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[FULL] Exploring The Artist’s Way with Suzanne Whitby (Online via Zoom)
January 19, 2022 @ 7:30 am - April 12, 2022 @ 9:00 am CET
13 weeks to reveal your creative self through reflection, words, art, and action
Join me as we work-and-play our way through The Artist’s Way. Start tapping into your creative self right from the start as we craft a visual record of our journey with an art journal.
Have you been blocking your creative side?
Are you someone who frequently thinks, “I wish I could be more creative”?
Or are you a creative who wants to take your creativity to the next level?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, the good news is that you are not alone.
The truth is that we’re all creative, but fear and conditioning hold us back
We’re afraid that what we create will not be good enough, or that we’ll be judged.
And let’s face it; creativity is often frowned upon in our culture.
Add to that the daily distractions of work, family, socialising, the Internet, Netflix, and simply living…well, it’s no wonder we have a hard time being creative! Which is a shame, because creativity can make life exciting and fun and inspiring! Being more creative can also help us notice and even create opportunities in our lives.
If you want to unblock your creativity and start experiencing your life to the fullest, this workshop might be for you.
If you want to unblock your creativity, this workshop might be for you
This facilitated 13 week small-group workshop might be the perfect way for you to start the New Year.
Based on the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, this process is designed to help you set aside the fear and conditioning that holds you back from being creative so that you can embrace life, experience it to the fullest, and meet the world on your terms. In short, we’re aiming to dissolve blocks and perhaps even transform lives.
I’ve created a safe, comfortable, inspiring space to help you make the most of the process, and the clear structure and accountability that come from the group setting will help you remain engaged and committed, even during the most challenging parts of the programme.
We’ll combine weekly activities from the book with small group discussions and reflection sessions, and incorporate creative journaling using paint, pencils, felt markers, crayons, collage, and any other medium you like to tap into your creative self.
By bringing together The Artist’s Way, art journaling, and the power of the group, you’ll find ways to release fears, blocks and resistance and build a strong foundation to move forward with confidence in your most exciting creative projects in just three months.
This workshop is not about being an artist, and not specifically for artists
Artists are, of course, welcome, but this workshop is for anyone who is open to exploring their inner world and in creative ways.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
— Pablo Picasso
Why work in a group instead of alone?
The Artist’s Way can be completed in many ways: on your own, with some friends, or even online with the author herself.
If, however, you’re the kind of person who benefits from having regular, in-person accountability to help see you through the length and commitment of this three-month long program, then this workshop is for you.
Why choose to grow in the company of “fellow lights”?
There is great power in groups. In fact, Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, says that ‘success occurs in clusters.’
In walking your artist’s way, my deepest wish for you is the company of fellow lights and the generosity to light each other’s ways as we each pass temporarily into darkness….success occurs in clusters and is born in generosity. Let us form constellations of believing mirrors and move into our powers.
— Julia Cameron
At a minimum there is the accountability factor: if you have ever signed up for an online, self-paced workshop and never completed it, or if you have always wanted to practise Yoga but you can’t motivate yourself to do it at home alone, you’ll know how important accountability can be. Having a clear idea of what is expected of you each week, and a clear timeline when you need to complete things, followed by a meeting where you can share how easy or difficult it was to achieve things is a great way to keep on track.
Groups also minimise judgement. We all know how difficult it can be to form a new habit, and when we are alone, we are likely to beat ourselves up. In fact, we often say things to ourselves that we would NEVER say to other people! We say things like: “You’re so stupid, how did you fail to complete this simple task?” and “You’re such a loser – everyone else can stick to a diet, why not you?”
In a group, we have much more empathy. We can admit failings, offer support, and help ourselves and others on their path to success.
Learning & inspiration multiplied!
Groups also allow us to learn from each other, gain inspiration from others, encourage and receive encouragement, and see the world in new and interesting ways, all of which feeds into our creative selves.
