Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping at Historic Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico | November 5th and 6th, 2018

Institute Faculty: Cornelia Elbrecht, ATHr, SEP, and Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT 


On November 5th and 6th, internationally recognized Australian art therapist and educator Cornelia Elbrecht will be teaching for two days on a "Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping." Cornelia's groundbreaking book, Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing [North Atlantic Press} will be published in the fall of 2018 and is a must read for all mental health counselors, art therapists, expressive arts therapists, social workers, psychologists and all those practitioners who apply somatic principles to psychotherapeutic work. Cornelia expertly integrates the sensory characteristics of bilateral art making with principles of sensorimotor therapy, somatic experiencing and other contemporary, brain-based approaches that are proving to be valuable in trauma-informed intervention.


Here is some information on this seminal publication:


In recent years “sensorimotor” has emerged as a term to describe body focused psychotherapies that use a bottom-up approach. Instead of a cognitive top-down strategy, sensorimotor art therapy encourages the awareness of innate motor impulses in the muscles and viscera. The perception of these patterns of flow and relaxation or of contraction, tension and collapse in the body are then made visible through drawing these involuntary motor impulses with both hands and closed eyes on large sheets of paper. The drawing process is not image oriented, but simply focuses on how the muscles, the gut or the breath move on the inside. Such rhythmic scribbled repetition makes felt body-sensations visible. Increasingly the associated emotions emerge as well. This seemingly simple process of sensory perception and rhythmic expression of motor impulses allows a unique way of communicating with the autonomic nervous system. Feeling safe and present individuals are being encouraged to rekindle the flow of life energy that contracted and froze in the past due to trauma. Over time wellbeing palpably improves, and gradually wholeness can be restored. 


You can learn more about Sensorimotor Art Therapy at the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy & School of Initiatic Art Therapy at this link.

Registration Information:

Open to counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, expressive arts therapists, expressive arts facilitators, creative arts therapists and graduate students. Objectives and Agenda to follow soon! Right now, you can register to secure a space as seating will be limited. 


To Register, please visit the Ghost Ranch November 2018 webpage.

Syllabus and Objectives for Sensorimotor Art Therapy | To Be Announced Shortly!

What to Bring to the Course: We will be updating this section over the summer, so please check back. Once we get closer to the dates of the courses, if you are registered you will receive a number of emails to let you know what to bring as well as readings and other information.


To be announced! We will begin each day at 9:00 am and end at 4:30 pm with a 1 1/2 hour lunch break; Ghost Ranch has food available for purchase at the location. Bodhi's is also a popular place for lunch and is about 10 minutes from Ghost Ranch [excellent posole, salads and sandwiches; you can also shop for food items and locally-made gifts at their marketplace].


Be sure to dress comfortably and in layers; temperatures can vary at this time of year, but are on the cool side especially at night. Also, be sure to bring a water bottle; drinking plenty of water is important at this higher elevation.

Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center

Ghost Ranch | Education and Retreat Center

280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510

Learn more about Abiquiu New Mexico at this website; there are accommodations at Ghost Ranch but please make your reservations early in order to secure your preference of room. AirBnB is another option to rent apartments, homes or rooms in the area. The Abiquiu Inn is about 10 minutes from Ghost Ranch for those who have transportation [since some participants stay at the Inn, there are often course-takers with cars who are willing to provide rides to the Ranch each day]. Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente and Taos are nearby, but is a bit of a drive each day-- but you may prefer to stay there as there are more options for accommodations and restaurants.