FINDING YOUR WAY HOME
YOUR WAY HOME?
On May 16, 2014, I lost my husband, Greg, to cancer. I was his carer for four years, and he died at home, surrounded by his loved ones. In the years that I was looking after him, 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 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! However, I digress…
When he finally passed away, even though it was not unexpected, the grief I felt was all-encompassing, and it was almost as if I lost myself. However, 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)
IS THIS YOU?
Even if you may not, as I did, have suffered some Great Loss … if you're alive, it's likely that you have experienced adversity and sorrow. Life sure has its way of knocking us off kilter at times!
It can be hard, perhaps overwhelming, to find stillness amidst the storms of life, and it can help to be in an environment that helps you re-claim your centre and find your way back to yourself.
"There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life - including ourselves." - Julia Cameron
When we tap into this creative force, it strengthens and supports us. It centers us. Very little thinking is required. Instead we feel the magic of creativity work its way into our hearts.
In this workshop, I share my own experiences, and the (universal) patterns that emerged in my own journey. I gently guide you to find some of those patterns in your own life, and weave them into creative activities.
So, DON'T come if you want to just learn painting techniques!
DO COME if you are curious about how your own experiences will manifest themselves in your paintings!
DO COME if you'd like to harness that amazing "in-dwelling creative force" within you!
DO COME if you are curious about creating a tapestry of colour and texture that will surprise and delight you even if you've never painted before!
And as a special bonus, my lovely friend and yoga teacher, Chioni Hicks, will make a guest appearance, gently helping us to bring balance and peace to our mind and body, no matter what our age, fitness level or experience.
Art + Yoga + Reflection + Laughter + Nature = A Perfect Combination!
Sound appealing? Then join me on the banks of the beautiful Swan River in Perth, and be prepared to … gaze out over the Swan River, (we might see dolphins!) get sand between your toes, make art, make new friends, stretch your body and spirit, and take a lovely journey into your life.
Let's explore our amazing and complex journeys with laughter and a light heart … by making a delicious, beautiful tapestry of nine paintings unique to each one of us. And most importantly, using the 'creative force' within to centre and guide us back home.
"You have created a safe space for creativity to flow, kindness to blossom and shone light on the healing power of making art. The workshop title is very apt, it is a transformative journey, and I feel like I am starting to find my way home to myself at a time when I had lost a great deal of hope, courage and confidence. My husband has already commented on how he can see a change in me. I am excited about what the future may bring for the first time in a long time!" - Di H.
FINDING YOUR WAY
HOME IN DETAIL
DATE: TBA (email me if you'd like to informed of the next one)
Time: 9.30am to 5.00 pm, Sat and Sun
Venue: might be in my brand new (forest) studio!
Bring: Lunch and just few simple supplies (most supplies are provided for you!)
SUPPLIED BY ME: Nine wooden panels (each!) to paint on, texture pastes, and a whole VAN-full of supplies!
Cost (includes GST):
- $525 (BRING-A-FRIEND) ONLY applies if you book together
- $550 (EARLY bird – 30 days or more advance payment)
- $595 (FULL price)
STUDENTS HAVE SAID
“Everyone who comes into your orbit comes away enriched. I adore your innate kindness and generosity of heart. You give much more than art lessons. I come away inspired and now I don’t feel right if I don’t grab the paint brushes and while away the hours. Many, many thanks.”
– Helen Gerrard
“I experienced and gained so much over the weekend. Not just art but a calmness that is hard to explain.”
– D. Flyger
"Imagine: a stunning river setting, an inspiring woman teaching us how to create our own set of nine paintings, old friends and new, a soundtrack of gorgeous jazz & contemporary music, mindful gentle yoga, all weaved together with a backdrop of heart-felt tender inspiring stories of finding joy in hardship ... AND CHOCOLATE !!! This was such a delightful & special journey for me to revel and find acceptance in the beauty and tenderness of my inner world - the good, the bad, the ugly - through the process of making the most delicious gorgeous art with the divine Malini Parker. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"
“'Thank you' seems inadequate and utilitarian, it doesn't quite convey my message to you but I know you take my meaning (a big hug would work better).”
– Debra Perkins
“You probably will not know to what extent the experience of Finding My Way Home has left imprints on my soul. I feel the learnings I gained will be far reaching and ongoing for a long time to come. Thank you always.”
– Lynne Cartwright
“It was a magical journey truly exhilarating and I was in such a state – as if a switch has been turned on in an abandoned dark room. I also felt my soul at peace, knowing that all will be well because I have found my way home.”
– Sothie Laxhmie
“Malini, you have had an exquisite life journey. Your courage to share is amazing. You helped me bring out of myself the hidden grief that lies deep within. Many of us have succumbed to grief but you give us hope and joy that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
– L. Cooper
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.
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