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Cultivating Neuro-Connections using the Expressive Arts

September 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


During these stressful times, many of us seek for higher spiritual needs and cultivate such practices to navigate through life however, without consciously knowing it, we find that we often get “hijacked” by our nervous systems’ responses to perceived threat or danger and once again find ourselves feeling disconnected from ourselves and significant others in our lives. Does this sound familiar to you?

In this workshop, we will review ground breaking Polyvagal science in an experiential & playful way. This approach offers practical “in the present moment” tools to learn how to tune in and listen to our nervous system responses as communicated through internal cues. Participants will be encouraged to notice their own direct experiences of physiological responses through deep listening using SpiritArts (Lynn Miller) process of awareness through breath, body, heart and deep listening.

Though arts processes, we will each have the opportunity to prepare a personal map of the 3 states of our autonomic nervous system (safety, fight or flight, and shutdown). Skills to change the brain through re-patterning the nervous system will be guided by explorations using vocal sound, movement, music & imagery, journaling, visual art & collage. These tools will be used to engage and strengthen the part of our nervous system which creates an internal experience of safety, curiosity and connection.

In a nutshell……Lynn and Sue will safely guide you through an embodied approach with Arts processing to explore:

  • How your nervous system is making you feel out of control, scattered, anxious
  • Fun Brain-training skills, that signal the brain that you’re safe (transform stress to calm)
  • The importance of relationship (connection to yourself and others) to not only heal but to function at new levels of possibility!
  • Ways to develop a practice of safely navigating your inner terrain on a daily basis

THE WORKSHOP IS $75. with advanced registration and $90. at the door

The presenters:

Sue Mistretta MA holds a degree in Counseling Psychology and has trained at the Southeastern Institute for Music Centered Psychotherapy and specializes in Expressive Arts Processes and is a Fellow with the Association of Music and Imagery. Over the past year, Sue has recently become fascinated with Somatic Therapy and trauma work. She has attended workshops such as Somatic Experiencing, and self study with experts in the field (i.e. Stephen Levine, Dana). Additionally, She will be completing a certification program in Relational Somatic Therapy in Spring of 2020. Sue has been in private practice since 1997 and offers workshops at the Hand and Soul Wellness Center and at the Healing Arts Center in PA for 20 years.

Lynn Miller MA is a music therapist with a private practice in Music therapy and Sound Healing. She is the author of SpiritArts, Transformation through Creating Art, Music and Dance, which is a culmination of her experiences with art and healing. She co-authored, a book chapter, Music and Neuromodulation, in Rhythmic Stimulation Procedures in Neuromodulation, Evans, published by Elsevier (2017).

Lynn is a faculty member for Flute Haven Native Flute School and was a faculty member for Music for People for 18 years. She facilitated the Musicianship and Vocal program. Formally, Lynn was an adjunct faculty member in Music Therapy at Immaculata University in PA.


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September 22, 2019
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Healing Arts Studio
1 Church Ave
Phoenixville, PA 19460 United States
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