The Work of Shadow and Spirit: Following the Artist’s Way in 2017 (Class)

A woman once asked psychologist Carl Jung if there was hope for humanity. “There is,” he replied. “If enough people do the inner work necessary.”

Announcing a new Odonata class:
Work of Spirit and Shadow
Threshold (2717 Atwood, Madison)
Embody Studio
Mondays Jan. 23-Feb. 27
7-8:30 PM
Drop ins welcome ($10 per)


This opportunity is for writers, artists, music makers, cake bakers, quilters, wood workers, justice workers, those who mend and tend community and anyone else who works and dreams in the kitchen, the studio, the street or the secret alleyways of the heart.

As the new year comes in and deep winter settles around us, we are called to engage more deeply with our own creativity and innerscapes, and at the same time to turn outward, facing with courage the times we find ourselves enmeshed in. Could it be these two movements are two sides of the same adventure?

Join poet and teacher Sarah Sadie Busse on a journey of self-exploration and en-courage-ment. We will use Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way as the backbone of our time together. Starting with that text, we will move into new modes of expression and action. By grounding ourselves in our own experiences and daily reflections, we are able to move more effectively into the world around us.

This introductory session lasts for six weeks. It is not necessary to own your own copy of the Artist’s Way though copies will be available for purchase. Participants meet weekly Monday evenings at Threshold starting January 23  for discussion, sharing and mutual support on the journey. Prompts, exercises and encouragements will be shared each week along the way. By tending our own deep wells and lighting our own fires, we become able to more passionately engage our communities on every level. Together we will navigate the dark season and follow the wheel towards the coming again of the light.

At the end of six weeks, we will meet the coming thaw with inspiration, new ideas, resolve, and tangible next steps to take.


About the teacher:
img_2076Through her work at Odonata, writer and teacher Sarah Sadie helps people connect to their passion, their courage, and each other. Her second full-length poetry collection, We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds, was published in 2016 from Lit Fest Press. She teaches at the Loft and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, works with people one on one, and hosts occasional retreats for writers and other creative types. Combining interests in embodied spirituality, creative endarkenment, the wisdom of the body and the power of art, she seeks out makers, dreamers, and anyone interested in a good cup of coffee and conversation.



To register and reserve your space:

Fill out this form and mail registration fee to Odonata, 5201 Old Middleton Rd, Madison 53705.

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New Year 2017 Odonata Women’s Retreat: “Space and Place” in Our Lives, in Our Work


As much as ever, we need both place to gather as women together and space to tell our stories and hear ourselves into being. Join Sarah Sadie Busse and Odonata for this brief getaway, designed to refill the wells and restore the spirit. This opportunity offers a chance to join other like-minded women after the bustle and activity of the holiday season.  We’ll gather for a day of conversation and reflection around the themes of ‘space’ and ‘place,’ and how those themes feed into—or challenge—your life and your work (and play).

The Lakeview Room at Holy Wisdom’s Retreat and Guest House will be ours on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. The day will include a presentation with exercises in the morning, discussion, and time for your own work. Separate rooms are available for those who seek the greater solitude of an overnight stay. Creativity prompts will be available for anyone who needs a jump start, and one on one consultations with Sarah Sadie can be scheduled in advance.

**update: a few people have asked about coming in on Friday afternoon/evening, especially due to winter travel. I have worked with Holy Wisdom to make this option available. Prices below.

Coffee and tea will be available to us throughout the day and lunch for the group will be provided by the Sisters at the Monastery, and is included in the cost. For those staying longer, the Monastery will continental breakfast in the Guest House and dinner Friday night in the main hall. Cost included in the price. Dinner Saturday is on your own.


4200 County Road M
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

JANUARY 7, 2017

$60 Sat. only (group room; non-refundable)
$130 Sat.-Sun. (check out 2 PM Sun)
$190 Fri.-Sun (check in 3 PM Fri, check out 2 PM Sun)

one-on-one conference with Sarah Sadie: $30

Checks may be made out to “ODONATA” and mailed to
Odonata LLC
5201 Old Middleton Rd.
Madison, WI 53705

Credit cards accepted. Contact Sarah at sarah[dot]sadie[dot]1313[at]gmail[dot]com to arrange.

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