We are very excited to be delivering two sets of art therapy workshops in Nepal in late November, with Art Therapy Initiative (ATI). The date is fast approaching and the interest in the workshops has been huge.
Hosted by United Mission for Nepal in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, 30 local professionals will be joining the first 4 day workshop. They work in various caring roles on the ground (social workers, artists, psychologists, community development workers, nurses, teachers) with trafficked children and women, in orphanages, Bhutanese refugees living in settlements in Eastern Nepal, Tibetan refugees living in settlements to the West, families living in remote villages in rural areas. All are interested to learn more about how art-making can serve a role in supporting their work with vulnerable people within their communities in Nepal.
The workshops will be largely experiential and practical, with discussions about how art-making can be usefully adapted and integrated into the work that staff across different NGO’s are already doing on the ground.
We are excited that our teacher is travelling from Dharamsala to the workshops and will meet our Nepal-based teacher for the first time. This is the first of what we hope will be an annual fixture in the Art Refuge UK calender.
We then fly to Pokhara and visit our new project in Jampaling settlement where Diana Collins is leading a small intergenerational sound project. We return to Nepal to work with the Esther Benjamins Trust and partners across a further 4 day art therapy workshop. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Kier, has just returned from leading children from their refuge in painting a mural there and staff began to see the value of art-making as a tool for group work, exploration, and creativity.
We will provide updates on the training, but in the meantime, if you would like to donate to support these workshops, please click below: