February 2nd – 9th, 2014


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Hosted by Suraya Keating, Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist & Nicki Koethner, Expressive Arts Therapist, Multi-Media Artist



  • Learn ground-breaking approaches in the arts that help with issues related to stress, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, conflict, trauma and much more.
  • Understand how the arts can contribute to individual and collective healing and transformation.
  • Connect with a thriving community of people who are using the arts for profound positive change in the world.


• Listen to over 15 INSPIRATIONAL LIVE INTERVIEWS with master

practitioners who are using drama, dance, creative writing, visual art, music

and more to change lives.


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Suraya Headshot Landscape 1Suraya Susana Keating Expressive Arts Therapist, Drama Therapist.

Suraya Keating, MFT/RDT is an actress, dancer, yoga instructor, Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Drama Therapist who has used the arts as a catalyst for individual and social transformation for 20 years. Suraya works with youth-at-risk, children with special needs, prison inmates, and adults, and sees private clients in the Bay Area. She provides trainings internationally.   www.suraya.org

Nicki200Nicki Koethner, Expressive Arts Therapist and Multi-Media Artist.

Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT is a Multi-media artist, Expressive Arts Psychotherapist and Community Organizer who specializes in transformation and healing through the arts. She has a private practice in Berkeley, hosts workshops and teaches internationally.  She is an Advisor for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Organization and is on the Board of Bodytales. www.express-explore-expand.com. 

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Nina 'Anin' Utigaard is a licensed MFT and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) who maintains a private practice in San Francisco, CA. She was a founding Co-Chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and a faculty member of the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over ten years. She works with groups and individuals of all ages and continues to offer workshops and training, including 'Authentic Voice Work'. Anin has a fine arts and professional music background, and believes that the arts are a transformative power that can change the world we live in.

Anneli Richards is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a private practice in Marin County. Anneli has been a life-long lover of the arts and creativity. She received her Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS. In addition to her private practice she has brought her skills and passion for using the arts into the public schools throughout the Bay Area for the past 10 years. She is a therapist, educator, writer, artist, and parent. Anneli specializes in working therapeutically and intuitively with children, adolescents, parents, and families of all kinds.

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT, Director, Living Arts Counseling Center, Associate Professor, CIIS, Director, Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, Founder, Healing the Wounds of History, has developed innovative programs using theatre for social change and intercultural conflict transformation.

Elise Peeples is a writer, philosopher and practitioner of healing arts. She has written and published fiction, non-fiction and memoir. She is the founder of Sound Rivers where she plays and teaches didgeridoo for healing purposes and Executive Director of Art Between Us, Inc. whose mission is to teach and produce collaborative art.

Robert “Han” Bishop, PhD, is an adventurer, a healer, and a wisdom teacher. His work (Awakened Guidance) is a profound transformational process that utilizes ancient shamanic and modern therapeutic healing practices. Using this powerful process, Han counsels, heals and teaches clients of all ages.

Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., REAT is licensed psychologist, registered expressive arts therapist, international professor, trainer and author in the field of Jungian oriented expressive arts therapy. She feels her work as an expressive arts therapist stems from my own deep and abiding passion for the arts. She is involved in visual arts and dance and have spent over 18 years studying indigenous and ethnic dance forms, in particular West African and Afro-Cuban Dance.

Karin von Daler, MA, MFT, REAT, Psychologist (Denmark) is an expressive arts therapist with a private practice in Copenhagen. Educated in Denmark, the U.S. and India, she holds a B.A. in Communication and Comparative Religion from the University of Copenhagen, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Denmark. Karin has trained in NLP, EMDR, DBT, EFT as well as movement therapies. Karin is an avid dancer, a painter and spays the harp with harp ensemble Calon. She developed Creative Mindfulness with Lori Schwanbeck, a method for teaching people with severe emotional dysregulation to self-regulate their emotional states through mindful engagement with the arts, and recently co-authored a chapter on Creative Mindfulness in 'Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies' (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

Lysa Castro is a Body Tales and Authentic Movement facilitator, who has worked in close partnership with Body Tales founder Olivia Corson since 1997 and is a graduate and former faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute. She brings a finely tuned ability to create warmth, safety and sacredness into her Body Tales and Authentic Movement groups and individual sessions in Berkeley and Sebastopol, California.

