"Persephone's gift is her ability to defy prevailing expectations of what she could be or do and instead answer an inner call to an uncharted path." -- Carol Pearson
The Greek mother-daughter myth of Demeter and Persephone, sees Persephone abducted to the underworld. She leaves as a child, and returns as a queen.
How did she make the alchemical journey from a playful girl collecting flowers, to a woman with the respect and presence of a Queen?
The myth teaches us that Persephone became choiceful and took responsibility for her situation. She saw a need around her and chose to respond with love and compassion. She chose to be Queen.
Persephone is an archetype of choicefulness. She chooses to makes the cyclical journey from the outer world where she can be with her mother and experience life, to the underworld (a symbol of our other-than-consciousness) where she cares for the deeper psyche.
She is a trailblazer for the modern woman.
Persephone's gift is her ability to defy the prevailing expectations of what a woman could be or do and instead answers the call to a path of her own.
She teaches us to trust life and our ability to handle whatever comes up.
We learn to look to our intuition for guidance, rather than solely on the advice of others. She helps us discern which paths/persons are right for. And, She helps us gauge the right timing.
During this online Visual Journaler weekend retreat, you are invited to explore your own themes of change and transformation. The program will support you in taking a personal or professional inquiry from here to there, using art materials, journaling, and story.
The Visual Journaler(tm) blends visual expression with a coaching approach.
We use visual expression to bring deeper meaning and insight to your own story to life.
The Visual Journaler Process is a layering technique. A process that uncovers essential inner information through creativity.
Sometimes we begin with journaling. Sometimes we begin with a hot creative mess, then do journal writing on top of that. We work in the unknown. Once you learn the tools you can go back and forth, covering over and revealing as you go.
This program is for you if you're interested in:
- Personal growth and transformation
- Leadership development
- Change leadership
- Culture transformation
- Career planning
- Boundary spanning
- Incorporating visual learning in your coaching programs
Results you can expect:
- Self-insight about one’s own maturity and growth
- Meaningful dialogue with group members about mutual development
- Accelerated leadership development
- Increased readiness for change
- Increased potential for personal and collective transformation in beliefs and practices
- Increased effectiveness of coaching and mentoring
- Awareness of one’s own developmental journey through life (life story and identity)
- Awareness of others’ developmental journeys though life (life stories and identities)
- Awareness of and appreciation for the vertical aspect of development
- Awareness of one’s own and others’ potential for further vertical development
- Awareness of the vertical aspect of cultural beliefs and practices
- Understanding how maturity and growth manifests in others
- Engagement in an interesting, fun, and impactful process
- Fresh perspective on one’s own life journey
- Fresh perspective on the collective journey of a group
- Insight into leadership culture
- Mutual insights across social boundaries
- Positive reframing of stressful life events
- Planning for future development
- Makes the difficult subject of human transformation accessible
- Combines visual, verbal, and tactile modes of learning
- Facilitates in teaching constructive-developmental theory
NO ART EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Visual Journaling has become a game changer for me personally and as a coach.
Several years ago, I experienced profound grief when my mom died. Part of it was the grief of losing this beloved woman, and part of my grief was rooted in all the things between us that were left unresolved.
Around this time, I had begun taking a visual, creative approach to my business planning. I asked myself the question, "could I take this visual approach and explore my relationship with my mom?"
The answer was YES! I began exploring mixed media techniques, and integrating my coaching approach of holding questions to take the visual process that was emerging, and bring a deeper inquiry.
Did you know that the brain loves questions? So self-inquiry is something that lights up our minds! Self-inquiry combined with visual expression allows us to take a basic, limited understanding of an aspect and expand it in ways that we see our part(s) in our stories in new ways and as part of a larger context.
These early experiences with Visual Journaling had so many openings, but most profound was recognizing the impact of patriarchy in the lineage of women. Since this beginning, I visual journal for fun, to release stress, to explore beliefs, to stretch creativity, to unhook from the inner critic, learn more about cultural roots, to express myself and hear my deeper wisdom. I've also begun exploring the Goddess - a journey which has been deeply revealing and healing.
I invite you to join with me and explore this process. "See" how bringing the creative, visual approach can add new self-awareness, waking-up on the individual and collective levels.
- Weekend Schedule
- Creating Your Space
- Collage Stash
- Greetings, Introductions, and Setting Intentions
- Collage: Choosing Focal Images and Background Materials
- Color Palette
- Meditation and Journal Writing
- The Persephone Archetype
- Modern Application to Adult Development and Growth
- Turning Inward
- Journal Writing
- Personal Timeline
- Hot Mess Background
- Adding Your Focal Image
- Building Next Layers
- Gazing and Noticing
- Solving Problems
- Making Meaning
- Symbols & Metaphor
- Resolving Conflicts and Solving Problems with Mixed Media
- Naming Your Spread
- Incorporating New Narratives
- Dialogue with Persephone
- Keep Your Practice Going
What if I haven't touched art materials in years?
No art experience is required! These programs are geared for the beginner and experienced creative alike. We are exploring our inner world rather than creating art products. A supplies list and suggestions for how to set up your space will be in the first module. Through the program modules, exercises, and videos you will be guided you through each step of the process.
How much time will each lesson take?
Each lesson is geared to take about an hour a week. Many participants tell me that once they experience this process they can’t wait to come back to their journal. You can work at your own pace. There’s no need to rush.
What kind of support is available?
This program has 2 Live Zoom Calls + 2 Private Coaching Calls built into it. You can also interact through the discussion feature right within the course platform.
What if I don't want to share my work?
One of the things I’ve come to love about The Visual Journaler™ method is how private your creations are. The choices you make with color, imagery, and words are unique to your own expression. Sometimes I’m covering completely over my writing, and other times just a bit peeks out adding to the visual elements of the spread. Your journals are always your private space. It is up to you to choose when, what, and if you share.
Is this art therapy?
The Visual Journaler™ programs are designed to help you find some artful strategies to know yourself better and play with the many layers of your deeper Self. Like all art, it reveals unknown parts of ourselves to us. Although it can be therapeutic, the program is not therapy and does not replace work you would do with a therapist.
This program is designed to help you find some artful strategies to better know yourself and play with the many layers of your deeper self.
Although it can be therapeutic, it is not therapy or art therapy, and does not replace the work you would do with a therapist. Those in crisis, who are victims of child abuse, have unhealed trauma, or are struggling with addictions would do best to seek professional help first. If you're not sure if you're ready for this program, please consult with your therapist or physician.
By registering for this program, you release Pathwork Coaching LLC and its subsidiaries from all liability relating to injuries or other issues that may occur.