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Posted February 25th, 2015 by & filed under Ecotherapy/Transformational Eco-Psychology.
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In the early 90’s I began studying with shamanic practitioners. At first, I worked with well-known shamanic teachers Michael Harner Ph.D. and Sandra Ingerman M.A. as well as other excellent teachers associated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. These early classes were a breath of fresh air for me, a way of balancing out my…
Posted February 2nd, 2015 by & filed under New Mexico Art Therapy Association.
February's theme is Art: a Language of Love. Let's celebrate all the ways in which we express love through artistic projects and our creative contributions to relationships, places of work and our community as a whole! January was an awesome kick off to the new year for NMATA. We grew by 20 members and updated our website so it…
Posted January 11th, 2015 by & filed under New Mexico Art Therapy Association, Top News.
Welcome to #NMATA : your resource center for all things Art Therapy in New Mexico. Our January theme is Soul Art - how do you provide a clean canvas for soul to enter your life? Follow this theme with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter and #NMATA, like and share. We intend to have…
Posted January 2nd, 2015 by & filed under Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
Our indigenous elders and healers tell us that ancestors can get stuck on the earth plane after passing. This may be due to a traumatic and unexpected death in which the soul is unprepared for the sudden passage into Spirit. Or it might be that the ancestor had no one available to do the traditional…
Posted December 1st, 2014 by & filed under Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
Adolfo and Rodolfo finally got visas to travel to the U.S., and our group of 25 shamanic students and practitioners gathered in the red rock wilderness of Capitol Reef National Park, to work ceremonially with these two brothers from the Peruvian Andes.
Their family lineage dates back many centuries before the Incas; powerful Altomisayoks (high…
Posted November 25th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
To begin with
I cannot speak
In simplest forms
I am the babe
I cannot speak
Learn from me
When you look to life
You cannot take from me
I do not have
I am the bud
Posted November 21st, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
In preparation for my archetypal embodiment series I want to honor the structures and systems behind a persona or any construct for that matter. Those forms that silently shape what's under the skin, invisible to the eye. Why? Because without the groundwork, without the base everything falls out of context and nothing stays in place. In my creative…
Posted October 28th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
This Halloween you will likely dress up. You will show the community a side of yourself they rarely, if ever, see. You will express your inner dimensionality with such verocity. You will adorn yourself, enticing the community to see something so very true about you and yet usually hidden from view. Ok, how many times…
Posted September 24th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
She waits for you by the river bend, auspiciously watching the rush of water as it folds over itself and unwinds rambling streams of story. This is where inspiration lives, in the synergistic streams of the creative current. It lives in you. It has always lived in you. You are the bubbling ups of this emergent flow.
Posted September 11th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
If psychology is the study of the soul then therapy becomes a process of healing by which we utilize our understanding of soul or, perhaps more accurately, we attempt to understand the soul and in the process, reveal some helpful insights along life's journey. Exploring these depths requires more than just talk, especially when soul's first language is art; whether that be visual,…
Posted September 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
An art therapist knows that art-making facilitates transformation within the client/artist. Art therapists know that art can serve as a solvent, a catalyst, a salve, a stepping stone or a philosopher's stone depending on the needs of the artist. In this way an art therapist is also an alchemist practicing the ancient arts of metaphysical transformation. Art-making is an…
Posted August 26th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
There is a fresh light beckoning,
brimming with integrity.
It stands there.
I stand here.
Burning at the foot of my solitary gill
I sing sweet songs of empathy.
And she knows where to turn when the lights dim,
Down and in
To tap the nectar from urchin fin.
This kind of…
Posted August 13th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
Here is an example of an effective art therapy directive for someone struggling to decide between two things. We are all familiar with this position: opposing directions are presented to us and we are unsure which way to go. Between a rock and a hard place. We wonder where to place our energies and how to move forward…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
Last night I stayed up late, sat in circle with dear friends sharing perspectives on life and made art - lots of art in lots of forms.
Our words became poetry, our bodies became dancers, our mediums became miracle-makers.
The sky inspired the lightening inspired the moon inspired the art inspired me to move, speak…
Posted July 24th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
a new dawn is upon you. take yourself into it. be beckoned. be born into moments afresh. send spells of glory with your mouth. listen for your breath. and love, love, always love.
sometimes we think we are not enough. our words are not enough. our actions are not enough. our skills our intellect…
Posted June 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
The following images and words arose out of this spring's Archetypal Psychology course. The students move into dialogue with their soul and its language of image. My heart swelled tenfold as I witnessed these students share themselves...may you be touched as well.
"The experience of this class has been a letting go of…
Posted June 16th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
And suddenly you realize that each moment is attached with the same force of seeds on a dandelion and that they are destined to depart. Your life is a mandala of moving parts. Wet water-colored memories bleed as you blow on them and the seeds spatter and scatter in the wind. Those seeds set by…
Posted June 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
When I started looking around for the right master’s program that would feed my spiritual side and not be like the typical programs at large universities, I asked three counselors that I happened to know. They all independently stated “Southwestern College”. One was a recent graduate and the other two attended the transformational healing conference…
Posted May 30th, 2014 by & filed under Counseling Program at SWC, Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing, Featured.
3 Anecdotes from Carol Parker about what makes SWC/New Earth's Counseling program unique...…
Posted May 21st, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
As therapists we often have to make clear where our boundaries exist without hurting or confusing those who approach them. This does not have to be complicated and, in fact, can be an opportunity to display love, even elegance. By reflecting how we love ourselves we reveal the lightness of love to others. By stating…
Posted May 19th, 2014 by & filed under Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
According to the Original Agreement People could become Plants But only if they kept the rituals That were set up in those days.
I found out about this One spring day in Iowa.
A man I knew was planting squash and onions, And he turned into a plant.
I saw it happen.
Recently, my husband…
Posted March 13th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
If I may mount my high horse for a moment I might have something important to say. And it’s quite fitting that I be way up here and you down there because it’s true what they say – it’s all about the view. Up here I can say things like ‘stay positive’,…
Posted January 30th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
During the warm days of autumn, a small group of us gathered in a wilderness area beside a lovely mountain stream, high above Santa Fe. The entire mountainside was covered with green conifers and aspens turning gold. At 10,000 feet elevation, deer and elk are abundant and the air is pure. Just…
Posted January 6th, 2014 by & filed under Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
May beauty unfold throughout the year!!…