Listen Now!  Lisa Russo Pettigrew and colleagues join “World Talk Radio” hosted by Dr. Karen Norum for a discussion on the Expressive Arts and the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®.


American Dance Therapy Association

Is committed to maintaining and supporting the highest standards of professional identity and competence among dance/movement therapists by promoting education, training, practice, and research.

Anna Halprin
The Dance Heritage Coalition has named Anna Halprin one of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.” Halprin is a pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement. She has led countless collaborative dance programs with terminally ill patients & various other populations, long committed to a belief in the connection between movement and the healing power of dance.

Art Heals Network
An international resource center for healing and the arts. Creative projects, listings of practitioners, grants and other support for artists and healers.

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
A professional organization the provides services and dialogue in the field of Expressive Arts Therapy.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Compassionate Communication

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global organization that supports the learning and sharing of NVC, and helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings.  CNVC’s mission is to contribute to more sustainable, compassionate, and “life-serving” human relations in the realms of both personal relationship and social systems and structures.  NVC work is being done in over 65 countries and growing, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.


Provides timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and increases awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.  Founded in 1974 by nurses, RESOLVE is a national non-profit organization providing local support and educational programming to meet the needs of women and men diagnosed with infertility.   Supported by a strong volunteer network, RESOLVE is a source of information and support for the family building journey.

Tamalpa Institute
A non-profit organization internationally recognized for its ground breaking comprehensive training programs & workshops. Founded in 1978 by dance and Expressive Arts Therapy pioneers Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin. The program uses, The Life/Art Process®, a unique approach to movement-based expressive arts education and therapy for people who wish to incorporate embodied creativity through the arts into their personal and professional lives.

The International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association
Promotes standards and professionalism in the field of somatic movement education and therapy through advocacy and maintaining a registry of professional practitioners.



recommended reading list

Art as Medicine by Shaun McNiff

Childsplay by Jeff Kelley

Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words are Not Enough by Fran Levy (Editor)

Dance as a Healing Art by Anna Halprin

Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy by Stephen and Ellen Levine

Movement/Dance Therapy As A Healing Art by Fran Levy

Moving Towards Life: Five Decades of Transformative Dance by Anna Halprin

The Courage To Create by Rollo May

The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy by Daria Halprin

The Psychology Of Art by Rudolf Arnheim

The Unfolding Self by Molly Brown


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