Facilitating Touch Drawing

Touch Drawing is so simple. Roll some paint onto a smooth surface, place a piece of paper on top, move your hands on the page and lift it off to see the completed drawing…How much can it take to teach? If this was all there was, it would be just a technique in a craft book. But Touch Drawing is also an interior process; a state of openness to the self that can take one through emotional transformation and deeper; into communion with the archetypal realm and the presence of the sacred. The ability to help people feel safe, to hold a sacred space and support authentic communication makes a huge difference in the depth to which people can go. And Touch Drawing can be integrated into countless settings with people of different abilities and needs. You need to have the skills appropriate to the people you are working with. On the other end of the spectrum, having the correct materials in the right quantities can make or break the experience. For example, how much paper do you need so everyone can do as many drawings as they wish? If you ran out of paper, the process would be cut short.

gathering mailing - 07bIf you want to share Touch Drawing with others, first establish and deepen your own relationship with the process. You might invite one or two friends to join you in drawing regularly. Before you introduce it in a to others, spend time integrating the information in The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook. It is the fruit of many years of facilitating. It contains offerings from experienced facilitators with a range of applications. It is an essential resource for both the spirit and technique of Touch Drawing. It is also empowering to attend The Annual Touch Drawing Gathering. It is an immersion in the spirit of Touch Drawing and the community of practitioners. The deepest experience I offer each year, it provides a foundation upon which to develop your own unique approach. Touch Drawing Online Community has a discussion forum for Facilitators. You will also find groups focused on specific applications of Touch Drawing. Live webinars are coming soon.

When you share Touch Drawing with others, please acknowledge the source and give the website, www.touchdrawing.com. Encourage people to purchase SoulCards, Touch Drawing media and materials. Sale of these items helps to keep The Center for Touch Drawing afloat. And please let us know what you are doing! What settings are you presenting it in? How are you integrating Touch Drawing with other processes? Reports of your personal experiences and ways of facilitating will educate others about the potential of this simple yet profound process. We invite you to plant the seeds of Touch Drawing in your own unique garden of life!

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Read stories of how people are facilitating Touch Drawing.


Frequently Asked Questions About Facilitating Touch Drawing


Below are a few brief examples of the myriad ways people are using Touch Drawing.

Mukti Khanna Ph.D: I team taught an Honors Course in Eco-Literacy in which TD was one of the languages used to explore the interconnectedness between psyche, earth and environment. Laura Sewell, a leading ecopsychologist, gave a guest lecture during which some students were drawing. Laura found it fascinating to see what she was communicating emerge as images-TD seems to get at what an idea is. I also did some pro bono work for the Southwest Center for Independence, a nonprofit center for independent living for people with disabilities. One man with cerebral palsy drew while laying on his stomach. It was very moving to see how involved they all were and the pride they took in sharing their work.

Ursi Barshi: I invited four of my best friends to share the experience of TD. In my “invocation” I called upon the “Spirit of Creativity” and not, like Deborah, the Spirit of TD. It felt more authentic for me and I think I was still true to her work. I asked participants to think of an offering to that Spirit and to ask for something they would like to receive. It established a kind of a dialogue with that source.

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Pete Peterson: Kathleen O’Daniel introduced me to the idea of combining TD with walking the Labyrinth. After presenting our first workshop, my partner and I are basking in the warmth of an incredible experience. We had 8 people from all walks of life, including counselors, actors, nurses, students and teachers. During the morning session we built a Labyrinth out of masking tape. After lunch we showed the first part of Deborah’s video, explained the process of TD, and then let them go. After an hour, they put down their paints and walked the Labyrinth. Back to TD, again the Labyrinth and a final TD. Most of them lost their sense of time and were disappointed when they needed to stop. They were all so moved by the whole experience.

Sarah Lee Blum led a workshop to introduce her private therapy clients to TD. She is now using the process whenever appropriate within her private practice. Carol Kennedy introduced TD to a dream group composed of elementary students studying the rainforest, drawing their dreams of rainforest animals. Pam Bolton is using TD in combination with movement, toning and visualization in both private practice and group workshops and to help participants integrate a wilderness vision quest.Frederick Whitmeyer has been integrating TD into his Authentic Movement classes as well as his Artist Way support group. Jan Price has been using TD in a year-long training which involves deep work in the “mythic story fields.” Lorri Baird writes of personal TD sessions: As I progressed through the cycle of drawing I inevitably met my shadow side and this shadow side grew larger as I continued to draw. This was a little frightening at times but, at the same time, I was being offered this wonderful gift of reunification and wholeness.

Touch Drawing is a vehicle for creative, psychological and spiritual integration. If you feel a spark of inspiration about how to apply Touch Drawing in your own life and work, by all means fan the flames! And let us know what you are doing, so we can share your experiences with others. In this way you will be contributing to the evolution of a new expressive form. The Center for Touch Drawing needs you!

Send ideas and insights to center@touchdrawing.com.