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.

DMTAC Professional Exchange Weekend

The Ottawa Dance/Movement Therapy community invites you to join us in a weekend of community building within our profession. We welcome practitioners, students, mentors, supervisors and teachers.

Our goal is to provide a sharing of knowledge, questions, and enrichment between colleagues at various stages of education, development, and professional experience. Continue reading “DMTAC Professional Exchange Weekend”

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)”

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”

Auditions for the Alternate Route DMT training in Montreal

The National Centre for Dance Therapy has announced the audition dates for the Alternate Route training program. The auditions will take place on September 22nd and 23rd at the Edifice Wilder Space Dance.

For more details and to register your interest in the training, which will be offered in July 2019, July 2020 and July 2021, or to partake in the introductory workshop being offered before the auditions, visit