A mindful and meditative expressive arts facilitator is someone who leads mindfulness and meditative practices, combining them with art making that creates a sense of mindfulness or moving meditation. Facilitators can work with small or large groups and 1:1. With life coaching training, it enhances your ability to coach your clients into even deeper levels of connecting with themselves. Mindful Expressive Arts embody visual art, music, performing arts, narrative art, dance and film and the process takes you through a format for running groups that incorporates a variety of methods of mindfulness, meditation and breathwork. Courses are expressive arts based incorporating music, poetry, film, drama, dance, etc. The program explores how to facilitate groups in workshops of self discovery, intuitive processes and well as meditative and mindfulness based art making. Art has it's own language and speaks volumes in that language when words cannot be found. Including the expressive arts of writing, movement and music deepen the practice. This program has focused strongly on expressive art, but also includes instruction on how to use writing, music and movement with it.
Expressive Arts Facilitators might be intuitive/expressive artists, counselors, academics, psychologists, social workers, teachers, nurses, yogi's, mindfulness teachers and practitioners, wellness coaches, youth group leaders and other helping professionals, such as non-profit workers and volunteers. Some facilitators of workshops have a knack for just knowing how to support people who are in their workshops. Others have never been in front of individuals in a workshop setting before, leading a workshop and need guidance. Some come to this work as intuitive healers and wise souls. Either way, if you have been drawn here, it is for a reason and we hope your path opens you to the abundance and jewels of the universe. You can even just go through the training to learn new things for yourself! No art experience is required. No degree is required. This is not artmaking for a product to sell, to look good or to go on a wall. It can of course, but the entire purpose is using art to connect to your inner self, your soul, the universe, God, Creator. To honor the energy that runs through us and around us. To learn to listen to our inner self, develop our intuition and to learn to play and let go. Creating together on individual and collective art projects connect individuals coming together in community.
Complete the content at your own pace. Complete the practice logs, the written workshop lesson plans and the facilitation practices as well as the other core courses for this certification and you will be ready to lead your own workshops, consult with individual clients or start your own mindful art business.
Content in this module...
- Breathwork, Mindfulness and Meditation
- Understanding Trauma
- Self Care Essentials
- Affirmation and Gratitude Practices in Art Making (includes expanded Mindful Affirmation Art™)
- Mindful and Meditative Drawing Practices (includes expended Zen Drawing)
- Meditative and Intuitive Art (includes mixed media, painting, printing, collage and writing practices)
- Mindful Mandalas
- Facilitating Group Workshops and Coaching Sessions
- Building Your Practice
You also receive:
- a pdf e-book manual
- Coaching Essentials Booklet
- Sacred Self Value Sort Art Game
- Sacred Self Body Awareness Booklet
- Group Facilitation Booklet
- Mindful Art Making Process Workbooks with templates for each art module and over 600 Affirmations.
- The Expressive Writing Journal (90pgs), for automatic writing and various forms of poetry (templates provided)
- The Self Love Journal
- lesson plan templates
- downloadable worksheets
- and other resources as well as links to daily practice in audio, video and downloadable scripts
- 93 Lessons in 9 Modules, 11+ workbooks, over a 300 pages of content
Cost, Time and Support
If you look around and compare other programs of this type, most are much, much higher in cost with less than 1/4th of the content we have and without the depth and bread or experience we offer. This program could easily retail for over 2500.00. Our focus however, is to try to make this as affordable of a process to you as possible, while still being able to be sustainable in providing the materials for our homeless kits and to provide the scholarship support for those who have no insurance in need of mental health services. With that said, our fee structure for this offering is below.
ALL of the workbooks and booklets below come with the over 300 page manual.
This is the only Mindful and Meditative Art Facilitator and Life Coach Training of it's kind with depth and breadth for practical application, teaching and helping people develop mindfulness and meditation practices through moving meditations of artmaking.
We teach you basic art skills in media and "how to's" briefly, and then teach and show you how to create intuitive art and engage in a intuitive artmaking practice. True intuitive art in spontaneous and comes from your soul. It does not involve elements and principles of art. In fact, we encourage you to leave that inner critic at the door and give yourself permission to play, explore, connect, feel and be drawn to whatever materials and art making processes your inner self is calling to express through.
Through the courses you will develop or deepen a mindfulness practice that is creatively centered. Each course topic has a project where you create your own piece in the method and for the final assignment for that content area, you create a lesson plan for a mini workshop or client session. This allows you to build you resource files and gain experience doing the actual practice. For the facilitation content the final project is teaching one group workshop and one 1:1 session via Zoom or in person. A recording must be made of the event for feedback from the instructor. This is meant to give you facilitation experience and direct guidance to succeed from out instructor.
All coursework in at your own pace, on your own, on the computer. There will be live Webinars and Q&A sessions that we will post to the course as well. You also receive 2 complimentary, 60 minute coaching sessions. You also receive a downloadable, personalized certificate and the right to use the credentials CMMA-FLC. We are working on gaining approvals through various organizations worldwide.
All of your tuition payments go directly to helping the homeless by creating homeless kits for people on the streets and helping to provide mental health services to those that have no insurance. Our goal is to additional fund a mobile shower for the homeless here in our local area.
