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Harnessing Climate Grief as Creative Fuel for Change

Through storytelling and a slide show, the presenter will share some tools for navigating trauma that she has developed as an artist. She will introduce the metaphors of composting our grief, turning it into fertile soil in which seeds of repair can be germinated. While sharing work by artists and poets who are working with climate and racial justice issues, she will discuss collective rituals that some artists use for engaging with difficult emotions within the community. Participants will be invited to do a breathing meditation exercise, and then with some verbal prompts, The presenter will engage the group in a visualization exercise, allowing everyone to touch their grief gently and witness it. There will be 10 minutes for everyone to write or draw what they visualized. A second meditation will give people a chance to see what is germinating in the soil, and they will again have 10 minutes for images and words to emerge. Our wrap up discussion will invite 10 participants to share what has emerged from our work together.


  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of breathing meditation as a tool for grounding
  • Discuss the innate ability to use visualization techniques to process emotions
  • Create imagery and texts that explore difficult emotions

Beverly Naidus, MFA & Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD

Beverly Naidus, MFA; Beverly's art and writing investigates the ecological and social issues that have adversely affected her and those around her. Healing personal trauma while remediating the damage done to the world around her, as well as reimagining the future, are key concepts that guide her work. Her visual art forms are audience-participatory installations, photo/text projects, and artist’s books. Primary mentors have been Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh & Augusto Boal. Her work has been written about in many books and journals and has developed an international audience. After an active career in NYC, LA and elsewhere, she settled in the Pacific Northwest in 2003. At UW Tacoma, she shaped a pioneering studio arts curriculum in art for social change and healing; that work will soon be launched via the non-profit, SEEDS, online. Her book, Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, her essays, and her workshops have had a broad & interdisciplinary influence.

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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT holds a doctorate in research psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. Dr. Malchiodi is the author of 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. She is the founder and director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that provides education and training on expressive approaches to psychotherapists, counselor, coaches, educators, and somatic practitioners. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. To learn more about her work and publications, see www.cathymalchiodi.comand

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

Harnessing Climate Grief as Creative Fuel for Change

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 60 Minute Lecture


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