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Saturday Jan. 14, 2006 1:00-5:00 pm
Psychodrama, Spirituality & Healing
Brian Sackett

There is a part of each of us that notices without judgment. Thoughts, emotions, perceptions, intuitions and body sensations pass through this noticing, like a river in time. Learning with the mind, heart and body to be more aware of that which notices can be the best healing agent. By invoking the presence of Spirit and using the tools of psychodrama, we will act out a scene drawn from one participant's present day issues, creating space for all participants to experience their core Self. Scenes develop naturally without pressure in this gentle form of psychodrama based on the work of Harris Clemes, Ph.D., a master psychologist/ psychodrama teacher.
Brian Sackett, Ph.D., is a psychologist (PSY18785). In his private practice in San Jose, he works especially with dissociation, trauma, sexual abuse, grief, spiritual emergence problems, and helping people survive and find meaning in Silicon Valley.
Sunday Feb. 12, 2006 1:00-5:00 pm
Making Sacred Masks
Jan Fisher

Making masks is an ancient tradition practiced in many indigenous cultures. Using mask-making techniques, you will create a replica of your own face to decorate and explore. What will your mask reveal to you? What lost parts or new energies might emerge? What will the mask reveal about who you are in yourself today?
Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 16569) in private practice and serves as Asst. Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She helps adults with many life issues, including trauma recovery, relationships, shyness, caregiving demands, and anxiety and depression. She can be reached at (650) 314-0193, or via email at JFisher@itp.edu.
Sunday March 19, 2006 1:00-5:00 pm
Authentic Movement
Jan Fisher & Christine Evans

When embodied souls come together, choosing to enter the emptiness of space, time, released expectations, and perceived projections, the possibility of sacred space is created. Join us in exploring the meaning of "authentic or being" movement, witness consciousness, and the implications for developing in and as community.
Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 16569) in private practice and serves as Asst. Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She helps adults with many life issues, including trauma recovery, relationships, shyness, caregiving demands, and anxiety and depression. She can be reached at (650) 314-0193, or via email at JFisher@itp.edu.

Christine Evans, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY18533) and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. She works to facilitate creative Self discovery and healing through individual psychotherapy and group experiences. She can be reached at (650) 314-0193, Ext. 2, or via email at christine@living-arts-center.com.
Sunday April 30, 2006 1:00-5:00 pm
Living in Beauty
Maja Apolonia Rode

"Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do." These familiar words of the mystical poet Rumi ring true in the heart, but what do they really mean? This intimate afternoon of guided meditation, music, and creative process will explore the profound beauty of the heart and gently call forth its expression in your daily life. It is an opportunity to give attention to that which is most alive and precious within you. Bring a small object or photograph that touches your heart and a $5 materials fee.
Maja Apolonia Rode, Ph.D. is an artist, poet, singer, and songwriter. Drawing from her experience in transpersonal psychology, expressive arts, and nondual spiritual traditions, she has been sharing the creative process with individuals and groups since 1992. For more information or to view a gallery of her artwork, visit www.shivalotus.com.
Sunday May 7, 2006 1:00-5:00 pm
Creating Community: Women Empowering Women
Christine Evans

Sacred space is created when women gather in circles to share their lives, dreams, struggles, and visions. Together we will explore our unique inner and outer realities through a variety of self-chosen expressive arts modalities. As each woman accesses the wisdom of her unconscious, we will take steps to empower one another with our newfound insights and shared discoveries. Bring an object that symbolizes something of current meaning in your life. Come to either or both dates above.
Christine Evans, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY18533) and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. She works to facilitate creative Self discovery and healing through individual psychotherapy and group experiences. She can be reached at (650) 314-0193, Ext. 2, or via email at christine@living-arts-center.com.
Sunday May 21, 2006 1:00-5:00 pm
Creative Dreamwork
Jan Fisher

Do you have a dream that keeps coming back to you? A dream you want to understand more? A dream that says, "Pay attention!"? In this workshop, you will have a chance to use a variety of expressive arts to actively engage a dream and let it speak to you.

"Contemplate your dream and let it contemplate you." – Harry Wilmer
Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 16569) in private practice and serves as Asst. Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She helps adults with many life issues, including trauma recovery, relationships, shyness, caregiving demands, and anxiety and depression. She can be reached at (650) 314-0193, or via email at JFisher@itp.edu.
Wed. Jan. 12, 2005 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sun. Jan. 16, 2005 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
GOAL SETTING WORKSHOP

Do you want help implementing new year's resolutions, starting a new project, or manifesting long-held dreams? Through the expressive arts, you will visualize your goals and create rituals and practices to bring them into being.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Wed. Feb. 9, 2005 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Feb. 12, 2005 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
EXPLORING YOUR BODY-SELF: Creating a Body Map

