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Expressive Arts Florida Institute

Expressive Arts Florida Institute provides comprehensive training in Expressive Arts, and a wide variety of creative life enrichment workshops and classes, both in our Sarasota, Florida studio and online. We are: Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE, REAT Tamara Teeter Knapp, MA, NCC, MHC Intern, K-12 Art Teacher, , REACE Victoria Domenichello-Anderson, MA, REACE

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About this course

Professional Development with Harambee Arts

Expressive Arts projects in Kenya and Nepal 

 with Gloria Simoneaux, Brandon Okoth, Rina Pratik

Saturday Aug. 7, 1-3:30 pm ET

Live Online via Zoom


This workshop will be recorded and the recording will be posted in the forum after the workshop, for viewing only by those who have registered for the workshop. To ensure confidentiality of participants, the recording will be paused during sharing.

Community owned and led projects have huge impact with Harambee Arts

This workshop will familiarize you with the Harambee Arts Expressive Arts methodology that focuses on a culturally sensitive, collaborative, and relational approach to working with different societies around the world. Rina Pratik from Nepal and Brandon Okoth from Kenya, both long time staff members of Harambee Arts, will lead exercises and be available to answer questions. Rina facilitates groups for young girls who have been rescued from trafficking, HIV+ women and those who have experienced domestic violence. Brandon works with children who live in poverty in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera. They will share their innate wisdom, lessons learned and how expressive arts has supported them to become empowered and courageous members of their community.

To witness the ways that Expressive Arts touch the lives of many people in very difficult situations around the world can be an amazing window to the significance of what we are trained to offer others! A participant in Gloria Simoneaux’s 2020 workshop

Gloria Simoneaux, MA, REAT  is founding director of Harambee Arts (, an expressive arts organization and training program based in sub-Saharan Africa and Nepal. Harambee Arts is designed to serve children and women globally who have been traumatized by illness, poverty, violence, trafficking, autistic spectrum disorder and other crises. Gloria taught Expressive Arts to counselors in Nairobi as a Fulbright scholar, affiliated with the Kenya Association of Professional Counselors. She is the Founder of DrawBridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children, has worked with pediatric oncology patients in San Francisco hospitals and is currently a consultant with Save the Children, Railway International and other international NGOs. She will be working in Dominica as a Fulbright scholar in 2021.

Brandon Okoth was born and raised in Kibera Kenya. He is currently pursuing his diploma in counselling psychology at the Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors. He found his passion in Expressive Arts through Harambee Arts Kenya where he is currently working as one of the staff members and has been affiliated since 2007. Brandon is also committed to bring change in his neighbourhood, Kibera slum, by joining hands with Gloria to help connect kids who are determined and willing to go to school but their families aren’t able to provide for the school fee. So far, he has been able to connect 12 children to different sponsors world wide.

Rina Pratik is a Safe Home Coordinator of Shakti Samuha, the first organization in the world established and run by survivors of human trafficking. When she was age 14 she was trafficked to India. In that time she faced so many of problems like social stigma, stress and she felt emotionally weak. In 2012 she met Gloria and Harambee Arts and she learned so many things; how to manage anger and stress and especially about the meaning of her life. She took Harambee Arts as medicine and now she is an Expressive Arts Facilitator.  In this long journey she found her own family. She could cry, she could be angry and share the story of her life. Currently she is working with survivors of sexual violence, children with downs syndrome and girls rescued from human trafficking. Her dream is to be very strong working with trafficking survivors as she also suffered the same kinds of problem while she was trafficked. 

Our Online Professional Development Series is designed for Expressive Arts students and practitioners (therapists, educators, facilitators, coaches, consultants). Through a live online format, we bring you renowned professionals in the field, from around the world, to enhance your training and expertise. Each presentation will be a combination of didactic and experiential learning. We are a Florida CEU provider for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT. You will receive a Certificate of Completion to submit to your own CE Board or certifying organization.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Live Online Events and WorkshopsRefunds must be requested in writing (email) no later than 5 days prior to the workshop date. If supplies were sent to you, you will be refunded the workshop cost minus the supply fee. After the 5 day deadline there will be no refunds unless your space is filled by another participant.  There will be no refunds for "no shows”. In case of a family or medical emergency EAFI will do its best to either refund the workshop fee or credit it towards a later date. EAFI is not responsible for participant’s technology, internet, internet platform or computer issues. Participants are responsible for the necessary internet connections/platforms needed to participate in online workshops or events.