Sankofa Expressive Arts Cultural Journey

August 12-15, 2016
10 AM-5 PM

Aba House
20 Beach Crescent
Coco Beach
Nungua, Ghana

Contact Aba with questions and for registration (by email until June 30th).

Emailaba@culturalcollaborative.org (use until June 30th)
Phone
: 0244 121952
Cost: $100 / 400 GHC (some discounted scholarships available)
Deadline: August 1

Limited space, register early.

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Sankofa: The adinkra symbol meaning: Going Back to Your Roots to Know Where You Are Going.

Living in Ghana you may have never learned about your rich cultural heritage.

Using the ancient Adinkra symbol, Sankofa, this four day workshop will explore the rich arts legacy of this country through presentation, experiential process and discussion. You will learn about the roots of expressive arts therapy as well.

Ghana offers an incredible array of indigenous visual arts, storytelling, music, dance and drama. Ghana offers a rich glimpse into the soul of Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT), the use of all the arts for healing, community building and spirituality. Using the vast artistic resources of Ghana, Kate Donohue will introduce participants to the experience, theory and application of EXAT through a Jungian lens.

These four day seminar is well planned and safeguarded journey into the soul of the country and is designed to allow participants to directly experience the rich diversity of Ghanaian arts and culture. We will then explore the healing potential of the arts and begin to weave an understanding of how art reflects and heals culture.

With the assistance of wonderful artists, dancers, musicians, and story tellers, participants will delve into the arts of Ghana. Each day, Kate and a Ghanaian artist will introduce an art form experientially. Direct experience of the art and Ghanaian culture will enhance ones’ understanding of the healing aspects of the art form. Then the co-leaders will explore the healing potentials of the art as well as weave in an understanding of how art reflects and heals culture. In addition to the experience and theory of the healing aspects of the EXAT, participants will have an opportunity to explore applications in their professional life.

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Workshop Objectives

  • Learn the theory, concepts and applications of EXAT
  • Learn about the healing potential of Ghanaian arts and culture
  • Learn about Jungian psychology and its relationship to African art, culture and EXAT
  • Experience expressive arts therapy processes from a Ghanaian perspective
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of these processes from a cross-cultural perspective
  • Begin to understand the ways to weave arts modalities and that it has its roots in indigenous practices
  • Learn how to develop a global perspective
  • Deepen their relationship to their own creative process as a global citizen
  • Be able to apply EXA processes to their life and work from the inspiration of your experience in Ghana

Workshop Details

August 12, Friday

  • Introduction to Indigenous arts of Ghana and the archetypal perspective of this workshop with Kate
  • Lunch
  • Storytelling with Kate and Ghanaian storytellers

August 13, Saturday

  • Adinkra symbolism and the art of Adindra Printing by David
  • Lunch
  • Making your own adinkra cloth
  • Kate closing the day

August 14, Sunday

  • Traditional dance demonstration and practice with Seidu
  • Lunch
  • Traditional Ewe drumming rhythm and practice with Edziwan
  • Kate closing the day

August 15, Monday

  • Traditional Storytelling ritual and singing, drumming and dancing with Seidu and Edziwan
  • Lunch
  • Closing with archetypal aspects through participants work with Kate
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Registration

Contact Aba with questions and for registration. Use email contact until June 30th.

Phone: 0244 121952
Emailaba@culturalcollaborative.org (use until June 30th)
Deadline: August 1
Cost: $100 / 400 GHC (some discounted scholarships available)

Limited space, register early.

Kate Donohue

Kate Donohue

trainer

Kate’s bio

Ellie Schimelman

Ellie Schimelman

trainer

Ellie’s bio

David Boamah

David Boamah

trainer

David’s bio

Dominique Rada

Dominique Rada

Arts Producer and Artist

Dominique’s bio

Seidu Karfo

Seidu Karfo

Dancer/Choreographer and Lecturer

Seidu’s bio

Edziwan Konu

Edziwan Konu

Master Ghanaian Drummer

Edziwan’s bio

Michael Bortei

Michael Bortei

Program Assistant

Michael’s bio