Who are you, really? What can you discover about yourself, seeing yourself whole? What is your experience of yourself in your body? You will use collage, visual arts, and other media to create a three-dimensional self-portrait, a body map of the soul.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Wed. Mar. 9, 2005 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sun. Mar. 13, 2005 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
PLANTING SEEDS FOR YOUR CREATIVE SOUL

Where is the source of your creativity? How do you nurture the creative energy that is looming, just on the edge of your awareness? How can you bring the creative source out into the open and allow it to flourish? In this workshop, you will discover and practice ways to manifest your creative self.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Wed. April 13, 2005 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. April 16, 2005 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
MASK-MAKING WORKSHOP

Making masks is an ancient tradition practiced in many indigenous cultures. You can use masks to reveal aspects of yourself, to discover lost parts or explore new energies, or to give you a snapshot of who you are in yourself today. Using mask-making techniques, you will create a sculpture of your own face to decorate and to explore. Additional supplies fee: $25.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Wed. May 11, 2005 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sun. May 15, 2005 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
BECOMING EMBODIED

How can you get in touch with your body? Do you want to experience your body and soul as one? Can you step out of the experience of body as object, and feel body as Self? Using movement exercises and other expressive arts, you will heighten your awareness of your body and your connection with yourself.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Wed. June 22, 2005 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. June 25, 2005 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
EXPLORING YOUR FAMILY OF ORIGIN: Creating a Family Portrait

Would you like to heal more deeply the patterns from your family of origin? Would you like to honor and release some of the energies held in your body from your childhood experiences? By making a portrait of your family, you will be invited to deeply explore and heal these life-long relationships.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Saturday Oct. 22, 2005 1:00-5:00 pm
The Power of Authenticity: How to Stay True to Yourself Revealed through Film, Story, & Embodiment
Sharon Hoffman & Becky Coleman

How do you stay true to yourself and achieve success in the world? Join documentary filmmakers exploring secrets they have learned through the production of On Bodies. As experts in storytelling that reveals the authentic self and embodiment, they will introduce you to the exciting field of filmmaking, including raw footage of inspiring true stories. You will gain firsthand experience in connecting with your true self through story, body wisdom, and creativity. Especially suitable for parents and teens—male and female alike—this workshop is invaluable for everyone. It presents a refreshing approach that is applicable to personal growth, business, creativity, and leadership. Don't miss this opportunity!
Sharon Hoffman, Ph.D., interweaves psychology, storytelling, and the arts to create Living Stories. Her goal is to answer the cultural call to connect—locally, globally, and spiritually—by sharing peoples'S meaningful stories through film, television, and art. Sharon facilitates storytelling projects and consults to the media industry. Her photography has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and her writings on storytelling have been published in national journals. She may be reached at sharon@livingstories.com. Learn more about the film at onbodies.panleft.org.

Becky Coleman, Ph.D., has been teaching and mentoring on women's psychospiritual process of transforming obesity and self-care for over 12 years. Her own search for a lifelong solution to disordered eating (including weighing nearly 300 pounds – twice) founded on compassion, embodied knowing, and self-determined right body size, initiated her passion for exploring this complex healing process with other women. Find out more about Dr. Coleman at www.o-c-e-a-n.com.

Saturday Nov. 12, 2005 1:00-5:00 pm
The Bound Artist: Freeing the Creative Source
Anin Utigaard

So many of us have dreams of creating art or spending time designing, painting, writing, and exploring our creativity. But these dreams can get lost in the shuffle of our busy lifestyles, remaining at the bottom of our list of priorities. If we were to have an honest dialogue between our "busy self" and our "artist within," what might we find out? Using expressive arts processes, including drama, movement, music, voice, art and play, we will explore and listen to our inner artist to receive insights and new ways of looking at our current life choices.
Anin Utigaard, MFT, REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist), Founding Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, brings over 15 years expressive arts facilitation experience, as well as musical and artistic talents, to inspire and ignite the creative process. She has worked with individuals, groups, and families in a therapeutic setting. Her work with teens is the inspiration for a book she is writing.
Saturday Dec. 3, 2005 1:00-5:00 pm
Growing Through Art: The Hands Building Community Project
Carla Brooke

