As life travelers, we dance between our conditioned, automatic self and an innate impulse to reach for a higher plane, as if something in us longs for more. The transpersonal self is that aspect of the self that reaches beyond our known identify, that connects us to the collective, or universal consciousness. This might be called the higher self, higher mind or the Spirit realm. My indigenous teachers call this self “The Knower”. Strengthening our natural senses can assist us in reaching into that space. By creating a community-based, Person-Centered environment of compassion, respect and non-judgmental acceptance, we will travel together through pathways of breath, movement, writing and art in an effort to access guidance and information that lies beyond the surface of our awareness, retrieving resources that are our birthright, that we may step more fully onto our path in this lifetime.
Participants will receive an introduction to a Person-Centered approach as a way to create a compassionate, trusting environment. Connecting as a community, we will move through a multi-modal arts process, setting aside recognizable conditioning as a way to open to ones greater potential.
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This workshop will be recorded and the recording will be posted in the forum after the workshop, for viewing only by those who have registered for the workshop. To ensure confidentiality of participants, the recording will be paused during sharing.
Maria Gonzalez-Blue, M.A., REAT, REACE, is in private practice as an Expressive Arts Therapist and Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator. She has taught Person-Centered Expressive Arts in several academic settings in the U.S. and internationally. As a bilingual facilitator, she helped seed expressive arts programs in Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala. She is a founding member and board member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. In this capacity, she drafted the first qualifying standards for registration for Expressive Arts Consultant/Educators. Maria brings to her work a dedicated commitment to diversity and cross-cultural understanding. A 35-year relationship with indigenous shamans from Mexico underlies her perception of the arts as rituals for self-understanding and as pathways to spiritual exploration.
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.