Expressive Arts Focusing

Experiential Arts: Home of Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF

Experiential arts is processing in art form along embodied felt experiencing

Experiential arts are no method but come from the living body and the body's forwarding of the creative life force. Any art activity (receptive or active experiencing of the arts) induces a More of something that is generating new life when it is forming from the body sense

Experiential arts engagment is a felt direction towards, a living and a pointing to something where a More of creative life is generating

The Language of Experiential Arts

Arts speak a language that cannot be looked up in a dictionary (as Eugene Gendlin would have said it).

In such arts hold an experiential language that reaches beyond any concept. Its vocabulary is thicker than the vocabulary of art instructions or art therapy books

Arts and arts engagement (therapeutic or non therapeutic art activities) is experiential arts when the body is taking the lead in artistic expression

Experiential arts is a language of felt meaning that has high potential to bypass cultural structure-boundness. It creates layers of symbolization driven from creative instincts and right brain activities

Art language can bypass cultural structure-boundness when it is linked to freshly felt artmaking practised from 'felt knowing' (term by Dr. Laury Rappaport).

Trust in the creative forth of the inner artist is another ingredient. The inner artist can mobilize sufficient energy to try start artmaking again, and again, and again

Consistent artistic efforts are leading to a More of aesthetic understanding, and to a More of self-understanding through artistic vocabulary and experiential felt arts language

How The Founder of Focusing Prof. Eugene Gendlin Would Have Said It

Words are social forms. Arts are social forms. Arts themselves are not moving forward alike words are not moving forward when you use words or arts only. So taking arts only is not moving forward and interpretating arts only is not moving forward unless you approach arts experiential

This means to ask if there is a step coming when you are refering to your art. What I mean here is a step opening up to something. Even when you interprete a piece of art in best ways, the whole stays within a certain social form and social forms do not change. What changes the form and brings a shift, this little step forwarding, is to pause and wait for art to come. Art does not come from talent or art skills only. What comes as art comes through the body, and what comes through the body is social or cultural and with a More of that is not part of the social and the cultural. This kind of art has forwarding life energy in it. This kind of art is what I call experiential art

How Eugene Gendlin would have said it are words coming from an inner voice speaking Gendlinish. They are no original words of Eugene Gendlin. They come from an 'Inner Gene' having crystalized through reading Gendlin's work after meeting him in person

FOCUSZART The Focusing Studio - Expresive Arts Focusing ©Monika Lindner

A Gendlin lecture at Humboldt House Achberg GER, venue of Gendlin's European teachings 1992-97. Video presentation of the German-Swiss Focusing Network (2023) at the hall where Gendlin gave this lecture

ExAF: A Multiplicity of Therapeutic Understandings and Approaches for Best Practice

Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF uses different therapeutic understandings and approaches in ways that individuals and groups get the most of experiential arts engagement

In this we follow the paradime of the pluralistic humanistic approach

The use is defined by crossing, an experiential concept introduced by Eugene Gendlin. Crossing  brings out the very unique kind of More of all methods and tools put into action during session

Crossing happens through the living body. The body sense (both of therapist and client) provides information of what is needed next. It tells about therapeutic co-creation completion and coherent methods forwarding the therapeutic situation as a whole

Crossing is like mixing colors: A new color tone is created freshly. It has not been there before. It contains a More of all the colors being mixed in

FOCUSZART The Focusing Studio - Expressive Arts Focusing ©Laura Adai/Unsplash

Experiential Approach: Focusing

Focusing is a body-mind practice and a method of the person-centered and experiential approach developed by Prof. Eugene Gendlin

Focusing explores personal issues, relationships and situations from felt experiencing. Focusing works with body awareness from within, initiating organismic micro-changes, body shifts and new steps towards life solutions

We learned from international renowned Focusing pioneers and teachers who developed a wide range of Focusing approaches:

We use these methods

Experiential Approach: Focusing and the Arts

Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts FOAT® - video 1 | video 2

by Laury Rappaport , PHD, MFT, REAT, ART-BC

FOAT® is a mindfulness based approach for positive growth and change integrating Focusing and the Expressive Arts. FOAT® applications are supported

We use this method


Experiential Collaging

by Prof. Dr. Akira Ikemi

We use this method

Person-centered Approach

Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Counseling

with understandings of depth-oriented, critical-marxist, behavioral and existential concepts to enhance therapy within the collaborative therapeutic relationship

We use this method

Person-centered Approach and the Arts

Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy PCEAT by Nathalie Rogers, PhD, REAT - video

We refer to the understanding of the multi-modal process named The Creative Connection©


Person-centred Art Therapy PCAT, pioneered by Liesl Silverstone - video and forwarded by Ani de la Prida, BA, MA, Adv.Dip. to Person-centred Creative Arts PCCA

We use this method


Client-centered Art Therapy by Dr. Norbert Groddeck

We refer to theory and application

Trauma-informed Approach

Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy | Guided Drawing® - video

by Cornelia Elbrecht, BA, MA (ART Ed), AthR, SEP

Guided Drawing® is a sensorimotor and body-focused art therapy, using mindfulness, sensory awareness and trust in the guidance from within for trauma release

We use this method


Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy

by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

We refer to the understanding of EXA traumatology

Expressive Arts Therapy

Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy

by Prof. Dr. Dr. Paolo Knill and Prof. em. Stephen K. Levine, Ph.D., D.S.Sc, REAT

We refer to the theories of polyaesthetics and IDEC®

More about polyaesthetics


Art Therapy

Museum art-based Therapy (Receptive Art Therapy)

Art Therapy using interactive strategies and receptive-active arts engagement in clinical psychotherapy, counseling, adult education and palliative care

We use this method


Dynamic Shape Drawing

Dynamic Shape Drawing is a meditative practice of anthroposophic art therapy, developed by artist and special education teacher Hermann Kirchner. Basic forms are transformed through rhythmic moving and swinging lines following breathing 

We use this method

Art Education

We cross therapeutic understandings with understandings of art education

Bauhaus Art Pedagogy

We refer to didactics of the Bauhaus Founders

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