Alive Arts is a social enterprise company based in Scotland supporting personal, professional and community well being through the arts, healing practices and indigenous wisdom teachings.

The vision of Alive Arts is to develop:

  • Creative collaboration
  • Sharing of good practice
  • A methodology of well-being
  • A culture of reciprocity, enquiry and inspiration

We support a bridging of methodologies and practices from a wide range of sources.

These include:

  • Indigenous wisdom teachings
  • Movement and arts practices
      • Tamalpa Life Art Process
      • Planetary Dance
      • Medicine Dance
  • Labyrinth Art
  • Healing and hands-on practices inspired by
    • Movement Shiatsu
    • Craniosacral therapy
    • Aromatherapy
    • Embryology and Experiential Anatomy
    • T’ai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung

We offer non formal education, experiential workshops, events, courses  and performances as well as one-to-one coaching.
Our work also supports community and personal ceremonies and rituals.

Founded in 2014 by Audicia Lynne Morley and Derek Houghton with the support of the Scottish Social Enterprise Fund.

The company is based at State Theta Galleries: a dedicated centre for the development of movement, health and the arts in East Lothian


The Arc Process

A synthesis of transformative practices and innovative approaches designed to enhance health and well being.
Inspired by: 
  • Ancient Taoist practices for health
  • Touch-based body rebalancing
  • Somatic movement
  • Developmental yoga
  • Embryology and experiential anatomy
  • Wisdom teachings from indigenous cultures
  • Nature based environmental movement practice
  • Personal and community ritual and ceremony for healing
  • Labyrinth Art

Heart Project

HEART – Holistic Experiential Education and Artistic Approaches for Resilience and Work Engagement Tools for Adult Educators

What is HEART?

HEART is an Erasmus+ KA2 project to increase the quality of adult education and training by developing adult educators competences, awareness and knowledge linked to work engagement using a new training method – the synergy of outdoor experiential education and art methodologies- and by creating a more committed, engaging and professional environment inside their organisations.

Why is important?

The burnout within helping professions – including educators – has been known since decades, and by now a solid research and practical intervention basis exists linked to it. However, burnout continues to be a severe issue until today.
According to our experience drawn from previous projects and activities, educators, their organisations and managers lack knowledge and awareness of the burnout syndrome and its potential prevention techniques.
Timely interventions are essential to prevent burnout, otherwise its later stages would involve physical, emotional and mental exhaustion from which it is difficult to recover.
To tackle above issues, a transnational partnership composed of 6 partners from 5 countries developed the HEART project.

How it is designed?

HEART innovative methodology:

  • based on transnational, holistic and positive approach
  • create synergy of outdoor experiential education and artistic methods

HEART elements:

  • 3 field training courses of different methodologies
  • 5 field test of combined methodologies
  • 1 discussion workshop
  • 2 dissemination events

HEART results for educators and their organizations:

  • Collection of Easy to Learn and Use Work Engagement Tools and Processes (including a Self-directed learning portfolio);
  • Combined Modular Work Engagement Curricula – Training Scheme to offer an innovative educational material at individual (personal and professional) level;
  • Organizational Work Engagement Recommendations that offer managers alternatives at organizational;
  • Assessment Report will summarize the impact of the methodology.

HEART period 2018-2022

HEART Partners:

About Us

Audicia Lynne Morley

Audicia is Artistic director of:

  •  State Theta Galleries a dedicated centre for the development of movement health and the arts in East Lothian.
  • Alive Arts,  a Scottish Social Enterprise company for life long learning through the arts, well being practices and indigenous wisdom.
  • Delicate Zen a Complementary Health Clinic offering:
    • Shiatsu
    • Aromatherapy
    • Craniosacral Therapy.
    • Lymphatic Drainage Massage

She is co-director of Tamalpa UK, a movement based expressive arts training and a graduate in the Tamalpa Life Art Process from the Tamalpa Institute, California.
Through State Theta Galleries she runs CPD programs in:

Audicia is a facilitator of The Planetary Dance – a community dance ritual for healing created by Anna Halprin and First Peace Circles: A First Peace Circle is a group of people who have made a commitment to explore the eight Universal Principles and Practices of Peace as taught by the Ehama Institute.

In 2012 Audicia was awarded a Creative Scotland bursary to explore Evocative Leadership under the mentorship of RainbowHawk and WindEagle, founders of the Ehama Institute.

She continues to develop her work and research in the fields of Health, Movement and the Arts.

Audicia has an astounding ability to make creative connections between the diverse fields of study she has mastered. As facilitator she is able to consequently inspire insight and enthusiasm making it a delightful and lively journey for all. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying with her and highly recommend her work and State Theta Galleries.” – Tamalpa UK student.


Derek Houghton
Data Architect

After obtaining a degree in Zoology from Aberdeen University, Derek travelled to both East Africa and India where he studied various percussion traditions.
He has composed music for many dance-theatre productions and played percussion for several bands in both live and studio settings.
He co-founded both State Theta (Collaborative Arts Performance Company) with Audicia Morley and Rachaka (Third Stream Contemporary Music Quartet) with Martin Hodgson.
He obtained his Masters degree in Information Technology from Stirling University and subsequently led a development team in the production of the GUDMAP database, a leading research tool in the field of bioinformatics.
Along with partner Audicia Morley he has set up State Theta Galleries, a dedicated centre for movement, health and the arts in East Lothian.
He has recently established a new company – Social Web Enterprise – offering Identity/Branding services in conjunction with website design and application/database development.


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Alive Arts

State Theta Galleries
The Halls
Main Street
East Lothian EH35 5HS

Tel: +44(0)7868 705908