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The 11th International Conference of the 

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)

Conference October 8-10, 2015

Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village, New Territories

Hong Kong, China

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Dear Friends/Students/Folks,

Happy and healthy 2015!

We are exciting to announce the "Call for Proposal" arrangement for the upcoming IEATA Conference in Hong Kong on 8-10 October this year. This conference will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about what is happening the expressive arts in both the East and West, meet some the world renowned pioneers and practitioners in expressive arts fields. We are planning pre-conference workshops and conference activities that will introduce participants to what Asia has to offer culturally as well as specific programs that have been developed all over the world. It will be an exciting opportunity to expand our view of the expressive arts.

You are invited to propose experiential workshops, performance, research, and lectures fitting the conference theme. Proposals should focus on any of the following themes:

  • Applications in Different Countries
  • Clinical Practice
  • Arts for Social Change
  • Evidence-based Practice/Arts-based Research
  • Contemporary Trends

The 11th International Conference of IEATA -
International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

co-hosted by Art in Hospital, Hong Kong

October 2015

Join our first IEATA conference in Asia. We are in the beginning stages of planning.
Save the dates:

Pre-conference Workshops: Oct 6-7
Conference: Oct 8-10

Venue: Hong Kong, China


"The Tao is beyond words.
The Tao cannot be described with linear language.
Beginning in Asia, people sometimes poetically refer to the Tao
as the mystery, the flowing entanglement and clarity of our lives...

The core, the essence of expressive arts therapy that
makes it alive and happening -
also cannot be described with linear language. 
The unnameable flowing Tao, the mystery, the creative spark of our lives,
the evolving essence of expressive arts therapy...

The Tao can be seen as the Way.
The evolving nature of expressive arts in the world is taking many forms
to find its Tao (ways) from the therapy room to the community.
This creative process of searching is mysterious,
every-changing and flowing...
in resonance to each individual, culture, and context.
The way of knowing involves lifelong practice, genuine conversation, humbled witnessing, mindful reflexivity and embracing the unknowing...”
Jack Weller & Fiona Chang

Through this conference, we hope to

Meet the renowned pioneers and practitioners in expressive arts from both the East and West.

Learn about what is happening the expressive arts in Asia.

Nourish the organic development of the expressive arts fields across verbal, geographical, and cultural borders

Important Dates

Call for Abstract: 5 January, 2015

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 6 March, 2015

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 30 June, 2015

Date of the Pre-Conference Workshop/Agency Visits: 6-7 October, 2015

Date of the Conference: 8-10 October, 2015

You're welcome to join us as presenter, key note speakers, volunteers, active and vital participants. Do plan a trip to Hong Kong and look for more conference announcements on our website at www.ieata.com! IEATA is very excited to co-host our conference with the Art in Hospital in Hong Kong!

1st Latin American Regional Symposium
Weaving The Americas
Tejiendo las Americas (español)

February 27-28 and March 1st 2014
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

We want to thank all the presenters and attendees for making this weaving posible and so special. We will be posting pictures soon. 

Weaving the Americas, the First IEATA Latin American regional symposium, will allow for exchange of different methodologies and techniques used in Latin American countries. 

Pre-symposium, the 27th February:
During the morning we will visit Iximche, an archaeological site, the last city of the mayan-kaqchikeles and Guatemala’s first capital. A Mayan shaman will conduct an opening ceremony followed by a guided tour of the ruins.
After a typical Guatemalan lunch we will have a expressive arts workshop with members of a local community.
The cost is $ 100 which includes: transportation, visit to the site, lunch and workshop.
Estimated time: leaving Antigua at 7:30 a.m. and returning at 6:00p.m.

The symposium will be held in Antigua, Guatemala the 28th February and 1st March. We are planning two full days of workshops as well as time for sharing, more information coming soon.
The cost for the encounter is $200. 
IEATA members will have a discount.
You can also attend only one of the two days (only Friday or only Saturday) for $ 100 
You can e-mail us at: exalatinoamerica@gmail.com


10th Biennial International Conference

Expressive Arts in the Winds of Change
Las Artes Expresivas en los Aires de Cambio

March 14-17, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Keynote with Natalie Rogers!

Co-hosted by
John F. Kennedy University (JFKU),
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and
Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)

Also sponsored by
Tamalpa Institute,
Meridian University, and
International University of Professional Studies (IUPS)

Lesley University

How do we rise to meet the Winds of Change? Do we flail wildly in the violent gusts? Do we stand firmly as the jet stream passes over us? Do we ride the winds like ethereal surfers or like ribbons in the breeze?

Check out the photos and videos below, and find more on Facebook.

March 23, 2013

What a marvelous conference we just ended!

It was a resounding success in a multitude of ways, made possible by an energetic stream of bright and talented presenters--including our beloved elder, Natalie Rogers, who delivered a beautifully inspiring keynote...under the leadership of our gifted and hard-working Conference Committee Co-Chairs Denise Boston, Jacob Kaminker, and Doreen Maller...surrounded by the most astonishing art-making and installations...supported by a strong, uplifting wind and a plethora of eager volunteers. (Thank you, Leyla, for your masterful recruitment and organizing of all those valued helpers!)

The Doubletree Hotel was most accommodating, and the weather cooperated completely.

We missed those of you unable to attend this time and hope to see you in Hong Kong in 2015--if not sooner, as there are rumblings now of plans to move forward with regional symposia in the meantime, and with a frequency that keeps up with the glorious momentum we have stirred. Stay tuned for updates!

But mostly, thanks to the best Membership on the globe for your contributions that make this organization possible, and healthy, and light a bright path to the future.

Our warmest wishes,

Haley and Mitchell
Your Executive Co-Chairs

IEATA Welcome Video 2013 from Steve Maller on Vimeo.

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John F. Kennedy University
Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)
California Institute of Integral Studies
Tamalpa Institute
Meridian University
Lesley University
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology



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DoubleTree Hotel, Berkeley,CA

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