Olivia Corson, originator of Body Tales®, is a spirited and inspiring somatic educator, and long-time San Francisco Bay Area movement theater artist and teacher. She is an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, Artistic Director of Third Stone Productions, the non-profit aspect of Body Tales, and serves on the board of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Her academic background includes an M.A. in Culture and Spirituality, with focus on Expressive Arts, and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Olivia has taught and performed extensively in the Bay Area and beyond for over 30 years, powerfully infusing the Body Tales practice with her passion for the Earth, and for the movement and stories that renew and sustain us.

Mireya Alejo is an artist, expressive arts psychotherapist, and Grof Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. Lives in Oakland, CA. and offers her work locally and internationally. Her practice is informed by studies with “Curanderas” in Mexico, two decades of work with expanded states of consciousness and transpersonal psychology, as well as expressive arts therapy and psychological astrology. Mireya is co-creator of RIE-Creative Meditation and the creator of AltarCreation- A canvas in movement. She continues her personal creative exploration through dance, theater improvisation and the practice of mixed media journaling and painting.

Sylvia Israel, MFT (#31245), RDT/BCT, TEP, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, nationally certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator and Practitioner and Registered Drama Therapist and Trainer (RDT/BCT). She teaches at CA Institute of Integral Studies and Bay Area Moreno Institute and maintains a private practice in Marin and San Francisco.

ÁNGEL MICHAEL ROJAS, Ángel (pronounced as ahn-hel) Michael’s holistic approach to life is holding a deep realm into listening while witnessing beyond the human form. Ángel, self practices and being in service to others is rooted in more than 25 years of practice and holding space for others, in private, group, community internationally via in-person & distance. True to Ángel’s nature he approaches life with a blending of modalities, rooted in Shamanism, Buddhism, Tantra, & Yoga. Always held in a light of love, compassion and kindness while holding space and being in-service to others.

J. Delfina Piretti MA MFT REAT is a seasoned body mind psychotherapist who is an all time believer in the power of the arts. In her work as a visual artist she does oil painting and interactive installations such as: Dream Repository Tent ,The Sin Eater Cafe and Tabula Rasa Confessional. Delfina's art directly relates to her work as an expressive arts therapist, her interest in shamanism, Zen Buddhism and her Italian cultural roots. In her private practice she blends the expressive arts with Jungian oriented psychology , dream analysis, hypnotherapy, energy work, Buddhist psychology, and yoga. She also incorporates EMDR, EFT, somatic experiencing, sand play, and generative hypnotherapy.

Karen Saura is the founder and director of Mindful Rhythms. Karen is a certified yoga instructor, dance teacher, mindfulness educator and science teacher with over ten years experience in the classroom. She holds multiple teaching credentials and has a MA in education. Karen created Mindful Rhythms, a trauma informed movement-based teaching program while teaching in Bay Area public schools. Karen has studied 5Rhythms dance with Gabrielle Roth, embodied dance with Anna Halprin at the Tamalpa Institute, and TaKeTiNa rhythm process with Reinhard Flatischer. The experience of embodied mindful movement and dance in a rehearsal or class setting allows participants to access and express deeply held emotional trauma through dance and movement.

Sue Martin, MA, REAT, has been a pioneer for over 35 years, in developing creative approaches to healing trauma and adverse childhood experiences. She is author of 'Using the Body's Wisdom to Heal Trauma: A Somatic Expressive Arts Approach to Healing Trauma,' self-published in 2001, and the article 'Somatic Practices Develop Somatic Capacity: Retraining Body, Mind and Heart,' published in 2010. Sue has a private practice in Berkeley, CA and is a Adjunct Faculty at JFK University.