CURRENT 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

Most gatherings are held in my home office/study, where group size is capped at 7.  Lots of personal feedback; lots of opportunity to contribute to discussion.  Individual sessions can be arranged using video conferencing over the internet with http://www.talky.io or Google Hangouts.

 

   For questions or registration, contact me at catcharissage@gmail.com    

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INDIVIDUAL INTENTIONAL CREATIVITY SESSIONS

I have openings for one on one sessions for discernment, working with a particular question or issue, accessing life’s Depth Dimensions, and/or exploring creative spiritual practice.   I am an educator also trained and experienced in counselling, spirituality and theology, and creativity coaching.  Our sessions are between 1.5 and 2 hours and usually include both image and word.  

$100, $250 for 3 sessions.

For more details, click here.

 

Winter/Spring 2017 Offerings

 

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NEW Monthly Offering:

Second Friday afternoons of the month, 1:30 – 4:00

RED THREAD and TEA Story Circle

Join me and others in meaningful conversation about life’s mysteries and callings.  Come when you can, but please RSVP.  I anticipate that each month will be a different gathering of people; we’ll begin with a simple Red Thread ritual, then each have an opportunity to respond to a prompt or two that I will offer for pondering, such as “What life experience has been most surprising and taught you so much?” or “If you could effectively influence the world in one particular area, what would it be, and why?”  By donation.

Friday, February 10, 1:30 – 4:00

Friday, March 10, 1:30 – 4:00

Friday, April 14, 1:30 – 4:00

Friday, May 12, 1:30 – 4:00

 

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Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1:30 – 4:30

SACRED CIRCLES, SPIRALS, and MANDALAS

Learn about the symbolism of circles and spirals in the various religious traditions of the world, and explore a bit of sacred geometry.  We’ll construct 4 different mandalas and you’ll leave feeling confident in using this tool for self-exploration and expression.  Drawing and coloring mandalas is calming and centering, allowing our brains and bodies to rest and to allow new insights.  Both structured and free form mandalas will be illustrated.

Value:  $65, Pay what you can.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:30 – 4:30

DREAMING YOUR LIFE AWAKE

None of us want to “dream our lives away”, but each of us can dream ourselves awake to our deepest potentials, desires, and callings.  Come explore the world of dreams:  the various meanings and symbols of night dreams, the processes of active dreaming and active imagination, and learning to use intentional journeying to explore what we don’t yet know that we know and find answers to the perennial question “What am I to do and be, with these gifts in this life, now?”  Create your own dream map on watercolor paper.

Value:  $65, Pay what you can.

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Last Saturdays of each month, 1:30 – 4:30

OPEN STUDIO: ART PLAY & CONVERSATION   (By donation)

Sat., Jan. 28:  Brewing, Glueing, and Doing Collage

Sat., Feb. 25:  Building a Smashbook

Sat., Mar. 25:  Creating Landing Pages

Sat., Apr. 29:  What is Mixed Media, Anyway?

Sat., May 27:  to be announced

For more information or to register, contact me at catcharissage@gmail.com 

About Cat:

I’m a contemplative educator, counsellor, and artist, and I help 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 self fully, creatively, and freely, in an overculture which too often wounds our bodies and souls and colonizes our minds with distractions, commercialization, and other people’s agendas, in order to make a home for all of us.  

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.

I work out of my home studio, and on the internet through individual video calls. I’m a student of the wisdom traditions of the world, with 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.  I am trained in post-trauma counselling and am a certified Color of Woman teacher and an Intentional Creativity Coach. I have taught in university, in high school, in professional development, and privately. I continue to study with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (author Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype) in her summer training intensives.  

Fall 2016

Monthly Year-Long Story Circles, Wednesdays 7 – 9:30 p.m.

  Nighttime Wanderings, Wondering about Dreams  3rd Wednesdays of the month, starting Sept. 21
 Sheltering Soul Story Circle:  Exploring Women Who Run with the Wolves, second Wednesdays of the month starting Oct. 12

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OPEN STUDIO:  
last Saturday afternoons of each month starting in September, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 Brewing, Chewing, Glueing, and Doing: Vision Collage

Oct. 29 File Folder Collection pockets

Nov. 26 Picture journals made from magazines

Contact me to RSVP and for more information; by donation.

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20160814_170650Saturday, October 1, 1:30 – 4:30:

HARVESTING OUR LIVES, 2016 EDITION

Through writing prompts, guided journeying, simple painting, and discussion, we will claim the abundance of this stage of our lives, acknowledging the gifts and the learnings, the surprises and the depths.  We will also preserve this harvest for the future in paper, image, and poetry.  All supplies provided.

$60 or pay what you can, space permitting.
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WHO LIVES IN HERE?  HOLDING SPACE FOR OURSELVES

Are we at home in ourselves?  Do all of the different voices within you have a say in how you live out your precious life?  Can you listen to the voices who aren’t saying what you want to hear?  Through word, image, and collage we will create Soul Cards of our voices and paint an internal home in which these voices can be held and welcomed within.  All supplies provided.

$60 or pay what you can, space permitting.

 

 

20160321_114044 (1)FULL PAINTING DAY  Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WOMAN IN WHITE/RAINBOW WOMAN

Join me for a full day of painting your Muse on canvas, one of the names of our own Inner Guidance System, who will express and reflect back to you your own journey along the rainbow trail of life.  As we move into the quiet darkness of a snow filled winter, let us remember that white contains within it all of the colors that we know, and many we don’t even perceive.  What surprise colors are within each of us, waiting for us to search and open to their wonders?  All supplies and substantial snack included.   $100 or pay what you can, space permitting.
Saturday, December 10, 1:30 – 4:30

A GIFT UNLIKE ANY OTHER

You will have the opportunity to create three different kinds of personalized TRIBUTE GIFTS, hand-made gifts of paper, cardboard, word, and image created specifically with a loved one in mind, to honor and encourage them:  an Intention Box, Appreciation Booklets, and/or Soul Cards.  All supplies provided.

$60 or pay what you can, space permitting.

 

 Cat Charissage  is an educator, artist, and counsellor doing Soulwork through word, image, journeying, and silence.  Find out more at http://www.catcharissage.com, or contact me at catcharissage@gmail.com.  With more than 30 years of experience, I have degrees in Theology, Adult Education, training in trauma counselling and certification as an Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach.  For the past six summers I have studied intensively with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, bestselling author of Women Who Run with the Wolves.  I look forward to exploring Mystery with you.

 

 

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