In this week’s Healing Through Creativity, host Dr. Desiree Cox speaks with George Allen Robertson from a different Healing Through Creativity (great minds think alike!). Robertson’s Healing Through Creativity is an organization that helps survivors of trauma of all kinds to cope, heal and recover by tapping into their own creative capacity and internal resources.
Each year the organization holds an annual Healing Through Creativity festival where survivors share the fun and excitement of creativity without the fears of judgement, guilt or shame. The festival is a one-stop-shop where people can discover and learn about the local and online resources available to them as they journey toward healing through self-expression. There have been a number of Healing Through Creativity events across the USA since the first such festival in West Virginia took place back in 2006. Robertson and Cox discuss what takes place at these events and the positive outcomes they’ve seen emerge once they were over.
Cox and Robertson also touch upon their own creative journeys and how they overcome their own traumatic experiences. “The things we are taught when we grow up aren’t usually the things that help heal us,” says Burke. Learn how to stop “stepping aside” when trauma comes into your live and confront it–creatively!
And, for those of you who are more entrepreneurial–even in your healing process!–you are more than welcome to sell the art you produce while you’re reaping the benefits of a Healing Through Creativity festival. “We’re not looking for Picassos,” says Robertson. Any0ne who wants to is more than welcome to to sell. Of course, the main focus of the event is healing, not monetary value, but having an opportunity to pick up an extra buck on the side is always nice!
Learn about “the Wonder of what it is for a human being to be creative,” how tapping into that Wonder can help you or your loved one to heal, and how–simply by opening your mind to new experiences–you can finally move on from the trauma that has left you silent and shattered.