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Spirituality and Art Therapy

This is an exploration of the different ways in which the spiritual can be used in therapy. The contributor write from a range of perspectives including Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and shamanic and explain how their own spiritual and creative influences interact, finding expression in the use of art as a healing agent with specific populations, such as bereaved children, emotionally disturbed adolescents and the homeless. The relationships between spirituality and visual art, art therapy and transpersonal pyschology are also examined.
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Table of Contents

Foreword. 1. Prayers, sacraments, grace. Catherine Moon, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois. 2. Each time a new breath: Buddhism, art and healing. Bernie Marek, Naropa University, Colorado. 3. Emuna and Tikva: Art therapy from a Jewish perspective. Edit Zaphir-Chasman, Art Therapist, East Bay, California. 4. The yoga of art and the creative process: Listening to the divine. Michael Franklin, Naropa University, Colorado. 5. Pilgrimage: Celtic spirituality revisited. Cam Busch, Art Therapist, Chattanooga, Tennessee; National Arts in Healthcare consultant, USA. 6. Nature: Art therapy in partnership with the earth. Mimi Farrelly-Hansen, Naropa University, Colorado. 7.Art, nature and aging: A shamanic perspective. Madeline Rugh, University of Alberta, Canada. 8. Loving body is embracing spirit: Coming home stories. Suzanne Lovell, Sonoma State University. 9. The heart of the lion: Joining community through the act of making art. Janis Timm-Bottos, ArtStreet Studios, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10. Inner necessity/Inner order. Carol Sagar, Art Therapist, Norfolk, England. Afterword. Appendix. References. Index.

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Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other perspectives on how central spirituality is to the process of healing

About the Author

Mimi Farrelly-Hansen, artist, art therapist and licensed professional counselor, is founder and current adjunct faculty member of the Art Therapy and Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. For the last eighteen years she has provided art therapy services for sexually abused clients (children, adults and couples), transracially adopted children, and participants in spiritual growth retreats and workshops.


"Spirituality and Art Therapy is a compelling synthesis of enlightenment. I have been waiting years for a book like this - for both personal and professional use. Thank you for filling a void in the area of art therapy with this collection of wonderful insights.' -Brian Luke Seaward 'This book is as practical as it is inspiring.' -Deborah Bowman, Naropa University 'This is an important book for anyone using art for healing. It has the added dimension of providing tools for the spiritual search. I recommend it highly.' -Lucia Capacchione

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