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.
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- something that expands wonder.
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. I will admit that having gone through the process twice, I still haven’t completed all the exercises- there is so much richness in them. And still I have made creative leaps. And I am curious to see what else might unfold if I re-enter the process of creative recovery with a group of other creative spirits.
I’ve done the process alone, and you certainly can, too, but I believe the process could be so much richer when done with a community of support.
This is why I’d like to invite you to journey with me. I am forming an Artist’s Way group for people seeking to explore, refresh, or begin their creative life. People who want to journey together through the 12 weeks of The Artist’s Way.
I will be facilitating two groups, a daytime group and an evening group, both of which will meet on Mondays. 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.
On Monday, September 16, there will be an hour-long video call at 9:30am or 7:00pm for participants to check-in after the first week.
There will be 5 (five) in-person meetings as we go through the process; they’ll be 2 hours long, either 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 from me (Cory) 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 am not an all-knowing teacher. I will be participating in the process along with everyone else and will be encouraging the process, both for individuals and as we form a community together.
The morning and evening groups will be limited to 10 people each.
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.
A $60 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. To pay $120, $240, or $360 in full at the time of registration, use coupon code, AW120, AW240, or AW360. No coupon code is required to pay $480. The balance is due on or before September 7. If you’d like to discuss a payment plan, please contact Cory.
Read full Refund and Cancellation Policy here.