Monthly Archives: April 2016

An art therapist talks about why art therapy should be a required service for autistic children | The Art of Autism

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Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, the Power of Art Therapy

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     We are at the end of Autism Awareness Month, but not at the end of our needing to continue a focus on the acceptance of autism and the search for the best ways to help those on the spectrum to develop and live their lives. This post from Ed Regensburg makes a cogent argument for including art therapy as a mode of treatment in the first stages of working with young people and beyond. Get to know The Art of Autism site.

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“Ed Regensburg, author of Quantum Imagery, Why Creating Art Helps us, and a practicing art psychotherapist talks about why art therapy is important for the autistic child…”

Source: An art therapist talks about why art therapy should be a required service for autistic children | The Art of Autism

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Art Therapy for Children with Autism!

Playful Play • A Playful Path

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Introducing the “Shaman of Play,” Bernard De Koven

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Courtesy of Tara Books

      The philosophical foundation of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life is that all human development evolves through the complex interactions among playing, making, and knowing. As I begin to focus on developing that section, I want to share with my readers some of the important thinking and writing about play in our lives.

     Today’s post will bring you to one section of Bernard De Koven’s blog on his book Playful Play: A Playful Path. Use it to introduce yourself to his work, explore other sections, and go on to his site DeepFUN. Keep or introduce play into your life; you will not regret it.

     The images on this site are from Tara Books, a creative publishing house in India and one of my favorite creators of wonderful books.

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“Playful play (as distinct from the broader biological category of play) is accompanied by a particular positive mood state in which the individual is more inclined to behave (and, in the case of humans, think) in a spontaneous and flexible way. – Patrick Bateson and Paul Martin, Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation Some of the…”

Source: Playful Play • A Playful Path

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The Creative Apothecary Wants You to Read the Work of Bernard De Koven!

Clowning in Lesbos – DeepFUN

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Emergency Circus, Another Great Group

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

     I have shared many posts about Clowns Without Borders, an incredible international organization that works with communities in traumatic situations. Today I want to introduce another circus organization working with refugees and others suffering from trauma, the Emergency Circus. Bernard De Koven of Deep Fun shares the story of their work on the Greek island of Lesbos with refugees from Syria, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern nations. This is an important and inspirational account of their work there–text, images, and video. I will be posting more about Bernie De Koven in my work on the essential nature of play for human development.

     All the images on my site are from Clowns Without Borders.

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“Clay is a member of a troupe that goes clowning around the world, performing in what they call The Emergency Circus.”

Source: Clowning in Lesbos – DeepFUN

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The Creative Apothecary Supports the Work of Therapy Clowns and Circuses Across the World!

Advocate wants to help Minnesota’s senior renters to ‘age artfully’ – StarTribune.com

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Great News, EngAGE Comes to Minnesota:

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

     Regular readers of this blog know how much I admire Tim Carpenter, the Senior Arts Colonies, and the EngAGE approach he has developed for senior living. It is wonderful news that Tim’s partnership with Aloha Philanthropies in Minnesota will be bringing this innovative model for senior living beyond California. Kudos to all involved!

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“Tim Carpenter is pushing housing developers and art centers to get together.”

Source: Advocate wants to help Minnesota’s senior renters to ‘age artfully’ – StarTribune.com

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

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Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

The Creative Apothecary Salutes Tim Carpenter and Aloha Philanthropies!

How Planting Trees Helped This Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

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For Arbor Day 2, Trees, Rehabilitation, and Second Chances:

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

     This is an inspiring story of hope, renewal of life, and second chances. One of my areas of research is creative approaches to helping prisoners integrate their lives into society in ways that help both society and the individual. Huffpost’s Generation Now shares the story of one man who was helped by the Washington Parks and People program to turn his life around. The possibilities are endless. This is a great story for Arbor Day.

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Source: How Planting Trees Helped This Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Second Chances!

The Tallest, Strongest and Most Iconic Trees in the World | Travel | Smithsonian

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For Arbor Day 1, Gorgeous Trees Across the World:

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     I never tire of looking at images of ancient and beautiful trees. This is a post from Travel/Smithsonian of several years ago, but most appropriate for today. Go hug a tree!

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Source: The Tallest, Strongest and Most Iconic Trees in the World | Travel | Smithsonian

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Courtesy of Van Gogh Museum

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Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Beauty of Trees!

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School – The Atlantic

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Play Is Essential for Child Development:

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Story People Brian Andreas

Story People Brian Andreas

     Free play is far too often missing in the lives of today’s children, yet it is absolutely essential for all aspects of their development. The importance of play in all our lives cannot be over-emphasized. This thoughtful essay from The Atlantic needs to be on every parents reading list before the summer vacation is upon us.

     I have paired this post with the absolutely wonderful graphics created by Brian Andreas called Story People.

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“The more structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals.”

Source: Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School – The Atlantic

Story People Brian Andreas

Story People Brian Andreas

Story People Brian Andreas

Story People Brian Andreas

The Creative Apothecary Loves the Work of Brian Andreas!

On Children’s Art | The Book of Life

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Meditating on Children’s Art, An Essay:

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      Philosopher Alain DeBotton’s School of Life publishes The Book of Life. Today’s post is a lovely meditation on children’s art and the things we can learn from it. This is a thoughtful reflection for starting the weekend. Enjoy!

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“For almost all of human history, it has been unthinkable that someone could lay claim to maturity, sanity and reliability by pinning a picture by a six-year-old to the walls of their office, or throne room. ”

Source: On Children’s Art | The Book of Life

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Art of Children!

Philanthropy New York publishes an opinion piece written by Teresa Bonner, “Philanthropy Should Focus on the Assets of Aging.”

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Creativity in Aging, Assets for Communities:

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       One of the newest groups working on disrupting and transforming our vision and actions about aging is Aroha Philanthropies in California. Teresa Bonner is on the staff at Aroha and has written this very thoughtful essay published recently in Philanthropy New York. The School of Creative Aging, my new venture now in its design phase, is dedicated to both sharing this message and developing practical programs in creative aging.

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Source: Philanthropy New York publishes an opinion piece written by Teresa Bonner, “Philanthropy Should Focus on the Assets of Aging.”

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Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

The Creative Apothecary Supports Creativity At All Ages and Stages of Life!

‘Redha,’ Malaysian Movie About Autism, Set for April Release | The Mighty

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Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month, A New Movie:

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     There is a deep need for more understanding and acceptance of the realities of autism, its problems and possibilities. As regular readers know, I am delighted with the new partnership that Arabella Carter-Jackson has formed with Rupert Isaacson’s the Move Movement, bringing expertise form the US and UK together. The Mighty is an excellent source of information and resources about autism–and they are bringing us news of this new film from Malaysia.

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“Redha,” Malaysian movie about autism, set for April release.

Source: ‘Redha,’ Malaysian Movie About Autism, Set for April Release | The Mighty

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Autism Awareness & Acceptance!