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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

Shadow and Light work: Being in your soul's essence and embracing your ego. 

Professional Development with Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT

Friday Dec. 3, 2021. 3-5:30 pm 

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.

Through a guided movement sequence with elemental energies and free-flowing movement we connect to the wisdom and resources of our innate body wisdom. The movement will lead into deeper exploration and connection with our true essence as well as shadow material through painting, drawing and writing.
The shadow of our egos are manifested through thoughts that are critical and judgmental against ourselves and/or others and life circumstances, i.e. a non-acceptance of what is.

Embracing the pain of our egos is a task that brings us in connection to our souls that opens us up to the larger dimension of universal energies that support our wholeness and belonging within the larger earth body.
In this exploration you will gain a greater connection to yourself and the truth of your soul and also have an outlet to move, shift and be with the pain and grief of disconnection and separation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to utilize movement for resourcing and accessing inner body wisdom.

    Participants will be able to discern between ego and soul language to facilitate grief and trauma work.

    Participants will experience the deepening of expressive arts process work through the use of intermodal transfer.

    Participants will learn about the impact of each art modality for individualized patient-centered care through their own experience.

Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT is a Somatic Expressive Arts Psychotherapist, Educator and Consultant and Multi-Media Artist. She has a private practice in German and English in Berkeley. She provides workshops internationally. She is the founder of Express-Explore-Expand, which encourages people to live authentically and transform trauma into empowerment. She is adjunct faculty for the Expressive Arts Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Sofia University Master of Counseling Psychology Department. ((She is a former advisor and executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (, former Board member of BodyTales and former organizer for the Northern California Dance Collective and Terra’sTemple. She supervised and co-managed the Expressive Arts internship program at Contra Costa County Medical Center in the Arts of Health and Healing department.))

Nicki is contributing Author to: Anxiety Warrior, Volume Two. "Anxiety meets Compassion." Anxiety Warrior, Volume Two, 29.92, released April 8, 2018.TRAINERS GUIDE- UNLOCKING STIGMA: Working with LGBTQI2S children, TAY, adults and older adults. Pacific Center for Human Growth for Alameda County, 2015.Co-Author: Resilience, Well-Being, And Burnout: An Expressive Arts Workbook For Healthcare Workers. 2020.

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 body.

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.