HECTOR ARISTIZABAL: Reconnecting to our own nature and the soul of the world

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Monday, June 13, 6:00-8:30 pm edt


How can Deep Ecology and The Work that Reconnects illuminate the work that we do as expressive arts therapists? The world’s ecosystems and social systems seem to be collapsing under the unsustainable effects of the Industrial Growth Society and its devastating exploitation of nature. Our delusional belief that we are separate from nature, or above nature has guided the hubris of our destructive behavior to the point of causing the sixth mass extinction or what some called the Antropocene. Art and ritual have offered us symbolic paths for healing our connection to our deep soul as ways to connect to the soul of the world. Let’s explore together some of these paths!

Hector was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia where he worked as a therapist and as a theater actor director until he was forced into exile due to persecution for his human rights activism. In the US, he worked as a therapist and developed original plays with immigrants, torture survivors, incarcerated youth, gang members, AIDS/HIV infected people and people in Hospice care.

In the year 2000, he founded ImaginAction to help people tap the transformative power of theater in programs throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and many Asian countries. He has worked mostly in war-torn and post conflict zones training psicosocial teams and using theater as a laboratory to explore alternatives to conflict and as a path to design healing rituals.

In 2017, he decided to return to his native country to work in the reconciliation process inspired by the peace agreement between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government. With the project Reconectando, www.reconectando.org he is currently accompanying the truth commission using deep ecology, theater and ritual to work with victims and ex-combatants in the complex task of clarifying the truth, creating spaces for reconciliation and imagining the conditions for the no repetition of the violence.

Hector was honored with the prestigious Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre and he  is co-author with Diane Lefer of The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation.


This workshop is part of our 2022 Professional Development Expressive Arts Training Series

In the full series, expressive arts professionals from around the world will present live to share their exciting work and expertise in the field with you. We invite you to register for as many workshops as you would like or sign up for all of them with the Full Bundle. Workshops will be held live, online via Zoom with an online learning platform to make access to all of your courses easy.

$50 per session or buy all 11 sessions for $450 and save

  • 11, 2.5 hour live, interactive training workshops, with both didactic and experiential content presented by a widely diverse and expert practitioners
  • An opportunity for Q&A with the presenters
  • Unlimited access to the recordings, following the live workshops. Please note: To ensure participant confidentiality, the recordings will include the didactic content, but not the participant sharing.
  • Unlimited access to any handouts or resources that the presenter shares as part of the workshop.
  • Certificate of completion for each workshop. (We are a Florida CEU provider for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT. You can submit your certificate to your own CEU Board).


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To register for this event please visit the following URL: https://programs.expressiveartsflorida.com/courses/176/enroll →

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