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Responding to the increased interest in the integration of expressive arts and ecotherapy, this book presents a nature based approach to expressive arts work. It provides an overview of the two fields, emphasizing how they can enrich and learn from each other, and highlights attitudes and practices in expressive arts that are particularly relevant to working with nature. This includes cultivating an aesthetic response to the earth, the relationship between beauty and sustainability, and lessons about art and nature from indigenous cultures. Four suggested structures for a nature based expressive arts activity - including writing, body, and ritual centered - are provided in the appendices.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
Sally Atkins is Core Faculty of the European Graduate School, Switzerland and Professor Emerita and Founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Appalachian State University, NC. Melia Snyder is the coordinator of the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate at Appalachian State University.
Table of ContentsForewords by Corrine Glesne and Per Espen Stoknes. Preface. Part I. Beginning. Introduction. Part II. Moving In. 1. Expressive Arts and Ecotherapy: Shifting Paradigms. 2. Stories from the Arts. Part III. Insearch. 3. Stories from Ecological Science. 4. Stories from Ecological Philosophy. 5. Stories from Indigenous Cultures. Part IV. Finding Voice. 6. Nature-Based Expressive Arts: Cultivating an Aesthetic Response to the World. Part V. Bringing Art Into Life: Appendices. Appendix A: The Nature of the Body. Lauren E. Atkins. Appendix B. The Pen and the Path. Melia Snyder. Appendix C. Cherokee Drumstick Ritual. Keith M. Davis. Appendix D. Fire by Friction, Humility and Attunement: Justin S. Cantalini and Erin Rice Cantalini.