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Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

The Artist is the Voice of the Healer Within

Mary Rockwood Lane, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, co-founder and director emeritus of the nationally-recognized Shands Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida (UF), headed the program for more than 15 years and is now an associate professor of nursing at UF, teaching Creativity and Spirituality in Healthcare. She lectures and teaches workshops around the world, and has been involved in setting up art and healing programs in Florida and around the country. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a master’s degree from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.


Lane is the co-author of professional publications and several books, including Creative Healing, Spirit Body Healing and Path of the Feather. Shaman Wisdom-Shaman Healing was a finalist in the health/healing category in the prestigious Nautilus Awards. She also founded and directed the art and healing masters program at Wisdom University with Michael Samuels, M.D. She participated in founding the Center for Spirituality and Health at UF.


At a time when art was not integrated into health care, she was inspired by her own experience of healing herself with art to launch the Shands Arts in Medicine program, which incorporates art, music, poetry, theater and dance into clinical care on 15 hospital units. Lane developed an end-of-life curriculum that fully integrates spirituality and creativity, to be taught at all UF health science colleges. Lane and Samuels have taught art and healing courses at undergraduate and graduate level for many years and watched their students undergo major life transformations as they healed themselves from sexual abuse, unresolved grieving and illnesses.


Lane’s newest online course, a 12-week transformational journey beginning January 25 through April 25, Transpersonal Nursing as Ontological Artist, is an opportunity for self-discovery by tapping into creativity for healing. The course is based on Lane’s personal experiences, her book Healing With The Arts, co-authored by Samuels, and the work of Dr. Jean Watson and her book Postmodern Nursing & Beyond.


This course includes video lessons, live Zoom sessions with Lane and guided interaction within small, intimate cohorts designed to help engage with the material and gain a deeper level of understanding. Lessons will focus on an identity as artist-healer and how to engage inner resources.


The time commitment is  two hours each week for modules, Zoom call and personal studio time. There is flexibility with an allowance for a few more weeks to complete if required. CEUs will be awarded when the course is complete.


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