ART AS A SACRED ACT
A five-day educational training intensive
with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
October 22 - 27, 2019
Registration will be announced on this website. Please join Dr. Estés’ email list to be notified when details are available.
Using mark-making, as Dr. Estés calls her expressive arts training, you will learn to go deeper past what you already know about yourself, bypassing the blocks and attitudes we have been taught about ourselves that disguise us rather than help us to fly free and wild. By teaching you to literally map your own psyche, this training will also return you to your original inspiratus, which is your own innate and unique visionary force.
ART AS A SACRED ACT is Dr. Estés' signature training which she first taught long ago at institutes throughout the United States.
This training is an opportunity to be with a teacher who is herself a painter and printmaker for decades with one-woman shows, but more so, a keeper of literally hundreds of what she calls "painted blessing journals" filled with her art and words. And for the first time since 1980, she will teach you, with gentle encouragement and clear and simple techniques, your own way to your own painted journals "for self knowing and for blessing the beauty you are, wounds, gifts and all."
The training is specifically calling souls who have no experience in arts, but who carry a longing and who would like a new way to see and discover self truths, "the guts and glory" of your true self.
Dr. Estés will help you to "see" shadow and gifts and to express the collective and personal unconscious through marks, natural materials, symbols and simple time-tested exercises that she has designed. These will provide multiple opportunities for you to "truly see true self" and to mend certain fractures and wounds of the past, to help complete current endeavors, and to clearcut through any psychic jumble, laying concretely new paths for one's future endeavors.
She will teach step-by-step drawing from her many years' experience working with artists in psychoanalysis, and how to mediate the idea, "I can't draw," to bypass ego and the ideas that stop you in your tracks. You will explore the landscape of psyche and you will take any event or feeling, or wound, and by exercises about making marks to delineate those, you will mend and bless yourself forward.
ART AS A SACRED ACT will give you an opportunity to discover a new relationship to the dark places, stuck places/areas of your life you thought you knew and understood but might continue to trip you up, via what Dr. Estés calls, "I thought I already worked on that syndrome." And new ideas, gifts, and events needing a bit more mending might occur spontaneously also. Now forming different views than before, some of which may surprise you, this work will certainly deepen your understanding of self and the worlds you walk in, and your innate creative force. It will also return you to your original inspiratus, your own visionary force that is only yours, deriving not from "out there," and not derivative of anyone else's work, but yours alone, so that what you place/make is unique to/from you alone—not in any way swayed by the over culture nor ego.
Using "mark-making," as Dr. Estés calls her expressive arts training, that is artful and simple methods with words or not, accompanying—you will learn to go deeper and deeper past what you already know about yourself, and bypass the blocks and attitudes we have been taught about ourselves—ones that disguise us rather than help us to fly free and wild.
There will be a short supply list of specific, simple materials required for this training, for you to bring with you.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
How to map your own psyche, literally.
How expressive arts can open into parts of true self, repressed, forgotten, abandoned.
How to identify false self/shadow self—both dark and light.
How to get past the idea you can't draw so you can't keep a journal/have to close off a powerful form of expression.
How to keep a journal that has meaning and richness for you, and how to continue this creative act for life, as you wish.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Persons with a desire to bypass mind and not just look, glance, but immerse, deeply into their own psyche.
Persons who are genuinely ready and hoping to know more of their own truth or calling, and of occlusions.
Persons who are new to art as a new medium to explore the psyche.
Persons willing to drop ill-formed attitudes and mal-ideas about themselves that are not true, and take on, as Dr. Estés says, "those strengths and verve that are truly their birthright."