EXPRESSIVE KAVANNAH - An Intermodal Educational Experience
Expressive Kavannah combines Edna Miron-Wapner's two fields of interest.
"Expressive" connotes the field of Expressive Arts Therapy and "Kavannah", a term meaning "focused intention", inspired by the Jewish Spiritual Tradition.
Expressive Kavannah is an intermodal (integrating the arts) educational experience where participants explore their personal issues through Jewish sources and spiritual practice expressed in music, dance, poetry, writing and art making. They are introduced to a theme (a text, a prayer, or Torah portion), influenced by the Jewish calendar, followed by meditation and spontaneous creation to conclude with processing in a supportive atmosphere. The results are as original as the people who created them, contributing to the expansion of their self awareness and adding meaning to their lives.
Jewish identity and spirituality find inspiration in arts, as they are crucial to Jewish culture and education adding a new dimension that takes us out of the intellectual and mundane. The Expressive Kavannah experience offers that other context by combining Expressive Arts with the wisdom of Jewish tradition.
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COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
"In Expressive Kavannah, I have explored and resolved issues both visually
and through the process of creating. I have played freely with color and
geometry. I have exorcised personal and demonic feelings during my most
troubled times. And I have expressed ideas about Jewish topics achieving a
sense of resolution."
"Expressive Kavannah enabled me to synthesize my (Jewish) learning.
After spending intensive hours at Pardes and intense days in Israel, I needed
a place where I could let go."
"With each meditative experience and experiment in various media, I found
myself getting closer to my inner spirit".
"In Expressive Kavannah, meditation, music and verbal cues take text study
beyond intellectual grappling and into a personal, nonverbal realm in which
Torah study infuses our personal lives".