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A podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about how creativity can be a catalyst for positive change. It features interviews with artists and organizations who are using art to heal themselves, their community, and the planet. This podcast is a project of the Arts and Healing Network, an online resource at It is hosted by Britt Bravo.

A podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about how creativity can be a catalyst for positive change. It features interviews with artists and organizations who are using art to heal themselves, their community, and the planet. This podcast is a project of the Arts and Healing Network, an online resource at It is hosted by Britt Bravo.
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A podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about how creativity can be a catalyst for positive change. It features interviews with artists and organizations who are using art to heal themselves, their community, and the planet. This podcast is a project of the Arts and Healing Network, an online resource at It is hosted by Britt Bravo.




The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. Bernie retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment's approach to patients, and to empowering patients to induce their own healing. After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients faceing life-threatening diseases, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate...


Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is the author of How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She is the author of ten books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tangelwood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keilor's "Writers Almanac." Pat is the founder and...


Crafting Calm: Interview with Maggie Oman Shannon

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and lifelong crafter whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Her newest book is Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation. A former magazine editor and creativity coach, she is the the author of five previous books, including Prayers for Healing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who...


Art Break Day Co-Founder and Transformative Artist, Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator, and art advocate who truly believes and embodies the notion that art can change and heal the world. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Art is Moving, and the 3rd Annual Art Break Day. Art Break Day is a communty art-reach event that offers thousands of people the means and space to connect with their community via the art-making process. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Art 4 All People and AY Atelier...


Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin, Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program

Timothy McLaughlin is a poet, teacher and the founder of the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). This program empowers students to create original poetry – which incorporates Native languages and philosophies – and then perform that poetry for diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. He and his students have received numerous awards and have been featured on many radio and television programs. You can learn more about the SFIS Spoken Word Program at...


Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project: Interview with Elana Haviv

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE). Elana is an education and human rights specialist. Through her flagship organization, CMCE, she has created academic and artistic programs to guide childrena and youth to understand and overcome the effects of violent world events on themselves and their communities, and to become global citizens. She designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future,...


EngAGE and The Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE, a nonprofit that changes aging, and the way people think about aging, by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California. Tim also catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior...


Creating Time with Marney Makridakis

Marney Makridakisis the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds, and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach for self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at and on Facebook at


Lori Portka's 100 Thank Yous: A Gratitude Painting Project

Lori Portka is an art creator and love radiator. Her artwork is made with an open heart carrying the intention to spread love and healing. Lori's designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally, and reach other sweet souls who connect with her genuine and compassionate spirit. You can learn more about Lori and her A Hundred Thank Yous project on her website,, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka. Reminder: The nomination deadline for...


Desire to Inspire: Interview with Christine Mason Miller

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring since she was a little girl. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work. The desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking. Her latest book is Desire...


South African Muralist and Artist, Ricky Lee Gordon

"I believe color creates energy, and I believe energy creates inspiration, and then I think inspiration creates the change. If you can create color, which murals do, then you're making a massive impact." ~ Ricky Lee Gordon Ricky Lee Gordon is a South African muralist and artist who goes by the name of Freddy Sam. He is the founder of three initiatives. The first is Write on Africa, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and workshops in poor communities to uplift and...


Raw Art Journaling with Quinn McDonald

Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art. Quinn is a business and creativity coach. She writes the "Business of Art" column for Somerset Studio magazine, and "The Raw Edge" coaching column for Art Quilting Studio. She's also a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F&W Media's art blog. Quinn uses coaching to help people find, or develop their careers, and to incorporate creativity in their lives. She believes that communicating is also an art...


Art Saves: Interview with Jenny Doh

Jenny Doh is the author of Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art. Jenny is the Founder and President of CRESCENDOh, a company that inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion. CRESCENDOh also works with publishers to create books about art, crafting, and inspiration. In addition to Art Saves, she also authored Creative Pilgrimage, Signature Styles, and co-authored Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration In the Studio and Behind the...


Healing with Photography: Interview with Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway is a photographer, writer and the creator of the Unravelling e-courses. A Polaroid addict and very proud aunt, she is currently editing her first book, This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, which will be available in spring of 2012. You can read more about Susannah and her shenanigans on her blog at and connect with her on Twitter at @photobird


Saved by a Poem: Interview with Kim Rosen

"When the inner and the outer are wedded, revelation occurs." - Hildegard of Bingen Kim Rosen is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words. Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a spiritual teacher and therapist, Kim has touched listeners around the world with poetry's power to awaken, inspire, and heal. She gives poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. You can learn more about her work at You can also connect...


Inner Excavation with Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media: Interview with Liz Lamoreux

Liz Lamoreux believes in the importance of unearthing our stories so that we can see where we stand on our paths and where we want to go. She is currently sharing this inward journey through her new book, Inner Excavations: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, the Be Present Retreats, and the stories she shares in her Etsy store, The Little Room. She lives in a little house in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter Ellie Jane, and a golden retriever named...


Be the Star You Are: Interview with Jamie Ridler

Jamie Ridler is a professional creative self-development coach who is passionate about authentic living and creativity. She is a certified coach who has a certificate in the Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy from ISIS in Toronto. She also completed training in Body-Centered Coaching with Marlena Field, has a Blue Belt in Nia, and has an M.A. in Drama from the Drama Centre of the University of Toronto. You can found out more about Jamie at, and be sure to...

Duration:00:21:34, Giftivism & Generosity: Interview with Sam Bower & Anne Veh

Since 2001, has been helping people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world. This online museum offers a wealth of information about artists who are doing exciting and innovative work that directly speaks to the environmental issues of our time. In this podcast, Arts & Healing Network Director Mary Daniel Hobson interviews Sam & Anne, core team members of about the environmental art movement, giftivism,...


November is Art Every Day Month: Founder, Leah Piken Kolidas

Leah Piken Kolidas is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and their four fuzzy cats. She loves sipping hot chocolate, wearing silly socks, and everything turquoise. Leah blogs about creativity and art at, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge. You can view more of her art at and follow her on Twitter at leah_art. You can listen and...


Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang: Transforming Plastic Trash into Art

For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution. The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more. Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a...