Biography of an Artist, Art Therapist and Yogini
Jodi Gonzales ATR, NCC, RYT200 is an artist, art therapist and yoga instructor whose creative works have been supported by numerous sources including the Peninsula Arts Association, the Door County Community Foundation, the Bay Area Community Foundation, the Northeast Wisconsin Arts Council, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2004, she was awarded the Fred Alley Visionary Award for excellence in community arts programming. In 2012, she was nominated as the Accessories Designer of the Year by RAW Artists Tucson.
Jodi has pioneered numerous non-profit and community programs. In 2001, she launched the community outreach program at the Peninsula School of Art; in 2009, she co-founded an art-based economic development initiative in Perry County, TN; and in 2014 she began refining the education/outreach program, policy and exhibit space of the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson, AZ...such that in 2016 the formerly little-known organization was named a finalist as the Tucson Charitable Non-Profit of the Year by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Over the past two decades, Jodi has curated and implemented over 110 community arts projects & exhibits, including public art and temporary environmental sculpture installations. Her work has been seen in state and county parks, fine art galleries, and public buildings. Projects under Jodi's direction have been featured in various publications including the New York Times, the Tennessean, and the Journal of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
Jodi has presented three times at the national conference of the American Art Therapy Association; as well as at colleges and regional conferences. She has studied with numerous art therapy pioneers including Arthur Robbins, Pat Allen, Bruce Moon and Sean McNiff. She holds a dual Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Prescott College, and is credentialed by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).
Since 2010, Jodi has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including residential treatment, outpatient clinics, vocational rehabilitation programs, and a day shelter program. She has worked extensively with children in the custody of CPS; women and teens with eating disorders; and adults with developmental disability, autism, severe brain trauma, and/or PTSD. She has worked with professional athletes, musicians, college students, and teens; and individuals from England, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.
Jodi has practiced yoga on and off the mat since 1997. From 2006-2009, she taught yoga in rural communities and to the elderly under national group exercise certification. In 2010, she completed a 4 month seva (selfless service) program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness. During this time she studied with Stephen Cope, Larissa Hall Carlson, Guru Singh, and other leading yoga/thought leaders. Most recently, she completed a six month hatha yoga teacher training and personal intensive under the instruction of Swami Mahatarananda (Priscilla Potter). She holds an RYT200 yoga teaching credential from the Yoga Alliance.
Jodi now resides in Tucson, AZ. She is a member of the DM50; the Desert Thunder Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base; and sits on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Art Therapy Association. She is graduate of Greater Tucson Leadership and was formerly the Honorary Squadron Commander of the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Jodi offers personal development programs, retreats, master classes, and VIP intensives. Her studio is maintained in Tucson, AZ.
"From our first conversation, Jodi brought positive energy and enthusiasm. She is by far the most organized presenter I have ever worked with. During her workshop, our participants shared more than usual; some members spoke or interacted more than I've ever seen them do before."
— Kseniya E., Program Coordinator, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network.
Tools You Can Use.
“My daughter has seen a number of therapists, but Jodi is the only person who has provided actual tools that my daughter can use when she is anxious or triggered. Now, I can see (my daughter) actively working to address her issues, not distract herself from them."
— R.W., parent of client
“I loved Jodi's workshop. I feel inspired and excited to have received practical tools and advice.”
...I found access to a level of wisdom that was both sweet and surprising!