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Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy


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Forewords 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.

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A guide to the theory and practice of a nature-based approach to expressive arts

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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.


A rare kind of text, a work of beauty, and a testament to the interconnections among all forms of life. -- From the foreword by Corrine Glesne, author of 'Becoming Qualitative Researchers'
Sally and Melia encourage us to trust the materials of nature, wherever and whatever we find, to help shape the curves and movements of a mutually informed dance of expression. -- Per Espen Stoknes, author of 'What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Climate Change'
A much needed and awaited book that will greatly contribute to expressive arts therapy. In a poetic way, it establishes the bases on a philosophical, theoretical and practical level for the integration of nature in the field of health, arts and transformation. Our world urgently needs us to start practicing and living the ideas of sustainability and care laid out by Sally and Melia. -- Jose Miguel Calderon, PhD, Director of TAE Peru
We have become postmodern slaves of an online world, obsessed with speed, in a manic push for economic growth. We try to fix the problems quickly in order to return to business as usual. Atkins and Snyder proclaim an expressive arts therapy, based on communion and ecological presence. Beauty is seen as a life force that awakens us, and inspires us to create hope. As we face new challenges we need new approaches of restoration and healing - Atkins and Snyder went a step ahead. -- P.J. Knill, founding president of European Graduate School (EGS), and M. N. Fuchs Knill, Dean of the Arts, Health and Society Division of EGS

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