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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
Art, Myth & Metaphor: Listening for Soul

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ROOM 803

"To what does the soul turn that has no therapists to visit?" — James Hillman 

Pioneer art therapist Janie Rhyne taught us to listen, to focus.  She would guide us, through a process of describing, toward an understanding of the dialogue between art and Self.  She knew the gift of staying with the artwork, teaching us ways to focus in the art making.  In post-Jungian Archetypal Psychology, Hillman and Berry describe the importance of 'sticking with the image.' When we listen to what presents itself, whether in our art or our lives, we make room for soul. In this 3-hour workshop, we discover metaphor through myth, art and writing. Myth provides us with the means to leave our daily world in order to make meaning of our everyday lives. The art deepens the focus. When we trust the art and story, we arrive at the heart of the matter. “We breathe, expand, and let go, and something comes in from elsewhere...The daimon in the heart seems quietly pleased…It’s in touch” (Hillman, 1996).  When working with clients, we can offer the same process, encouraging them to trust the image, listen for metaphor, and be in touch with the heart.

This workshop is also part of the multiple-session, 4-day Immersive Training: Archetypal Approaches in the Expressive Arts TherapiesRegistration is available separately for each day.


Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT, has taught and practiced art therapy for over 30 years. She added the practice of sandplay to her work 16 years ago. Josie directed art therapy programs at the University of New Mexico and Seton Hill College. She has taught at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Naropa University, Vermont College, and Mount Mary College. In recent years, she was the coordinator and taught in the summer graduate creative arts... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY