Your Sacred Maker has been in retreat this winter. But . . . I'm back! And I'm so excited to tell you about a new offering. This spring—May 27 and 28 to be exact—I'm joining up with the soft love light that is Roxanne Evans Stout, author of Storytelling with Collage. We'll be co-teaching a workshop called Archetypal Expressions, based on some of the teachings in The Four-Fold Way by Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.
Life becomes lighter and simpler when we practice four basic principles: showing up and being present; paying attention to what has heart and meaning; trusting our insight and vision; and surrendering to the love of the universe by remaining open and objective. We’ll explore creating and working with personal symbols that express the four archetypes associated with these principles. With guided questions, we’ll discover the answers to what the Warrior, the Healer, the Visionary and the Teacher have to tell us about what we need more of in our lives. Throughout our special time together in the comfort of the River Garden Studio, we'll spend two days creating as we occasionally break for things such as satisfying snacks, lunch (Evelyn Cornish will provide our loving nourishment) and sharing with one another what we're learning about ourselves.
Universal symbols already exist for the four archetypes, but we're going to get more personal and figure out what our own symbols are to represent what stage we're in with each, currently on our individual paths. To do this, we'll use pen and paper to explore the answers to prompts and questions, and then let our intuition speak, as symbols emerge to express both our original medicine (the unique gifts we offer to the world) as well as what it is we ourselves need for growth.
Once we have our four symbols sketched, we'll carve them into soft blocks to then create four small cement tiles (or paper clay embellishments)—one symbol cast in each. Next, we'll enjoy the process of adhering our tiles and smaller glass bits to a wood box using more cement and embellishing with paint. By the end of day one, we'll each have a sacred vessel to hold what we'll create on day two!
To arrive at our symbols, we distilled a lot of thoughts and expressions. Day two will be our time to explore in more depth the answers to the prompts and questions from day one. Using Roxanne's story-collage process, we'll create stamps for our symbols and use them to create one page on wood to honor each of our for archetypes—the Warrior, the Healer, the Visionary and the Teacher using texture, color, words, objects (if desired) and additional symbols that show up along the way.