Alumni Flower of Life

Alumni Spotlight Newsletter

EAFI Alumni Directory

We have the most amazing students and graduates! As alumni of our certificate training program, our graduates are shining their work into the world in so many exciting ways. We are delighted to introduce you to some of the sixty (and growing) members of our Alumni Circle here. 

Renee Bhatia, M.Div

I am a spiritual director and expressive arts facilitator, working with individuals and groups, both online and in person. I am also involved in the formation of spiritual directors and expressive arts facilitators through teaching, supervision, and mentoring. My work explores contemplative spaces and practices that support healing, growth, and transformation.

Renee serves as a graduate mentor for EAFI.

I am located in Overland Park, KS and can be found at

Susan Paul Johnson, MBA, PhD, REACE®

Expressive Arts Facilitation for individuals and groups, including faith communities and corporate groups. Soul Collage® and Labyrinth facilitation.

Susan serves as a graduate mentor for EAFI.

Located in Atlanta, GA

Eirene Archolekas

Connect. Create. Rejuvenate. Atelier Eirene designs EXA workshops and retreats, classes for groups and individuals that promote mindfulness, inter-and intra-personal awareness, and well-being for mind, body and spirit. As an exhibiting artist and writer, I create from a creative studio in NYC and the Greek Cyclades in the summer. I use the versatile, fluid medium of “encaustic,” an ancient technique that uses molten beeswax and pigment to create on a porous surface. I focus on tailored embodied experiences to promote positive psychological effects on participants. I employ mythic archetypes to help participants connect to the power in universal stories to provide psychic insight. Mostly I try to have fun with my clients and have them focus on the moment. “Get out of your head, get into your hands (and heart).”

Located in New York, NY

Michalla Bohon, MA, CEO, Author, RCMHC

Humanistic Counseling, Meditation, Expressive Arts, Life Purpose Coaching, HeartMath Therapy, Gottman Couples Counseling, Sound Bathing, Energy/Reiki Healing, Past Life Regression Therapy, & Foundational Business Coaching for Start-Ups.

Located in St. Pete, FL and Charlotte, NC


Julie Collura, MM, MSW, LCSW, REAT®

Creative Change Works, LLC, provides embodied expressive arts therapy and creative consulting to compassionately facilitate individual and collective healing and change.

Located in Portland, OR

JoAnn Dellaposta, Expressive Arts Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner, Certified Sound Healer, Artist, Teacher

I have spent many years researching and studying metaphysics, crystal and Reiki energy. I have been a Reiki practitioner for 16 years and have recently become certified in Crystal Sound Bath Healing. I combine energy work and intermodal expressive arts into my own personal practice. I am grounded in the belief that each person has the innate ability to heal themselves on a mental, emotional and cellular level. With this in mind, I design and facilitate workshops that integrate the expressive arts, Reiki, and Sound healing for the empowerment and well being of my participants.

Located in Manorville, New York

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Terra Dyer Gill, REACE®, Shamanic Reiki Master, Ecotherapy, and Ancestral Healing Practitioner.

I am an intuitive wellness consultant and empowerment coach.

My work incorporates a wide variety of  both creative and healing practices in order to activate the dormant aspects of the deep soul and psyche. This energy-based work helps catalyze powerful healings and transformational mental, emotional, physical, and psychic awakenings in my clients, in both private and group sessions. 

As a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE), Somatic Ecotherapy Practitioner, Shamanic Reiki Master Facilitator & Trainer, Ancestral Renewal & Communication (ARC) Healer, PranaShakti Dance Instructor, and End-of-Life Doula, my ‘Transformational Energy, Restorative & Ritual Arts’ (TERRA) approach is person-centered, somatic, and deeply therapeutic in nature. 

I offer community healings and intuitive explorations that activate the soul and re-align the mind, body, and spirit with natural rhythm and flow.

Located in Bristol, Maine.

Lisa Headings, MA, NCC, Oregon registered associate (supervised by Dr. Lisa Aasheim, Ph.D)

I offer online expressive arts therapy to adult women living in Oregon. I focus on helping women use creative expression to let go of what depletes them and claim a space to shine and feel seen without shame or guilt.

