Self-Care through Creative Movement

Facilitated by Jessica Houghton (RP qualifying, Dance Movement Psychotherapist), this 10 week Dance Movement Psychotherapy group offers participants a chance to deepen their relationship with their body, needs, and self-care practice.

Through accessing the wealth of information available to us in our bodies, we can start to get in touch with what we need, and offer ourselves the chance to have those needs met. Together we will begin the process of holding ourselves with compassion, practice listening to our body’s cues, and develop our ability to ask for what we need from others.

Jessica’s approach uses dance as a medium for self-discovery, allowing participants to expand their awareness of their patterns of moving and relating and find ways to access their creative impulses towards healing.

When: Thursdays from March 28th-May 30th, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: The Healing Collective, 2005 Danforth Ave.

How much: $300*

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*There will be two partially subsidized spaces available for this group. Please get in touch if you would like to participate in this group and would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of enrolment.

Arts based stress reduction group

Facilitated by Ayana Spivak (RP Qualifying, Dance Movement Therapist), this is the spring support group for someone who is:

– feeling sometimes overwhelmed with the busyness of life

– experiencing burnout

– looking for stress release and artistic expression

– curious about the use of arts as a tool for wellbeing

– owner of some or none of artistic experience and skills

During the 4 Saturday afternoons, you will be able to create and have fun, get support chatting with like-minded peers, breathe, move and practice relaxation techniques…while focusing each time on very specific themes such as:

– create your own mandala;

– craft “seeds for change” and eco-printing project;

– explore our roles by make masks;

– practice acceptance and make a self-portrait with wood pieces;

– dream bravely and visualize your place of peace and power using collage techniques.

FACILITATOR: Ayana Spivak, MA, registered psychotherapist (qualifying), expressive arts therapist

TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 12 pm – 3 pm:
March 16, April 13, May 18, June 15

FEES: $40 per session ($150 for 4 sessions)
– by PayPal or e-transfer

REGISTRATION until March 6th,
early birds (before March 1st) get 10% off

WHERE: Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Arts
120 Newkirk rd unit 12, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Ayana at for more information or to register.

Taking up space with Jessica Houghton (DMT)

When: November 3rd, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: The Healing Collective, 2005 Danforth Ave
How much: $40

Workshop description:

For many of us, making ourselves smaller – through physically taking up less space, not speaking up in a group, or valuing the needs of others over our own – is a strategy that we use to help us cope with conflict, power imbalances, stress, and challenging relationship dynamics. Continue reading “Taking up space with Jessica Houghton (DMT)”

Dance Assistants and Volunteers Sought for “Groove-D”

OCT 22nd – DEC 12th 2018 is looking for volunteer dance assistants!

FUNDED BY: Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian – Partnership for Stroke Recovery and IN PARTNERSHIP with: Miriam Schacter, danceABILITIES(tm); LEAD INVESTIGATORS: Dr. Kara Patterson, Dr. Dina Brooks; RESEARCH COORDINATOR: Aaron Wallace LOCATION: U of T Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Sciences Centre, 500 University Avenue at Dundas Street West.

THE DANCE : The GROOVE-D feasibility study will offer “live-streaming” and “in-person” group dance classes. Dance genres include ballroom (latin styles and waltz), social dancing, ballet, jazz, contemporary, elements of authentic movement and contact dance, collaborative choreography, mirror-work, and so on. Continue reading “Dance Assistants and Volunteers Sought for “Groove-D””

Witness to the Dance: Exploring the Dance of Self and Others Through Dance/Movement Therapy with Patricia Capello

Saturday October 27th, 1:00-4:00pm
York University, Accolade East Building – Studio c, Room 253
$50 General admission, $40 students/financial needs
Limited space – Register now!

“What is our personal story? Who have we been, who are we now, and who will we be?”

This 3-hour workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore their personal “stories” through dance and movement. These true expressions of self are the basis of our ability to relate to others with honesty and openness. The underlying principles of Dance/Movement Therapy will be illustrated through individual, dyadic, and small and large group experientials. Continue reading “Witness to the Dance: Exploring the Dance of Self and Others Through Dance/Movement Therapy with Patricia Capello”