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Arts & Healing Podcast

In Spring 2007, we launched the Arts & Healing Podcast in order to share the actual voices of artists and organizations who are doing inspiring work using art to heal themselves, their community, and/or the planet. Our podcast is published several times a year and is produced by Britt Bravo.


You can subscribe to the Arts & Healing Podcast via iTunes by clicking here. Otherwise, please use the "click here to listen online" links below. If you would like to be notified about new podcasts, please sign up for our e-newsletter.


If you enjoy our podcast, please give us a rating on iTunes. If you have suggestions for people to interview, please send those to ahn@artheals.org.



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The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie Siegel
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December 2013

Dr. Bernie Siegel is the author of The Art of Healing: UncoveringYour 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  medicalestablishment'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 self-induced healings. Bernie realized that we can aid our bodies' innate propensity to heal through what are currently seen as uncoventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter. You can learn more about Bernie's work and his books at berniesiegelmd.com and follow him on Twitter at @BernieSiegelMD.

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Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Pat Schneider
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October 2013

Pat Schneider is a poet, playwright, librettist, and author of ten books of poetry and non-fiction, including How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. She was born in the Ozark mountains of Missouri where she became intimate with fossils, creekbeds, grasshoppers, and box turtles. After a search for work took her single mother to St. Louis, from age 10 Pat lived in tenements and in an orphanage until she was given a scholarship to college. Those early experiences have deeply influenced her writing, and fueled her passion for those who have been denied voice through poverty and other misfortunes. She founded and is the director emerita of the Amherst Writers and Artists and AWA Press. She is also adjunct faculty at the Pacific School of Religion in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. To learn more about Pat, please visit www.patschneider.com.

In this interview with Britt Bravo, Pat shares some of the insights from her new book, How the Light Gets In, as well as stories and advice about how to use the art of writing as a tool for healing.

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Crafting Calm with Maggie Oman Shannon
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August 2013

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop/retreat facilitator and life-long 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. Maggie lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter (who also loves to craft), and currently serves at the Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.

In this interview with Britt Bravo, Maggie discusses the healing power of crafting, and offers tips for finding your craft and making time to practice it. You can could learn more about Maggie and her work on her website www.maggieomanshannon.com, Facebook and Pinterest.


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Art Break Day Co-Founder and Healing Artist: Lisa Rasmussen
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May 2013


Lisa Rasmussen is a transformative artist, educator, curator and art advocate who truly believes 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 community 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 Art, an international sanctuary for arts and consciousness online and in Malibu, CA. 


Additionally, Lisa pioneered an award-winning expressive arts program for emotionally traumatized and abused youth, and developed a professional art gallery for the residents of Lincoln Child Center, a mental health facility in Oakland, CA.  She is also a professional artist, and her paintings are her spiritual practice. To learn more about Lisa and her work, please visit www.artismovingnow.com, www.art4allpeople.com, and www.ayatelierart.com.


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Moccasins and Microphones: Timothy McLaughlin and the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Program
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March 2013

Timothy McLaughlinTimothy 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 www.sfisspokenword.org.

Originally from Washington DC, Timothy has been teaching in Native communities since 1997. He was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his dedication to service work. Timothy has also produced the poetry CD, Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling Through Performance Poetry, and is the editor of the book Walking on the Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School (Abrams Books 2012). His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Declaration and Radical Grace.

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Hurricane Sandy Art Relief: An Interview with Elana Haviv
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January 2013

Elana Haviv is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE), which creates academic and artistic programs to help children and youth understand and overcome violent world events like Hurricane Sandy or 9/11.  Elana designed The Telling History Project: Understanding the Past to Create the Future, a curriculum to teach students about human rights. After 9/11, she spearheaded an art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in New York City schools. She also has pioneered art-based healing programs in post-war Bosnia. More recently, in response to Hurricane Sandy, Elana founded The Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was recently featured in The Huffington Post article, "Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids." You can learn more about CMCE on their website, childrensmovement.org.


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EngAGE & the Art of Aging: An Interview with Tim Carpenter
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October 2012

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 apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. The NOHO Senior Arts Colony and the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony will open in 2012. In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world. In 2011, he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.  He also serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging, and is the host and producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.


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Creating Time with Marney Madridakis
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August 2012


Marney Makridakis is 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 artellaland.com and on Facebook.


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A Hundred Thank You's: A Gratitude Painting Project by Lori Portka
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May 2012


Lori Portka is an artist who makes her work with an open heart, carrying the intention to spread love and healing. Lori's Happiness Through Art designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars and magazines internationally. On the first day of 2012, Lori started a new project called "A Hundred Thank Yous" in which she is making 100 paintings for 100 people that have touched her life. The project will culminate in a gallery show of all 100 works in July, and then each painting will be gifted to the person honored in the work.  You can learn more about Lori and her project on her website, loriportka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @loriportka.


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Desire To Inspire: Christine Mason Miller
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March 2012

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 to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. You can learn more about Christine and her work on her website at christinemasonmiller.com.

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