I encourage creative expression in specific groups, communities and cultures, and I have developed, organized and led different arts-psychology workshops. Creative workshops happen through a relational process which may allow to explore the boundaries between individual experience and a sense of belonging to the group.
The sessions could be described as a sophisticated and contained form of adult play. It is both a process of freedom or embodiment and transformation. Embodiment is a presymbolic state in which the body speaks its knowledge through images, sounds and movements as the emotional stories unfold. It contains embodied structures and dynamics that are imbued with experiences, feelings, memories and ideas that cannot be expressed in any other way. William James said: “[T]his is obviously the larger part of each of us, for it is the abode of everything that is latent and the reservoir of everything that passes unrecorded or unobserved. . . It is the source of our dreams…” (James, 1968). Transformation is about staying with and sharing those emotional stories, and finding many different possibilities for other ways of being.
Creative workshops are a kind of interim, experimental, spontaneous, creative space that is held by the group. How participants describe an experience of creative groups? Most people experienced a heightened sense of peace, they also described feeling real and honest. Some reported a diminished spatial and temporal awareness, a sense of oneness with the others otherwise known as “the unitive experience”. It is similar to what Freud (1930) called the “oceanic state”. Stace (1961) referred to the same phenomenon as “the complex multiplicity” where the most fundamental dualities (i.e., self vs. other, subject vs. object and internal vs. external) collapse into the unitive state.
Here’s a link www.eglemei.com to some creative workshops that I have organized and led.
2020: I currently have no open creative workshops, but I am open to forming new groups upon request by interested parties. To inquire about joining or forming a creative group, please email me at email@example.com.
Freud, S. (1930). Civilization and its discontents. London: Hogarth Press.
James, W. (1968). The varieties of religious experience: A stud in human nature. New York: Collins.
Stace, W. T. (1961). Mysticism and philosophy. London: Macmillan.