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Come and join Expressive Arts in Berlin!

by admin on December 14, 2014

The Expressive Arts Institute Berlin offers a Certificate in Expressive Arts and a Master Program in Expressive Arts Therapy in Cooperation with the European Graduate School EGS:

Bilingual Academic Program in Berlin


Love Letters, Post Cards, and Post-it Notes

by admin on September 19, 2014

About Pedagogy, Ways of Knowing and Arts-Based Research

by Vachel Miller, Katrina Plato, Kelly Clark, Keefe John Henson and Sally Atkins
in POIESIS, Volume 15, 2013, EGS Press

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Presence and Process

Foreword by Paolo J. Knill

Do you wonder why we need another book on presencing presence and processing process?  If you wonder, then read this surprisingly unique book, serving you timeless topics, freshly prepared “food” for professionals who are sick and tired of over-processed literature about expressive arts. This book offers nourishing food, timeless topics freshly prepared with zesty and poignant thinking.

At the edge of wonder

Embracing surprise

With courage to meet the other

Begin the adventure of the unknown.

As the poetry of these titles shows, the authors use a language that is attractive, captivating, accurate, precise and adequate to art making. The centrality of the arts within the field of expressive arts opens the discourse to break the ground for the two major bases for any professional work, presence and process. Many authors have written about the concept of presence, and many others also have written about the concept of process. However, to connect each of these basic concepts to the other and to relate them to working with the arts is the unique strength and beauty of this inquiry. Following an introductory chapter in which the authors present the rationale for this work and emphasize their belief in the uniqueness of persons, the authors in Chapter II celebrate the human capacity to respond to beauty and consider that this capacity for responding carries with it an ethical call, an aesthetic responsibility to care for the beauty of life. They show how art itself is central to the practice of expressive arts and a fundamental aspect of what it means to be a human being. In Chapters III and IV the authors address the main concepts, presence and process. The authors point out that a meaningful encounter is one marked by presence, a way of being that includes processes of multileveled awareness, multifold openness and appreciative curiosity. Such an encounter helps to provide courage to venture into new and unknown regions. The authors show how enrichment of language produces expanded perspectives on problematic situations and opens possibilities for the process of change. Within the ground of a facilitative relationship, this enrichment of language is an important help toward trusting the unfolding process. The appendices offer examples of concrete applications of the basic concepts. These applications relate to contemporary developments in expressive arts work, including decentering with the arts. What has been lacking in the field of expressive arts is a language that allows practitioners to talk about essentials with other professionals. This book offers such a language and with it, a phenomenological standpoint from which to re-envision a psychology adequate to the expressive arts. Finally, we have here a book that is a landmark in charting the path toward future development in expressive arts work. What makes it a landmark? Two prominent psychologists, both of whom have influenced the field of expressive arts in important ways, have come together to present a clear and convincing voice, showing us that language itself can be artful when it diligently follows the traditional traces of art making. This is a major contribution to the field of expressive arts, a pioneering work, bringing together these central concepts, presence and process, with fundamental ideas about the arts and aesthetics.

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By Ellen G. Levine

This article first appeared in 2013 in the journal POIESIS: A Journal of the Arts and Communication and will be published in 2015 as part of the book, Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy: An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach.

The Beauty that Sustains


From Istanbul to Saas-Fee – Improvising Freedom

June 25, 2014

by Stephen K. Levine In the beginning of June, Ellen Levine and I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to teach and to meet with students and colleagues from the European Graduate School’s programs in Expressive Arts. Turkey has been experiencing an intense conflict between an authoritarian Islamic government and those, especially younger and more urban people, […]

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Durchtanzen – unter Regieassistenz von EGS-Absolventin Barbara Kofler

October 7, 2013

18. bis 27. Oktober 2013 in Zürich Programm: Programmheft Durchtanzen

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Getanzte Geschichten bewegen – Buchneuerscheinung

September 9, 2013

Die EGS-Absolventin Ursula Anna Neuner hat diesen Sommer ein Buch herausgegeben. „Getanzte Geschichten bewegen – Expressive Arts Coaching im künstlerischen Gestaltungsprozess“ richtet sich an alle, die Interesse an tänzerischen/künstlerischen Schaffensprozessen haben. Im Besonderen an alle Professionellen, die selbst prozessorientiert und intermodal mit Gruppen und im Einzelsettings arbeiten. Der praktische Teil dieses Buches stellt angewandtes Expressive Arts Coaching vor. Das […]

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Collective Trauma, Collective Healing – new Book by Jack Saul

August 26, 2013

“Collective trauma requires collective responses.” This book has that rare ability to produce a paradigm shift in how we heal traumatized communities. – Helen Fisher, PhD In contrast to the individualistic, symptom-focused approach of most mental health services, this practice framework addresses the widespread impact of major disasters in families and communities and taps their […]

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What did not exist happened – About the Third – Lecture@EGS by Peter Sinapius

July 27, 2013

What did not exist happend Lecture by Peter Sinapius

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