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Experiential Arts: Home of Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF Practice

Experiential Arts are no method but come from the living body. Any art activity (receptive or active experiencing of the arts) induces a More of something that is generating new life when it is forming from the body sense

Experiential Arts is a living and a pointing to something where a More of life is generating

How the founder of the Experiential Approach and Focusing Prof. Eugene Gendlin would have said it ...

Words are social forms. Arts are social forms. Arts themselves are not moving forward alike words are not moving forward when you use words or arts only. So taking arts only is not moving forward and interpretating arts only is not moving forward unless you approach arts experiential

This means to ask if there is a step coming when you are refering to your art. What I mean here is a step opening up to something. Even when you interprete a piece of art in best ways, the whole stays within a certain social form and social forms do not change. What changes the form and brings a shift, this little step forwarding, is to pause and wait for art to come. Art does not come from intention or skills. What comes as art comes through the body, and what comes through the body is social or cultural and with a More of that is not part of the social and the cultural. This kind of art has forwarding life energy in it. This kind of art is what I call experiential art

How Eugene Gendlin would have said it are words coming from an inner voice speaking Gendlinish. They are no original words of Eugene Gendlin. They come from an 'Inner Gene' having crystalized through reading Gendlin's work for decades after meeting him in person

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A Gendlin lecture at Humboldt House Achberg GER, venue of Gendlin's European teachings 1992-97. Video presentation of the German-Swiss Focusing Network (2023) at the hall where Gendlin gave this lecture

ExAF: A Multiplicity of Therapeutic Understandings and Approaches for Best Practice

Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF uses different therapeutic understandings and approaches in ways that individuals and groups get the most of Experiential Arts engagement

The use is defined by crossing, an experiential concept introduced by Eugene Gendlin. Crossing  brings out the very unique kind of More of all methods and tools put into action during session

Crossing happens through the living body. The body sense (both of therapist and client) provides information of what is needed next. It tells about therapeutic co-creation completion and the right use of methods being choosen for to process life forward

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Therapeutic understandings and approaches we cross

Experiential Approach


Focusing is a body-mind practice and a method of the person-centered approach developed by Prof. Eugene Gendlin

Focusing explores personal issues, relationships and situations from felt experiencing. Focusing works with body awareness from within, initiating organismic micro-changes, body shifts and new steps towards life solutions

We learned from international renowned Focusing pioneers and teachers who developed a wide range of Focusing approaches:

Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts FOAT® - video 1 | video 2

by Laury Rappaport, PHD, MFT, REAT, ART-BC

FOAT® is a mindfulness based approach for positive growth and change integrating Focusing and the Expressive Arts. FOAT® applications are supported by publications, books and research

Experiential Collaging

by Prof. Akira Ikemi

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Person-centered Approach

Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy by Nathalie Rogers, PhD, REAT - video. We refer to the understanding of the multi-modal process named The Creative Connection©

Person-centred Art Therapy, pioneered by Liesl Silverstone - video and forwarded by Ani de la Prida to Person-centred Creative Arts. We refer to theory, didactics and tools

Client-centered Art Therapy by Dr. Norbert Groddeck, GER. We refer to theory and applications of the approach

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Trauma-informed Approach

Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy | Guided Drawing® - video

by Cornelia Elbrecht, BA. MA. (ART Ed), AthR, SEP

Guided Drawing® is a body-focused and trauma-informed practise, using mindfulness, sensory awareness and trust in the guidance from within

Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy

by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT. We refer to the understanding of EXA traumatology

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Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy

Museum based Art Therapy

Art Therapy using interactive strategies and receptive-active arts engagement in clinical psychotherapy, counseling, adult education and palliative care

Dynamic Shape Drawing

Dynamic Shape Drawing is a meditative practice of anthroposophic art therapy. Basic forms are transformed through rhythmic moving and swinging lines following the breathing 

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Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy

by Paolo Knill and Stephen K. Levine. We refer to the theories of polyaesthetics and IDEC®

For more about polyaestethics and its application in Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF click the button

We cross therapeutic unterstandings with understandings of art education

Art Education

Bauhaus Art Pedagogy

We refer to exercises of the Bauhaus Founders

Sensual Design     

We refer to didactics of the University Curriculum "The Four Seasons", Department of Design and Art Education, University of Duisburg-Essen GER

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Make space for artlife. Step into body-focused arts

Making Arts From The Body Sense

We operate online from GER

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