Finding your Creative Spark 


The Mendocino Art Center

April 18–19, 2020

Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm

 “It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child.     – Pablo Picasso

Do you remember what it was like to create as a child? No judgement, no pressure, no critiques, just for the joy of it. The good news is that that wild child still lives inside of us and has just been waiting to come out and play once again. In this workshop we will open communication with our creative essence, fling open the doors to the images that are alive inside of us, feed the fire of our imaginations, and discover our ability to express something meaningful about our lives through the arts. We are all artists. It comes with being human, but in a culture that teaches art as achievement rather than personal expression, we may have turned to those we think of as artists to make art for us thus separating from a vital part of ourselves.

In a safe, supportive environment, we will invite playful exploration, follow our intuition, and let our images speak. Absolutely no experience is necessary, just a willingness to be open to the idea that the gift of creative expression belongs to all of us.

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Facilitated by Marilyn Hagar and Joan Stanford. Click here to register

International Expressive Arts Therapy 2020 Conference

March 26 - 29, 2020
The Old Woman and the Golden Hive

Last Night As I Was Sleeping
 Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Antonio Machado translated by Robert Bly 

“We are the bees of the invisible. We madly gather the honey of the visible to store in the great golden hive of the invisible…”

                                                                                        Rainer Maria Rilke

As expressive artists we are the “bees of the invisible” making visible what is felt and sensed through art forms. As older women we want to turn our attention away from the busyness and productivity of the hive and look upon it as the alchemical vessel where transformation occurs. While the nectar, the raw material, is to be sought after, found and collected, the work of transforming that into golden honey occurs within the sacred container of the hive.

With the darkened eye of the Crone, who has witnessed many upheavals over all of time, we will explore how we use the colorful threads of our experience to weave our lives into shape and form only to witness again and again, the unraveling of all that we have created. When something causes our carefully crafted lives to unravel, it is wise to stop and grieve the loss. If we can face into that darkness and accept the unraveling, we will find ourselves in the place where duality dissolves and beginnings and endings easily change places. This is the place of transformation, the sacred hive where we make golden honey from the tangled heap of our losses. Revitalized now by that primal energy at the source of everything, we hear the call to begin creating life anew. The Old Woman of the World accepts impermanence and tends the hive of dissolution and re-creation. She teaches a deep appreciation for the preciousness of our time on earth and the importance of carrying on. If we listen to her wisdom, old or young, we can commit ourselves to living life with this kind of radical creativity.

Facilitated by Marilyn Hagar and Joan Stanford

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