

    Pediatric physical therapist, licensed art therapist, and founder and executive director of OFFCenter Community arts Project, a non-profit arts organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico speaks on Constructing Creative Communities: Art, History and Science of Community Art Therapy.

More information here:

Summer art therapy trauma training

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Summer / Spring 2006 Schedule

Training approved by the American Art Therapy Association 40 CECs
Art Therapy Trauma Protocol Training
Savneet Talwar, ATR-BC, LPC
Donna Kaiser, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT

Part I – May 6 7, 2006

Part II – June 9, 10, 11, 2006

Part III – 2 group consultations –
for more details click here

Registration form
Source of info:

PTSD and Art Therapy a winning match

The healing canvas – Los Angeles Times

The healing canvas
Art can soothe the mind and body, therapists say. Now science backs them up.
By Jenny Hontz, Special to The Times
March 20, 2006

SIX women sat at a table covered with colored pencils and pastels, each of them focused on drawing a house with rooms representing their emotions and desires.

Susan St. Jon, 63, made an abstract sketch of an African jungle home, with a circle of blank space in the center of the page. It reminded her of a vacation house in which she’d watched wild animals creep dangerously close. The white space, she surmised, was a window onto her uncertain future. “Wherever it’s going to take you, it’s going to take you,” she said, “regardless of what you do.”

The assignment was part of an art therapy support group at UCLA’s Ted Mann Family Resource Center. On this, St. Jon’s third bout with cancer — the disease has spread from her breast to her brain and lungs — she’s struggling to decide whether to pursue chemotherapy or give up the battle. “I’ve already come to terms with death,” she said. “I won’t panic, and I won’t be pushed.”

Art therapy harnesses the creative process to explore such difficult issues. It’s been used to treat mental and physical health problems for more than 50 years and is offered in schools, hospitals, prisons, hurricane shelters and private practice. But only now are scientific studies beginning to show its effectiveness.

In art therapy, patients express their feelings not just through discussion, but through drawing, painting and sculpting. That’s why this type of therapy is thought to be especially helpful for people who have difficulty articulating feelings — including children and those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, strokes and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, much of the research has centered on cancer patients. In a pilot study funded by the National Institutes of Health, cancer patients who received eight weeks of group treatment sessions of mindfulness-based art therapy (a combination of meditation and art therapy) reported a significant decrease in distress, anxiety and depression. They also reported significantly improved quality of life and vitality. (Continued here…)

Nature, business and art therapy retreats



By Carol Bardia

Source of information:
“Connecting with nature helps people feel whole again and have new energies to bring to the table.”

Hustle, bustle, stressful, deadlines! These are the words that seem to be most frequently related to today’s world – at work or at home. More often than not, schedules seem to be the controlling factor of our days. Well, it’s time to “schedule” some down time – time to reassess what’s happening in your life, how is it affecting your work and your family.

The old adage “stop and smell the roses” is something you might actually be able to do at the California Center for Creative Renewal in Encinitas. This garden retreat is devoted to creative renewal through art and nature for individuals and groups. Consisting of 1.5 acres, the Center is located in the gentle coastal hills of San Diego North County featuring relaxed, informal meeting spaces, a fully equipped Craftsman-style art studio, an outdoor potter’s wheel all in a setting of flowers, fragrant shrubs, a garden labyrinth, and a fruit orchard providing a peaceful setting for renewal. In addition there is a short canyon-walking trail, paths lined with native and exotic plants and benches for private meditation or just a quiet place to enjoy the lovely surroundings.

Founded in 1981 by Ellen Speert, the Center focuses on the use of the creative arts to provide an environment of right brain stimulation to achieve goal-driven results. “Organizations that unleash their employees’ creative instincts have a discernible edge,” notes Spreet. She finds that companies that encourage their people to tap into their inner resources are rewarded with employees that move forward more dynamically and with greater enthusiasm. The day-to-day grind tends to box people in and stifle creativity and initiative. People and ideas become stale, and the garden setting of the retreat provides a sense of expansiveness – stimulates renewal. “Connecting with nature helps people feel whole again and have new energies to bring to the table.” she adds. [Continued here…]

Creative Arts Therapy Week –March 17-30

Creative Arts Therapies Week

2006 Calendar (March 17-30)

See full details on the AATQ web site.

Centre Temenos Calendrier Activités Mars 2006

Centre Psychothérapies par les arts, l’imaginaire et le corps
Tel : 525-6868


  • Équinoxe de Printemps

* Équinoxe de Printemps

Le Centre TEMENOS et les Productions Sophia ont la joie de vous convier à la célébration de l’équinoxe du Printemps. Dans le cadre des RITUELS SAISONNIERS, Danielle Bissonnette vous convie à une soirée de conte le Samedi 18 Mars 2006 à 19 h au 4855 rue Boyer à Montréal pour Toutes Fourrures.

Après les étapes mortelles de l’automne et de l’hiver, le printemps inaugure un renouveau salvateur. La mort n’était qu’apparente et la vie, toujours présente, couvait dans le secret. Mais cette remontée n’est pas instantanée, le retour de la belle saison apparaît de façon irrégulière, avec des poussées en avant et des retours en arrière continuels.

Toutes Fourrures, Peau d’Âne dans la version de Perrault, illustre bien ces successions difficiles et souvent décourageantes de montées et de descentes jusqu’à ce que la renaissance soit définitivement installée.

Toutes Fourrures s’enfuit du royaume de son père, apportant trois robes: couleur du soleil, de la lune et des étoiles. Elle devient servante chez un roi. Lors d’un premier bal, elle revêt sa robe d’or, danse avec lui puis s’enfuit. Au deuxième bal, sa robe de lune puis retourne se cacher. Au troisième bal, le roi la reconnaît. Ils se marient.

Les hauts et les bas avant la guérison et l’installation d’un nouvel ordre.

Lieu : 4855 rue Boyer à Montréal
Entrée : 10 $

Informations : Danielle Bissonnette
795, rue Saint-Jacques
Vieux Longueuil (Québec)
J4H 3C8
tel: 450-442-7024

* Journée Portes Ouvertes

Le Centre TEMENOS vous convie à la journée Portes Ouvertes le Dimanche 19 Mars 2006 à l’occasion de la semaine Internationale des Thérapies par les Arts.

« L’éveil du printemps en nous »
Un atelier exploratoire et expérientiel par l’art, l’imaginaire et le corps au cours duquel vous rencontrerez l’équipe de TEMENOS.

Le Dimanche 19 mars 2006 De 13 heures à 16 heures.
Lieu : À Montréal, 4855 rue Boyer, local 235, 1er étage.
Personne ressource : Fiona Petersen – 845-7441.

Informations : 525-6868

La magie des Masques

De tout temps, les masques ont été utilisés pour communiquer des messages existentiels et favoriser les passages de la vie. Chaque masque révèle les peurs, les désirs, les forces et les réalités inconscientes de son créateur. Dès lors, la fabrication d’un masque constitue une occasion extraordinaire d’explorer son univers intime et d’apprivoiser ses zones d’ombre et de lumière. Le port du masque et le jeu permettent d’aller à la rencontre d’un personnage intérieur, de l’habiter et de le laisser exprimer ce qui a besoin d’être libéré. La visualisation, le jeu et le mouvement font partie de cette merveilleuse aventure à la rencontre de soi. Idéal pour marquer une transition ou un nouveau projet de vie.

Dates : 24-25-26 mars 2005

Inscription :
Les Ateliers Alexandra Duchastel (514) 525-6868
155$ /175$ après le 24 février 2005

Vous souhaitant un beau mois de mars,
L’équipe du Centre TEMENOS