The Magic of Embodied Metaphor: Breaking through Barriers to Creativity

Magic of Embodied Metaphor
Ages: Adults 16+
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Day(s): Wednesday
Date(s): November 10, 2021
Member Fee: $40
Non-Member Fee: $50
Location: Sierra Arts Foundation
The Magic of Embodied Metaphor: Breaking through Barriers to Creativity is an interactive expressive art workshop for artists and writers to discuss inner blocks to their creative expression. We will guide participants who want to learn self-coaching skills and practices we have found to be most effective at moving through creative blocks. We teach methods for connecting your ideas to an embodied metaphor landscape that brings more intimacy and soul into the the creative process itself. While the workshop and discussion is ideally designed for writers who have a work already in process and are experiencing struggles moving it along, it is not required. Any participant will benefit from the opportunity to share deeply with others about their creative struggles and process in a safe space. They will also learn new resources to uncover and develop symbols, metaphors and stories already held inside of their body and apply movement, art, writing and aesthetic response to their lives.
At the end of the workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of their creative blocks– their source, and why they surface–as well as resources and exercises they can use to move beyond the blocks to complete their artistic or literary project.

Rebecca A. Eckland, M.F.A., M.A., M.A. is a professional nonfiction writer based in Reno, Nevada. She is co-author of the 2018 bestselling memoir A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America’s First Mental Health Court by Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren. She is also the ghostwriter for the 2013 memoir Cracked, but Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt by Kevin Hines, which has been printed in two editions, and is the inspiration for the 2019 film The Ripple Effect. Her work has been published in literary journals, including Animal: Beast of a Literary Magazine, Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction by Z-Publishers, Hotel America, TAYO Literary Magazine, Weber: The Contemporary West, Sierra Nevada Review, The East Bay Review, The Meadow, and Mary: A Journal of New Writing. In 2017, her essay “Mono Lake” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a certified Soul-Based Coach and through her business, With Wings, LLC, she offers entrepreneurs, artists and all those seeking clarity on their next steps in life and business support on cultivating their creativity and moving forward on their life journeys.

Kelsay Elizabeth Myers, MFA, MFA is a professional writer, artist and registered somatic movement educator living in Marin County, CA who is passionate about personal and social transformation and trauma healing. She helps creative individuals who want freedom from inner blocks holding them back embody resources to transform their lives with soul-based expressive arts programs and courses. Having earned dual MFA degrees in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California, she is now a Ph.D student in
Transformative Inquiry at California Institute of Integral Studies. As a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA and a Tamalpa Institute Life/Art Process® Coach, she brings several years of training, research and experience in many trauma-informed embodiment modalities to integrate all of her knowledge and skills into the offerings for her business, Dialogical Persona Healing Arts, LLC. The mission of her work is to hold space for the full expression of a living, vibrant and multifaceted self using the embodied arts.

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