Please note: this course is a 13-week progressive course that meets every Saturday starting on July 13th and ends on October 5th.
Does your creative-self feel at odds with the need for a “safe and stable life”? Through this workshop we learn to allow our creative energies to flow more freely while not sacrificing our need for safety, comfort, health, love, and stability.
For the artistic person, the compulsion for creative expression can be strong, and it is known to be in conflict with other compulsions, particularly the compulsion to live a safe and stable life causing the two to be at odds.
However, this does not have to be the case. Artists are known to live on the fringe of society. They dive deep into the collective unconsciousness to bring out and express the more hidden sides of society. They can represent those things which would otherwise remain unexpressed.
One quote by Carl Jung on the tendency of the life of an artist to express the hidden messages of his age goes like this:
“Here the artist’s relative lack of adaptation turns out to his advantage; it enables him to follow his own yearnings far from the beaten path, and to discover what it is that would meet the unconscious needs of his age.”
Yet, as artists, our feelings are often juxtaposed between these artistic desires and those of a more stable, comfortable life.
In this workshop, you will be provided with:
- The book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron
- A Journal
- Materials for use during our in-class exercises.
Weekly Agenda may consist of:
- Discuss our absorption of some of the themes in each chapter,
- Planning exercises
- Activities for ourselves during the workshop and throughout the week.
- We will have an artist from the community come in to give a brief talk on their idea of “What is Art,” so we can gain a larger understanding of the various ways art is thought about and expressed in our community.
- We will also be covering depth psychology, Eastern philosophy, and metaphysical discussions on the importance of life, god, creativity, existence, and ritual in the creative journey. (Note: If you are not familiar with depth psychology, this 6-minute video is a good introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Opz0l01xY)
- Further, we will be setting a goal for ourselves and working on the followings projects and processes as we uncover our blocks: • Journaling and writing exercises (poetry, song writing, character development, plot development, etc.)
- Meditation and prayer
- Creating mandalas, vision boards, origami, dream catchers, and jewelry
- Music, sound, and chanting
DAYS, TIMES, AND LOCATION:
Every Saturday from July 13th – October 5th at Huntsville Creatives’ Studio 301 from 10am – 12pm. These dates include
- July 13th, 20th, and 27th
- August 8th, 10, 17th, 24th, and 31st
- September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
- October 5th
All ideas are welcome, as diverse ideas represent all the colors of our artists’ palettes.
SEATS ARE LIMITED TO 10
Inner work is the hardest work, so I thank you for being brave enough to come along on our journey of inner creative self-discovery!
Register here: Register Here
About the Instructor, Anastasia Byler
I believe we are all born with the ability to be creative, but some of us are more in-tune with our creative energy than others, and consequently feel more compelled to create more than others. However, just because we feel a creative compulsion does not necessarily mean we know how to go about manifesting creativity in our lives. Funny enough, this is a common occurrence – the experience of artistic block.
My earliest visions were of myself as an artist. I wanted to be creative in a variety of areas: Writing, painting, sculpture, performance, you name it – it was a natural energy inside of me that wanted to be expressed. However, like so many of us, I was discouraged at a very young age, and as a result, allowed fear to motivate my behavior for many of my developmental years. Art, for me, was something that took a back seat to “safer” endeavors, though it has always been there, leeching out from time to time in different forms.
I began a relationship with “The Artist’s Way” in 2009, and feel this book by Julia Cameron really opened up unconscious channels of awareness for a lot of creative types of people since its publication nearly 30 years ago. I have been studying depth psychology for several years, and know that there is so much material in that field that will help us on our journeys to become more comfortable in our own creative skin, especially when facing those things which block the expression of creativity in our lives.
Aside from creative energy, my biggest passion is psychology, the human mind and spirituality, and the pleasure I receive in guiding others to discover their own inner paths. I received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2000, earned an MBA in Human Resources Management in 2002. I am currently work in Human Resources, and I have been moonlighting running my own business as a psychology research editor since 2004.
For passionate expression, I spend as much time as possible exploring my own muses: the deeper areas of human psyche and creativity. My most important current creative projects include my backyard, which I am turning into a Zen garden and a place for Shinrin Yoku, and my dream to transform my profession into that of a life coach, with a focus on helping people find their flow in life through their occupations, their relationships with others, and their relationships with themselves. This workshop is part of my inner journey.