Healing With the Arts


Phase Two: Sacred Passage Guidance Certificate Program

09 Apr 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

The second of a three-phase program in Conscious Dying Care will take place April 22-24 at the Wilmot Gardens in Gainesville, Fla. The cost of registration is $295 and will include 21 CNEs. Participants in this conference will grow more in touch with their relationship with death and learn how to bring presence and authenticity to others as healers. In the Garden~Introduction to Sacred Passage Guidance final-page-001

Mindfulness Meditation

02 Apr 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

“Mindfulness meditation” is a practice that can sound intimidating  when it’s first approached. The first time I tried to meditate, honestly, I thought it was a pretty bogus. I didn’t understand how to silence my thoughts. When my yoga instructor would say the words “don’t think about anything that happened before this class or that you have to do after this class – you’re just here now,” I would do the literal opposite. Everything I needed to do the rest of the day would suddenly flood into my mind, and I wouldn’t understand how anyone could sit still those last few minutes of class and feel relaxed afterward.

But after practicing for a while, I’ve started to be able to watch my thoughts as they come up. The analogy I like to use is thinking of my thoughts as clouds: you see the thought, you acknowledge it, and then you let it just float away. It doesn’t come fast, but focusing on my breath usually helps me clear my mind. This isn’t to say that I’m a master meditator at all. There are plenty of times I spend the entire time thinking about what I’m eating for lunch or mentally creating a to-do list for the rest of my day, but the point is that I’m practicing. Meditation is just that – a practice – and some days it’s easier than others. The important thing is to PRACTICE –  just try it out. The benefits of mindfulness meditation are outlined in the graphic below, and they are so real when it is practiced often. Always practice with love and self acceptance and trust the process.


By: Kaleigh Steinorth

This Friday, Mar. 28 at 8:00 p.m., Dance Brigade will host a benefit concert, Women on the Move, for Grrrl Brigade, a dance and leadership development group that aims to provide San Francisco’s 9- to 18-year-old girls with dance training and self-empowerment. The concert will include dance performances by Dance Brigade and Grrrl Brigade, as well as beautiful songs by Holly Near and Gina Breedlove.

Dance Brigade is modern dance-theater that demonstrates the social issues and problems facing modern women. The group is focused on performance activism that is stylistically rooted in martial arts, athleticism and social justice.

Women on the Move will take place at the Brava Theater Center at 2781 24th Street, SF CA 94110. Tickets are $15-$30 and can be purchased at www.brava.org. Doors for the event will open at 7 for a silent auction. For more information, visit www.dancemission.com.

Come out for a night of activism and inspiration benefitting the empowerment of young women!

We Are The Mirror

19 Mar 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.

We are tasting the taste this minute

of eternity. We are pain

and what cures pain, both. We are

the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.


I came across this today and it reminded me so much of the idea of Healing with the Arts. Through giving yourself space to express your creativity, you are becoming well. Everything you need to heal yourself is inside of you, and Healing With the Arts allows you to be the water and the jar. You are the artist and the healer – spreading creativity, love and hope throughout your own self and your own body and through your loved ones and the community around you. You free yourself from what needs healing by tapping into what is already inside of you – the deepest core of who you are.

Old Photographs Illuminated

15 Mar 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

At this link: http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=d6d9d5385aee, you can catch a glimpse into what life in the 1800s and early 1900s looked like through colored photographs. It is an era that many imagine only in black and white, and these images give a new perspective to a time that can seem foreign and distant to people not born in that era. The iconic characters in these pictures feel human to the viewer – reminding us that through centuries, continents and social changes, we are all connected.

In the Garden: Conscious Dying Program

13 Mar 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Tarron Estes, Founder of the Conscious Dying Institute in Boulder Colorado and Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane, Phd, R.N., F.A.A.N., Associate Professor at the University of Florida, are holding a three-phase program on Conscious Dying Care Education called In the Garden.

The program will offer a model for clinical professionals to follow that will explore their relationship with death, renew their purpose and power as healing agents, increase their healing presence and bring sanctity, beauty and quality moments to patients and families during the transition of dying.

Phase One: Exploring Conscious Dying Principles, Healing Arts Practices, and Visionary Care Plans for End of Life, will take place March 21st from 9:00-5:30 p.m. at the Wilmot Gardens in Gainesville, Fla. This phase is $99 and will include Healing With the Arts by Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane, 7 CNEs and lunch. Two work-study scholarships are available.

Phase Two: Sacred Passage Guidance and Health with the Arts Three-Day Immersion, will take place April 22-24 from 9:00-5:30 p.m. each day. This phase will cover emotional and spiritual care planning for the self and for others, and the price is $325. This phase will also include Dr. Lane’s book and lunch each day. There will be 21 CNEs and three work-study scholarships available.

