“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.”


We know depression through metaphors…Half the purpose of art is to describe such iconic states.” – Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon, in this revealing and beautiful talk, shares his experience with depression and gives us all a bit of hope by reaching out and sharing his vulnerabilities with bittersweet comedic relief, and some education. Break the secret, he is seeming to tell us. Depression is a killer. It destroys people’s lives in many ways. But we don’t have to suffer alone.

Best viewed in full-screen mode



What is depression?

Following the suicide of Robin Williams yesterday, who was living with depression, it seems even more important than usual to share this video about depression. Get educated. Reach out for help if you need it, or reach out a hand to someone who may need one.

“The only shame, is missing out on life.”

Written, illustrated and narrated by Matthew Johnstone.

Free Music Listening




Beauty Heals

Digital Collages  by Nicole

Digital Collages
by Nicole


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Hummingbird Dance

Creating an art work
This video was created by video recording myself dancing in a dance studio on my laptop, and then splicing together a variety of ‘takes’ to create a final “motion picture”. In the editing room, using MovieMaker, I played with transitions, speed, timing and perspective. The main themes, for me, were about playfulness and the witness. The process of creating this work followed closely many basic principles of expressive arts therapy, including low-skill/high-sensitivity, following the emergent, de-centering, the witness, increasing range of play, extending the process through intermodal transfers, and harvesting. I feel that this process, particularly exploring visual effects, helped me to see myself from the outside, as I would witness a hummingbird dance. I had a terrible fear of watching myself dance on film, and so playing with the video footage in the editing process allowed me to re-source my sense of aesthetics and playfulness and to breathe into my fears with a renewed sense of life and energy. And so this video is my witness, and it is me witnessing myself. And now you are witnessing it with me.

Many thanks.

photograph by Roy Dunn
via: http://quickblink.com/advanced-hummingbird-photography-with-high-speed-flash/

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Aug(De)mented Reality




by Hombre McSteez



make your choice…

try all of them at once!



The Practice of the Imagination

David Whyte
“A Good Minute”

60 seconds of wisdom from poet and philosopher David Whyte.

from meme to you


Yes, arts therapy humour!

Check out the website!  http://arttherapyryangosling.tumblr.com

Music Therapy in Action

I have to admit that I have fallen out of love with TED Talks of late, as they just began to feel like an intellectual and visual version of slam poetry…A bit pedantic. Well, maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all. This talk by Robert Gupta was very inspiring, and the comments on the TED page are a great read too. This reminds me of how much music means to me, and how much I see that it means to others. I have seen music change lives, and indeed, music has changed and chronicled the tides of history. The arts reach us all. And they can unite us, as Robert Gupta said. We can all speak the common language of the creative expression of emotions. We can be united by awe and wonder.

“Music is medicine. Music changes us…Music is sanity.”-R.Gupta


Thanks for the music, Robert.

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“Emptied Gestures” by Heather Hansen

Have you ever heard of Heather Hansen?
Click on the link below to take a look at this short video of her art making process for a breathtaking introduction:

Heather Hansen Film

Check out Heather’s website too, at: http://heatherhansen.net/




8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them
by Belle Beth Cooper

Read it! It’s always good to be reminded of the limitations of the human experience, and in so doing so, learn to explore the borders of the landscape of perception.

The Power of Empathy

Short video all about empathy, animating the words and wisdom of Brene Brown.

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Psykopaint! Awesome free program for photo-editing and digital painting! 
I just spent three hours playing with this program. Very absorbing, fun and relaxing. Great program options. And on their site, they briefly  talk about art therapy and potential “side effects” of this program: 
“Funky Side Effects-
Used in Art Therapy to:
  • * Relieve stress
  • * Improve focus
  • * Boost self-esteem”

Give it a try!

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