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The work process of the Expressive Arts therapy retreat - embracing life is a focus from intermodality based on different artistic disciplines, expressive languages that will use the relationship between person, group and nature to open a space of eco-consciousness and, learn through the expressive arts manifest the existential difficulties of our life. This work process has as verticality, the body, the movement and articulates the spiritual dimension in art, in life.

This retreat offers you the possibility of developing different qualities of perception, where to investigate the invisible, and the histories that house our cells, our internal - external environment through different creative and imaginative territories. It allows the flowering of our true Self, the opening and liberation of our most authentic nature and, profoundly transmitting to our body, to our everyday a higher level of consciousness, and, presence.

The Retreat will address and promote the following Goals:
- Enhance the relationship between expressive arts therapy and the environment in an experiential framework 
- Offer a space for personal development and continuous professional training.
- Enhance an ethical attitude in the relationship with our environment and their living beings
- The proposal is based on an integration of the eco-conscience, from a group process centered on the here and now
- Experience of how expressive arts therapy comes into contact with our being through the understanding of our objective or subjective reality.
- Promote the sense of community and professional network.

The Embrace Life retreat offers the following resources:
- Performance Ritual
- Ritual Movement
- Poetry and Drawing
- Experience and aesthetic dialogue
- Body Mind Integration and Experiencing
- Expressive Arts, Nature and Spirituality
- The spiritual dimension in Art
- Art community - Creative work in community
- Exploratory, research and self-observation proposals to promote the creative process and its intentionality.
- A work that supports the practice of life and professional practice
- To promote a space where to install the power of life, vitality, a greater awareness of our relationship with nature and with oneself. Develop skills and a deeper relationship with life and, our relationships.
- Develop the arts, imagination, and creativity as resources that strengthen the well-being, well-being and, the integral health of the person.
- A discipline recognized in different countries and with a great development in USA and, exercised by different professionals.
- Artistic, anthropological and psychological focus of Expressive Arts Therapy

Methodology presented:
Warm up Ritual
Theory and approach
Theme and intention to explore in the experiential work with expressive arts
Use of the intermodality approach and its methodological principles to go into depth
Individual work, in pairs and in groups
Body-meditative practice
Deep Psychology

What will you need:
Suitable and comfortable clothing

This retreat is open and intended for anyone wishing to contact different therapeutic dynamics that articulate the arts and nature. Open to professionals and students of creative therapies who wish to incorporate in their work methodological principles from the therapy of expressive arts and nature in their work. For more information, write to the e-mail: secretariascars@gmail.com

We inform you that we have 40 places for the instance.
Price / Returns and Cancellation Policy
General  Cost for the retreat Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 250 euros - (includes accommodation, food, materials and Temazcal on last day).
The withdrawal fee includes accommodation and meals. In the registration process you will be informed of all the respective details of the withdrawal conditions.
If you cancel your registration, Scars will reimburse 50% of the total value of your deposit until March 25; after this date there will be no refund.


Dear colleagues,
at May the 11th 2019 a research conference will take place in Hamburg at the Medical School Hamburg. We are looking for researchers who would like to share their work, research and findings in a participatory workshop.
We are looking forward to your contributions!

Research Conference Dance Movement Therapy:
Dance is effective! Is dance effective?
– Call for Workshops –

The Society for Dance Research (Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung, gtf) and the Professional
Association of German Dance Movement Therapists (Berufsverband der TanztherapeutInnen
Deutschlands, BTD) would like to formally welcome you to the 1. Research Conference for Dance
Movement Therapy taking place on May 11th, 2019 from 9:00 – 17:00 at the handicap-accessible
Department for Art, Society and Health at the Medical School of Hamburg (MSH), Germany.
The goal of this newly launched research conference is to give an overview of the current status of
dance movement therapy research and to shed light on the existing variety of research being
carried out. Further goals are to provide opportunities for continuing education, networking and
gathering inspiration for new ideas, creativity and discussions: Why, what for, for whom and with
what social background are we conducting research?
Research in dance movement therapy today is presented with quite a big challenge: On the one
hand the economization of our health system asks for empirical studies of effectiveness, on the
other hand new research methods like arts-based research, which have an open-ended approach,
are continuously evolving. Can these differing research approaches with their variety of questions
and methods productively supplement each other? Or do new methods critically question the ruling
research paradigms, maybe even overcoming them?
Everybody and anybody who is interested in these questions, as well as in dance movement
therapy research in general, is invited: Experts, young scientists, trainees, therapists and all others.
The day will consist of two state of the art lectures which will be followed by 4 parallel-occurring
workshops. These workshops have the aim of communicating differing research methods and
positions in an interactive way.
Researchers are invited to apply with prepared or already performed/displayed dance movement
therapy research projects involving clinical, theoretical, evidence-based and/or artistic approaches.
The two hour long workshops should present research questions and results while also introducing
and transmitting specific research methods. Possible topics and questions include: How is dance
movement therapy research conducted? What styles and/or concepts of dance are suitable for
which field of application? What is the importance of art-making in dance movement therapy? Can
(body) concepts of dance and/or dance science build a theoretical foundation for dance movement
therapy? How does dance take effects therapeutically? Which dance movement therapy concepts,
methods and theories are applied for specific disorders? What is the role of power, privilege and
difference in dance movement therapy? All other questions in the field of dance movement therapy
are welcome too!
Please apply with a short vita (max. 800 characters) and an abstract that explains your workshop’s
goal(s) and clarifies how interactive participation is ensured in your workshop (max. 3000
characters). You will find the required form on the website of the gtf.
Deadline is November 15th, 2018. Please send your abstracts to: info@nicolehartmann.com
The organization team is looking forward to your contributions!
Dr. Petra Rostock, Nicole Hartmann M.A., Magdalena Jäger BSc, Nadja Massumeh Rasch M.A.



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