Resource Articles


Stickin it to the Lamb: Eco-Aesthetics and the Myth of the Peaceable Kingdom… by Wes Chester, MA, CAGS

In his call for papers to the Ecological edition of Poiesis, Stephen Levine asserts that “the environmental movement suffers from a lack of imagination,” suggesting our current vision of a benevolent Gaia leads to a kind of poverty of imagination about our relationship with nature. Certainly the image of nature as a harmonious system of romanticized “primeval purity” exists in our mythology. It is woven through the lore and literature of Western culture. In the introduction to Thoreau’s 1854 Walden Pond… read full article

The Small & Artful World: Reconnecting work with Miniatures to the Artistic Tradition by Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D.

Students at the San Diego Expressive Arts Institute, immersed from the beginning in phenomenology are often curious about my continuing use of a technique they identify with archetypal interpretation in the Jungian model…In answer to my students, I acknowledge that sand play has become the dominant model for working with sand and miniatures…Is there a model more helpful to expressive arts therapy? read full article

The Metaphor of the Enduring Shaman- An Excerpt from Judith Greer Essex’s dissertation “Dionysus and the Shaman”

This article by Judith Essex examines Shaun McNiff’s metaphor of the Enduring Shaman, in relationship to the professional practice of Expressive Arts Therapy. This article is an excerpt from the dissertation Dionysos and the Shaman, by Judith Greer Essex Ph.D. , provided for scholarly use. No further reproduction or distribution rights are granted without the author’s written permission. read full article

Breaking the Beautiful Circle

The metaphor of the circle is unequaled as a symbol of an ideal relational community. There are no leaders or followers, no hierarchy. Geometrically, the circle gives us symmetry and strength, the archway that supports a Cathedral, or the wheel upon which a train might ride. At the institute we literally sit in a circle for most functions of community interaction, so there is no “head of the class” or “back of the room.” The circle in the lore of symbolic imagery describes perfection, symmetry and infinity, cycles and seasons. It also evokes ideas of enclosure, safety (as in circling the wagons), impenetrability, and of completeness. So why is it necessary, even vital, to break the shining circle of community?

c 2014 Wes Chester. All Rights reserved. Email wes@arts4change.com for permission to reproduce. read full article

Community Art: a 30 Year Retrospective

Greer on 30 Years of Community Art

Community Art: Creating a Sense of Coherence by Paolo J.Knill

Field Founder Paolo J. Knill on his Theory of Community Art. Reprinted with permission from Poiesis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication 2005 Steven K. Levine, Editor Community Art Making Knill 2005

The Essence in a Therapeutic Process: An Alternative Experience of Worlding?

Reprinted with permission from Poiesis Volume 2, 2000, pp 6- 14. In this article Paolo J. Knill discusses his theory of alternative experience of worlding as an essential component of the therapeutic process. Essence in Therapeutic Process