Phase Three: Five-Day Sacred Passage Guidance Certificate And Healing With the Arts Certificate Training™, will take place in the fall and final dates will be announced soon. This five-day Certificate program prepares caregivers across all settings to be authentically present, communicate with vulnerability, honesty and compassion and administer palliative-based comfort care healing modalities to anyone, regardless of health status by focusing on improving care at the end of life. The cost will be $795. It will include 40 CNEs and Dr. Lane’s book. There will be five work-study scholarships available.

To register for Phase One of In the Garden, visit:


To register for Phase Two of In the Garden, visit:


For general information, visit www.consciousdyinginstitute.com

Healing Self Portrait Art Show

06 Mar 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Art, Book Signing

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane, co-founder and director emeritus of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine Program at the University of Florida, will have art displayed at Leonardo’s 706 and Hector Framing and Gallery until April 30, 2014. The opening reception for the show will be at Leonardo’s 706 on Mar. 30 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Food will be served at the reception, and Dr. Lane will also be there for a book signing.

The collection will be a retrospective of Dr. Lane’s work and will focus on her healing self portraits. Dr. Lane’s most recent book, Healing with the Arts, focuses on art’s capacity to heal the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological body, and the art show will display these themes as well.

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Healing with the Arts 12 Week Course

05 Mar 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Fyera!, a company dedicated to stress relief and management, is hosting a 12-Week virtual course exploring Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane’s book, Healing with the Arts. The class will start March 19th, and continue for twelve consecutive Wednesdays from 5:00- 6:15 p.m. PT. The course will include book and multimedia downloads by Dr. Lane, weekly phone facilitations with trainers Sheva Carr and Robert Browning and archived discussions. The book and the twelve week program are designed to help others heal themselves emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually through all mediums of artistic expression. The cost of the online course is $150 per month or $300 for all three months. To sign up, call 310-428-2714. More information on Fyera! can be found here.

Gainesville Magazine Article: How Art Can Heal the Heart

27 Feb 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Art

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Gainesville Magazine featured Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane in its February/March 2014 issue. The article focuses on Dr. Lane’s book, Healing with the Arts, and how art and creativity have the capacity to heal and lead people to well being. Read the full article here! http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/75aa7a22?tc=cr#/75aa7a22/1

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Asheville Arts in Medicine Summit

27 Feb 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

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By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Asheville, NC., is hosting its first summit joining community artists and healthcare professionals to begin to use the arts in medical care. The summit will take place March 6-8 at Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall at UNCA. Thursday night is free, Friday and Saturday cost $35 each but a weekend pass to attend the entire event is $50. See the above flyer for information on how to register!

Caring Science: Healing With the Arts Workshop

26 Feb 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

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By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane, a Watson Caring Science Institute Faculty Associate, will be hosting a one-day conference in Boulder, CO., entitled “Caring Science: Healing with the Arts.” The conference will go in-depth in exploring the impact art has on the healing process. Attendees of the conference can look forward to participating in spoken/written word, visual arts, music, dance and guided imagery. The conference will teach how to use different art mediums to heal oneself, patients and communities. To receive an early bird discount, register by March 10, 2014 at www.watsoncaringscience.org.

Self-love Through the Arts

24 Feb 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Uncategorized

By: Kaleigh Steinorth

While reading an article called “10 Wonderful Ways to Practice Self-Love” on MindBodyGreen.com (you can read that article here), I thought about Mary Rockwood Lane’s book, Healing with the Arts. For many, a large part of healing yourself is speaking to yourself with love, accepting who you are and taking care of yourself.

Self-love could also take the form of creating space for yourself to do the things that you love – the things that you have always wanted to do. Whatever has been nagging at your heart, whatever you have always said “If I had more time I would love to do that” about, make space for it! This could be anything – painting, writing, drawing, dancing, cooking, gardening, exercising – whatever you feel has been missing from your life. Healing and self love will begin when you recognize the need to take care of yourself and create the time and space to make it a priority.

Sending you lots of love this Monday!

Photos and Copy By: Kaleigh Steinorth

Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane teaches a class on Thursday nights at the University of Florida entitled “Spirituality and Creativity in Health Care,” and this week’s class was focused on the student’s relationship with their own physical bodies.

Mary began the class with a guided imagery to help ground the students in their bodies. The students had traced each other on long sheets of paper, and laid on these as she spoke. She asked them to imagine all of the different parts of their body, to breath into them and to think of what the stories attached to those body parts were. The students then created their stories through whatever medium they chose – paint, permanent marker, pastels and magazines.

