Exploring the Sacred: Imagery and Interfaith Reflection.DebLinesch Art

With Dr. Debra Linesch

Saturday June 4th 2016

10am-5pm Toronto


This workshop will encourage participants to access their own relationship to spiritual practice in general and the interpretation of text in particular. It will explore a variety of techniques to provide avenues for self-exploration and contemplation. It is based on the belief that engagement with the visual arts expands the interpretative and psychological processes of struggling with the mysteries encoded in sacred text.

This workshop will be presented as a sequence of dialogue engaging presentations and experiential workshops. Open to anyone who likes to explore learning through creative means.

Format for the day:

  • Introduction and warm up
  • Background and introduction to the work: the intersection and tension between clinical practice and spiritual exploration.
  • Discussion of Dr Linesch’s own work and practice/
  • Experiential: incorporation of faith based texts.

Lunch Break (lunch provided)

  • Presentation and discussion of interfaith possibilities
  • Dyad/tryad Experiential: creating systems of exchange.
  • Concluding discussion


About the facilitator: Debra Linesch, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC

DrLinesch 2015 small-104x157. Linesch is the department chair and program director of the Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy at Loyola Marymount University.  She is the author of many articles and five books, including Adolescent Art TherapyTherapy with Families in Crisis, Celebrating Family Milestones through Art Making, Facing Genesis, and Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy. She developed the Art Therapy in Mexico collaboration with Universidad Iberoamericana, an intercultural training, research and service endeavor that engages students in a summer experience in San Miguel de Allende. She is currently establishing an Art Therapy Research Institute and is interested in developing non-traditional art therapy inquiry and clinical processes, with specific attention to faith practices and interfaith dialogue.

To learn more about Dr. Linesch and her activities, please visit her website.


Location: HighPark Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Ave. one west of Runnymede south of Bloor.


Only $150 (includes lunch!)

Special Student rate  (with id) $100 (includes lunch!)

Limited spots available!

A few work exchange spots available (by enquiry)


Independently organized workshop by two TATI faculty members as ongoing creative exploration for our community.


Contact: Sharlene Friedman DTATI, RCAT, RP   OR      Petrea Hansen-Adamidis DTATI, RCAT

TELEPHONE: 416 588-2471                                                 TELEPHONE: 647-204-6791

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An administrative fee of $20 will be charged for all cancelations (except where canceled by the organizers- see below).  For a refund, notice of cancelation must be received in writing two weeks prior to the workshop date.  After that time your workshop fee will be forfeited.  Another person may be substituted for attendance.  No credit of refund will be given if you do not notify Petrea Hansen-Adamidis or Sharlene Friedman in advance of the workshop date.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel