SESSION TITLE: Person Centered Expressive Arts and NVC
Convenor: Mukti Khanna
Recorder: Mukti Khanna
Others present: 8 approx.

This session explored the integration, collaboration and synthesis of the work of Natalie |Rogers - (person centered expressive arts therapy and the Creative Connection), Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed and Image Theatre) and nonviolent communication.

Working with verbal and nonverbal languages often helps to build trust quickly in a group and break down barriers. Many people talk with more authenticity and congruency after engaging in expressive arts processes.

Socially and culturally, expressive arts languages may be integrated with verbal languages to meet Archbishop Tutu's challenge for the United States and other countries to engage in a Truth and Reconciliation Process.

When our stories are witnessed and heard, when we are deeply understood in the very moment we are in the midst of intense emotion, profound transformation may occur that may shift intergenerational cycles of trauma.

The group explored the following processes around the theme of conflict and communication:

1. Chi gung warm -up and attunement

2. Boal warm-ups to democratize the body and dynamize the senses:

- Giraffe hypnosis - with separate leaders and shared facilitation
- Sword fight - dyads, quartets, no allies
- "I have something to tell you, I don't want to hear it!" dyads

3. Drawing the conflict. Reflect on a conflict that is alive for you now, may be intra-psychic, interpersonal, cultural or societal. Make as essence drawing of the conflict - how you filled - may draw with your non-dominant hand - free-associate a few words on the back.

4. Group collectively sounds their conflicts from looking at the images, auto-sculpt into an image of how you felt in the conflict - form image families by gravitating to images you feel some resonance with

5. In small groups, participants share their story and image of the conflict verbally, sculpt the group into how they felt during the conflict (put self in this image) and second sculpture of what you needed to happen. Group members may share how they felt being in the images.

6. Closure - put all art images in the center for reflection, sharing and closure. |With further time, the group may develop small group themes into Forum Plays that end with a protagonist trying to accomplish a change and failing, play this back to the audience and challenge them to intervene nonviolently - take the place in the play of the person who is having the challenge.

Images posted on wall of main room.


The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing. Natalie Rogers, 1993, Science and Behavior Books.

Games for Actors and Non-Actors. Augusto Boal.

Rainbow of Desire. Augusto Boal

Websites: person centered expressive arts therapy website International Expressive Arts Therapy Association website The Center for Touch Drawing

Carl Roger's 100th birthday celebration will be in San Diego through the Center for the Studies of the Person (La Jolla, California) to celebrate and explore the development and evolution of the person centered approach in interdisciplinary applications. Please come!