India Journeys

The Mystery & Soul of the Indigenous Arts of India

Dates :: 16th January 2017 (Monday) to 29th January 2017 (Sunday). Please arrive two days early to acculturate to India. We will arrange accommodations for you at the Lemon Tree.

Cost :: $2400 (includes all expenses except flight)

Venue :: Swarga : Bangalore, Karnataka, India and Kattaikkuttu Sangam, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Expressive Arts Cultural Journeys

with Kate T. Donohue

India offers an incredible array of indigenous visual arts, poetry, music, dance and drama. India 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 India, Kate will introduce participants to the experience, theory and application of EXAT through a Jungian lens.

With the assistance of wonderful artists, dancers, musicians, poets & actors, participants will delve into the arts of India. Each day, Kate & an Indian artist will introduce an art form experientially. Direct experience of the art & Indian 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 a understanding of how art reflects & heals culture.

In addition to the experience & theory of the healing aspects of the EXAT, participants will have an opportunity to explore applications in their professional life.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn the theory, concepts & applications of EXAT
  • Learn about the healing potential of Indian arts & culture
  • Learn about Jungian psychology & its relationship to Indian art, culture & EXAT
  • Experience expressive arts therapy processes
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of these processes
  • Begin to understand the ways to weave arts modalities
  • Be introduced to paradigms that will aid in comparing & contrasting modalities
  • Deepen their relationship to their own creative process
  • Be able to apply EXA processes to their life & work

Program Structure

To fully embrace the mystery and soul of India, the majority of time will be spent with Indian artists who will perform, explain the background and experientially teach us their art form. Some artists will be with us for few days before we encounter another incredible art form. We will have the opportunity to work with the performing arts like music, dance and storytelling and visual arts and crafts that are indigenous to India. This aspect will take place in the mornings either at the venue or at a historical or cultural site, nearby. The second week, we will visit Kattaikkuttu Sangam, a social mission driven performing arts organization that uses the integration of liberal education and the performing arts to promote and contemporize Kattaikkuttu and ensure sustainable careers for its professional performers. It combines Kattaikkuttu’s traditional artistic knowledge and communicative power with sophisticated craftsmanship and perfection in order to address multiple audiences: rural, urban, national and global.

The Kattaikkuttu Sangam is managed by and for professional Kattaikkuttu performers whose core business is the Kattaikkuttu theatre.

In the later afternoon after lunch and a rest break at both sites, Kate will be helping you explore your responses to each art form through experiential process, presentations and discussions. Her focus will be to help you understand the art form personally and how you might be able to use if professionally. All of these sessions will be through a Jungian expressive arts lens. Initially Kate will aid participants with their cultural transition, group process and explain the aims of the workshop. She will then weave sessions on Jung’s experience in India and India’s contributions to his theory, EXA contributions and the roots of indigenous arts and how it will change you and inform your work professionally.


The workshop is facilitated by Kate Donohue and a host of Indian artistes.

Kate T. Donohue


Kate Donohue bioKate T. Donohue is an adventuresome soul who has traveled to almost all the continents following the muse in her passion for culture, the arts, expressive arts and healing. She has created seminars in Ghana and India that explore the roots of healing by delving into the indigenous arts of these two cultures, through the lens of expressive arts therapy. The first healers were artists who understood the psyche, community, and healing as well as the power of the arts. She is involved in visual arts and dance, having spent 30 years studying indigenous and ethnic dance forms, particularly West African and Afro-Cuban Dance. Her visual arts work in painting and drawing explores the sacred feminine. A born actor, she has background in drama and poetics, and a great appreciation for music. Kate’s involvement in art, healing and culture has made her own life richer, allowing her to map and understand her own inner terrain.

Kate brings all this rich life experience and passion to her cultural journeys. In each two week journey, Kate works in collaboration with local indigenous artists who have studied traditional ways of their cultural art forms and how those arts inform healing. Kate has developed these artist relationships through travel and teaching in these countries. Each day, a different visual or performing artist will present their art form, and with each experience, participants will learn the history and symbolic meaning, as well directly experiencing the art form, by making art, dancing, singing, storytelling, learn the instruments and create their own art process using that form. In the afternoon, Kate laces these experiences with participant’s personal processes and presentations from a Jungian-oriented expressive arts therapy perspective. Her goal is to help participants discover inspiration and change through these experiences for their life and work.

