Drama therapy without borders September 2014
Over Christmas vacation, I traveled home and led a one-day therapeutic play workshop. I was nervous and in my desperation to prove that drama therapy is real, I crammed too many games into the session. I felt the need to explain emotional intelligence, metacognition, metamood, the difference between primary and secondary emotions, favored emotional ranges and managing one’s emotions.
Playing Forever July 2014
Drama Therapy puts great emphasis on the importance of play and it has gotten me thinking and as such I hope that I have been reexamining my play history; when did I stop playing and why? My childhood was filled with make-believe, but as I grew older everything became more structured. I focused on organized sport and competitive games instead of hosting imaginary tea parties.
Questioning our relationship with food July 2015
During my time at Castlewood, I learned about different levels of care that are provided to individuals with eating disorders. I shared what I was learning with my online community, listening to people’s reactions to this very taboo topic. Since my internship, I have been questioning social values and traditions that revolve around food. What kind of dishes are celebrated at family’s Friday gathering?
A Kuwaiti Volunteer in Costa Rica April 2013
To this day I don’t know the exact location of the orphanage where I worked, as there are no formal street addresses in Costa Rica. I knew where to cross the street and where to leap over an open sewer; I knew that it was 15 meters after the post office, downhill and to the left.
Mornings in Santa Martha June 2013
Slamming doors and screeching neighbors woke me up every morning without fail. I would lay in bed listening to my host sister sing to her bawling baby and fervently wish that people would stop blasting their car horns at six in the morning. For about half an hour I would try to tune out the noise, focusing instead on the fast and furious plip plop plip plop of the rain.
The Drive to the Caribbean September 2013
He asked me, do you know that Costa Rica has no army? That Costa Rica aims to be the first carbon neutral country? That Costa Ricans are the happiest people in the world? I did not know. I took out my notebook and scribbled those nuggets down as the car made its way through the narrow roads of the city and into the lush countryside.