Eco-Art Therapy

Thinking and Relating with Earth in Mind!

Connect with Nature's Wisdom, Your Bio-Language, and the Web of Life!

What is Eco-Art

Methodology

Outcomes

Disclaimer: Participation in courses, mentoring, and reading information on this website or other information distributed by Eco-Art Therapy is for information purposes only. Eco-Art Therapy should not be utilized to diagnose yourself or other individuals. In addition, you should not stop taking any prescribed medications from mental health professionals or other doctors without first consulting with your medical professional(s).

Eco-Art Engaging in Expressive Arts

There are many benefits to participation in Eco-Art Therapy. Eco-Art Therapy is a modality that assists us with developing and increasing our human/nature connection by utilizing 54 scientifically identified senses/sensations. In addition, Eco-Art can connect us with our innermost selves. As a result, we can begin the critical journey to a more fulfilling and balanced way of life.

What is Eco-Art Therapy?

Eco-Art is a psychological discipline that combines eco-therapy with art therapy. Both Art Therapy and Applied Ecopsychology [thinking, feeling, and relating to Earth’s Wisdom…] are expressive modalities that seek the same outcome as conventional talk therapy- self-discovery, personal insight, conflict resolution, and inner healing- but go beyond a purely rational discussion of the issues troubling [us]. Eco-Art addresses the gaps in traditional therapy verbal counseling through a mediated exchange, via [various] art or nature, of information between the repressed areas of one’s psyche and conscious awareness. (Sweeney, 2013)

As a result of integrating Applied Ecopsychology and Eco-Art Therapy with mindful art practices modalities, you may see Eco-Art, also referred to as Eko-Art or Eco-Arts. Eco-Art(s) designates the use of more than hand-drawn artwork.

Many people find words are inadequate when expressing their inner most thoughts and feelings. As a result, individuals engage in alternative forms of self-understanding and analysis. It is often easier for people to connect with underlying hidden beliefs through an art or nature experience. Researchers and psychologists who have discovered abstract stories built from the sensory-disconnected use of words cause an individual pain, leading them to seek therapy in the first place. Simply put, research demonstrates talk-therapy can distance individual's from their emotions.

Eco-Art: Beating Heart

No Artistic Talent Needed!

Engage in the Nature/Human Connection through the Arts!

Eco-Art Guides Us in Strengthening Our Personal and Planetary Healing!

Eco-Art

Methodology

Eco-Art, multi-arts, is an advanced approach that integrates arts and Applied Ecopsychology. The combined paradigms permit us to advance our passions and inner growth. Eco-Art’s unique approach empowers us to acquire and connect with our unique bio-language, 54 senses/sensitivities. In addition, Eco-Art permits Nature’s perfection, balance, and unconditional love so we can engage in multi-expressive techniques.

Art therapy is a distinct discipline that incorporates creative methods of expression through visual art media. As a creative arts therapy profession, art therapy originated in art and psychotherapy and may vary in definition. (Wikipedia, 2022)

Animal-assisted therapy is an alternative or complementary type of therapy that includes the use of animals in treatment. It falls under the realm of Animal Assisted Intervention, which encompasses any intervention in the studio that includes an animal in a therapeutic context such as emotional support animals, service animals trained to assist with daily activities, and animal-assisted activity. (Wikipedia, 2022)

Bibliotherapy: A therapeutic approach that utilizes literature. Chosen literature often adapts or supplements traditional therapy modalities to support mental health and wellbeing.

Poetry and Writing: Written expressions, even a Haiku, assist us with a sense of personal growth, healing, community, sense of place, and more.

Expressive Therapy also known as creative arts therapy, assists us in connecting to our inner voice and emotions and helps us create mindfulness. Imagination and creative expression help us bring words to the nameless and hard-to-reach areas within us.

Art and Ecology or Ecological Art: Ecological art is an art genre and artistic practice that seeks to preserve, remediate, and vitalize the life forms, resources, and ecology of Earth. (Wikipedia, 2022)

Environmental or Green Art: Historical are precedents include environmental art, earthworks, land art, sustainable art, landscape painting, video making, and landscape photography. A current definition of ecological art drafted collectively by the EcoArt Network, founded in 1999, states: “Ecological Art is an art practice that embraces an ethic of social justice in both its content and form/materials. EcoArt is created to inspire caring and respect, stimulate dialogue, and encourage the long-term flourishing of the social and natural environments in which we live. It commonly manifests as socially engaged, activist, community-based restorative, or interventionist art.” (Wikipedia, 2022)

Music Therapy: Music develops cognitive, physical, and other brain and body connecting techniques.

