Zoe Edmunds Alum

Alum of Expressive Arts Therapy

Zoë Edmonds brings her experience as multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and expressive arts therapist to help people tap into their creativity to use as a source for inspiration, growth and transformation. Having studied and performed in a variety of arts fields in her home town of NYC, including: acting & improvisation, filmmaking, writing, dance, and music, Zoë brings a diverse professional background in the arts to her work. Zoë received a BA from Oberlin College in Studio Art and East Asian Studies and holds a Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. As an educator, Zoë has taught creative writing, visual arts, filmmaking and acting to children and adults in the Bay Area and Baja. In addition to teaching "cultivating creativity" and arts workshops, she also works privately with people as a creativity coach--helping people with: creative blocks and issues, personal and artistic career development, and productivity.

In September, Zoë embarked on a one year project--ZOELAB--a multimedia self-revelatory blog that weaves together past and present experiences, as well as future plans and dreams. It is her daily arts practice as she has committed to creating posts (images, text, video, music) for 365 days in a row. Additionally, Zoë sees ZOELAB as a process workshop for Art For Life, applying challenges and lessons from motherhood, her own experiences as an artist, and from building a creative life. As artist and teacher, she is particularly interested in integrating popular art forms (art rock, improvisation, video, digital photography, fashion) with a social practice (interactive art) sensibility, and a mindful, compassionate, process-oriented expressive arts therapy approach. With her workshops and other creative projects, her goal is to create contexts that engender a perpetual cycle of mutual inspiration not only to help people each discover their own inner source of creativity through art-making, but also for the group experience to become art in itself. She approaches her work as teacher the same way she approaches her work as artist--encouraging mindfulness, personal truth, compassion, and multiplicity--which she believes leads to positive social change on intrapsychic and interpersonal levels. Zoë tries to live "life as art" as much as possible, with as little waste as possible, off the grid, with her husband and three year old son in Elias Calles, BCS, Mexico.

 


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