The exercise allowed the students to feel in touch with their bodies, and to think about what each different part meant to them, positive or negative. It created space for an authentic conversation about body image, healing and acceptance.



Join us for a FREE Webinar on January 22, 2014

20 Jan 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Webinar

Caring Science: Healing with the Arts – A Walk in Beauty

Healing with Art is powerful medicine, the most powerful that we know of to heal the whole person on physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual levels… When you put art and healing together, you get an innovative way of healing that gives you the ability to journey inward into the place of creativity. This is a mind-body state that heals on a deep physiological level.

Hosted by Watson Caring Science Institute, this 60 minute webcast invites participants to understand how they can personally embrace the Arts as a Healing path to develop greater appreciation, awareness and awe in their lives… enabling them to Walk in Beauty.

Join Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, RN, FAAN

Wednesday, January 22, 2014  |  1PM CST


Internationally renowned singer/dancer/percussionist Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza present “Drums of Illumination,” a program of ritual drumming, trance dances, and chants representing four great cultural traditions: Southern Italian, Native American, Middle Eastern, and African Music. Belloni and I Giullari will be joined by the SilverCloud Native American Singers and Dancers, completing a remarkable group of percussionists, vocalists and dancers, all specializing in healing and ritual music and dance. Sunday, January 5th at 6 PM at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue.

The happy and successful relationship between Belloni and I Giullari and Muriel and Kevin Tarrant goes back to 1992, when they worked together in the I Giullari production of “Earth, Sun and Moon,” a spectacular show that was commissioned by Lincoln Center and received both critical and audience acclaim. Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni notes that one of the purposes of “Drums of Illumination” is “to bring in the LIGHT OF THE EPIPHANY, an ancient tradition in Italy and many cultures, invoking World Peace by showing that we are all one, adding that “the pow wow drum, the Italian tambourine, African Ballaphone, and the drum set – all will send good vibrations into the air as a collective ritual of purification.”

via DRUMS OF ILLUMINATION Set for Theater for the New City, Jan 5.

Movement is our primary language.  Through this universal language, dance has the unique capacity to generate a deeply felt experience of healing. Into Sunlight, a performance by Robin Becker Dance, demonstrates how dance can help us bear witness to life, awakening us to our state of being, and to our shared humanity.

via Into Sunlight: Dance, Reconciliation, and Peace | World Policy Institute.

We may now know what bears do in the woods when they are not being watched – dance.Three young brown bears were caught on camera showing off their moves in an opening in eastern Finland.The cubs appeared to be competing in an intense dance-off, with one of the jovial animals standing out by swaying from side to side and standing on one leg.

via Three bear cubs compete in cutest dance-off ever in Suomussalmi, Finland | Metro News.

“We strongly believe that art and music can reconcile and reunite people … especially in parts of the world where problems are between neighboring countries. For instance, here in Cyprus, the two communities share the same culture, and people used to live happily together listening to the same songs — in many cases sung in both Greek and Turkish. This should be used as an example to bring people of the communities together.”

via Can cultural revival heal rift in Cyprus’ divided capital? – CNN.com.

Native artists have released a collection of artwork in hopes of creating “12 Days of Consciousness.” The campaign, hosted by honorthetreaties.org, addresses a number of causes dear to the Native American community through the art.

All of the posters, found here, are free to download and use for any non-commercial project. The artists contributing to the poster campaign are some of community’s best known muralists, including Cheyenne Randall. The hope of the campaign is that activists will download, print, and distribute the art to increase the visibility of the plights of the First Peoples. The website even includes instructions on how to make wheat paste to glue to posters to walls.

via Native Americans release art to create 12 days of consciousness.

What a country!!!

As Europe Lags, America Builds a Drone Empire - DailyFinance

OWENSBORO, Ky. — How, exactly, did Congress manage to kick 4-year-old Carli Hopkins out of her preschool?

Carli asked after it happened. Her mother didn’t try to explain. The child was still too young to learn about politicians.Graphic

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Winners and losers in sequester budget cuts

“Some kids get to go to school all the time. And some kids get to stay home with Mom,” Rebecca Hopkins told her. “And you are one of those kids.”

The real answer was the “sequester,” the $85 billion budget cut that Washington lawmakers designed to be such a stupid idea it could never come true.


With a fiscal 2013 defense budget of nearly $614 billion, the United States is widely known to be a big spender on defense. By some estimates, U.S. defense spending accounts for nearly 60 percent of the $1.19 trillion the top 10 military powers spent on defense in 2011. In fact, our country allocates more than five times more money to defense than does its closest spending rival, China.

via As Europe Lags, America Builds a Drone Empire – DailyFinance.