Four simple drawing exercises to help you on your way
In this five-session class you will use the four simple diagrams above as a vehicle for reflecting on the contours and directions of your life. Along the way you'll improve your visual thinking skills, use journaling to cultivate deeper self-understanding, and learn from the wisdom of depth psychology and the patterns of nature.
Creativity, courage, and imagination required - but no artistic experience needed. Limited to 5 students.
The class is led by Joseph Anderson. More information about Joseph and his work else where on this website, and especially here.
Next class: We meet on Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm. The next class is TBD. Contact Joseph if you're interested in being notified of the next session.
- Introduction: getting oriented to the work.
Class activity: An overview of Soul Cartography: what the process is and how it can help you. We'll use some simple exercises to help activate your visual thinking skills. This session also includes a slide presentation by Victoria Scarlett, Director of the Center for Sacred Art, that looks at forests as places of journey, landscape, and narrative - a wonderful jumping-off point for our exploration of the depths of our life stories.
- I Am: identifying sources of power and protection
Class activity: create a Personal Mandala, a circular diagram that surrounds you with energy and inspiration (this blog post has more on the activity)
At Home: create a year-by-year Life Inventory (this blog post has more on the activity)
- I Was: looking at direction and continuity in your life path so far
Class activity: create a Life Pathway, a continuous line onto which you map important life events (this blog post has more on the activity)
At Home: explore your life in relation to patterns in the natural world
- I Grow: looking at the patterns and themes emerging in your life
Class activity: create a Pattern Map of significant themes and recurrences in your life (this blog post has more on the idea of patterns, especially patterns from nature, in our lives)
At Home: explore how the natural world inspires and challenges you; consider your aspirations for the future
- I Will Be: setting intentions for the future, and energizing them in the present moment
Class activity: create a map of The Road Ahead and identify the inner available to help you move forward (this page has more on the activity)
How do I sign up? Contact Joseph via this website, by sending email to joseph at josephhealing.com, or by calling 206-351-5607. I will ask you to answer a few questions about your intentions in signing up for the course.
What is my commitment? To help deepen and enrich the experience for you and everyone in the class, I ask you to make these commitments before registering:
- Attend all class sessions.
- Do class homework (at least one hour per week during the course of the class)
- Do daily journaling exercises (ten minutes of writing each day during the course of the class)
How much does it cost? $125 for the series, including a personalized one-on-one coaching session (either in person or by phone)
What else do I need to bring? Please obtain an 11x17 sketch pad (it's bigger than you can find in most stores, but the larger size is important - these pads are available at art or craft supply stores like Michael's, Blick, Artists & Craftsman, or Hobby Lobby), a notebook or journal, pencils/pens/erasers (colors ok but not required).
The blog posts below capture Joseph's thoughts on the ongoing evolution of the class.
About the Teacher
Joseph Hakim Anderson is an engaging teacher of the practical and poetic aspects of the spiritual path. He has taught sacred chant and especially Gregorian chant for many years through the Center for Sacred Art, and has explored with his students many spiritual domains, from Buddhist sutra chanting to Russian Orthodox spirituality to Celtic mysticism. Joseph is a practitioner of shamanism and uses this practice to stir up the energy of imagination and inspiration in the service of healing, blessing and wisdom. In addition to teaching he provides individual spiritual healing sessions. More about Joseph here.
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