Come discover how gardening and art-making help build community. Carla will present an overview of the Growing through Art Garden Project and how it has helped foster self-care and community solidarity for the families she works with in East Palo Alto. Her presentation will be followed with an experiential exercise making miniature gardens. Artists seeking opportunities to work in community, families, garden-lovers, and all are welcome.
Carla Brooke, artist in residence at the Habitat for Humanity community in East Palo Alto, has implemented an art in a community garden setting with children and families. Find out more about Carla at http://www.studiointhetrees.com.
Fri. Jan. 9, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Jan. 10, 2004 1-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $70
WORKING-ARTS: Bringing the Power of an Arts Consciousness to the Workplace
Whether your expertise is in business or engineering, medicine or law, teaching or human services, being a professional requires skillful knowledge and the ability to connect with people, with clarity and vision. Working-Arts views everyday art constructs image and metaphor, character and story as powerful technologies. These technologies can help you to reflect, gain information and inspiration, and access energy. Put the power of art to work for you!
Sue Lebeck, M.S., M.A., is founder and principal of Working-Arts, a consultancy that applies the arts to increase professional effectiveness. She is also an expressive arts therapist in private practice in San Francisco. She can be reached at www.working-arts.com or (415) 821-3456.
Fri. Jan. 23, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Jan. 24, 2004 10 am-3 pm .....WORKSHOP: $50
TRANSPERSONAL JOURNAL WRITING: Begin 2004 by Learning a Way of Privately Working with Your Life
Journal writing can help you delve into the richness of your life so that you can see and hear what it is asking of you. In your journal, you will learn how to privately dialogue with aspects of your life and explore ways of tapping into your intuition to access your own wisdom. This journal process has been adapted from Ira Progoff's At a Journal Workshop.
Diane Escoffon, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (PSY 18636). She works with individuals and groups and has taught Health Education and Biofeedback to the staff and faculty of Stanford University and Medical Center since 1991. Please call her if you are interested in more information at (650) 483-8991.
Fri. Feb. 27, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Feb. 28, 2004 10 am-3 pm .....WORKSHOP: $75
AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT: Discovering Spontaneous Ways of Being

When we let go of our habitual ways of being, we can surrender into our deeper selves and discover the source of our own movement. As we learn to witness ourselves and others with complete presence, we can allow our authentic movement to come forward and be seen. This practice will allow you to discover your unique, inner movement.

Authentic Movement was developed in the 50's by Mary Whitehouse, and comes out of her experiences as a modern dance teacher and Jungian analyst. Moving with eyes closed and without music, movers follow their inner impulse to move while compassionate witnesses observe and hold a container for the movement. Both movers and witnesses share their experiences afterwards, orally and through other expressive arts.

Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist offering transpersonal psychotherapy and expressive arts therapy (PSY 16569). She trained through the Authentic Movement Institute and has studied dance as a spiritual practice. Dr. Fisher works with individuals at her private practice in Mountain View. For more information, please contact her at (650) 314-0193.
Fri. March 26, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. March 27, 2004 10 am-4 pm .....WORKSHOP: $50
SACRED SOUNDS: Honoring Our Authentic Voice

Each person has a one-of-a-kind voice, a "soul-song" that is sacred and individual. Using techniques and exercises incorporating movement, art, drama, and sound, gently explore your relationship to your voice, your personal vocal language, and what it means to be fully heard in community. Use art processes to gain insight about issues and feelings related to the experience of connecting with your voice and sharing it with others. This class is limited to 12 people.

Anin Utigaard, M.A., R.E.A.T., is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and faculty member with the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute. A musician and songwriter, Anin works with individuals (adults, children, and adolescents) and groups using the creativity process as a way to address personal and community concerns. Anin can be contacted at (415) 974-9303.
Fri. April 9, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. April 10, 2004 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $75
PSYCHODRAMA: Changing Your Life through Acting
Are you having trouble with authority figures, struggling in relationship, or holding back from asking for what you want? Acting in plays that replicate patterns of your everyday life can create lasting change in self-limiting behaviors. Come explore ways to uncover and heal root causes that may be restricting your self-confidence and expression. Reconnect with split off parts of yourself as you experience the healing spirituality of a group acting together.
Brian Sackett, Ph.D., is a psychologist (PSY18785) in private practice in Los Gatos, CA. He works especially with dissociation, trauma, sexual abuse, grief, spiritual emergence problems, and helping people survive and find meaning in Silicon Valley. He can be contacted at (408) 257-6662, ext. 2.
Fri. May 7, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. May 8, 2004 10 am-3 pm .....WORKSHOP: $50
AWAKENING CREATIVITY: Discovering Tools for Peaceful Living
Is the pace of your life quicker than your ability to keep up and enjoy what you're doing? Are you looking for ways to be more fully in relationship with YOURSELF as you engage with your work, family, and friends? Come to discover new and effective ways to wake up to yourself in the context of your everyday life. Let this be one step in the important work of creating the life you desire.
Christine Evans, Ph.D., is a creativity consultant and licensed clinical psychologist (PSY18533). She works with individual clients and groups to facilitate creative Self discovery and healing through individual psychotherapy and group experiences. To explore these ways of working with her, contact Dr. Evans directly at (650) 314-0193, ext. 2.
Wed. Oct. 13, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sun. Oct. 17, 2004 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT: Discovering Spontaneous Ways of Being

What is it like to surrender into your deeper Self? How can you discover the source of your own movement? As you witness yourself and others, you will be invited to allow your authentic movement to come forward and be seen. Through this practice, you can come more fully into embodied relationship with yourself and others.

Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist offering transpersonal psychotherapy and expressive arts therapy (PSY 16569). She trained through the Authentic Movement Institute and has studied dance as a spiritual practice. Dr. Fisher works with individuals at her private practice in Mountain View. For more information, please contact her at (650) 314-0193.
Wed. Nov. 17, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Nov. 20, 2004 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
CREATING YOUR LIFE MAP

What have been the significant events in your life? What patterns, messages, or insights might emerge if you saw your life as a whole? Through collage, visual arts, and other media, you will create a life map that will help you step back and reflect on your life – where you've been, where you are, where you might be going.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Wed. Dec. 15, 2004 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Dec. 18, 2004 10 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $100
WINTER SOLSTICE RITUAL

As we enter into the darkest time of the year, we are invited to reflect, to let go of old patterns, and to clear the way for the new. In this workshop, you will use the expressive arts to explore old patterns you are ready to transform, and to find creative ways to discover new possibilities.

Facilitated by Jan L. Fisher, Ph.D.
Fri. Dec. 5, 2003 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
MEN'S WORK: Self-Development Groups for Men
On this Friday evening, we will use the story The King's Son to explore what is, perhaps, the chief dilemma a man faces as he seeks to develop psychologically and spiritually: Do I serve my role or my soul? The male spirit must find a path. The King's Son describes an initiation that all seeking men must encounter.

William Brater, MFT, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist. For the last 15 years, Dr. Brater has led groups for men working together for psychological and spiritual development. He can be reached directly at (650) 322-1357.
Fri. Nov. 14, 2003 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Nov. 15, 2003 10 am-4 pm .....WORKSHOP: $45-75 (sliding scale)
LIVING STORIES: Sharing Our Meaningful Stories in Ways that Create Compassionate Connection
Do you want to create deeper understanding, greater compassion, and even transformation? Our cultural condition yearns for greater connection in our local and global communities. As a natural remedy, people are increasingly sharing their stories. Learn principles of good storytelling. Learn how to identify a story you may wish to share, a creative process for your story expression, and how to share the storytelling process with others, from kids to coworkers.
Sharon Hoffman, Ph.D., is a storiographer – a facilitator of sharing meaningful, true stories through creative arts. Based on her research and storytelling work in photography, film, and other media, Sharon provides organizations and individuals with storytelling project facilitation and education about the storytelling process. She may be reached at (650) 625-0400 or Sharon@livingstories.com.
Fri. Oct. 24, 2003 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Oct. 25, 2003 10 am-3 pm .....WORKSHOP: $50
ROOTS OF THE SPIRIT: Let Nature Soothe Your Soul
Is there ever any relief? Too much work (or not enough), family and health concerns, uncertainty in the world community, the future for the next generations? The side effects of all these worries are often anxiety, depression, and grief. Learn ways to use the gifts that the natural world offers us to bring balance back into your life.

(Please bring a bag lunch, layered clothing, and comfortable shoes. Weather permitting, we will spend some time outdoors. Activities are suitable for adults of all ages and physical capability. Wheelchair access is provided.)
Samantha Dowdall, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY17880) in private practice. She works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Dowdall's award-winning doctoral study and continuing research focuses on psychospiritual healing that can occur while interacting with nature. You may contact her directly at (408) 377-7600.
Fri. Oct. 17, 2003 7-9 pm .....FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Sat. Oct. 18, 2003 9 am-5 pm .....WORKSHOP: $125
Are you tired of struggling with weight issues? Are you ready to have a life-affirming relationship with your body? Join us for these compassionate, creative, and deeply transformative events for women of all sizes seeking healthy relationship with body, food, and weight. Develop compassion toward self and body, explore and embrace soul-centered motivation for change, and cultivate body wisdom, embodied knowing, and self-trust in a light-hearted environment. Discover a whole new perspective on body and weight that unlocks the mystery of life-long transformation of these issues.
Becky Coleman, Ph.D., has been teaching and mentoring on women's psycho-spiritual process of transforming obesity and self-care for over 12 years. Her own search for a life-long solution to disordered eating (including weighing nearly 300 pounds – twice) founded on compassion, embodied knowing, and self-determined right body size, initiated her passion for exploring this complex healing process with other women. Find out more about Dr. Coleman at
www.o-c-e-a-n.com.
Sat. April 19, 2003 10 am-3 pm .....FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
CREATE PEACE INSIDE: A Free Event to Express Our Grief in Time of War
Whether we support or oppose the war, what we share is our grief and desire for peace. Come creatively express your response to the loss of life and desire for peace. Bring yourself, your feelings, and your willingness to explore through poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, music, or movement. No experience is necessary – just a willing heart.

See San Jose Mercury News article on this event.

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