Emily Tara Weiner, MA, MFTI, is the founder of the Mindful Art Program for youth. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (IMF #74444) and Art Therapist and holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, CA. Emily also has over a decade of formal meditation training, having lived and practiced in a Zen Buddhist temple in South Korea for a year in 2006-2007. Emily is a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor, having assisted for and completed a year-long Mindfulness in Education Certification course in 2012-2013. Emily is also certified in Levels I-IV of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT), trained by Dr. Laury Rappaport.
The Mindful Art Program is framed as a wellness program, and focuses on cultivation of mindfulness skills, stress reduction, social and emotional learning, and self-compassion. The Mindful Art Program, while not a therapy program, is largely based on Dr. Laury Rappaport's Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT) methods. Therefore, the program can be adapted for therapy settings as well as camp, school, after-school, and mindfulness retreat settings. The Mindful Art Program is also based on the curriculum of Mindful Schools, a non-profit organization in Oakland, CA, which provides mindfulness training for both students and educators.
The Mindful Art Program was born from Emily's Master's Thesis , in which she created an 8-week Mindful Art Curriculum and wrote a grant for the program to be implemented at a charter school in San Jose, CA. In the summer of 2012, the Mindful Art program was adapted and piloted as a week-long workshop at the Omega Teen Camp, of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. In the summer of 2013, the Mindful Art Workshop was offered at the Northern California Teen Retreat for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a non-profit that provides mindfulness retreats and trainings specifically for adolescents.
The Mindful Art Program is featured in the book Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies by Dr. Laury Rappaport. Order on Amazon here: