Updated Training Events at NYEA

FREE  – INTRODUCTION TO EXPRESSIVE ARTS – JUNE 15, 2013, 1 -4 PM at the studio of NYEA, 4 Central Ave. Call Denie at 518 729 3258 or denie@newyorkexpressivearts to reserve your space.



JULY 25 – JULY 28

Thursday, 6 to 10 pm with soup and snacks included

Friday and Saturday, 10 am  to 5 pm

Sunday 9 am to 1 pm with lunch included

This practice group is for anyone who is working through the arts in their personal life and/or professional work and desires  to return to the basics of expressive arts principles and practice. You may have had some expressive arts training along the way or you are interested in refreshing and expanding your existing art practice into new therapeutic realms.

We will work in an intimate studio model of non-judgmental art making, aesthetic mindfulness, and sensory awareness creating with hands, hearts and minds. We will paint, dance, sing, make music, tell stories, write poetry, all the things that are difficult to find time for in the daily busyness of our lives. Let’s luxuriate in the space and time to re-visit the basics and make art together, knowing we always learn from each other.

All materials provided. On location in the fully equipped and welcoming studio of NYEA, 4 Central Ave in Albany, New York

Tuition is $450 and $400 if paid in full by July 1, 2013

Participants limited to 8


Level I 2013 – 2014

September 27, 28, 29 – 2013

January 10, 11, 12 – 2014

April 4, 5, 6

Schedule is Friday, 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm

Certificate of Completion given for 46 hours of training


Level II 2013 – 2014

October, 11, 12, 13 – 2013

February 8, 9, 10 – 2014

April 25, 26, 27

Schedule is Friday, 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm

Certificate of Completion given for 46 hours of training

For more information and to register for any of our trainings, please call Denie at 518-729-3251 or email denwhale@earthlink.net


Please join Lorraine Hartin and me are  at this year’s conference where we will explore the interactive phenomenon of story and expressive arts.  Expressive arts is remarkable in its capacity to create a safe and organic environment for taking ‘safe risks’. We will encounter each other and our stories within a mutual learning arena and move toward a more open, lively and spontaneous lived experience.

Creative Arts Therapies Conference

Discovery, Change, and Growth Using the Creative Arts Therapies

Friday, April 5, 2013

Academy of the Holy Names 1075 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Consultation Center

Discovering the Interplay of Storytelling and Expressive Arts.

This experiential exploration of the interplay between expressive arts and storytelling will get you into your body and help you discover your heart’s true story that is waiting to be told. Audience: General

Presenters: Denis Whalen, OTR/L, MA, CAGS, is the Owner/Director of New York Expressive Arts in Albany that provides expressive arts training and consultations. She completed post-graduate study in expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi has worked for over 20 tears as both a performing storyteller and a workshop presenter. In January 2011, Lorraine received an Expressive Arts Certificate from New York Expressive Arts.


Goals of the Conference:

The purpose of the Creative Arts Therapies Conference is to highlight the contribution that art, dance/movement, music, poetry and psychodrama therapies make to the field of mental health. Theoretical and experiential presentations allow participants to enjoy experiences for their own benefit as well as learn techniques to enhance their work.

The Conference:

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Examines the roles of Creative Arts Therapies in various clinical situations. Presents theories and techniques involved in the application of each discipline for use with a wide variety of clients. Provides participants the opportunity to experience the power of the arts in:

Examining and expressing feelings and emotions, Stimulating behavioral change, Promoting insights into the inner self, Dissolving those blocks that inhibit a more enriched life based on personal awareness, self-acceptance, self-appreciation and reliance on inner creative strengths,

Accessing a sense of relaxation, peace and centeredness.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals in the field of human services, including creative arts therapists, arts educators, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, psychologists, administrators, program directors, educators and other interested persons.

Fee: $90.00, including lunch (Payment after March 29: $100.00) Planning Committee:

Mary Frances Beck, SNJM, MA, Administrative Director Rev. Anthony J. Chiaramonte, PhD, Director Ann Marie Truppi, PhD, ADTR, Conference Coordinator

For further information contact the Consultation Center:

Phone: Fax: E-mail: Web Site:

518-489-4431 518-489-5189 consultation.center@rcda.org http://www.consultationcenteralbany.org




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Still a few spots left in the next training session

There is still time to apply for the unique expressive arts training that is offered at New York Expressive Arts in Albany, NY. which begins on the weekend of November 9, 10 and 11. Rebekah Windmiller and I are excited about beginning the next Level II training after a hugely successful experience last year. We are looking forward to welcoming the persons who are already registered and encourage a few more to join us for the three 3-day intensives that make up this course. It is designed for persons who have some experience with art making and/or  group dynamics who are ready to learn and practice the effective methods of intermodal expressive arts. I f you are hesitating because you don’t think you have enough preparatory background  to qualify for the program, why not give Denie a call at 518-729-3258 or denwhale@earthlink.net and check it out. The schedule of classes and related information is on the Bulletin Board. We will not be offering the Level I training this semester.



Register for the free introductory workshop – Saturday, June 30

Here’s your chance to explore the training options at Albany’s New York Expressive Arts studio. The workshop is free but we ask that you register so that we can make the proper preparations. It’s not too late to register but it is right around the corner, so best to make your move as soon as you can. The workshop happens this Saturday, June 30 from 1 to 4 P.M.

Bekah Lancto and I will be here to welcome you, introduce some of the foundational ideas of this emerging field of expressive arts, lead a playful and illuminating art experience based on these principles and engage in discussion about the training programs available here at NYEA.

If it time to make a change in your life, either personally or professionally or both, then this workshop has your name on it. Take the plunge, dive in, the water is refreshing and enlivening….

Call 518 729 3258 or email denwhale@earthlink.net to register.






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Graduates – we’ll publish your expressive arts event

All graduates of NYEA and Glass Lake Studio trainings are invited to send news of expressive arts related events and happenings to Denie for publication on our website Bulletin Board.

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New York Expressive Arts at Albany’s 1st Friday – June

Plan to stop by on June 1 during Albany’s 1st Friday to see the awesome paintings of several of the painters from the monthly expressive painting class at NYEA. The paintings will be shown in the beautiful gallery space of the ground floor of 4 Central where our studio is located. Come to see how trusting the process can lead into the imaginal world of color and line.

Meet the artists, participate in an interactive art piece….make art on the spot.

Hope to see you there.



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NYEA at March Storytelling Conference


Pre-conference seminar by New York Expressive Arts Collective a great success!!!!

After flirting with each other for years, storytelling and expressive arts have made contact after a a very successful first date at the Northeast Storytelling Conference in Albany on March 16 and continuing through this weekend. The 4-hour seminar explored several art modalities, slowly and with intention to build toward finding and leaning on each person’s inner guiding voice that had a story to tell. During the last hour, as we sat around our ‘camp fire’ of red threads and natural materials, we imagined our way in and through our stories, finally into the stories of our heart that were waiting to be told. Participants noted how a strong sense of community developed naturally through our time together, an environment that nurtured intuition,imagination and connection. Thanks to Judith Prest, Bekah Near, Dawn Collins and especially Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi who was the catalyst for our participation. Let’s do it again next year, Denie

I hope that anyone interested in how expressive arts principles and practice can be integrated into specific art modalities will join me and my colleagues at the Northeast Storytelling Conference for the pre-seminar on March 16 entitled, ‘TRUST THE PROCESS –  The Expressive Arts Approach to Storytelling.”

The new phone contact information for New York Expressive Arts is 518-729-3258. Both the mailing address at P.O. Box 3, Feura Bush, NY 12067 and the email address, denie@newyorkexpressivearts, remain the same. You can also reach me at denwhale@nycap.rr.com.

Please stay in touch and keep making art.



The Northeast Storytelling Conference – Albany, NY

March 16-18, 2012

A collective of expressive arts practitioners from New York Expressive Arts will present a pre-seminar on Friday, March 16 from 1 to 5 pm. entitled “TRUST THE PROCESS: The Expressive Arts Approach to Storytelling”. Presenters include Dawn Collins, Lorraine Hartin, Bekah Near, Steve Podry, Judith Prest and Denie Whalen. More information at www.lanes.org/sharing-the-fireconference

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Yaacov Naor presents workshop at NYEA, October 15 & 16


New York Expressive Arts (NYEA) is hosting a two-day intensive with Yaacov Naor on October 15 and 16 (Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm) at 4 Central, Albany, NY.

This workshop is about all of us and can be a starting point for changing attitudes about caring for ourselves in a world that often demands production, achievement and speed over mindful and imaginative action. Yaacov (one of the leading and most playful and soulful practitioners in the field of psychodrama and the expressive arts), will bring his many years of experience in psychodrama, therapeutic theater and expressive arts approaches to this dynamic, active yet gentle unmasking process. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the different ways we internalize experiences in the role of the aggressor and the victim which shape our thinking about self care. Many of us have encountered people who are aggressive towards themselves through alcohol, drug abuse, over eating, under achieving, over working and other self abusive strategies.
This is usually the result of growing up with criticism and judgmental emotional atmosphere. We become unwilling victims of ourselves. We create inner enemies. This kind of development can affect our relationships with others. As we move toward unmasking our hidden tendencies, we increase the possibility of seeing alternative ways of being in the world and eventually acting out of them.

Cost is $100.00 To reserve your space and/or for more information – email denie@newyorkexpressivearts.com or call 518 768-2708.

From Denie………I have known Yaacov Naor from the beginning of my expressive arts adventure and he is now a treasured friend and colleague. When I think of him and the compassionate and courageous work that he has done for so many years, I think of something that can only be said about a purely non-judgmental person, that “nothing human is foreign to him”. His mind is clear and sharp and his heart is big. This is a workshop you will never forget.

Yaacov is the Founder and Director of ISIS ISRAEL: a Psychodrama and Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy Center in Tel-Aviv. He is a certified therapist and trainer in these fields and has been teaching in these areas in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Israel for the last 30 years. Since 1986 he has been leading special psychodramatic dialogue groups for second and third generation Holocaust survivors together with young Germans, and between Palestinians and Israelis.

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