Healing With the Arts


Participatory Portraiture with Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing 2014

Participatory Portraits

Saturday June 14, 12 – 4PM

At the Defremery Park Recreation Center

1651 Adeline Street, Oakland California


This Saturday come celebrate Oakland champions, participate in making eight foot tall portraits, dialogue about healing in the community, honor the legacy of the Black Panthers, tie ribbons, and more.  We welcome a new round of healers into the family of collaboratively created power figures from the Reflections of Healing project.  Ten prominent Oakland-based healers were selected with help from Eastside Arts Alliance, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the YMCA of the East Bay, the Oakland Museum of California and organizers from Oakland’s Life is Living festival. The healers are pictured as adolescents in the work, emphasizing the collective potential of youth, and were selected to represent diverse roles in the community such as educator, public health worker, immigrant rights activist, journalist, printmaker, and performance artist. Interviews with participants together with collaborative art-making will shape the finished pieces to be installed at various locations across Oakland in the fall.

via Participatory Portraiture with Reflections of Healing.

Art and Healing In Ancient Delos Greece

11 Jun 2014, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized



Delos was the most powerful art and healing site in the western world for about 3000 years. it’s visual art, sculpture, theater, music, poetry, dance for healing, miracles, and transformation were powerful and developed to a high level.

Delos has some of the richest and most beautiful art ever made. The remnants of the sculptures of ancient Greece and Delos are amongst the foundations of western art. The figures are so beautiful they are almost breathtaking and lifelike. The marble sculptures of Gods and Goddesses, heroes, kings, princes, and beautiful maidens draw you in. You identify with the figures, see your own beauty and react towards healing. When you stand in front of a beautiful statue, you absorb the beauty and imitate the changes in you. In Delos, you as the pilgrim, can become one with the light of Apollo and the feminine moon energy of Artemis. You can become one with the birth of power and energy from the source and with the pure power of light and earth.

Dionysus in Delos Greece

10 Jun 2014, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized

the temples of Dionysus were temples to sacred love.

The symbols of Dionysus were the phallus, wine, the theater, singing, dancing and ecstasy.  Dionysus would help you get drunk, have sex,  and go into the stars…

Followers of Dionysus led the mysteries of ritual madness and held festivals, and celebrations leading to metamorphosis and epiphany.  Frenzy led to trance and allowed communication between the living and the dead. Twice born, from a human mother and Zeus or in some myths, Zeus and Persephone or sometimes even Zeus and Demeter, Dionysus always died and was born again in two births.  Wild woman called Maenads and wild men called Satyrs followed him in ecstatic dancing with music and celebration.  His secret mystery rites and cults seemed to come from afar, he was said to have traveled in India, the middle east, away from Greece, before coming back.  The shamanic nature of his rituals, trance, drug states, music, drumming, communication with the dead, is clear.


Spirit Lovers In Ancient Greece

08 Jun 2014, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized

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the Male and Female, God of the sun apollo and goddess of the moon Artemis, the two that made the earth when they made love.

Art heals by bringing both sides together, then and now


Holy Pentecost — Artist/healer birthday

08 Jun 2014, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized

Happy birthday to all healing artists!!

God sings to us when we make healing art. ”  Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like a rushing wind, filling the entire house where they were sitting. Then, tongues of fire appeared, and one sat upon each one of Apostles. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as directed by the Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).

This description is what it feels like.

When god speaks to us, we make paintings, songs, dances, poems, to heal ourselves, others, community and the earth.

This holiday is a holiday about visions, spirit coming to each of us to be healers/artists.

It is artist/healer birthday!!




The story of Pentecost is found in the book of The Acts of the Apostles. In Chapter two we are told that the Apostles of our Lord were gathered together in one place. Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like a rushing wind, filling the entire house where they were sitting. Then, tongues of fire appeared, and one sat upon each one of Apostles. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as directed by the Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).

via Feast of Holy Pentecost — Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Time Gets Better with Age

07 May 2014, Posted by Mary Rockwood Lane in Art Healing

Age 5 — I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.

Age 7 — I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what  they are doing and wave back.

Age 9 — I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.

Age 12 — I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.

Age 14 — I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.

Age 16 — I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.

Age 25 — I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures.

Age 29 –I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.

Age 30 — I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.

Age 42 — I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note.

Age 44 — I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.

Age 46 — I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.

Age 47 — I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better.

Age 48 — I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.

Age 49 — I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.

Age 50 — I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.

Age 51 — I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.

Age 52 — I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.

Age 53 — I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

Age 60 — I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.

Age 61 — I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

Age 62 — I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.

Age 64 — I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

Age 65 — I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.

Age 67 — I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.

Age 72 — I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

Age 80 — I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

Age 85 — I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

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 Life

mindfulness“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 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 Healing

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 Healing

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