“What kind of a creator are you?” (c) Cat Charissage, 2017, a.r.r.
Hello dear Friends,
While I know that many of you do not live close enough to attend my workshops here in southern Alberta, I thought I’d share my fall plans. If you are interested, any of these offerings can also be done individually, online through video calling.
My work is exploring the expressive arts of painting and writing in the service of Soulwork and exploring life’s Depth Dimensions. More details of all events can be found in the attached brochure, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cat Charissage: Fall 2017 Offerings
Intentional Creativity and SoulWork
Small group and individual sessions using simple art processes and writing prompts to OPEN TO MYSTERY, EXPLORE LIFE’S DEPTH DIMENSIONS, and DEEPEN OUR FREEDOM.
NO PREVIOUS ART EXPERIENCE NEEDED, and ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED
(c) Cat Charissage, 2016, a.r.r.
BLACK MADONNA RISING Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 1:30 – 4:30
Why are there more than 500 ancient paintings of the Blessed Mother with dark or black skin? Who is she? Why is her image making such a resurgence in the 21st Century? What can she tell us about care for the earth, care for the oppressed, care for our own dark inner places? Join me for an afternoon exploring her images and lore, instruction on painting her with acrylic on watercolor paper, and crafting a poem or prayer to her.
$65 (Pay what you can, space permitting)
“Choose” (c) Cat Charissage, 2017, a,r.r.
RED THREAD and TEA Story Circle
Second Friday afternoons of the month, 1:30 – 4:00
Join me in conversation about life’s mysteries and callings. Come when you can, but please RSVP. We’ll start with tea, a simple art process and inquiry, and close with a Red Thread Circle.
Fri., Sept. 8: Can expressive arts help us live more deeply? How?
Fri., Oct. 13: What is sufficient? How am I full? Too full?
Fri., Nov. 10: What energizes my commitments and causes?
Fri., Dec. 8: What can doubt teach me about faith?
OPEN STUDIO: ART PLAY
Last Saturdays of each month, 1:30 – 4:30
Sat., Sept. 30: Creating Your Freedom Journals
Sat., Oct. 28: Painting Your Landing Page
Sat., Nov. 25: Simple Holiday Gifts from Paper
Sat., Dec. 30: Circle Planning for a New Year
“Golden Cup” (c) Cat Charissage, 2015, a.r.r.
THREE DIFFERENT YEAR-LONG STORY CIRCLES:
September through June, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
A POET’S WORDS: 2nd Wednesdays of the month
WONDERINGS ABOUT DREAMS: 3rd Wednesdays
MOTHER NIGHT (Wolf Women): LAST Wednesdays
(for more info, please email or phone me at 403-330-9560)
Each: $200 value (Pay what you can, space permitting)
For more information or to register, contact me at email@example.com
I am a contemplative educator, counsellor, and artist, helping women and men navigate the Depth Dimensions of their lives through image, word, silence, and dream. I believe that the most important work each of us can do is to live out our gifted selves fully, creatively, and freely, to make a home for all of us, in a world which too often wounds our bodies and souls and colonizes our minds with distractions, commercialization, and other people’s agenda.
I live in the liminal places, between the worlds where spiritual reality meets ordinary life, where word (poetry, prose) meets image (paintings, journals), where wild adventure meets chronic pain, and where prairie meets mountains in western Canada.
A student of the wisdom traditions of the world, I have a Masters in Education, 4 years’ graduate study and a B.A. in Theology, plus more than 30 years’ experience in service and education, including as counsellor and Executive Director of a sexual assault center. Trained in post-trauma counselling and a certified Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach, I have taught in university, high school, professional development, and privately. I stand on the shoulders of my beloved teacher and mentor Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of the bestselling Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. I work out of my home studio in Lethbridge, Alberta, and on the internet through video calls. A 60 page chapbook of my paintings and poetry entitled Open to Mystery is now available.