What is expressive arts anyway?


“Trying to put the expressive arts process into words is like trying to tell a woman from Mars what an orange tastes like. Really, you must taste it to understand it.”

~Natalie Rogers~


But really, what is expressive arts? This is a question I get asked just about on a daily basis. I tell people I am an Expressive Arts Facilitator and they say “What is that?” Almost every response I have is a little bit different, which is important because I think that I am continuously learning more about the field and tailoring my response to my own revelations.

In a nutshell, the field of Expressive Arts uses visual arts, movement, sound, writing, drama, and meditation in combination with each other to provide experiences that promote personal growth and development and often times deep healing. The work is usually intermodal, meaning that there is a flow between each creative art; participants move from one modality to the next to foster deeper understanding and healing. Expressive Arts is offered in a safe and judgement free environment so that people can express themselves freely and authentically.

The late Natalie Rogers also stated that “The expressive arts take you beyond the daily doldrums or self-centeredness to an awakening of the spirit and enlivening of the soul.”

As a facilitator, I strongly believe that EVERYONE is an artist and that EVERYONE can participate in Expressive Arts experiences! I believe that people have the innate power to change their lives for the better. I believe that through Expressive Arts people have the ability to get in touch with their deepest desires, and that everyone has the power to heal themselves as long as they are given the time and space to do so. I feel very passionate about guiding others on their own journeys of personal growth, development, and healing, and look forward to working with you in the future.



 International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

Expressive Arts Florida Institute


“When art is expressed from the deepest levels of our being, profound healing occurs.”

Healing with the Arts

Michael Samuels, M.D. & Mary Rockwood Lane, RN, PhD