My workshops have a minimum of four participants and a maximum of twelve participants to ensure rich, vibrant discussions in a small group and a safe space. I offer you questions, encouragement, prompts, ideas, and challenges, but you always have the choice to participate at whatever level is right for you. No one is forced to do or say anything, which makes the experience a positive one for introverts and extraverts alike.
As we explore The Artist’s Way, you will get the tools and inspiration to help you:
- Know which of your many ideas to start on first.
- Dissolve the blocks that are keeping you stuck.
- Build your self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Connect with a new sense of possibility for your “unrealistic” dreams and creative projects.
- Clear out beliefs that have been sabotaging the flow of abundance in your life.
- Build a stronger connection to your intuitive guidance.
- Have the confidence to execute concrete creative plans.
- Maintain momentum and stay on track, even after the course has finished.
- Build trust in Life, and in yourself.
What to expect from the Exploring The Artist’s Way workshop
We’ll meet once a week for 13 weeks online via Zoom, starting on 19 Jan 2022. The sessions run on Wednesdays – early mornings in Europe and early evenings in Australia: 07h30-9h00 CET / 06h30-8h00 GMT / 17h30-19h00 AEDT. Start or end your day on a positive note!
You’ll need to supply your own copy of the book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. I do my best to support local book stores and both are available, or can be ordered, from Tyrolia and Wagnersche in Innsbruck. Hopefully there is a friendly book shop near you that you can support. Obviously, you can also purchase your copy from the big, all-present retailer that we all use at times, but you won’t be supporting your local community quite as much.
You’ll also need to have an A4 notebook that you will use every morning for writing, and an A4 or A5 multimedia art book for our art journaling.
You will need to bring along some art materials to each session. This might be as simple as your multimedia art book or a sketch book and a pencil, or you can explore your collected art products from years gone by: get out your crayons and felt-tip pens and water colour paints and, and, and… It’s entirely up to you. You will be in your own space, so you do what’s right for you.
Each week you’ll work through one chapter of the book at home.
At our weekly in-person sessions, I’ll guide you through discussions and activities based on that chapter. Sharing your insights and hearing from others going through the process deepens your understanding and enriches your experience of The Artist’s Way.
The structure of each session normally includes a centering in the beginning, discussions and reflections on each the previous week, an introduction to the topic for the week to come with activities, time for art journaling, time for final reflections and integration, and a closing.
My highest priority is to create a space in which every person present feels safe and supported and welcome. With that in mind, I ask that everyone agrees to keep any personal sharing confidential.
My group workshops are “introvert-friendly” as well as “extravert-friendly”. That means that there is no obligation for you to say anything, share your experiences or learnings, or do anything in the sessions if you prefer not to.
New! You’ll receive exclusive access to our private group on LinkedIn, where you will be able to connect with like-minded people and receive high-value on-going support and inspiration from me and committed creatives long after the workshop has ended.
What does it cost?
The facilitated workshop includes 26 hours of in-person sessions over 13 weeks, plus reminders, prompts and access to a brand new private forum to share ideas.
Standard workshop cost: €570
Earlybird (pay before 12 Jan): €480
I LOVED Exploring The Artist’s Way with Suzanne. She has been a wonderful guide, giving me the push that I needed to complete the whole programme, even when I was having doubts. It’s a lot of work, but so rewarding. I would recommend this workshop 100% to anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone and into their creative zone.
You provide such a supportive, encouraging space. I can’t deny that it was a touch programme, but I feel as if I have come out stronger and braver as a result. Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates of the sessions?
We meet for 13 consecutive Wednesdays in the early morning in Europe and early evening in Australia: 07h30-9h00 CET / 06h30-8h00 GMT / 17h30-19h00 AEDT. Our first session is on 19 January, 2022 and our last session is on 13 April, 2022.
What if I can't make every session?
If you have to miss a class or two, we have measures in place so you can easily catch up on what we covered in any missed sessions.
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I don’t like groups. Is this for me?
In other words: there is no pressure. Come as you are, participate as much or as little as you wish. Get what YOU want from the workshop.