Expressive Arts (FOAT)
“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”
– Andre Gide
Expressive Arts (Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts)
Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT) is a powerful, based on mindfulness, container that helps an individual to look and feel the inner self, find the connection within and be present with it, let this “inner sense” to come, explore it in a kind manner and allow the energy to express itself in an art form.
The set of arts includes visual arts, body movement, drama, music, sounds, writing, drawing that aid in process of self-expression. It could be offered in variety of settings. Expressive arts is based on the mindful awareness with no judgment. You can simply connect the Mind to the inner felt sense (emotion, feeling) felt within the body and express it out, release it in the process. There is no need to have any experience, just keep being open, friendly and curious to what comes. This beautiful process is clarifying, empowering and connecting.
Roots of Expressive Arts come from different studies, traditions, theories. It could be very modern – yet filled with beautiful ancient practices. I like to imagine how long time ago, women and men gathered in ceremonies, creating spiritual rituals, for healing, health, abundance, manifestation. They sang, danced, drummed, drew images and celebrated life, relationships and each other. We can tap to that part within us that is connected to the deep sense of bodily knowing and bring it forward. We can let go through expressive arts, all the past things that no longer serve us through building connection between Mind and Body
Who is it for?
Expressive Arts are for everybody! There is no age restrictions. To be back into the state of full allowance is very healing and allowing ourselves to get to that place is priceless. No matter if you are 1 or 101 years old + no experience needed.
Process Emotions with Expressive Arts
There are moments in our lives that we are looking for a way to help ourselves. maybe we struggle with emotions, or some kind of old beliefs, old stories are preventing us from growing. Expressive arts connect Body & Mind, it let’s you get in touch with these emotions that are hard to handle, or that you would like to have more in life.
It’s a beautiful, filled with mindfulness process work.
How does Expressive Arts session look like?
There are Group and Individual sessions available. Most of the times group sessions have a theme, for example working with Manifestation, building self-esteem, empowerment etc.
We start with time to tune in and feel what needs your attention in the moment of session. I will guide you through that with my voice and you will be able to drop into the relaxed state to feel yourself on the inside. Then whatever comes, you will be able to express it through the picture (drawing, collage), writing (journaling, drawing a message), sound (drumming, voicing), gesture (body movement, drama, improv). We will talk about the connection, dialoging and incorporating deepening, life coaching techniques to help you work through the issue. Usually because of the holistic approach to Connect Body & Mind, issues are solved very quickly.
We can work on any issue, negative self-talk, negative beliefs, bringing up your creativity, working with self-esteem, creating and manifesting.
Learn more about Expressive Arts
A woman that inspired me to explore Expressive Arts and from Whom I learnt Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts:
Visit Laura’s website:
My other inspirations
(there are so many!)
Gabrielle Roth is a creator of 5rythms.
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Book Expressive Arts (FOAT) session
Starting with initial conversation/assessmet we will have an opportunity to gain understanding and goals. In addition, we will be able to answer any of your questions. With your best interests in mind, you will decide together what next steps to take.
At the end of your first session, if you decide to move forward and work with therapist, you will be asked to schedule an appointment.
Call +1 708 436 4493 and speak to Ania Haas to learn more or schedule an appointment.
The Benefits of Expressive Arts (FOAT)
- Deeper Self-Understanding
- Stress and Anxiety Release
- Better Focus
- Healing & Happiness
- Emotional Growth
- Reduces Burnout
Price for Expressive Arts Session
Price for Expressive Arts (Groups)
$150 +Depends on Group and Hours
- Specific Topic Oriented
- Expressive Arts
- Group Discussion
Call with any questions about Expressive Arts 708 436 4493