Eleanor Ruckman

Eleanor Ruckman

Instructor

Ecoresilience Leadership Certificate

Eleanor Ruckman is a registered art therapist and has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2004. She is passionate about the power of the creative process to transform and heal, and practical about identifying strategies to help people to feel and function better. Ruckman is dedicated to community, diversity and connection. Her strength-based and collaborative approach blends visual art experiences, body awareness, relaxation and mindfulness practices, communication skills, play and humor. Ruckman works indoors and outdoors with people of all ages individually, in couples, as families and groups. Her experience includes clinical supervision, program direction, training and consultation. Ruckman received her BA in fine art from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Master's degree in counseling and art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Visit www.ArtGivesHope.com to learn more and to see images of her art, which is internationally collected and published.

Creative Work with Earth: Symbol, Story, Art, Dream (November 8, 2014)

A day dedicated to healing through creative expression, mindful awareness, and art rituals both indoors and out. Learn and practice simple, intuitive ways to use breath, imagery, and art to support healing of our individual selves and our collective home. Class will be experiential and interactive, with interventions based on research and clinical experience.

We will build a sacred safe space together, draw our breath, and use imagery to connect to a beloved place and the resources it offers. In the afternoon, we'll walk with mindful awareness to a nearby garden, where we will make a healing mandala from found materials to give thanks and set intentions for our next steps. Those with impaired mobility are encouraged to contact the instructor to plan inclusive modifications.

Please bring a water container, lunch, and snacks. Wear walking shoes, comfortable layers, a hat, and any other needed sun protection.

Participants will:
-Practice mindful awareness of nature, inside and outside of our selves.
-Use environmental art and ritual to honor sacred place and wild nature in urban settings.
-Learn how art and mindfulness practices catalyze neurobiological and physiological healing.
-Experience guided imagery and create art to support relaxation, restoration, and resiliency.
-Increase connection to self, environment, and others through movement and being outdoors.

This workshop available for 6CEs (MFT, LCSW, RN)

Nature, Community and Connection: Sharing Ecoresilience Practices (January 24, 2015)

As the internet's collective brain globalizes culture, we are challenged to act in ways that support our mutual health and well-being. We will gather for a day of interactive, experiential, playful practices to cultivate awareness of our interdependency and increase community investment in making positive change. Considering how we want to grow, we'll plant a "Communitree" on the wall, using collage and mixed media to express our diverse roots, strong trunk, expanding branches and ripening fruit. We will learn about local projects that successfully combine art, mindfulness, gardening, and being outdoors with youth and community development.

In the afternoon, we'll go outside for a neighborhood walking meditation to increase our connection to nature, inside and outside of our selves. We will bring careful attention to our reactions to beauty and ugliness, to the wildness that thrives amid the concrete. In response, we will write and draw, then sit in circle to witness each other and our shared home. Those with impaired mobility are encouraged to contact the instructor to plan inclusive modifications.

Please bring a water container, lunch and snacks. Wear walking shoes, comfortable layers, a hat and any other needed sun protection.

Participants will learn:

  • To create art with recycled and found materials to cultivate connection, sustainability and hope.
  • How connecting to nature can repair and build attachment and adaptive functioning.
  • Strategies to reduce resistance and increase involvement.
  • How neurodiversity and biodiversity contribute to resiliency and health.
  • About local youth and community development projects integrating art and gardening.
  • Planning and safety considerations for outdoor work.

This workshop available for 6CEs (MFT, LCSW, RN)