"ART AS MEDICINE: THE USE OF CREATIVITY FOR HEALING"

Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 10:00-11:30 am

New Thought Center of Hawaii
81-6587 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kealakekua, HI 96750

Cost-FREE (or donation of your choice to the New Thought Center)

In this brief presentation I endeavored to celebrate and explore one of my favorite topics--CREATIVITY. Specifically, I focused on how creativity and creative modalities (art, music, dance, drama, poetry, etc.) relate to healing and wellness. Creativity is everywhere. It IS life--the spark, the connection to Spirit we all contain. Whether we think of ourselves as artistic or not, we are creative. We are creating in our lives every moment of every day. We can develop our creativity and become conscious of it and precise with it, or we can let it operate under the surface in more subtle ways and expressions. I believe that overtly tapping into our creativity can be healthful and transformational. In fact, simply the process of making art or constructing a poem can be therapeutic, regardless of the quality or content of the creation. In this short talk I discussed some of the neurobiology behind creativity (ie, what happens in our brains during creative activities), the connection between creativity and mental illness, theories for how and why creative activities may be therapeutic, and some of the scientific data that has been collected and recorded about using creative arts for healing purposes. The overall intention of this talk is to inspire others, regardless of ability or predisposition towards art, to dive deeper into themselves, kindle their own creative sparks within, and begin to develop their personal self-healing potential. 


"MANDALA MEDICINE MINI CREATIVE ARTS CAMP"

Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 1:30-4:30 pm

​New Thought Center of Hawaii
81-6587 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kealakekua, HI 96750


In this 3-hour workshop "Mini" I facilitated a mixed-media exploration of my favorite creative healing arts. The afternoon was divided into 3 segments separated by meditations and punctuated with group sharing at the beginning and end. We covered expressive movement and dance, poetry and writing, and visual art--specifically the creation of a mandala image using ink and oil pastels. Participants were invited to set an intention or personal theme (something they want to invoke, release, or work on) for the workshop. We then used this theme to inspire our dance, our words, and our art. The mandala is a classic symbol of the journey of awakening, and it is one of my favorite healing tools. The act of creating a mandala is itself relaxing and elevating, but when personalized colors, shapes, words, and intentions are added the mandala can become a bit of a creative portal. What is dreamt and conceived within the mandala often does come to life! (No promises, of course, but it is an observation based on my own experience!) Mandalas evoke harmonious energies...both in their making and in their viewing. I brought photos (and a few actual pieces of art) of some of my own personal mandalas for inspiration and illustration. Due to time limitations this class did not produce a polished artistic product but did offer participants an experience of creative healing fun they hopefully carried back into their lives and taught them a few skills they can apply whenever they choose--with all the time they wish to spend, materials they feel inspired to use, and themes they would like to engage. For a quick dip into your own wise and whimsical source within, come play along next time I'm teaching a workshop in your area! YOU are the artist, the healer, and the medicine, too!
  



Kayse Cole Budd, MD
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​"Cosmic Dreamer" acrylic on wood painting I created in Tucson, 2009
"LOVE" seed bead mosaic block I made while living on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014
"THE HEALING POWER OF CREATIVITY"

Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015 8:00-10:00 am

University of Arizona Medical School
Tucson, Arizona

This was a private/closed-enrollment class with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  It was for medical students and residents enrolled in the Integrative Medicine Elective at the medical school.   It was a spirited and colorful 2-hour exploration of the neurobiology of creativity, the connection between self-expression and healing, the association between creativity and mental illness, and the relevant current and recent research on the healing power of creativity and expressive arts therapies.  {Photo from the event below.}

KOTO FM Live Radio Show on "Forgiveness"

Tuesday December 20, 2016 6:15-7:00 pm MST

Recorded live at KOTO's studio 
Telluride, CO

This was a special holiday radio program focused on the topic of "Forgiveness" hosted by the lovely KOTO news director Cara Pallone. I was invited along with 2 other local spiritual leaders (the others were pastors) to speak about their personal/professional experiences with forgiveness--what is means in our lives (physically and emotionally), how to do it, what to do if we cannot do it, etc.  


Studio photo of Dr. Budd and the other talk show guests
"Holistic Approaches to Psychiatry" 

University of Arizona Medical School 

Thursday April 20, 2017

Segments on EcoPsychology/Flowers and Turmeric 
Svadhisthana chakra mandala I made while living on Maui in 2015