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Self and Nature Connection Through Eco-Art Therapy - 4/21/2023

Self and Nature Connection Through Eco-Art Therapy - 4/21/2023

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Friday, April 21, 2023


Noon to 1:30 pm Pacific Time (PT)


Marién A. Peña, PhD


Using sensory exploration, natural elements, and expressive arts, this experiential workshop explores how nature can aid in shifting our inner dialogue and building resilience. Using the principles of eco-art therapy, we’ll find commonalities of characteristics with natural elements, create inspired imagery, and write, reflect, and share written pieces that deepen our identification with ourselves and the natural world.  

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Instructor Bio

Marién A. Peña, PhD, is an artist and educator born in Puerto Rico. She obtained a BA from the University of Iowa. She became an art teacher for private schools in Central Florida. Subsequently, she completed her Montessori Education Certifications in Central Florida and California, and master’s degree in education becoming a field consultant and instructor for Montessori Teacher Training Centers across the US. She holds a PhD in Eco-Art Therapy/ Applied Ecopsychology from Akamai University, and she is certified as an expressive arts facilitator. In 2011, Marién founded Art for Living, a non-profit that provided art as medicine for adults with Alzheimer’s until 2019. She is currently the owner of HEART Centered, an art studio that provides eco-art therapy and expressive arts facilitation for individuals and groups. Marién has spent her life educating others in the use of art and nature as a healing tool for stress, self-care, anxiety, and stagnation. 

Materials - What to Bring

  • Plant
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Misc art supplies (such as markers, coloring pencils, crayons, watercolors, and/or paint)
  • Journal for reflection
  • Space for movement 

Digital Media Release Policy

By registering, you give UCLArts & Healing approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.

Note that Zoom breakout rooms are not recorded.