Drama Therapy: Engaging with the practice of drama and theater create personal growth and mental health distress. Individuals who participate in drama therapy can better act out and solve issues, express a story or event, and join in cathartic practices which assist us in understanding images, actions, and more.

Forms of dance and movement can bring changes to our inner psyche and strengthen our physical wellbeing, feelings, behavior, cognition, and integration with our inner selves.

Forest Bathing encourages people to engage with their senses while spending time in a forest, park, or other natural environments, even one’s backyard or garden.  Simply taking the time to pause and listen, see, smell, touch and engage with the natural environment can have many benefits, including a boost in mood, elevated focus, better sleep, and decreases in blood pressure and cortisol levels.  (Riley, 2021)

Individuals learn to create artwork and play, pottery, or sand play therapy as complementary approaches to inward healing. As a result, we can invoke deepened relationships with our inner emotions and healing.

Horticulture: Horticulture, commonly called gardening: is small scale, usually polyculture, with many different crop varieties. Aspects include cultivation and the production of vegetables, trees, shrubs, fruits, and nuts, plant propagation, and plant and animal breeding.

Permaculture: Permaculture is a grassroots movement concerned with developing sustainable horticultural systems that mimic natural systems. Permaculture is adaptable to all human habitation zones of the planet. The three ethics: 1) care of the Earth, 2) care of the people, 3) fair share of resources ethically guide the permaculture practitioner. (Kevin, 2021)

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing [energy medicine], which is a subset of alternative medicine. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” [esotericism] is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. (Reiki, 2022)

Yoga can be integrated into most psychotherapy practices. Yoga assists us with sorting through feelings while remaining grounded in our bodies and our unique breathing process. Meditation further enhances your connection with your inner self and body movements. Both yoga and meditation can help individuals with mindfulness, centeredness, and balance. 

Works Cited
Kevin, R. J. (2021, November 21). Applied Ecopsychology – Green Nature Healing Program (Dissertation).

Reiki. (2022, March 11). Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reiki

Riley, H. (2021, April 5). Forest Bathing. Retrieved from Penn State University: https://sites.psu.edu/mindfulmaking/2021/04/05/forest-bathing/

Sweeney, T. (2013). Eco-Art Therapy: Creating activities that let Earth teach. Amazon.

Wikipedia. (2022, March 14). Animal-Assisted Therapy. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal-assisted_therapy

Wikipedia. (2022, March 2). Art Therapy. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_therapy

Wikipedia. (2022, February 3). Ecological Art. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_art

Eco-Art Therapy can assist us with healing our inner and outward selves. Some areas where individuals (or groups) may implement what they learn include but are not limited to:

  1. Increasing self-discovery; 
  2. Boosting imagination and connection to the world in and around us;
  3. Promoting self-awareness and increasing self-confidence;
  4. Increasing social skills;
  5. Helping us reduce and deal with conflict resolution;
  6. Helping us reduce countless forms of abuse;
  7. Assisting us with gaining deeper inward insight;
  8. Deepening our inner spiritual and soul healing;
  9. Assisting with distress, anxiety, and depression;
  10. Assisting with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
  11. Assisting with Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
  12. Helping us recover from various forms of addiction and eating disorders;
  13. Helping us reduce Climate Issues, ecoparaysis, ecocide, tierracide,  ecoanxiety, Global Dread, topoaversion, eco-alienation, mermerosity, tierratrauma, meteoranxiety, toponesia, terrafurie,  Solastalgia, necrophilia, and eco-necrophilia;
  14. Helping us reduce our fears of Nature and decrease our disconnection to the various environments we encounter;
  15. Helping us understand Nature-Deficit Disorder (NDD), Prejudice Against Nature (PAN), or Natural Systems Disorder/Dysfunction (NSD) and assists us with reducing the felt sensory distress;
  16. Deepening our understanding of biophilia and biomimicry;
  17. Helping us restore social and environmental wellbeing and relationships;
  18. Deepening our spirituality;
  19. Increasing our ability to learn about and explore our current worldview;
  20. Enabling us to balance and find peace with life-changing events such as cancer and other medical conditions; and more!