Through her love of indigenous dance, Kate has followed an ongoing current of passion exploring the indigenous archetypal roots of the arts through a Jungian expressive arts lens. She has lead two groups of professionals to both Ghana and India to explore these powerful concepts and skills. She explains her vision: “Imagine visiting a new country by participating in a deep immersion into its indigenous arts, dance, music, and cultural symbolism, as well as meeting local contemporary artists and expressive arts therapists and teachers.” This is the essence of Expressive Arts Cultural Journeys with Kate T. Donohue, in collaboration with the great artists of the host country. These two-week seminars are well planned and safeguarded journeys into the soul of the country through a Jungian expressive arts therapy lens.

Indigenous cultures have always known that the psyche is revealed not only through words, but through images, symbols and the body. The Expressive Arts reawaken the language of image, movement, sound, metaphor, drama and poetic utterances, revealing the deepest aspects of the self and expressing what often resists being put into words. Drawing, painting, sculpture, movement, dance, sandplay and ritual provide access to one’s inner world as well as the cultures, values, sense of community and spiritual attitude found in so many places around the world.

Kate Donohue is a licensed psychologist and a registered expressive arts therapist (REAT). She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and has maintained an active private practice for 40 years in both Philadelphia and San Francisco. She has taught for 33 years at institutions such as the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University” Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, JFK University and the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute. She is a co-founder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association & the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Besides teaching at many universities in the USA, Kate is an international trainer focusing on presenting Jungian-oriented expressive arts approaches to the global community. She has taught in countries in Asia, Europe, South America & Africa, focusing on trauma, grief, dreams and aging. Kate is also a published author writing about creative women, expressive arts therapy, cross cultural transitions and the politics of identity in international work.

Kate believes that searching for meaning connects us to the soul and the spirit, resulting in a life that is more open, more joyful and closer to our true self. Her approach to psychotherapy is guided by her passion for art, culture and spirituality. Her work marries Jungian-oriented expressive arts therapy with a search for what is real, authentic and unique within each of us.

Anitha Santhanam


anithaAnitha Santhanam is a seasoned performer, director, facilitator and teacher with over a decade of work in dance and theatre in India and abroad. She is a two time recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust award (2007, 2012).

She completed a two year Advanced Diploma in Creating Theatre & Performance from LISPA London, on a scholarship from LISPA & the CWIT. Anitha was awarded the CWIT award for the second time to pursue her pedagogical training at LISPA.

Her critically acclaimed solo dance theatre performance Vanaprastham toured Germany in 2006 on invitation from the ICCR & the Indian Embassy in Berlin. She has worked with an international arts collective in the premiere of Herencia Espaniola for the BE Festival in Birmingham, July 2010.

Her other movement training includes Bharatanatyam in the Kalakshetra style, Kalaripayattu and Yoga. She was invited by LISPA London to pursue her pedagogical training in physical theatre process in 2013 on a fully funded scholarship.

Through integral theatre practice, her work explores the dynamics of the psyche through embodiment, breath and voice in order to access the inner energetic core of the self. She has also devised physical theatre for actors and non actors in India and Germany besides teaching at Srishti College of Arts Design & Technology. Currently, she is an independent theatre professional.

Anitha worked as a writer/actor for an international arts collective in the premiere of Herencia Espaniola for the BE Festival in Birmingham in July 2010.

Since her return to Bangalore, she has acted in To Sea on a Sieve – a solo piece of devised theatre, Ms Meena, directed by Rajiv Krishnan of Perch, Chennai, An Arrangement of Shoes a full length physical theatre solo and Vanaprastham a dance theatre solo. Her directorial work includes Disbelieve, Dhuddu Kasu Dabbu Currency and The Flowering Tree. Earlier as a dancer she performed extensively with Guru Maya Rao’s Natya Stem Dance Ensemble.

Anitha has conducted many workshops in Germany, India and in the UK. Her corporate workshops in India include clients like Airtel, Telesonic, EWIT, Samhita Academy, Meghshala, to name a few.

Chandini Harlalka


chandiniChandini is an Expressive Arts Therapist and a trained counsellor (basic skills, advanced training in child and adolescent counselling from Parivarthan). Her work combines the use of Art, Movement and Drama to create a representation of thoughts and feelings while allowing them to surface through the act of personal discovery. As an Art Therapist, she brings in her prior professional background and combines it with her conviction and passion of using Art Expression to gain depth and meaning in the therapy process.

Chandini Harlalka hold a Masters Degree in History of Art. She was awarded the Victoria And Albert Museum, London research grant to study the sculptures and their cultural significance at the Bangalore museum. Chandini has also worked with the International Centre for Indian Cultural Studies and conducted Art Appreciation programs on Indian Aesthetics and Symbolism. She has been a full time lecturer at the Assumption University in Thailand in the Department of Art History. Her area of specialisation included Appreciation of Traditional Thai Wats and it’s architecture and cultural significance.

Chandini is an accomplished jewellery designer from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has worked with various design houses like Ganjam Nagappa and C. Krishniah Chetty. She has worked closely with the World Gold Council on various projects. She has been the winner of Swarnanjali in 1999, 2000 and 2002 and a finalist at the Gold Virtuosi awards.

Chandini is a Womens Entreprenure from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). She founded a social entrepreneurial venture – – a ground’s up, grassroots level effort to promote young artists who do not have a platform to showcase their works and hence move to different vocations. She is also an active member on the board of – A ‘Buy One Give One’ Sanitary Napkin subscription service to serve the underprivileged.

Chandini has attended numerous Jungian oriented workshops under Ann Shearer and Kate Donahue, dream analysis under Anjali D’Souza and was a part of the the Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop by Kate T. Donahue in Ghana, Africa (2014). She is currently undergoing a 2 year intensive program in Psychodrama from the Moreno Institut, Germany under Dr. J Becker-Ebel.

Chandini has facilitated and conducted workshops at Shrishti school of Design, Mount Carmel’s Women’s College, Sudatta – ‘An Adoptive Parents Association’ and group workshops for women. She works with children with special needs, Autism and Down Syndrome at Winds of Change Therapy Centre. She is also a personal therapist at Studio for Movement Arts & Therapies for the Foundation Course in Expressive & Creative Arts Therapies (FECAT).

Chandini is drawn to Jungian concepts and seeks to explore and engage deeper with indigenous concepts of symbolism, myths and rituals to retrieve lost meaning in modern day living.

Belinda Rego


belindaBelinda Rego’s journey towards becoming an Expressive art Therapist was a natural and inevitable step in her personal and professional journey. As an art teacher she had witnessed the transformative power of the Arts. She was deeply moved by the way this engagement impacted all aspects of a child’s growth and development. Besides it offered the nurturing safe environment for building self awareness and promoting authentic self expression, in ways beyond words!

Belinda did her Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore and went on to complete her Masters in History of Art, with a specialisation in Art Education, at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Her time at Kala Bhavana were meaningful and opened her eyes to the depth and richness of her Indian Art heritage and she was drawn to the art of the east which was more aligned with her Indian sensibility. She did a dissertation on the Leather puppets of Karnataka during this time. She was a lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, and also founding faculty at Srishti, School of Art design and Technology. She was part of the Creative arts department, at Mallya Aditi International school where she was passionate about integrating the arts in curriculum and building imagination and creativity through art making while also fostering life skills through individual and collaborative work. Her work also included designing and creating sets and art direction for school presentations and productions.

She has held workshops and facilitated the painting of murals by students in Mallya Aditi international School and Stone hill International school, besides conducting workshops in other schools like Legacy and Sacred Hearts. She also conducted workshops for teachers and educators on the importance of the Arts in education at IIM, Bangalore and Azim Premji University.

Belinda did her Foundation in Creative Arts therapy (FCAT)from the Studio for Movement arts and Therapies, and Basic skills in Child and Adolescent counselling at Parivarthan. She also completed her Basic and Advanced course in NLP, and Gestalt therapy under Richard McHugh. As part of her continuing learning, she has attended workshops by Jungians Anne Shearer, Sam Bolstrom and Kate T.Donahue and was part of a group working with dreams with Anjali D’souza. She is currently doing a 2 year intensive program in Psychodrama under Dr. Jochen Becker-Ebel of the Moreno Institut.

Being a part of The Indigenous roots of Expressive Arts Therapy by Kate T.Donahue in Ghana was an important transition in her growth as a therapist. This Jungian approach helped her connect experientially to how the Arts were not separate but integrated into the very fabric and life of the people – a living tradition connecting one to community, soul and Source. This affirmed the importance of nurturing the soul in this way in therapy work and to being sensitive and open to the many ways this can unfold.

Her clients include adolescents and children as well as adults. She is drawn to and has been working with children affected by HIV and the underprivileged for the last few years. She has conducted one day experiential workshops as part of the FECAT program and also runs studio art sessions for engagement with the Arts with them. She is a personal therapist for the FECAT program.

Brinda Jacob-Janvrin


Brinda Jacob-Janvrin is an experienced contemporary dancer/choreographer and a creative movement therapist & qualified counsellor.

The firm belief that body, mind & soul are interconnected led her to explore dance as a medium of authentic expression & as a tool to overcome limitations. In 2001, she was awarded the Crowther Fellowship and travelled to Birmingham, UK where she was trained in dance therapy with Terry Braithwaite of the Birmingham Centre for Art Therapies. Brinda heads the Studio for Movement Arts & Therapies and has conceptualized and designed the FECAT (Foundation course in Expressive & Creative Arts Therapies) the only program of its kind in India.

From 1995 – 2005, Brinda worked as the Associate Director of the Natya STEM Dance Kampni, & was part of the performing unit that has toured and performed at prestigious festivals and cultural centers in India and abroad. She has trained extensively in contemporary dance techniques at STEM & under Dennie Wilson at the Dance Exchange, Birmingham, UK. She has also studied Kathak from Guru Smt. Maya Rao at the NIKC & Kalaripayattu under Dil Sagar. Brinda has also attended & participated in numerous workshops under artistes including Christopher Bannerman – Ballet & Modern Dance, Angela Boeti – Dance Pedagogy, Jaan Freeman – Modern Dance, Khalid Tyabji – Movement Theatre, Shivanand Hegde – Yakshagana, Sonar Chand – Thaang Tha, CR Simha – Theatre, Rammurthy – Mime & Bharat Sharma – Chhau, Chris Lechner – Movement Theatre, Michel Casanovas – Feldenkrais, Eurhythmy & Anthroposophy, among others.

Her need to affect positive changes in society led to the creation of Dream A Dream (1999) an NGO that works towards integration of children from diverse backgrounds. From founder to trustee , currently Brinda is on the advisory board of Dream A Dream. Brinda is also trained as a counselor (basic skills, advanced training in child & adolescent counseling and relationship & marital counseling) from Parivarthan and is constantly trying to bring dance and counseling together, for the greater empowerment of the individual.

Today Brinda performs, choreographs, teaches, sees clients for counseling as well as dance therapy sessions, facilitates dance therapy sessions and dance pedagogy sessions for groups and designs creative dance syllabus for schools and educational institutions. Her list of clients include Telsonic, Birla 3M, SAP, Titan, Airtel, Mallya Aditi International School, Vidyaniketan High School, Center for Learning, Bangalore Stienner School, Christ University, Dhrishya, Mount Carmel College, to name a few.

Brinda founded the Studio for Movement Arts & Therapies (SMArT) in the year 2008 with the intention of bringing together all these activities, which she believes are so interrelated and are constantly informing her approach to teaching, performing and choreographing.

Hanne M. de Bruin


hanneHanne M. de Bruin (1959) studied Indology and received her Ph.D. for her research on the Kattaikkuttu theatre at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. She has published widely on Indian popular theatre, women performers and Indian culture and translated the all-night Kattaikkuttu play Karna Moksham into English. Since its establishment in 1990 Hanne has been the principal fundraiser and facilitator of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam and the Gurukulam.

In 1987 Hanne met Rajagopal, an actor, playwright, director and inspiring leader and innovative Guru of the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam and a strong advocate of opening up the theatre to girls and women. She studied South Indian culture and Kattaikkuttu. They fell in love and got married. With sixteen other performers they founded the Kattaikkuttu Sangam. Together Rajagopal and Hanne do a lot for Tamil actors. Hanne speaks Tamil and English. She used to work at a university. But now she works full-time for the School and the Sangam. One of her duties is to find money to realise the dreams of Rajagopal and the students of the School. She also makes costumes for Kattaikkuttu plays.

The Kattaikkuttu Sangam was established in 1990 when P. Rajagopal invited representatives of regional Kattaikkuttu theatre companies to meet in Kanchipuram. Seventeen professional Kattaikkuttu performers responded to his call. The immediate goal of the Sangam was then, and still is, to connect performers of different companies representing different performance styles and geographical regions. It also provides them with a platform where they can share and promote their professional and artistic interests. Since its inception, P. Rajagopal and his Dutch wife Hanne M. de Bruin have been the principal movers and the shakers of the organization.

P. Rajagopal has been performing professionally since the age of ten, first in his father’s company and later as the principal actor and owner of his own theatre company. In addition to forty years of experience on the rural stage, Rajagopal regularly performs and teaches outside Kattaikkuttu’s village context in India and abroad. Rajagopal is the author of two original all-night plays in Tamil, Pancha Bhutam and Veriyattam allatu Tantira Kuratti, and one shorter, innovative play Milky Ocean. He adapted a Rabindranath Tagore play to the Tamil stage with the title Deliverance. Rajagopal’s play for children, The Magic Horse, has been translated into Kannada and English (published by Tulika publishers as Aiyappan & The Magic Horse). He is a recipient of the Kalaimamani award of the government of Tamil Nadu (2007) and the Friends of Dakshinachitra Award for lifetime achievement in the performing arts (2010).