Kinship Libido: Our Desire for Connection and Transcendence through the Arts

Kinship Libido, our desire for connection and search for wholeness through relationship, is most dramatically witnessed in the collaborative weaving of the arts. Using a multi-modal approach to the arts therapies, participants will begin to understand and experience the intersubjective relationship between the individual and the collective. Beginning with story-telling evoked by sandplay objects, participants will explore how images, no matter what modality, hold intrapsychic, interpersonal, and transpersonal meaning for the individual and the group. Concepts related to the intersubjective field, the power of images to evoke and explore the transcendent function, and a theoretical approach to weaving the expressive arts into healing and transformative tapestries will be discussed.

Participants will then engage these concepts in an experiential process integrating Authentic Movement, Visual Arts, and Poetry, both individually and through group interactive processes. We will end by exploring how each person’s mysteries may have been revealed in the encounter with others, and deepened through this interaction. What evokes and nourishes relationship? And what is the role of creativity and the “participation mystique” in this transformative process? Together, we will discover ways that each individual informs the collective and the collective informs the individual in the vibrant web of life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concepts of Jung’s “participation mystique”.
  • Understand how this informs the intersubjective experience of an individual and the community.
  • Understand how the arts are integral in the developing of the intersubjective experience of the individual and community.
  • Understand the relationship between Authentic Movement and Expressive Arts Therapy.
  • Understand how to enter images in any modality and explore its intrapsychic, interpersonal and transpersonal aspects.
  • Learn ways of incorporating this into your work and life.


Kinship Libido, our desire for connection and search for wholeness through relationship is experienced through the weaving of the arts. Integrating sandplay, Authentic Movement, visual arts, and poetry, participants will explore the intersubjective field and discover how images hold not only the individual experience, but the collective and the transcendent.


Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., REAT, co-founder of the International Expressive
Arts Therapy Association, founding faculty member: Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies, is in private practice in San Francisco. She has worked with groups focusing on community building through the arts.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., ADTR, Dance therapist and international teacher of Authentic Movement and Somatic psychology, has thirty years of clinical practice, is in private practice in San Francisco and is a Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

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