Community. Creativity. Clarity.
Why The Artist’s Way?
I am a creative work in progress. The progress depends in large part on my willingness to let the Creator work through me. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a 12-week process of creative recovery, has been an instrumental tool in helping me get out of my own way.
Twice in 2018 I went through The Artist’s Way process on my own. Both times I tuned into a wisdom deeper than my own. I got clearer about my needs and wants. I explored my personal story and discovered personal healing. I experienced beautiful synchronicities as I trusted in something beyond my understanding. The Artist’s Way led me to leaps in my creative process. The first time I discovered a gift for creating “heart portraits,” intuitive drawings of hearts that give insights into people’s hearts and lives. The second time I had my first art show of works I had created over several years.
In the first months of 2019 I again turned to The Artist’s Way, this time as both participant and group facilitator. Once again the process was rich and led to new discoveries, insights, and steps on the creative path. Journeying through The Artist’s Way with others amplified the elements of play, depth, curiosity and inspiration.
[The Artist’s Way] got me out of my negativity about my creativity. I have never had a class like this. Opened my world.
- Dotti L.
How did all that happen? What does the process look like? The Artist’s Way process is dependent on two basic practices: morning pages and artist dates.
Writing morning pages is a practice of writing three pages each morning- not writing for anyone else to read, not writing to create something “good” or even creative, but simply a morning brain dump, an emptying out before the day begins.
Artist dates are a weekly practice meant to awaken a sense of play, joy, inspiration, expression. They might include visiting an art museum or gallery, taking a trip to the zoo, playing at a playground, going for a walk in the woods, going for a drive without a particular destination in mind- something that expands wonder and curiosity.
Besides morning pages and artist dates, each week of The Artist’s Way also includes other activities to explore oneself, one’s life, one’s fear and blocking beliefs, one’s joys and sense of play. Each week includes new activities; it’s ok not to complete all of them during the “right” week or even by the end of the 12 weeks. By completing the basic practices and even some of the other activities, you will still make personal discoveries and creative leaps, particularly when engaging in the process alongside others.
I’ve done the process alone, and you certainly can, too, but the process is richer when done with a community of support.
This is why I’d like to invite you to journey with me through The Artist’s Way in the fall of 2019. If you are seeking to explore, refresh, or begin a life of creativity, this is for you.
Many subtle changes and new practices were introduced that have changed me seemingly permanently. The bi-weekly gatherings were great. Because the process feels individualized and personal, it’s nice to come together for sharing, comparing, and gathering support as needed.
- Simon C.
Details and Dates
I will be facilitating two groups, a daytime group and an evening group, both of which will meet on Mondays in my home in the Clifton area of Louisville. The groups and the facilitated process will include:
7 (seven) facilitated gatherings between Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, December 7 and one video call
Saturday, September 7 will be a daylong retreat from 9:30am until 3:30pm and will include participants from both the daytime and the evening groups.
On Monday, September 16, there will be an hour-long video call (time TBD) for participants to check-in after the first week.
There will be 5 (five) in-person meetings during the process:
2 hours long
at 9:30am or 7:00pm
on these Mondays: September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4, and November 18
Saturday, December 7 will be a daylong retreat from 9:30am until 3:30pm and will include participants from both the daytime and the evening groups.
Weekly emails with reminders, reflections, and suggestions for supplemental materials
A private Facebook group to share inspiration, joys, struggles, and discoveries
We will seek to create a community of support where we listen and don’t judge, where we are open to creativity without trying to control it in ourselves or others. As facilitator, I will guide the process and encourage each person to share their insights and wisdom. I honor that we are all students of the process ans teachers to each other.
Each group will be limited to 10 participants.
I found the mix of large & small-group dialogue, play & structure, activity & processing to be wonderfully well-balanced!
- Mandy O.
In order to make this 12-week facilitated process accessible to more people, I offer it on a sliding scale: $120, $240, $360, or $480. Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. If you’d like to discuss a payment plan, please contact Cory.
For your investment, you receive:
2 daylong retreats
5 two-hour meetings
all creative play supplies for retreats and meetings
1 group check-in call
membership in a private Facebook group
love, support, encouragement, and inspiration!
I can’t wait to share The Artist’s Way with you!
I had no idea that this was so much an interior journey. Very helpful! I have grown through this. I have gotten unstuck.
- Colleen P.