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Mask – Ritual and Therapy

May 29, 2009 to May 31, 2009Alexandra Duchastel, psychologist and art therapist

For centuries, masks have been used to communicate messages and mark the passages of life. Each mask reveals fears, desires, strengths and unconscious realities of its creator. Therefore, the creation of a mask offers and extraordinary opportunity for exploring its intimate universe and discover areas of light and dark. Wearing a mask and playing with it permits one to meet a character from inside and gives one the chance to free that which is within. Visualization, play and movement are all a part of this marvelous adventure of meeting oneself, – ideal for sparking a transition or a new life project.


Alexandre Duchastel is a professional psychologist and art therapist. She has used art, dreams, play and the body in psychotherapy since 1993. She directs many workshops in art therapy and rites of passage following a method based on process. She is particularly interested in the process of self-healing and works with people who have developed cancer or other serious illnesses. For several years, she has taught art therapy at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscamingue. She also holds a diploma in Arts Management from the HEC, and founded the centre known as TEMENOS in the year 2000, for psychotherapies through the arts, imagination and the body.

Alexandre has also obtained a certificate in visual arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), and has participated as an invited artist in many exhibitions in painting and sculpture. She has published her first essay: “La Voie de l’imaginaire: le processus en art-thérapie” aux Éditions QUEBECOR, 2005.