FINDING YOUR WAY HOME E-COURSE
WHY 'FINDING YOUR
When I lost my husband, Greg, to cancer, after being his carer for four years, even though it was not unexpected, the grief I felt was all-encompassing. I lost myself. It took months, but in allowing myself to be lost, I gradually found my way home by leaning into my own creative expression. And now, this is what I believe:
“Getting lost will help you find yourself”
(from the Holstee Manifesto)
In the years that I was looking after Greg, I noticed that his passion for life and for service increased as his health diminished. Greg was a musician, and he leaned into his creative practice for strength and inspiration. In fact, he staged, with great difficulty, five musical shows in the four years of his illness! I looked after him while simultaneously tending to my own creative practice as a visual artist, writer and teacher. The experience not only strengthened me, but strengthened my belief that creativity has magical powers!
Even if you may not, as I did, have suffered some Great Loss… everyone finds it hard at times to find stillness amidst the storms of life. This e-course is where I help you to re-claim your centre and find your way back to yourself using art, writing and nature …
I share my own experiences, and the patterns that emerged in my own journey. I gently guide you to share some of those “patterns” in the creative activities we immerse ourselves in… and feel the magic of creativity work its way into your heart 🙂 You gradually and easily create your own rich tapestry of paintings that are unique to you. (Even if you’ve never painted before in your life).
WHO IS THIS
Finding Your Way Home – The E-course is based on the live, in-person workshop of the same name that I hold in my hometown of Perth, Western Australia. But not everyone can make it to Perth! You can now join us in this journey home, in the comfort of your own home, with this beautiful, downloadable pdf, that you get to keep forever, embedded with clear, high quality videos, lots of written content, stunning imagery taken during my in-person workshops (so you get the feeling of what it is to ‘be there’) and a few surprise bonuses!
The video below will give you a peek into my in-person Finding Your Way Home workshop. BUT in this E-Course, you will get to experience this type of art-making, without having to make the trip to Perth, Western Australia!
In SUM, in FINDING YOUR WAY HOME – The E-Course you will receive:
- A downloadable, stunningly designed full colour eBOOK complete with videos, written information, and beautiful inspiring images.
- Clear guidance that takes you through my process to create multiple unique paintings step-by step, regardless of your experience.
- A list of materials that is easy to understand and acquire.
- Forever access to ALL the content. When you purchase this e-Course, it doesn’t disappear after a period of time. You GET TO KEEP IT FOREVER, and go over the content in your own time and at your own pace, again and again.
- Access to a private Facebook community where you can share your work and get feedback and help from others. And I will dip in there if you tag me, so you can get my feedback too!
- And some surprise bonuses!
WHAT PREVIOUS STUDENTS
"I’ve always admired beautiful, complex, layered paintings, but not until I started watching your videos did I ever imagine I might create such a thing."
- N. Gorton, California
“Your workshop is absolutely exquisite and moving.”
– Connie Solera, Dirty Footprints Studio, USA.
“It was fantastic. I have health problems which makes in-person art workshops hard to manage so I am so thrilled when people like you do online workshops. Learnt so much from your workshops. Thanks for your love and courage.”
– S. Hosken, Melbourne, Australia
“I am Totally Blown Away by how professional the videos are, how warm and encouraging you are and how simple you make it - weaving the wisdom of what you've been through and learned. I'm really excited about trying out what you demonstrate, and can already feel new ideas coming from such a forgiving and deceptively simple process. I'm quite in awe of what you've created and how courageous you are.”
– Tara Leaver, www.taraleaver.com, Cornwall, UK
“Over the last couple of days I have gone over and over your e-course. I feel very blessed by your calm nature and what you shared.”
– Mary Blakney, Washington State, USA
Q. I notice you make a LOT of paintings in one weekend! I’ve never made ANY art before. Will I be out of my depth?
A. Many students have never made any art before or come because they feel they had lost their creative or personal mojo. My style of teaching is to welcome anyone who is open to possibilities, and willing to take a chance on themselves. No experience is necessary in ANY of my workshops. Come to FINDING YOUR WAY HOME if you are wanting to use your creativity to help you reflect on your life, to make art that is personal, to think about your unique journey. You will make nine paintings that will surprise you. But if you want a workshop where the focus is on teaching you HOW TO paint – then my one day intensive workshop, PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS would be a better fit.
Q. Is this a weekend to talk about grieving? I am happy to engage in a new and different creative experience but not particularly interested in exploring people's grief.
A. It's very hard to describe this workshop - it's actually a joyful one, although it could sound like it’s all "about grief" - 'finding the way home' is really just my phrase to mean 'coming home to oneself ' whatever that may mean for you.
Most of my students who attend have suffered some setback in life that resulted in a feeling of being "off course". At no point talking about this a requirement EVER, but in the sweetest and most powerful workshops, we do form a safe space to hear about challenges others are facing.
Q. I’m a private person and don’t like talking about my feelings. Is there a lot of self-disclosure?
A. The amount of self disclosure is varied. Some share, some listen. If it happens, it's minimal and gentle as I don't have qualifications in art therapy and don't claim to. So I don't try to open any Pandora’s boxes! But sometimes making art provides a beautiful channel to very naturally examine our life journey, and this can be shared with others, or not.
You WILL hear stories from my own journey, as it places each art or reflection activity into context. And I will encourage you to think about your own lives and have you direct the art you make to reflect what's true for you.