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2019 NorCATA Spring Workshop
at the Jewish Studio Project

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Workshop: 1:00 - 4:00pm

 940 Dwight Way
​Berkeley, CA


Dissent, Disagreement & Creative Possibilities
Presented by: 
Rabbi Adina Allen and Pat B. Allen, Ph.D, ATR

​Registration opens at 12:30pm.  
Program begins promptly at 1:00pm.

​Limit 20 seats

$25 for members
$50 for non-members
$10 for 3 CEUs

Presenter's Biographies


Rabbi Adina Allen is a spiritual leader, writer and educator who believes in power of creativity to revitalize our lives and transform Jewish tradition. Integrating a lifetime of experience in the expressive arts with her rabbinic training, Adina has taught clergy, educators and lay leaders in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions across the country. Adina’s writing is widely published and her original research on using creative process to generate contemporary midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2013. She is a recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish Educators and is a fellow of the Open Dor Project for spiritual Jewish entrepreneurs. Adina was ordained in Hebrew College’s pluralistic training program in Boston in 2014 where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.


Pat B. Allen, Ph.D., A.T.R., is an author, artist, art therapist, and teacher who connects to the Creative Source through art and writing. Her two books – Art Is a Way of Knowing (Shambhala 1995) and Art Is a Spiritual Path (Shambhala 2005) – explore the borders between art, psychology, spirituality, and social action and are considered classics in the field of expressive arts therapy. Author of numerous professional articles and book chapters, Dr. Allen lectures and delivers workshops nationally and internationally. Her artwork has been exhibited in a wide variety of juried and invited exhibits. Dr. Allen served on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty years and has taught at many colleges and universities nationally and internationally, including JFKU in Berkeley. Dr. Allen co-founded the Open Studio Project in Chicago and  Studio Pardes in Oak  Park, IL and continues to provide inspiration and leadership in the community studio movement in the field of expressive arts therapy.

Workshop Description
Conflict is the raw material of creativity. Like a black box - until we embrace the conflict we don't know what we have to work with. Creative Process gives us the tools, safety and inspiration to encounter the Other and ourselves in new and generative ways. In this workshop we will draw on tools and texts from traditional Jewish learning through intellectual engagement as well as through art making using the Open Studio Process. 

Questions about workshop content?  Please contact Rabbi Adina.

Participants will:

1) Be able to name and define three Jewish learning modalities

2) Experience the Open Studio Process as a form of conflict resolution

3) Be able to identify the generative possibilities that exists within any conflict.

Watch Rabbi Adina Allen share the story of the Jewish Studio Project:

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