The authentic creative self – finding your power with Veronique Maria

Creative and professional development

Ref: S3D10910

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About this course

For writers, visual artists, performers and makers to refine your creative focus and direction. Learn how to establish a relationship with your core self to create authentic and powerful pieces.

Course Description

Delve into the depths of your inner landscape and learn how to establish relationships, and pathways, to your core self from which to create more authentic and powerful pieces in your practice. This course is for writers, visual artists, performers, makers and poets. You will explore your own inner dialogue first and then communicate this potent and authentic voice through outward expressions.

You will explore new territories of process, be challenged with core questions about who you are, what you are doing and how to bring a greater sense of purpose into your practice. Whether you are established in your creative career, or just starting out, to succeed on this course you will need to be willing to engage with the processes whole-heartedly.

On the first evening there will be an introduction to the course and orientation session.

Approximately sixty percent of this course is about finding your voice through personal process and forty percent through practical expression. The emphasis is on self-reflection which is done as both a private process and with the group. Meditation, visualisation and group process are the tools used to deepen your self-awareness. Time spent in nature and body work will be used to locate and identify what emerges through the inner processes. As you explore listening to your inner voice you will also discover how you feel about it, and what response it gets when you express it in different ways. This is the sensitive part of the process because the voice is likely to be very new. You will be supported to allow this voice to be heard, to evolve and to form. Expressions will be through group sharing and through clay, writing, drawing, movement, sound, which make up the forty percent of practical work.

By the end of the course you will have reviewed your choices, gained a greater sense of purpose in your practice, and strengthened the foundation from which you create. You will also have learned the tools to focus your thinking and making in a more intuitive way and gained clarity in your creative goals. You will leave the course with increased confidence, strengthened inner knowledge, and more intimate connection with your creative self.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing some clay and A1 cartridge paper. There will also be some drawing materials and some acrylic paints to get started with.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook. In the weeks leading up to the course, pay attention to materials which attract you and that you enjoy using. Where possible, gather them up to bring to the course. These may include a special sketchbook, pens, pencils, pastels, chalks, crayons etc., and may also include glues, scissors, string, found objects from nature.
  • You may like to bring a camera or device to photograph your work as you go along.
  • Please bring at least one object of deeply personal significance.
  • Please bring any items you may have from the available to buy list below.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Full range of drawing, painting, writing, making materials
It is a fundamental part of the work that we will be doing together that there is full group participation. Each session builds on the previous one. It is therefore important that you when you book this course that you can ensure you can attend each and every session.


Veronique Maria

Veronique Maria is passionate about the transformative power of creativity. She has worked as designer, artist and artists' mentor since 1970s and exhibits internationally. She has a BA (Hons) in Wood, Metals, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University, an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology (Applied to Fine Art Practice) from Middlesex and is a Leadership Graduate with The Coaches Training Institute USA. Veronique recently won a year long ‘Grants for the Arts’ award through Arts Council England to further develop her creative practice. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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