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Emma Ates
Expressive Arts Therapist. Contemplative Artist-Educator

Emma Ates, BFA, is a visual artist, contemplative artist-educator and Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography instructor. She has completed professional development certifications in Expressive Arts Therapy at Isis Toronto; in Art Education and Mentorship at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Inter-professional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certification at University of Toronto. She has also trained as a facilitator for the mindfulness and emotional intelligence program for teenagers with Mindfulness Without Borders. She is currently training to become an Art Psychotherapist with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute of Toronto and she is doing placements at the Rouge Valley Hospital in Scarborough and at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Emma has a 15-year mindfulness meditation practice, and weaves Buddhist art, philosophy and contemplative art practices (based on Shambhala Art, Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography and Thangka painting from the ‘Karma Gardi’ style traditions) into her life and professional activities. Emma founded ‘Mindful Rupa Arts’ (MRA) to bring contemplative arts into mental health and education to develop meditation-based creative program interventions for multiple populations. She uses drawing, painting and other modalities when facilitating meditation-based creative programming with youth and adults in agencies, hospitals and community settings.

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