Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Directed by: Andrea Markovits

Assistant: Polo Fernández

Guest: Cariad Astles

As noted by the organizer: During 5 intensive days, in July 2024, in the center of Barcelona we will bring together some of our former students and new participants interested in the therapeutic power of puppets, art therapy, mental health and animated forms. Through its emphasis on international scenarios of emergencies and learned hopelessness, this training presents and reviews Muñecoterapia Chile’s model for research and intervention with adults, in the context of memory, notified and transgenerational trauma (Pos Memoria). The purpose is to bring together our experiences in the contemporary field of Animated Therapeutic Forms and to discover a new way of looking at the wide world of Puppet Therapy from a theoretical and practical basis. This introductory training provides tools for animating forms such as puppets, objects and materials, along with elements of art therapy. It explores the dramatic and flexible function of puppet theatre as a resource for people both with and without therapeutic experience, to guide group processes, creating and exploring their potential for repair at an individual and group level. The Model of Animated Therapeutic Forms: Memory & Trauma © consists of organized strategies which initiate and accompany recovery, where the personal trauma is understood by everyone. This is achieved by using metaphor and making it physically real. Thus complex experiences can be understood.


  • Introduction to therapy: from animism to contemporary puppetry.
  • Painful material: the use of animated forms in the context of emergencies: natural disasters, forced displacement and wars.
  • Portable study (Estudio portable) applied to the puppet therapist.
  • The Photograph as an object of memory.
  • The Model of Therapeutic Animated Forms: Memory & Trauma.
  • Animation of objects, materials and puppets.
  • Studies of international projects using Puppetry, applied to health, therapy and community.
  • Workshop on construction of an articulated paper puppet for use as a co-therapist.
  • Theory applied to practical exercises with a therapeutic approach.
  • Individual and group creative explorations: Group identity (its pulse and movement); outcomes; animation and group analysis.


Therapists, art therapists, teachers, psychologists, social workers, drama therapists, puppeteers, play therapists, artists and anyone, with or without experience, interested in the field of puppetry as applied to therapeutic processes.

LANGUAGE: Taught in English and Spanish

DATES: From Monday July 8th to Friday July 12th 2024.

HOURS: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 17.30,  Friday from 10.00 to 14.00,

ADDRESS: ESPACIO La Sala, Ortigosa 14. Metro Plaza Urquinaona. (Center of Barcelona, near the Gothic Quarter).

GOOGLE MAPS LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/YMESou1Joui7e1ua9


  • For information on prices and to request the application form contact: puppettherapybcn@gmail.com
  • The course includes materials.
  • A certificate of participation will be issued on the last day of the course.