Payment Plans and Scholarships Available
All fees go towards supporting and creating homeless kits that go directly to street people in our area. Warm kits consist of thermal socks, gloves and hats, Mylar blankets, and hand and foot warmers. Cool kits consist of socks, hygiene kits, water, Mylar blankets, and protein snacks. Left over revenues go to funding individual services for those without insurance that need mental healthcare and a small amount goes to the administration of our services i.e. website, advertising.
A message from Jessica to certification participants...
Welcome and Hello! I'm so excited that you are considering taking this journey with me towards your certification in any of our specialty art facilitator and life coaching programs. The programs are created to educate you and prepare you for success in facilitating groups and individual sessions. They are also designed to help you create your own personal mindfulness art practice and learn to come from source intuitively in the creative process. If you are already a creative Beloved that does this, then it will be AMAZINGLY special as you have an opportunity to deepen you practice, but NO ART EXPERIENCE is required! I grew up around artists my entire life but was intimidated by their realism skills. And later, in my 30's when somehow became an art teacher (!) I had to teach myself and then get "caught up" really quickly.
I ended up studying at the Kansas City Art Institutes Continuing Education program obtaining a certificate in Fine Art, pursuing my MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College, exploring creative and expressive arts with a certificate through Sophia University, completing my Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Certification and taking tons of art history, studio art, art therapy and expressive arts therapy workshops and courses. You don't need any art background for these courses. Of course it helps and if you do have that, YOUR challenge is going to be to get outside of your head with elements and principles. To leave the academic training at the door and only explore and create with what you are drawn to not what is appropriate from color wheel or composition. I have a rich history in breathwork, meditation and mindfulness to help support you on your journey. My background as a registered psychotherapist and substance use professional as well as my 25 years of teaching experience helps me, help YOU to be the best facilitator you can be.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
After accessing the course content we cannot offer you a refund.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at email@example.com.
Are there tests?
No. There are reflections, lessons plans that you need to create, art activities to complete, a practice log for your mindfulness practice hours to be documented and a required session where you lead a group or 1:1 session and provide documentation for that.
What if I've never taught or lead a group before?
It's ok! Jessica has over 25 years experience teaching and facilitating groups. That's why she's here, to help support you. We have designed the lessons so that you are provided with frameworks and supports to help make things easier.
Are there grades?
No. Not at all.
Are you certification programs accredited by anyone?
We are currently working on gaining accreditation through various organizations around the globe. These programs are not meant to meet university required competencies for art therapy or academic expressive arts therapy programs. They are for facilitation and life coaching, not therapy.
Will this license or credential me as an expressive arts therapist or art therapist?
No. Art therapy is credentialed through each countries art therapy association and then state licensing boards in the US. It requires a master's degree in art therapy or clinical mental health with additional college level courses in art therapy.
What can I do with this certification?
This certification is made for teachers, youth leaders, therapists, substance use counselors, clergy, yoga instructors, integrated medicine professionals, etc and those wanting to become solid in their own mindfulness and meditation practice that want to explore the mindful and meditative arts (no art background required). It teaches you how to teach workshops to groups and to lead life coaching sessions. You can take it for personal growth, to add to your current career or to start a new one.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes! Payments plans are 30.00, 50.00 or 100.00 per month. We offer partial scholarships as well that can cover a significant portion of the tuition. The scholarship application is below. We encourage you to apply and to not let the tuition be a deterrent as our goal is to make this program accessible to all for the greater good. This is also the main way we fund our homeless care kits and provide free and low cost mental health services to individuals.
How long does it take to finish the program?
That is up to you. It is completely self paced and you can work from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection and a computer. The content is rich and deep. 50 hours of personal practice is required for graduation. We estimate a minimum of 6 months of part time study, but depending on how much time you have and how you work through the material, it could be shorter or longer.
Are there other certifications?
Yes! A Level 2 Advanced Facilitator certification will be available this summer exploring advanced meditative art practices with sculpture, printing, fibers, etc. There will also be an add on package available this summer/fall for individuals who have completed the level 1 certification in Therapeutic Art. It does not lead to any type of art therapy licensure and is not an art therapy program. It will address, however, how to use art for self discovery and coping skill development as well as facilitate support groups. Topics explore will be grief, addictions and stress/anxiety. These programs will be at a reduced rate for individuals that have completed the level 1 certification.
Can I reprint the manual and workbooks?
Copyright law prohibits the copy and distribution for non educational purposed or non personal use of the manual for the program. I do allow you when you are certified to use the workbooks for a licensing fee of 25.00 (downloadable, multiuse, not per client, all inclusive). The Sacred Self Value Sort Game is not reproduceable without copyright permission directly from us. We encourage you to direct your clients to us to purchase their own copy of the game and the Sacred Self Body Awareness Booklet and The Sacred Self Complete Workbook Kit. The mindful arts workbooks can be purchased as well through this site if your clients desire that.
Need Based Scholarship Available
Financially based scholarships are available on a limited basis and at a reduced rate. The program fees all go to provide free coaching and counseling services to those with no insurance or who cannot afford to pay.