Located in Portland, OR

Heidi Heft LaPorte, MSW, DSW

Dr. Heidi Heft LaPorte is an Associate Professor at Barry University and an expressive arts facilitator. She completed Level 1 and 2 expressive arts certificate programs with the Expressive Arts Florida Institute (EAFI) and her Creative Wellness Service Initiative training through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), where she serves as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. She is an active member of professional organizations such as the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG), The Institute for Group Facilitation (IGF), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Dr. Heft LaPorte integrates intermodal expressive arts in her teaching, ensuring accessibility for students with diverse interests and identities. She has mentored over 20 Expressive Arts graduate assistants, guiding them in co-facilitating virtual EXA open studio sessions and cross-cultural conversations at Barry University. These initiatives promote self-care and foster a supportive community for students and alumni. Her work inspires personal growth and empathy among her students and colleagues.

Located in Coconut Creek, Florida


Massami Ichikawa, MS, ATR-BC

I have a private art studio in the community and offer opportunities for children and adults to experience the joy of artmaking. I help people feel better through the expressive arts, discover and rediscover their strengths, and reflect on life’s meaning.

Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


Lynn Karegeannes, MA, MLIS

Lynn in an EAFI-trained expressive arts facilitator, SoulCollage(r) facilitator, Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, and Creating Mandalas-trained facilitator.

Lynn creates customized workshop offerings for individuals and groups to facilitate personal and community growth and transformation.

Located in Asheville, North Carolina

Sarah Kephart, MFA, Envision Arts Manager

I oversee the Envision Arts Gallery and Studio to promote creative growth for individuals of all ages who are blind, visually impaired and disabled.

Located in Wichita, KS


Victoria Knight, Spiritual Director And Supervisor of Spiritual Directors Expressive Arts Facilitator

I am a spiritual director who loves to incorporate expressive arts with soul care. I teach spiritual directors in a formation program in Orlando, FL and use expressive arts in our formation program. I am founder and owner of Wisdom Made Visible where I host online workshops and other offerings in spiritual care and expressive arts. I offer spiritual direction, group spiritual direction and facilitation of retreats.

Located in Orlanda, Florida

Dana Kuehn, MS, LMHC (FL), LPC (GA), Expressive Arts Facilitator, SoulCollage® Facilitator, Yoga Therapy, Ecotherapy

I am an Expressive Arts (EA) Facilitator and Licensed Therapist in Florida and Georgia.

I have served in the Human Services field for most of my career- teaching, advising, coaching, facilitating and counseling. My own personal art practice began with a scare from cancer, that ultimately led me to the practice of Expressive Arts! Having worked in the national parks, I continue to weave the natural world, now certified in ecotherapy, into my offerings.

As an EA facilitator, I offer both individual and group sessions with themes such as play, self-discovery and healing, connecting with one’s spiritual self, and developing self-love. I have offered EA workshops and groups in the following settings: college, health spa, spiritual, non-profit and private settings. I create customized group offerings with an emphasis in creating community.
I am available virtually, in the Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL area, and am available to travel, per request.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia

Helen Lee, MM, Certified Life Coach

Helen Lee, MM, is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Meditation Coach, Certified Sound Healing and Therapy, Certified TRE provider, Level 2 Certificate in Expressive Arts, Certification in Level 2 Reiki Training is founder and owner of Vivah Center for Healing.

The center offers expressive arts, guided meditation, TRE(Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercise), and Sound Healing and Therapy in-person in Dallas, Texas or online.

Located in Dallas, Texas

Shannon Lipan, B.A.E, M.Ed Special Education

Early Childhood Education Expressive Arts Facilitator: Certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts Level 1 and 2 Training Completed with Expressive Arts Florida Owner, Director, Curriculum Designer, Lead Teacher of The Wonder Studio.

The Wonder Studio offers:
– Parent/Caregiver + Child (18 mos. and Up), Sensory Based, Child-Led, Open-ended immersive Arts and active Sciencing experiences.

– 1-1 and Group Expressive Arts Facilitation for children and Adults who value the well-being benefits of living a creative life and who desire expressive resources for Imagination, happiness, as well as coping mechanisms and practices for resilience and for adversity.

– Touch Drawing Facilitation Groups

– Leading Service groups in Mindfulness based Expressive Arts experiences

Located in St. Petersburg, Florida

Marién A. Peña, PhD

I am an Applied Ecopsychologist, eco-art therapist, expressive arts facilitator, and educational coach. I am devoted to reconnecting people to nature through the arts. I am an experienced Montessori educator committed to showing the benefits of the creative process in educational settings. As an artist, I share my passion for the healing arts with children and adults. I facilitate bilingual (Spanish and English) online and in-person expressive arts and eco-art sessions. I am the owner of H.E-A.R.T. Centered, a judgement -free space that fosters opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth.  

