The authentic creative self – finding your power with Veronique Maria

Creative and professional development

Ref: S4D11966

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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 more intimate relationship with your core self to create more authentic work.

Course Description

Delve into the depths of your inner landscape and explore a variety of methods designed to help you more accurately align with your most essential core self, then practice maintaining pathways there to deepen your relationship with your self, and create authentic and focused pieces in your practice.

This course is for writers, visual artists, performers, makers and poets with some basic understanding of and experience of meditation.

Firstly you will explore, refine and strengthen your own inner dialogue, then make confindent outward expressions to build on going forwards.

You will explore new territories of process, be challenged with vital 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 open to possibility, willing to commit fully to the process and able to engage whole-heartedly. Full attendance is essential.

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

Approximately sixty percent of this course is about finding or refining your voice through personal process, self reflection and group engagement, with forty percent about gathering the new information and exploring expressions in potenially new materials such as clay, writing, drawing, movement and sound.

The emphasis is on gathering new information and self-awareness through self-reflection, not creating finished work. This is deep and challenging inner work, done both privately and with the group through meditation, visualisation and group process to deepen your self-awareness. Time spent in nature and body-work help locate, identify and ground 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.

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. This course provides tools for going forwards with continuing alignment. It is not about creating finished pieces.

Timetable

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 until 9pm, 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

Included

  • The cost of providing some clay and A1 cartridge paper is included in the course fee. There will also be some basic drawing materials, ink and 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 and 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.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Full range of drawing, painting, writing, making materials
It is a fundamental part of the work that there is full group participation. Each session builds on the previous one. It is therefore important that when you book this course you ensure you can attend each and every session. Full participation with all exercises, group dialog and experiential processes is vital for the course to be a success for everyone. Some experience of meditation and/or mindfulness is advisable. Beginners are advised to consider ‘The authentic creative self – finding your voice’ course first. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).

Tutors

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. Since 1989 Veronique has received numerous grants, awards and international residencies, the most recent being a ‘Grants for the Arts’ award through Arts Council England to further develop her creative practice from 2020 through to 2022. 

Accommodation

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

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