Expressive Arts Testimonials
My sessions with Elizabeth were a vital part of my healing. They gave me a time to release and express myself, as well as see things from new perspectives.
One of the greatest benefits was being able to see where I was contracted, uptight and uncomfortable and having a safe environment to be able to work through those feelings, and also be able to see where those limitations showed up in my daily life. For example, sometimes I just did not want to do something for fear of looking stupid, or I could not express myself vocally or through movement, and I was able to recognize how I did the same thing in my daily life.
By letting go and allowing myself to be vulnerable and express myself in session, I was able to have more courage in my daily life to say what I was afraid to say, or to work through situations that made me uncomfortable. These sessions also allowed me to tap into the beauty of the world and the beauty within myself, and to see myself as creative and sensual, through expressive and tangible artistic expression.
Elizabeth's biggest strengths are her compassion and ability to be present. Those two things are huge and amazing qualities and tools she has.
The most powerful thing about this workshop was that it allowed me to actually express my feelings/ideas out on paper which I have not been able to do before. I have always wanted to be able to express an idea or an emotion I've had in my mind/body and have never been able to do that on paper. I've always only been able to draw "real" things, so it was nice to draw an idea and then NOT criticize it to death. It was an major break-thru and accomplishment!
Elizabeth has a great, easy way about her, making everybody feel very confortable.
My sessions with Elizabeth made me feel more confident about my ability to be creative and expressive. I realized how blocked I was from creative expression. At the end, I realized that session after session, I had been able to creatively express and looking back at my work, I saw beauty.
~ Behin Behrozi
My expressive arts sessions provided the most amazing perspective because it came from the inside out. I saw, visually, so many things I couldn’t have seen just “thinking”. And, when things came up that were painful, there was a “vessel” into which I could pour all of those feelings.
~ Tanya D.
The creative expression permitted me to see the vast possibility that would flow from experiencing. There was a shift in my experience; they motivated me to open more fully.
~ Allison Hjelle
Expressive arts helped me to recognize how I felt in my heart and transfer that into artwork. The playful aspects of the work helped me tremendously—playing with balls, pastels, tin foil, cardstock—anything to get out of my head. Using things other than words helped. I also noticed that skills I used in the session applied in my life: I am able to stay in the present moment through observing and noticing the small things, helping me to shift my perspective.
At first I was skeptical, but as the class went on I felt it really allowed me to see things in a way I haven’t’ in a while. I believe this class is helpful in the learning process of life.
Elizabeth is a wonderful conductor/instructor/visionary. She facilitated so much artistic creativity, by allowing herself to be a part/and an example. She assisted in the openness and growth.
The course material, manner and sequence were “out of the box” and allowed for a depth of expression and exploration that usually aren’t’ tapped into in more traditional type classes. There was a wonderful freedom of playfulness that feels/felt so healthy.
I’ve never been into doing art and this class makes me want to do it!
Participating in this experiential learning makes me feel that the lessons and insights gained here will stay with me in a fuller and more available manner.
Elizabeth’s leadership was clear, yet didn’t get in the way of doing what moved us.