October 13 - December 1, 2022


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Wild Creativity

Introduction to the Expressive Arts course

  • 8 weeks

    An 8-week course with a trainer, essentially practical, followed by moments of group reflection and sharing methodologies and technics of Expressive Arts in Nature to enhance self-expression and communication.

  • 2 hours per week

    Each Thursday (6 pm - 8 pm CET), you will participate in a 2-hour videoconference with a Live Online trainer (16 hours in total) in which theoretical content is explored and practical exercises are carried out.

  • Highly Experiential

    Online Live with a trainer. You will carry out practical exercises and explore theoretical content.

What are the typical profiles that participate in this training?

  • Health professionals looking for new creative techniques and skills to improve communication in their clinical practice offering an integrative experience.

  • Educators, social workers and occupational therapists seeking new therapeutic techniques that enhance healthy human bonds.

  • Professors and teachers in search of new pathways that support a creative learning approach through curiosity.

Contents of the course

Wild Creativity is nature-based Expressive Arts Course is about your relationship with yourself and others.

  1. 1
    • In this session, the focus will be on different warming up dynamics followed by a brief introduction to the course and the general use of the nature-based artistic expression.

  2. 2
    • Drawing is said to be one of our first artistic expressions. In this session, different ways to facilitate self-expression through drawing will be experienced and discussed. Are you ready to try?

  3. 3
    • There are many types of paint, as well as many ways to paint. Painting with natural elements can be seen as a sort of self-expression in itself. Using them enriches the symbolism of its potential. Let yourself flow!

  4. 4
    • Natural clay modelling is full of symbolic and creative potential, which makes it a very powerful resource to use. That potential can be increased through the use of collage and natural elements. The experience will speak for itself.

  5. 5
    • Expression through sound or music can be used in different ways: actively or receptively, as a solo mediator or integrated with other mediators. In any case, its potential will be felt and discussed.

  6. 6
    • Literary expression, like music, has two major types: storytelling and writing. While we can get involved with the first, evoking all sorts of feelings, the second can organise and contain us... Isn't it so?

  7. 7
    • Drama or dramatic expression can integrate all mediators, but above all the impersonation of someone or something must be present. Self-expression will then be facilitated by being a "not me" me. To be (me) or not to be (me), that is the question!

  8. 8
    • In this last session, participants will try out their acquired skills inviting other group members to experience a creative dynamic of their own... and yes, now it’s time to draw conclusions!


  • Use nature-based expressive art to improve communication.

  • Express yourself creatively through natural materials.

  • Know the particularities and characteristics of artistic mediators.

  • Apply artistic mediators as technical resources according to the needs and characteristics of different populations.

  • Enhance personal development through artistic mediators and its technical resources.


Rita Nunes da Ponte

Rita was born in Lisbon in 1973. She studied cello, having attended the National Conservatory. She later studied Applied Chemistry (FCT-UNL) before dedicating herself entirely to ceramics, sculpture and painting, areas in which she has been exhibiting collectively and individually, having trained at Ar.Co, in Almada. As an Art-Therapist, she has developed projects with children at the O Século Foundation and with the elderly at the Alzheimer Portugal Association and the Day Centres of Santo António and Nossa Senhora do Carmo, in Estoril. She is an Art-Psychotherapist, effective member of SPAT, where she gives training and online consultations in Portuguese and English.

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