Visit the Abbey of the Arts online retreat platform to access your programs:

Expressive Arts Resources

The other day I wrote about the field of the expressive arts and how discovering this resource has really augmented my work in integrating spirituality and the arts.  Here are some books I would recommend:

Spirituality and Art Therapy, edited by Mimi Farrelly-Hansen

This book has chapters written by different expressive arts practitioners from various religious and spiritual perspectives.  Each chapter explores the connections between a particular spiritual tradition and work in the expressive arts.  Some chapters are stronger than others, especially good are “Prayer, Sacraments, Grace,” “Pilgrimage: Celtic Spirituality Revisited,” and “Nature: Art Therapy in Partnership with the Earth.”

Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy, edited by Stephen and Ellen Levine

A great foundational text providing several essays with good grounding in the theory of the expressive arts by many leaders in the field.

Art is a Way of Knowing by Pat Allen

This is a wonderful book about imagination and the arts as a way of knowing and experiencing the world and encourages taking these seriously as a spiritual practice leading to greater wisdom and insight about ourselves.

The Art Therapy Sourcebook, Cathy Malchiodi

A great resource filled with ideas and activities that could be translated to spiritual contexts.

The Art of Emotional Healing by Lucia Capacchione

Another great resource of ideas and activities for ways of using the expressive arts to explore and express our wide range of emotions.

The Creative Connection by Natalie Rogers

Natalie Rogers is the daughter of Carl Rogers, founder of Person-Centered Therapy.  This is her foundational work, providing good grounding in this approach to the expressive arts as well as lots of ideas.

I have also listed this information on our slowly growing Creating Space website resource page (scroll down for the Expressive Arts link).  Clicking on the links provided and purchasing either these or other items through Amazon helps to support our nonprofit work.

-Christine Valters Paintner

You might also enjoy

Monk in the World Guest Post: Kate Kennington Steer

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to our Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Kate Kennington Steer’s reflection Heart of Stone. I arrived at February 2023 in a post-viral fatigue fug, feeling beset by depression, with

Read More »

Soul of a Pilgrim Video Podcast Day 2

Blessing for Packing Lightly*Winnowing God, you ask us to release, let go, surrender, and yield all that we canin service of making space for what is most essential. The more we set aside that which burdens us and takes up too much spacethe more room

Read More »

Monk in the World Guest Post: Mary Camille Thomas

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to our Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Mary Camille Thomas’s reflection Sitting in Paradise. “Sit in your cell as in paradise,” St. Romuald says in his brief rule for

Read More »

2 Responses

  1. All of these books look very interesting! I can’t wait to look them up. I’ve been enjoying your essays here. Thanks so much :)