Take a journey in a hot air balloon to see the world differently. Open your heart, drop your fears, relax and get in touch with your feelings. This colorfully illustrated interactive journal with a delightful story line has been used to help children of all ages express their emotions and feel better about themselves and the world through writing, drawing, and symbols. This fully updated and expanded edition is overflowing with new stories and activities to unleash creative expression and allow images to do the talking. A Journey in The Moon Balloon (R) is an indispensable tool for parents, teachers, counsellors, art therapists, health care professionals and all those concerned with bringing emotional healing to children.
Joan Drescher has explored how art heals the body, mind and spirit for more than twenty years. Her unique and colourful murals answer the need to humanize the healthcare environment and are found in major hospitals throughout the USA and Canada. As a recent Artist in Residence at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Joan has brought light and reassurance to the bedside of hundreds of hospitalized children and their families. She is the Director of the non profit The Moon Balloon Project (R), Building Healing Bridges for Children Through the Arts in Medicine (www.TheMoonBalloonProject.org). She has authored and illustrated twenty-five children's book, including Wings of Light with Dr. Joan Borysenko. Joan is a fellow at the Lesley University Institute for Mind, Body and Spirituality in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a certified Spiritual Director from the Claritas Institute for Inter-spiritual Inquiry in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Gallery Artist at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Her prints and paintings can be seen at www.joandrescher.com.
Introduction. The Power of Art to Help Heal. Vivian Marcow Speiser. Part 1. A Journey in The Moon Balloon. Foreword by Joan Borysenko. 1.1. A Note to Kids. Part 2. When Images Speak Louder Than Words. 2.1. Stories from the Kart. 2.1.2. The Magician - Transformation. 2.1.3. Queen Aileen. Courage. 2.1.4. Uncovering Light Under Darkness - Hope. 2.1.4. The Pain-Free Hat - Freedom of Spirit. 2.1.5. "Bonbolita" - Transforming Stress Through Beauty. 2.1.6. The Blue Box - Gratitude. 2.1.7. You've Got Mail - Unconditional Love. 2.1.8. Martin's Mandalas - Beauty and Joy. 2.1.9. Rejection - Finding Self Love. 2.1.10. Dreamsweeper: When Images Transform. Part 3. 3.1. Sharing Art Activities. 3.1.1. Bring Present for a Child. 3.1.2. "Making Inspiration Soup. 3.1.3. You Can Do It. 3.1.4. Mandalas - Cathedral Windows. 3.1.5. Cardboard Mandalas for IV Poles. 3.1.6. Scratchboard Art. 3.1.7. The Pain-Free Hat. 3.1.8. The Mailbox. 3.1.9. Treasure Box. 3.1.10. The Magic Wand. 3.1.11. Crown. 3.1.12. Free Drawing Murals. 3.1.13. Paper Butterflies and Flowers. 3.1.14. The Moon Balloon - Simple Drawing Techniques. Part 4. 4.1. Outreach and Resources: Art and Healing Around the World. 4.1.1. Recommended Resources. 4.1.2. Organizations, Books, Videos, Research. Acknowledgments. About Joan Drescher.
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