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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Thursday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Inner Voice Dialogue & Edible Container Gardens: A Hybrid for Sowing Resilience

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Horticulture is a primordial practice, and its teachings serve as a metaphor for life. Container gardening provides a unique way to reap its therapeutic benefits within the time and space constraints of urban living. In this all-day experiential Master Class, participants will explore how to incorporate Inner Voice Dialogue (IVD) with the process of tending a plant to promote mindfulness, self-care, and self-acceptance. As a nonverbal activity that immerses the senses, gardening is an effective intervention for a wide range of issues, including mood and eating disorders, addictions, and trauma. The workshop will guide participants through the specific requirements of building container gardens, as well as discuss how gardening, when combined with IVD, can nurture active self-exploration and introspection. From seedling to dinner plate, the plant's life cycle can serve as a powerful symbol for personal growth and inner harmony.



Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW

Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, is co-founder of New York Voice Dialogue Institute, and DBT trained. Bridgit’s practice is in New York City. Her expertise lies in helping clients shift perspective and enhance creativity through Inner Voice Dialogue. She contributed a chapter introducing the concept of the “Final Eighth” in The Voice Dialogue Anthology, addressing issues related to being stuck “in sight of the finish... Read More →

Fran Sorin

Fran Sorin is the author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which maps out the 7 Stages of Creative Awakening that she developed to help people become more creative in the garden and life, as well as experience greater joy and well-being. With a foreword by Dr. Larry Dossey, her book has been endorsed by Dr. Andrew Weil, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Lama Surya Das, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Fr. Richard Rohr, and... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:00am - 5:15pm
New York City Voice Dialogue Center 630 Ninth Avenue, #212 (at the Film Center Building, near 44th Street)