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11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference: Crossing Boarders for…

Last October 5, we set our hearts and our feet on the rainy streets of Hong Kong to join the eleventh conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. This was the first time that this conference was held in Asia and our high spirits cannot contain the joyous anticipation to experience this event that we never imagined we’ll be a part of.

Though wrapped in enormous excitement, we took time to rest and allowed ourselves for days of quiet time. These moments never failed in setting us to ponder on the things we need to focus on in the conference. As one of the 50 presenters of this conference, we recognize the need for not only mind preparation, but more importantly, connecting to our inner self, so we can give fully to others.

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The conference was not the way we expected. Being first timers in attending an international conference and as well as being presenters, we felt an uncomfortable overwhelm meeting great people from all over the world. Many of them we look up to as they are very experienced and well-respected expressive arts therapists, activists, and general practitioners. But, this conference that started as an uncomfortable place for us became a family, to the point we felt that we were in a family reunion! All of them, most especially the pioneers, were very accepting and welcoming. Their humble souls drew our heartstrings that enabled us to have more faith in what we do.

The series of expressive arts activities revealed so much of ourselves and opened us to more soulful encounters with the other participants. We realized that cultural diversity is not a hindrance, but rather, an exciting opportunity to experience more and to learn more from people across the board. Our interchange of ideas, beliefs, practices, and methodologies brought forth more enrichment and even more, friendship.

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We conducted the workshop entitled, “Cultivating Connectedness with Expressive Art Meditation” in the afternoon session of October 8. This workshop was specifically designed to give a quiet space for us expressive arts practitioners, to reconnect to their true self in the pursuit of giving more to the people we serve. Again, just like here in the Philippines, synchronicity happened. The interweaving of stories united us into cultivating the connection that binded us as human beings — being there for each other. We were almost in tears when the participants expressed their gratitude, seeing that we prepared everything carefully, and for our presence that was deeply felt in the session. But, as facilitators, we were more thankful for their total engagement which made the session helpful to them.

11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference Hong Kong, Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Lastly, we would like to thank all the Filipinos we met in this conference. They were our instant family while we walked on the unfamiliar streets of this conference. Their generosity in sharing their resources and their passion in promoting more awareness of the expressive arts in the Philippines moved us to learn more and to love more. We were one in saying that the IEATA Conference in Hong Kong is a fresh venue to start something and to continue what was started — crossing boarders again through archipelagos to love, to learn, and to serve.

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White Space Wellness Studio: Expressive Art Meditation’s New Home

At the heart of the hectic street of Katipunan Avenue lies a sanctuary of tranquility and a very conducive place for meditation and relaxation, the White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio. This will be the new home of Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation. Being a perfect venue to relax, unwind and contemplate, the first batch of participants enjoyed the workshop as well as the atmosphere of the place.

 

 

 

 

Have a break from the daily grind of life. Redefine your “me time” with Expressive Art Meditation at White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio.

 

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A Stopover From Your Busy Life

It is always very inspiring to know how we touch other people’s lives, especially a friend that we haven’t met for a long time. Myzyl Choi, our dear friend way back in college, wrote about her fantastic experience in the Expressive Art Meditation.

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When your feet get sore, a foot spa would be an excellent treat. Day in and day out, we see stress and tiredness written across people’s face as they hurriedly walk along the busy streets minding their own business like there’s not enough time to even stop and breathe. While you can get a Thai massage to bend your body aches away, your mind and soul are not tangible muscles that you can pinch and press. Carol and Jem of Artist Madhouse believe that this is why they exist. They are here to help people release emotions – happiness and tensions alike – through art, take a short break from their busy lives, and ease their tired souls for even just a bit. I am fortunate to learn all about this faithful endeavor from an afternoon interview with the masterminds and by experiencing first hand the Expressive Art Meditation during their Artist Madhouse Session that was conducted last March 1, 2014. This is a walkthrough of my journey in realizing and appreciating the advocacy of the organization and why I believe that reading through this text could only describe but never replace the pivotal experience that this stopover could possibly offer.

Why was I intrigued about Artist Madhouse’s Expressive Art Meditation? That catchy name is the giveaway. Who wouldn’t be intrigued? Their continuous promotion through Facebook also kept me reading and checking out their fun activities. I met Carol and Jem during college and started following Artist Madhouse ever since it was founded. We all started as idealistic art students. But as I pursued a corporate life, I continued to look up to Carol and Jem’s passion for the fine art. Brave souls. So when I was tasked to study an organization, this was my top-of-mind – an advocacy that is my first love but is far from my daily work life. A passion that I can only daydream about while they ardently live by.

You can read the whole article here.

All article credits to Myzyl Choi.

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Expressive Art Meditation at its First

Artist Madhouse is very happy to finally launch its first Expressive Art Meditation last February 1, 2014 at PhilDRRA, Quezon City. Nine participants went their way to experience freedom from negativities of hurt, getting home to their core, and simply, enjoying this life’s “stop over.”

Expressive Art Meditation is a program released by Artist Madhouse as a way of helping people towards finding enlightenment and self-direction. “Artist Madhouse Session,” as it is formally branded by its facilitators, Jem and Carol, aims to create a venue for people who just simply need a “spa” for their soul. Know more about Expressive Art Meditation.

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

As quoted by the facilitators, “Once in a while, we go to spas to have a massage therapy for our tired physical bodies. The Artist Madhouse Session aims to ‘massage’ the soul to experience healing from life’s challenges.” Jem and Carol also emphasized that Expressive Art Meditation is not only for the stressed, disconnected or lost, but also for people who want to celebrate life and blessings as a way of gratitude.

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation

We hope to see you on our next session!

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How My Time Pies

We are very blessed to grab a chance to facilitate an expressive art meditation for a parish-based group of young members. The St. John the Evangelist Choir is part of the Music Ministry of Christ the King Parish, Taytay, Rizal, and is being guided by Jem as its adviser. We are thankful for the warm accommodation of the fathers of the Vincentian Hills Seminary in Angono, Rizal to help this activity happen in a very peaceful and reflective manner.

Similar to the activity we facilitated last January 16 at the Philippine Heart Center, we asked these young talented singers to create a time pie. With the help of a guided imagery, we paused for a while and journeyed back to experiences and relationships.

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We were amazed that even though they are young, they were already pondering deeply on their life. The way they shared a slice of their life to us inspired us to further nurture them in their personal and spiritual life. Living a life of service for God shelters them with unshaken optimism inspite of problems that come.

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We know you are wondering about the title of this activity. “How My Time Pies” was derived from the famous idiomatic expression, “How Time Flies!” This activity became a moment for each participant to reflect on how they are doing in terms of using their time in relation to different aspects of their life. The relationships may come in forms of career, education, self, family, friends, and many more. This simple yet enlightening activity is a reminder of how time flies so fast, and so should be used to engage in nurturing relationships that personally matter to them.

If you are a part of a church ministry and would love to experience activities like these in your group, feel free to send us a message now!