Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull

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Heartworks: Expressive Arts For Personal and Professional Development


Expressive Arts is one way of contacting our own deepest knowing and longings. Expressive arts is the use of drawing, writing, poetry, painting, movement, collage, music, theatre for the purposes of growth and healing. Through the arts we have an opportunity to assimilate and integrate feelings, thoughts, and life experiences. Through such work, we build resources, develop coping skills, develop the mind-body-heart connection, increase compassion for self and others, increase awareness and sensitivity, and increase creativity. Through the arts we experience more expression, more playfulness, more joy, more congruence, more range of response to life. Through the arts we develop a relationship with life. Art is Heartwork!


Heartworks offers a variety of expressive-arts-related services in the areas of counseling, consulting and education:

Expressive arts therapy for individuals, couples and groups.Consulting/coaching with individuals and businesses to increase creativity, spark innovation, develop problem-solving strategies, and develop resources.

Training and supervision for practicing professionals and/or individuals pursuing independent study or degree programs.

Heartworks is the home of the North Carolina Expressive Arts Training Center (NCEAT). NCEAT is a member of the Network of International Expressive Arts Training Centers. Independent study programs and degree programs are available through our affiliate university, the European Graduate School, Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland. Ask for details.



is the founder of Heartworks and is director of NCEAT. For 24 years she has worked as teacher, counselor, and consultant, using expressive arts in a variety of community, educational and private settings. She is a writer, poet, and musician. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Development And Counseling from Appalachian State University. Terri has a Certificate Of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts and is a doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School in Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland.


Terri Chester, MA, CAGS

Expressive Arts Therapist


#6 Overlook Road, East

Asheville, NC 28805

[email protected]


Ongoing Classes

Please contact instructor or facilitator for registration and details. Check calendar for full class listing. 

Beginning March 18, 2006   Expressive Arts Master Class, one Saturday a month through November.  10am – 6pm.  Tuition: sliding scale.This course is open to participants with previous expressive arts experience.  For details and to register:  Terri Chester, 828-221-2426, [email protected] See below for monthly topics and themes.


Beginning March 21, 2006  Discovering and Recovering Resources through Expressive Arts

with Terri Chester.  Tuesday evenings, 7-9:30pm, for 8 weeks.  Tuition:  $25 per week.  This is an expressive arts group for women.  No previous art experience is necessary.  Just a desire to explore new options for living through creative process.  For details and/or to register:  Terri Chester, 828-221-2426, [email protected]


May 27, 2006  Saturday,10am – 6pm

 Expressive Arts Master Class

The theme on May 27th will be our relationship with nature. As we make artistic responses to what touches us in nature, we deepen our relationship with the earth and gain more capacity to appreciate its beauty and richness.  Nature has the ability to nourish within us the “wild”, authentic self and mirror back to us our own beauty and resiliency.  The primary modality this weekend will be “landart.”  We will be working outside, weather permitting, and will be using the landscape and found materials to make installation art.  Our finished “works” will include sound, movement and possibly theatre, as we let ourselves be inspired by the natural world around us.   And, as always, although there will be a frame and structure, there is room for you to adapt that frame to your own needs if it doesn’t fit. If the theme doesn’t work for you, please allow yourself to come as you are. Bring a bag lunch, water, a journal or something to write in.  Please wear layers and bring a camp chair or blanket for outdoor sitting.   Sliding scale:  $30 – $75, chose your tuition based on your individual financial situation