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This three-day workshop will support educators in their personal exploration of the Core Competency elements of British Columbia’s New Curriculum.

Build community, enrich curriculum, and learn methods for arts-based wellness.

In this three day workshop, participants will explore ways to invite creative exploration and imaginative expression into the classroom and into their own lives. This workshop is designed to support teachers, educators, educational assistants, school counsellors, and other professionals working in the school setting.

Based on the theory of expressive arts therapy, which harnesses the power of the imagination for personal growth and healing, community building, and conflict transformation, this playful workshop will be a hands-on and experiential exploration of multiple art forms, including: visual arts, movement, sound, writing, drama, and play.


  • Positive classroom management.
  • Fostering a strong sense of community in the classroom and schools.
  • Supporting a diversity of learning styles through play and imagination.
  • Activating the senses to open pathways to learning.
  • Strengthening teacher-student relationships.
  • Ways to introduce simple arts practices into your life and the lives of your students to support well-being and find relief from stress.

Workshop Details

  • August 10- 12, 2020
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • 18 in class hours
  • $450 Tuition + $25 Supplies + GST
  • Prerequisite: Suited for teachers, educators, educational assistants, school counsellors, and other professionals working in the school setting

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire a dynamic portfolio of activities, games, and exercises to use with students.
  • Gain a deeper understating of methods for integrating arts and creativity into the curriculum and the classroom environment.
  • Exhibit strategies for creating stronger relationships with students that foster cooperation.
  • Incorporate simple arts-based practices for personal well being and stress relief.



  • Day 1: Arts in the classroom: the community and classroom management.
  • Day 2: Harnessing the arts for learning and enrichment: bridging across subjects and engaging diverse learners.
  • Day 3: Methods for self care: exploring simple and accessible ways to support relaxation and experience relief from stress

Instructor: Sara Brown, MA, RTC

Sara Brown is a registered therapeutic counsellor, arts educator, and artist who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. Prior to training in expressive arts therapy, Sara worked in the public school system in California where she taught in arts and multiple subject classrooms. She has worked with children and youth since 2002 in a variety of contexts including affordable housing programs, public school classrooms, arts camps and workshops, and as an expressive arts therapist.

Sara strives to cultivate a playful and supportive environment in her work and encourages participants to safely explore their own creative edges and take risks. Sara has experience facilitating creativity groups, teaching visual arts classes for adults and children, and leading arts focused team building events in Vancouver. She obtained her certification in expressive arts therapy from the Vancouver School of Healing Arts and has also studied drawing and painting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, and at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Sara currently works in private practice as an expressive arts therapist and arts-based counsellor, continues to lead workshops and classes, and makes art in her spare time.

Sara is a certified expressive arts therapist and a registered therapeutic counsellor (RTC) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT)

Sara Brown Expressive Arts Therapy Vancouver


  • Must be 19 years of age.
  • Designed to support teachers, educators, educational assistants, school counsellors, and other professionals working in the school setting.
  • Tuition is paid in full at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is fully refundable until one week prior to the course at which point no refunds will be made. If a student is unable to attend for any reason, payment received will be kept on file as a credit and can be used for any other VSOHA program or course within one year.