My practice focuses on sensory and nature-based experiences, meditation, music and movement, visual arts, play, creative writing, and self-reflection. 

Located in Casselberry, Florida

Sasha Roberts-Levi, BFA, M.Ed, Ed.S.

Sasha (she/her/hers) is the founder of Art Works! Studio. She is a reconstructivist-educator who has three decades of experience teaching diverse populations — infants to nonagenarians. She lives and works on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabe – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples, also known as Metro Detroit teaching traditional and expressive arts online and in-person. Sasha sees teaching art as the fifth component of empowering individuals to be literate. She has learned that listening, speaking, reading, writing, and visioning/viewing are integrated parts of literacy as a whole and believes it is critical in communication, and communication – one of the essential skills in a democratic society. On a community front, in the home context, in employment, and at school – communication is fundamental to life and colors what it means to be human. Creativity is fundamental to innovation and problem solving. Her teaching focuses on creative and critical thinking, connection, compassion, and community, whether one-on-one or in small groups. She is certified in Michigan as a public-school teacher, expressive arts and SoulCollage® facilitation. You can learn more about her and her work. 

Located in Commerce Township, MI

Sunny Stewart, Expressive Arts Facilitator

Sunny offers virtual and in-person creative workshops and community art events. Her gatherings often explore the nature of being human and being a human in natureⓒ. She believes we are our own guides, healers and teachers, and offers contemplative creative spaces for harnessing understanding, wisdom, healing and other powerful inner resources.

Like everything else in the vast and extraordinary Universe, we are in the process of unfolding, expanding and evolving. The innate wildness of our inner terrain is always available to us for exploration. We just need moments to fill our lungs with fresh air and sink into a safe sacred space to center and ground ourselves. In the moments that follow we remember who we really are…

Sunny is completing her MA in Transpersonal Psychology. Her research focuses on the realm of creativity at the intersections of art, nature, dreams and spirituality.

Located in St. Petersburg, Florida

Jea Theis, MSW, LIMHP, REAT Candidate

I use Expressive Arts to support my clients’ healing and connection to themselves and others. I also incorporate expressive arts into other evidence-based modalities, including EMDR, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-child Interventions, and as a tool for processing Compassion Fatigue/Empathic Strain. In April 2016, we co-founded Omaha Therapy and Arts Collaborative (OTAC), a collaborative of therapists and Expressive Arts practitioners. I am also a co-founder of Nebraska Expressive Arts Therapy Foundation (NExT), a new non-profit organization in Omaha that was established in Fall 2022 with the mission of improving mental health in Nebraska through Expressive Arts Therapy.

Located in Omaha, Nebraska

Catherine (Cat) Thomas, MAT

Cat Thomas, MAT, is an artist, expressive arts facilitator, and small business coach & consultant with an interest in helping small business owners with business start up and management. From helping people discover what they are passionate about to getting their first sale or getting a website up & running, Cat thrives in helping others succeed. By using guided meditation, expressive arts and step by step processes she helps guide clients along the many stages of entrepreneurship so they can serve more people, make more money & live a life they desire.

Located in Chattanooga, TN

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Topaz Weis, BA, REACE®

Topaz Weis, REACE® is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association’s REACE® Professional Standards Committee, a Certified Soul Collage® Facilitator, artist, speaker, astrologer and the Founder/Creative Director of Expressive Arts Burlington in Vermont, USA. Her expressive arts work, which she calls “profound play,” layers visual art, movement, written and spoken word, drama and music to help people engage their creativity and imagination so that they can live less stressed, more productive and innovative lives. Topaz is guided by a desire to help the world remember, through arts engagement, that we are intrinsically connected to the earth and our survival as a species is dependent on our willingness and ability to play, grow, heal and love.

Located in Burlington, VT

Miriam Abascal Zimms

Welcome to En Casa with Miriam, at home with Miriam. That’s me. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher and a Level I and II Intermodal Expressive Arts Facilitator. I am a practitioner of the healing and meditative arts that I learned through my own arts in medicine journey. I began to facilitate these methods both online and in person as a result of my own personal journey and what it’s done for me over the last twelve years. My classes, Expressive Tangling and Expressive Introspection can be adapted to any audience, subject, or theme. I am known as HIPster the Artist in the community and my personal art focuses on body loss and botanicals. I advocate for and speak on the power of the healing arts.

Located in Tampa, Florida