Archive for the ‘art-therapy’ Category

Art opens windows as dementia closes doors

June 14th, 2013

The light-filled room is replete with remembrances, some unwittingly captured on paintings scattered across the tables, others flitting in and out, coming close, teasing their owners but then darting away.
The eight men and women, in their 70s and 80s, work intently, dipping brushes into Styrofoam cups of water, swirling them into the chosen hue of their watercolor paints, then stroking the color onto paper. Intermittent conversation and laughter interrupt the tranquility.
They are grandmothers and grandfathers, a hydrologist, a children’s vocational nurse, a dentist, an FBI secretary. All in varying stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, they share the painful reality of a fading mind. They’ve come to their weekly painting class, where they sometimes discover lost memories, but always find companionship and joy and moments of peace.
“So much of this disease is hard and sad,” says Sara Spaulding, spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado, whose husband died at 63 in 2010 of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s after battling the disease for 10 years. “This program, however, offers light and laughter … not only to the participants but for their families.”




Music and Therapy

March 15th, 2013

J. L. Moreno – Acting Your Inner Music

Although psychodrama is a powerful treatment approach in itself that requires years of training, therapy and supervision before one can be certified to practice, Joseph Moreno has attempted to present the basic psychodramatic concepts and techniques that can be integrated into music therapy practice. He describes the roots of his approach as stemming from J. L. Moreno’s early experimentation with music in psychodrama (1930-40s) that he called “psychomusic,” which involved improvised vocal music and/or rhythmic expression, along with instrumental improvisation. Music was generally used by J. L. Moreno to warm up the group, leading to the selection of a protagonist for the actual psychodramatic work.

Book info:
Acting Your Inner Music: Music Therapy and Psychodrama
Purchase Information:
$23.00 • ISBN 1-891278-34-7


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Let’s doodle!

June 27th, 2012

Hey, it is playtime!

Let’s doodle!

A course on having fun. Interested? Come along!

a 1,5-day course during which

you will not

  • analyse yourself or others
  • talk about your parents or other relatives
  • talk about your past
  • talk about your pains and aches
  • talk about your future or your goals in life
  • think much

however you will

  • play, create, draw, paint, etc
  • be creative
  • communicate with yourself via different art forms
  • learn to look at things and life differently
  • meet the creative ‘child’ within
  • get dirty with creation
  • have great fun

Possible result of taking part is that you will reconnect with the energy source of  your creativity and enthusiasm for life

Techniques used : right-brain drawing methods and art-therapy methods

Trainer: Ildiko Kudlik, a child at heart, artist/coach (for more information see other pages of site)

Language: English/Hungarian

Place: wherever YOU organize it on the globe *

Minimum number of participants: 10

Price: 130 EUR or USD/person (between 10-15 participants); 110 EUR or USD/person (from 16  participants up)  for the 1,5-day course  (all material included) + room hire + travel + boarding expenses of trainer and self *(organizer participates for free of charge)

Possible arrangement of days: Friday half day and Saturday all day or Saturday all day and Sunday half day

More information on trainer and course

Contact info –

A spritual approach to Creativity

May 6th, 2012
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Speak (2004)

May 1st, 2012

A film about how art helps to heal all wounds

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Edvard Munch

January 11th, 2012

Very weird and still pretty interesting. I find his work too dark to really like, still inspiring sense of creativity, worth sharing …

With some strange reason I dont get ‘scream’ is his most famous and well-known piece of work I still prefer this one. I find it dark but there seems to be some hope left in this one.