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I’ve been asked to train trainers in Egypt, Kenya, and India in 2018. I’m incredibly excited and honored. Working with the arts and with Playback Theatre has always been the powerful bones of my work.

In January 2018,  sponsored by The Global Alliance for Africa, a non-profit in Chicago Illinois, I’ll join several arts-based therapists working with artists, therapists, and gaasaf4community advocates who are aiding orphans in Karen, a town outside Nairobi. We’ll be in conversation with local professionals as we learn about their work, understand their needs, and share ideas. It is everyone’s expectation that the arts-based tools we share will greatly benefit workshop attendees, enhancing their effectiveness as therapists and educators, and enriching both their work and ours. In this work teachers and participants are all both facilitators and learners.For more information on GAA and their work:  Global Alliance for Africa

Educators and therapists around the world have expressed a great hunger to learn arts-based tools that support clients and address complex issues such as trauma. In my last trip to India in a psychodrama for Playback practitioners, we heard stories about DSC04302strength and resilience of people who experienced deep violence. I expect to support in creating this kind of safe container again, when I go back to Bangalore in June 2018 to work with the Actors Collective and Yours Truly Playback Theatre troupes both renowned and awarded companies.

And, in March, Im very excited to be working with Ben Rivers at the Dawar Arts Center 23000157_372336273178874_211023708324059649_oin Cairo, Egypt.The Dawar Arts Community in Cairo, Egypt has invited me to facilitate two trainings. Directed by Ben Rivers, Dawar “utilities participatory theatre, therapeutic drama and other arts-based processes for healing, dialogue and societal transformation from the grassroots up.” I’ll be working with therapists, caregivers, and other professionals seeking ways to integrate the expressive arts into their projects, practices, and communities. The first training will explore issues related to burnout using narrative therapy and the expressive arts; the second is an overall introduction to the potential and practices of expressive arts therapy field.

 

Because I volunteer much of what I do, I need to fundraise for travel. Please feel free to check out current fundraising project at FundMyTravel  Many hearts and hands can help, and if you donate, you can become part of  my travels too.No donations are too small. Thank you in advance!

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High Holy Days

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Each year, here in New England, Fall creeps down the mountains to the lakes and the ocean. A couple of weeks ago the weather was cool and damp, and our autumn color change was progressing rapidly. Then summer-like warmth and dryness returned and the change stopped abruptly, replaced by browning leaves and sudden leaf drop.

Something similar happened last year when, after a soggy first half of summer, drought set in. By mid-September we were pretty certain there would be no autumn color. Then, at the last moment, cool, rainy weather arrived saving the season. We’re hoping for another miraculous turnaround this year.

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Michael and I just came baqck from a 2480 mile road trip to the Midwest and Canada. Here he offers some thoughts on what we experienced, particularity at the McMichael Collection outside Toronto.

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We’ve been traveling. Over the course of past ten days we drove out to Illinois to visit family, then up to Toronto to explore the city, its museums, and the natural world that surrounds it. Yesterday we drove the nine hours home. The drive home proved stormy, yet we somehow stayed ahead of the rain most of the way; a couple of hours east of Toronto a tornado formed behind us, touched down briefly, then dissapated. Today,  the storms have arrived here, repeatedly drenching the landscape.

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Dreaming the World

Yesterday was a perfect summer day, very much fitting of the 4th of July. We kayaked and picnicked, then went walking along the lake shore, or rather Jennie walked while I rode my scooter. I’ve finally decided I appreciate the scooter and the flexibility it offers; of course, in true Polio fashion, it has taken three years to arrive at appreciation.

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Ethical Quandaries

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It is cold; really cold. The new pattern seems to be we receive our deep cold weather in March, rather than January and February. We could use some snow as the bare ground is subject to thawing which is tough on the garden. We also need more snow to get us through the summer as summers have become quite dry. A storm is forecast to come up the coast in a couple of days and bring some snow. The past two winters these storms have mostly missed us, depositing their moisture on the coast. Southern New England is in year five of  drought and can use the moisture. But then, so can we.

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Raptor

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Snowy_woodsA stormy sky morning, following a night of sleet, snow, and freezing rain. Now the temperature has risen above freezing so the trip to the office should be passable.

Mornings come much earlier now. We’ve gained more than 90 minutes of morning daylight since the solstice. Soon sap will begin rising in the maple trees and sugaring season will be upon us.

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