What is Art Therapy?
A practice used as part of several retreats in Serendipity Institute
Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.
It’s no surprise, then, that many people around the world use art as a means to deal with stress, trauma and unhappiness – or to just find greater peace and meaning in their lives.
Creating art allows you an alternative to using words to express how you are feeling and enables you to connect with issues you may feel unable to talk about. This art making process combined with therapy is designed to assist you in making positive changes in your personality and life style and help you towards achieving your full potential. Art therapy offers you a bridge between your inner and outer experiences, between your conscious and unconscious mind. It is a powerful way of knowing yourself and a powerful form of healing.
Art therapy uses painting, dance, theatrical play, singing and writing as playful tools to help you acquire consciousness of yourself and your life. Specifically, you have the opportunity to recognize ineffective patterns you usually use and change them, to see life from a new angle, experience the joy of the moment, to discover your unique self expression and practice the art of effortless doing, to connect with nature and really experience playing.
Way beyond any perception you may have about, creativity groups (or else, art therapy workshops) are based on a scientific structure which gives you the opportunity to experience creativity in its real dimension: as the unique quality you put on your activity, as the joyful expression of yourself.
It is appropriate for all ages and you need no previous artistic skills, just openness to creativity, play and spontaneity.
Art Therapy is used as a joyful part of several retreats in Serendipity Institute, during which you will have the opportunity to participate sufficiently in the art making process and experience its beneficial results.
What are the benefits of Art Therapy?
The therapeutic impact of Art Therapy has been proven to be major. It helps you to:
- Be present, at the moment
- Become more active in your life
- Release overwhelming emotions and unblock negative energies
- Increase your sense of well-being, relaxing your mind
- Create space for new inspiration
- Enrich your life through creative expression
- Experience personal transformation
- Develop your self-esteem and confidence
- Extend your ability to communicate
- Gain insights and self-awareness not available through other means
- Increase your spontaneity
- Improve your interpersonal skills
- Discover and unfold your hidden talents
- Experience a sense of achievement
- Develop a stronger sense of identity
- Move forward and make life changes that last
- Empower yourself
- Experience fulfilling meditative moments
- Reconnect with your innocence and joy.
Not bad, eh?
How does it work?
While Art Therapy may involve learning skills or art techniques, the emphasis is generally first on developing and expressing images that come from inside you, rather than those you see in the outside world. No artistic skills are needed, just your willingness to play and explore…
In the Art therapy workshops you wear your used clothes, you get stained with paint, laugh a lot, act spontaneously, follow your joy, play, have fun, dance like ‘crazy’, sing in a discordant way without any guilt, completely free from the burden of the everyday seriousness. Thus, you are offered the opportunity to discover and overcome obstacles that you hadn’t realized that existed in a playful and entertaining way. Personal transformation and healing is the only way ahead of you when participating in such an amusing process!