Creatively Engaging the Deep Rhythms of Nature with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean
This class also has an optional studio component at Crooked Tree Arts Center. Click here for information about the studio option.
Spending time in nature is simply good for us; It helps ease tensions as we breathe in the aromas of the trees and plants. This course will immerse us in the cyclical rhythms of nature, including the seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), the cardinal directions (North, East, South, West), the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), and our individual creative alignment with these aspects.
Creativity is abundant within us all, and the ways we express our creativity are endless: painting, gardening, cooking, teaching, exercising, photographing, on and on. Yet, there are times when we crave to express ourselves but do not know ways to tap into this dynamic energy.
This course will introduce an integrative method to access creativity, focusing on experiences that attune us to the elemental rhythms found within nature. Along the way, we will discover the ways the healing power of our own creative spirit is aligned with these forces.
For five Saturdays this fall we will learn how walking meditations, dynamic relaxation, breath-work, writing/journaling, and creativity can impact our well-being. At the end of our time together, individuals will return home renewed, with a strong sense of how to engage nature, and have a framework to sustain a creative practice within their life.
Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.
Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, MFA, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, author and lecturer on visual thinking, creativity and archetypes in media. She received her Ph.D. in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her artwork is widely exhibited and is held in numerous public and private collections. It has also appeared on the covers of several international myth and depth psychology journals and books, including all eight issues of Mythosphere. Her recent publications include Illuminating Letters: Paintings and Essays on the Kabbalah (Art & Psyche), and several articles on image and psyche. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Elizabeth has been a community arts advocate for over 35 years focusing on the expanding role of the arts in education, serving as the Chair for grants, artist-in-schools, and technology integration committees. She is a passionate educator, currently teaching in the graduate Humanities program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and she also works as a creativity consultant helping individuals find their authentic creative voice.