Erika Cleveland - Washington, D.C.
Artist, writer and healer, Erika Cleveland was trained as an art therapist at NYU. After working clinically for many years with children and adults, in settings such as International Center for the Disabled in NYC and Boston Children’s Hospital, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Here is a link to an article that was in the Washington Post in 2019 called
In the galleries: Erika Cleveland's 'Healing Dolls' are playful in their duality
Erika has completed Barb Kobe's Medicine Doll online class and has taken several classes from Pamela Hastings.
What students say
Testimonial from a Befriending Our Shadow alumna, Angela Roberts:
"I was drawn to the class because the exploration promised spoke keenly to my soul. I wanted to learn more about embracing the shadow side and expressing the journey in a doll. I found the experience to be exhilarating, terrifying, gratifying, and fun.
This workshop series delivered on the stated goals, and more. Erika nurtured an environment of support, wisdom sharing, safe space, and creativity. We grew to trust one another with our fears, our ideas, and our deep thoughts. I never made a doll before. I never imagined making a doll before this class…Making my doll…forced me to think long and hard…In the end, the process helped me to find a modicum of peace and acceptance.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this workshop series. I looked forward to our weekly meetings. Our time together was a combination of practical tips, meditation, sharing, coaching one another, and enjoying the company of talented, strong women. Erika’s facilitation style is supportive, gentle, and inviting. She valued every one of us. She welcomed our creativity and celebrated our outcomes.