After the March meeting we will meet the first Monday of every month, unless it is a statutory holiday, which then moves our meeting to the second Monday of the month.
Group of 10 maximum. More information can be found on the Meetup up page. Sign up
Monthly Meetup - artPlay for creative and spiritual exploration
$30.00 April 26th, 2018 - Spring is in the Air $30.00 May 2nd, 2018 - Mother Nature, Mothers and Daughters
Group of 10 maximum. More information can be found on the artPlay Meetup page. Sign up
Summer Cottage Painting Retreat
Saturday June 23rd and Saturday July 14th (dates TBC) Location: Grand Lake, Quebec
The Artist’s Way: Creating Life as Art
Day workshop - April 21st 2018, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, $145 7-week series $280 for series or $45 each February 20th to April 10th 2018 (no class on March 27)
Using themes from the famous book: The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron we will complete speed writing exercises and two expressive, intuitive abstract paintings to deconstruct their meanings.
This will allow the unlocking of old patterns and limited beliefs to make room for the new we dream of.
The Artist’s Way shows us that increased creativity is a teachable, trackable process and that increased creativity makes us happier, healthier, more productive, and more authentic in everything we do.
The Artist Way program is intended for all who want to honestly learn something about themselves and others, and to transform their current situation with creativity and compassion. It is not about teaching artistic techniques but rather is much closer to a step-by-step personal development course.
Rooted in state-of-the-art concepts on creativity theory, behaviour and group dynamics, this process is quite modern, yet can seem timeless as it blends methods of personal reflection that are thousands of years old with 21st-century behavioural science.
A groundbreaking book, it has helped more than a million people access their creativity and realize their dreams.
WEEK-BY-WEEK COURSE OUTLINE
Week 1: Introduction to The Artist's Way and artPlay / SpiritArt painting
Week 2: Recognizing and dealing with criticism; feeling about a chosen path
Week 3: Anger and shame as messengers; the sense of "Yes, I Can!”
Week 4: Recognizing our limits, virtue traps and joy of dreams (Authenticity - Possibility)
Week off - There is no class on March 27th as will be out of town
Week 5: Strength and survival - gains disguised as loss
Week 6: Compassion for self and others, fear, self-care
Week 7: Planning a vision combined with Leading from the heart, mind, and spirit; mystery; trust (Autonomy and Faith)
WHO ATTENDS This workshop purposely attracts an eclectic mix of participants, many who wish they were more creative - or richer, healthier, happier. Workshop members have included business professionals, health care providers and educators, as well as accomplished and amateur artists. Regardless of their background they often desire forward movement in one or more of the following areas:
- Initiate and complete a creative project in business, science or art - Work through emotions that block insight and creative expression - Gain understanding into current personal or business relationships - Uncover their unique voice and personal values - Plan transition from one career or life phase into another - Overcome burnout or find new meaning in work - Increase levels of optimism, joy and productivity
Louise Lalande, of coCreations, is one of only two accredited ‘Artist Way’ facilitators in Canada since 2008.
For scientific research findings please click here.
It has long been asserted that ‘verbally expressing experiences by writing or talking improves physical health, enhances immune function, and is associated with fewer medical visits’. To take just one example, the lymphocyte count of HIV patients has been found to increase following repeated half-hour bouts of emotional writing, with positive changes in health correlating with the use of positive words, presumed to be a result of raised levels of insight.
Diane S. Berry and James W. Pennebaker, ‘Nonverbal and Verbal Emotional Expression and Health’, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 59, 1993, p. 11.
Keith J.Petrie, Iris Fontanilla, Mark G. Thomas, Roger J. Booth and James W. Pennebaker, ‘Effect of Written Emotional Expression on Immune Function in Patients With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: A Randomized Trial’, Psychosomatic Medicine, 66, 2004, pp. 272–5.
Day workshop - May 19th 2018, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, $145 5-week series $200, Individual sessions $45 each March 8th to April 19th 2018
Explore the ancient wisdom of the sacred art and science of mandalas to safely connect or effectively awaken your soul. Using the expressive art of the mandala, meditation and intentionality, you will investigate unique ways to surmount challenges of life, open to expanding creativity, and increase your experience of joy, love and wholeness.
As we turn inward to investigate the mind, we discover our essential nature and innate wisdom. Mandalas access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious and the source of creativity. Representing wholeness, mandala’s circular designs suggest the notion that life is cyclical.
Using a variety of simple techniques and exercises we will work with themes to discover individual reference points of power, inspiration and dreams. Music and visualizations will be incorporated throughout our explorations. Join us to relax and reflect as you slow down to find inner peace.
WEEK-BY-WEEK COURSE OUTLINE
March 8th: Introduction to Mandalas – types, history, meanings and associations
March 15th: Introduction to colour, its combinations, emotional and symbolic associations
April 5th: Symbolic expressions of formal and informal shapes, basic geometry and sacred geometry
April 12th: Incorporation of animal totems and designs as well as cultural, theological and creation symbols in mandalas
April 19th: Design your mandala with your individual colours, symbols and/or totems
Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation and healing. In old Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so “That Still Place Within” was more easily accessible. Today mandalas are a fantastic anti-stress tool; a doorway to serenity.
The word mandala means “circle” and refers to an image organized around a central point. Mandala’s circular designs suggest the notion that life is never ending; they represent wholeness. They are a symbolic illustration reminding us of our relationship to infinity, extending beyond, at infinite micro and macro scales, within our bodies, minds and imagination.
8-week series $320, Individual sessions $45 each April 24th to June 12th 2018 Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Day workshop on Grand Lake - Approx. 1/2 hr. from Byward Market June 23rd 2018, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, $200
Chakras can be used as guideposts to navigate us to solutions and behaviour we want to nurture.
Using a variety of simple techniques and exercises we will explore each chakra and its themes.
Making art is a wonderful gentle way to discover ourselves and develop self-compassion. Following descriptions and associations for each chakra you will be guided us through a meditation and writing from the heart exercises and artPlay. Music and gentle movement will be incorporated throughout. As colour and shapes emerge you will discover unique reference points that hold personal power and insights.
These simple intuitive paintings become your own visual reference to crystallize inspired goals and support you.
WEEK-BY-WEEK COURSE OUTLINE
April 24th: Base chakra: Solidity/Frailty, earth, security, red
May 1st: Sacral chakra: Boundlessness/Restriction, creativity, joyfulness, orange
May 8th: Solar Plexus chakra: Growth/Yielding, power, assumptions, yellow
May 15th: Heart chakra: Harshness/Softness, compassion, sensitivity, green
May 22nd: Throat chakra: Expression/Suppression, communication, freedom, blue
June 5th: Third Eye chakra: Inner/Outer, perception, clarity, purple Crown chakra: Unity/Dissonance, bliss, harmony, gold/white June 12th: Opening, balancing and aligning all chakras