WORKSHOP: Aesthetics of Self-Care


The 21st century society thrives on output, outcomes, productivity, creation. To keep up, many of us move with intensity and speed, out of breath, unable to slow down our pace. If this resonates, you may notice a desire within – for a deeper experience of rejuvenation, integration and harmony.

Demands that create imbalance in daily living have made stress management a central part of the conversation on workplace wellness, with growing awareness towards more specific issues which have become viral: burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, and depression. These issues, as we know, are also carried over to our homes, creating an endless cycle of exhaustion in both our careers and family.

A practice of intentional self-care can help us begin a path of restoring ourselves, in order to fully live meaningful lives.

This is an invitation, not to unhealthy self-indulgence, but to the gentle care of your mind body and spirit, to create positive ripple effects in your workplace and homes.

The Aesthetics of Self-Care is a one-day workshop that introduces the experience of the expressive arts as a means to create such a practice. Its intention is to offer you a space to re-connect with your inherent capacity to create opportunities for rest and growth, and to help you rediscover what inspires you and gives meaning to your life.

In this workshop you will learn to address stress and burnout through the expressive arts by:

  1. Experiencing a safe space for self-exploration and self-expression through painting, drawing, music, dance, movement, journaling
  2. Learning concrete and practical ways to integrate the expressive arts in your daily life in a way that rejuvenates
  3. Learning the seven aspects of self-care to deepen your practice namely safety, self-awareness, self-expression, self-regulation, self-esteem, self-compassion and solving problems
  4. Discovering how the brain and your relationships impact on your wellbeing through a relationship framework
  5. Developing your own self-care compass as a pathway towards navigating your personal and professional lives in a more integrated way

The workshop provides:

  1. Art materials
  2. Lunch

Workshop fee:

P 4,000



Joey Atayde, M.S., R-DMT

Joey is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. After practicing as a ballerina for 15 years, she pursued graduate studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she finished her Master of Science in dance/movement therapy – with distinction. As a dance/movement therapist, Joey has worked with numerous individuals ranging from children to seniors. Her clinical practice includes children with autism and developmental delays, adults with various mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, dementia, among others.

Upon arriving in the Philippines in 2017, Joey has given talks about integrating dance/movement therapy into Filipino culture at the Ateneo de Manila School of Medicine, UP Philippine General Hospital, Brain Wellness Center at Asian Hospital & Medical Center, The Learning Child School, She Talks Asia’s Body Love Conference, and other conferences. She is currently the Expressive Arts Program Director of MAGIS where she is a practicing clinician doing therapy with children and adults, runs various support groups and an expressive arts summer camp, and designs and facilitates training programs for various organizations including the East Asian Pastoral Institute, the Social Work Department of the University of Southern Philippines.

Bambi Gamban

Bambi is an expressive arts practitioner, resource speaker, workshop facilitator and retreat director, completing her Masters degree in Theology at the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City.   She has facilitated values camps for elementary students and has conducted retreats and team-building workshops for both children and adults for various organizations. Bambi has been trained directly by expressive arts pioneers Paolo and Margo Knill, and in expressive arts trauma integration as part of MAGIS’ professional training of trainers. Bambi has been closely mentored as a trainer by board certified clinicians and has co-facilitated numerous workshops on self-care and psychosocial integration through arts-based approaches serving organizations such as the East Asian Pastoral Institute, the Asian Hospital Brain Wellness Center, the Philippine Heart Center, Cartwheel Foundation and the University of Southern Philippines.   Her background also includes professional theatre production work, catering, tap dancing and graphic design.