The Artful Way (of living a meaningful life)

Exploring Together
Theresa, Chief Educator, Facilitator

Canticle, Chief Trouble-maker, Yoga Instructor ;)

Laughing Together
Theresa, Chief Joy Officer, Admin

Canticle, Chief Wonder-finder, 

Dreaming Together
Theresa, Chief Creative Director, Design

Canticle, Chief Dream-Weaver

Photo Credit: Beth Fernley Photography


This is what I’d love you to know about me...

I love to dance in the rain, sing to the moon, laugh out loud and play in the mud. I get messy with paints, use colours and shapes and patterns and textures to beautify my personal space and enhance the space of others; I love Mother Earth, her variety, complexity, her unique characteristics, her generosity; I love for people to know themselves, completely, openly, honestly, just how precious and beautiful they really are.

I believe that art - in the widest version of itself - is a tool for creating and living a meaningful life. This is why I have devoted my life to facilitating creative expression, empowering others to utilize their own creative gifts for self expression, for personal growth and for healing.

The Artful Way (Of Living a Meaningful Life) was born out of a desire to contribute to wholeness of life, to a meaningful life: celebrating its beauty, its magic, its possibilities.

My name is Theresa de Rox, REACE, BD, MA, Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator registered with IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association) since 2016. I have been an Educator for over 30 years, teaching and facilitating both in the public and private sectors in the US and also in Canada. BD, Bachelor of Divinity, MEd, Masters of Education.

Visit my website: www.theartfulway.co

Contact me: hello@theartfulway.co

FB, IG, Twitter: @theartfulway

Photo Credit: Beth Fernley Photography

Photo Credit: Beth Fernley Photography

VISION STATEMENT

Contributing to wholeness of life: celebrating its beauty, its magic, its possibilities

Through active participation in Expressive Arts: visual arts, poetry, story-telling, drama, movement and sound, we provide opportunities to beckon our soul to greater awareness, to realize our Wholeness, to re-discover our Oneness with all of creation.

We are here to evoke Presence.

We are here to invite Grace.

We are here to encourage Exploration. 

We are here to inspire Transformation. 

We are here to promote Wellness. 

We are here to empower Wholeness.


Resources

Whenever we find a website with someone following a similar path, we look for their resources, their recommendations for cool stuff to augment, enhance and supplement the journey.

We are fascinated with masters of the living word, living sounds, living shapes, living colours of this world: philosophers, dreamers, artists, creatives, explorers.

So we decided to make some lists of awesome books, authors and people we find interesting. Have a look if you like. :) [Authors Listed in Random Order]

Byron Katie, Loving What Is

Jean Houston Page (Official), A Mythic Life

Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success 

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography

Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 

Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul

Maya Angelou, Why the Caged Bird Sings 

Mary Oliver, Swan

John O'Donohue, Anam Cara 

David Whyte, Consolations

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit 

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Official Home Page for The Four Agreements 

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet 

Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God Series

Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces 

Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist

Dr. Dan Siegel, Mindsight

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Flora Bowley, Brave Intuitive Art

Chloe Goodchild, The Naked Voice

Brian Andreas, Story People

Cathy Malchiodi

Jacques Costeau

Jane Goodall

Pablo Picasso

Henry Matisse


What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

All expressive therapists share the belief that through creative expression and the tapping of the imagination, a person can examine the body, feelings, emotions and his or her thought process. However, expressive arts therapy is its own therapeutic discipline, an inter-modal discipline where the therapist and client move freely between drawing, dancing, music, drama, and poetry. Although often separated by the form of creative art, some expressive therapists consider themselves intermodal, using expression in general, rather than a specific discipline to treat clients, altering their approach based on the clients' needs, or through using multiple forms of expression with the same client to aid with deeper exploration. [Wikipedia]

Expressive arts therapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, horticulture, dreamwork, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. It is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of our individual and collective human experience in artistic form. Expressive arts therapy is also about experiencing the natural capacity of creative expression and creative community for healing (Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective, 2003, Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Process in Art and Life. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers. p. 3). [Wikipedia]