Markus will be teaching at an international gathering in Berlin this Spring.Read More
Invitations to the Sacred
The arts can be an invitation to the sacred. A painting can assist us in entering a space of expanded awareness; writing can aid us in entering into new qualities of seeing and sensing. Dance can work to enable us to more fully embody new qualities of being, in form.
This 5-Day-Intensive is designed to assist participants in creating their own invitations to the sacred, to step in and to discover what new vistas can be seen, touched and explored. To this end, we can integrate the sacred into our everyday lives and assist others to better embody the Profound.
November 13 to 17 “Invitations to the Sacred” from 10 to 5 PM
Returning to the Source
Progress is often measured by how much forward progress we have made. This intensive focuses on returning to what precedes our ideas about what we desire. Returning to the source, through the arts, provides an opportunity to relax into deeper levels of consciousness and to give those deeper levels, a life, through our imagination and enjoyment of ‘form making’.
The studio environment can support our intention to feed that which nurtures us and can provide the vehicles for creating the pathless path back Home. Several art forms will be included in this atelier, some to take us ‘back’ and some to take us "out".
February 19 to 23 “Returning to the Source” from 10 to 5 PM
For registration or inquiries, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
These five-day expressive arts training intensives can be taken separately or as part of the year-long program. Hours apply to European Graduate School credit.
Artwork by Amanda Collis, Trine Panum, and Brad Kunkle
I’m sitting in the Maple Leaf Lounge in Vancouver waiting several hours for my connection to Hong Kong. I’ll teach there for a week and then on to Shenzhen. I wasn’t home long. Was teaching at the wonderful Halliburton School of Art and Design’s Expressive Arts Program. Before that, in Sweden for the 30th anniversary of the EXA Spring Symposium. All of that followed a full and wonderful year of conducting training in Edmonton’s World Arts Organization which I formed about 12 years ago after leaving the EXA training program I founded and directed in New York.
Leilah and I are now citizens of Canada and very much enjoying life in Canada. We’ve been remodelling our very cool penthouse in the coolest part of Edmonton, right on the Mill Creek Ravine.
The folks organizing the symposium in Sweden did an amazing job. Vadstena is a medieval town just filled with charm, magic and beauty. Partnering with Paolo Knill facilitating community was as exciting as ever and co-facilitating workshops with Melinda Meyer was enlivening and invigorating. Several fantastic musicians made my work easier when charged with the task of bringing together almost 100 participants together through dance. Yipes. Great challenge and so much fun.
The next Spring symposium will be in Berlin in 2018 just after Easter. I’ll be co-facilitating with Margareta Warja, long time friend and colleague from Stockholm. We co-created a workshop for several years called “The Embodied Voice.”
This was also the year that I completed my doctoral dissertation, Building the Ensemble. Was awarded Magna Cum Laude and had a ball “defending” my work. I enjoyed this 4 year project so much. I so appreciated the learning curve and the opportunity to reflect on 30 years work and distill what I love about the expressive arts.
2017 will also bring me to the new European Graduate School’s campus in Malta teaching Expressive Arts and Global Change. This is a super exciting project that has me, as usual….all in.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about what is going on. Hoping to see some of you out in the world or in my home town at one of our 5 Day EXA Intensives that are open to the public.
I found Lesley College which is now Lesley University and Paolo Knill. That was not subtle. That was explosive. It completely shook my world, particularly meeting Paolo Knill.Read More
One of the leading influences in the New York theatre scene in the 1960s and 1970’s was Ellen Stewart at La MaMa Experimental theatre, where I had the opportunity to work between 1969 and 1976. Ellen Stewart influenced me personally as a theatre artist, as well as many other artists over the years which in turn helped to lay the ground work for the birth of expressive arts therapy...Read More
What a delight this summer has been. Life in Saas Fee, Switzerland, for almost two months soothes the soul and enlivens the spirit. Expressive arts is alive and well in the Swiss Alps on the breathtaking campus of the European Graduate School (EGS). I had the privilege of teaching several courses on both the Master’s and Post Master’s level that left me inspired and eager to continue learning about this beautiful work. My mentor of 28 years, Paolo Knill, continues to do ground- breaking work; we co-led a course on the Didactics of Community Art and led community art gatherings throughout the summer. Paolo turned 82 this year....Read More