Sheila McNellis Asato, M.A., is a certified embodied imagination coach, award winning visual artist and the director of Monkey Bridge Arts, a center for art, dreaming, and creative spirituality in St. Louis Park, MN. Sheila has served as a board member for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and is the recipient of the 2006 IASD award for her original research on dreaming, creativity and healing. Bilingual and a former resident of Tokyo, Asato developed her award winning Healing CollageSM process from Japanese collage therapy and Jungian approaches as a visual means of working with dreams, even in the absence of dream recall. Sheila is also a provider at Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center and the Healing Arts Program Assistant at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Hospital.
Monkey Bridge Arts
Monkey Bridge Arts was founded by Sheila McNellis Asato, M.A., in 1994 in Urayasu, Japan. In November 2005, Monkey Bridge Arts opened in St. Louis Park, MN, USA. Monkey Bridge Arts is a center devoted to the growth, transformation and Through a variety of classes, workshops, dream salons and one-on-one mentoring sessions, you will learn how to enhance your artistic development, deepen your spirituality and increase your overall sense of wellness.
Monkey Bridge Arts derives its name from an image found in Asian art, folk stories and songs. It is said that monkeys are able to link themselves together to form a living bridge capable of spanning even the deepest ravines. By graasping each others hand and feet, these clever monkeys are able to reach for goals that might otherwise be impossible to accomplish alone.
Sheila Asato is dedicated to helping create bridges of peace, understanding, and compassion between people and their innermost selves through art, dreaming and creative development.