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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You are invited to bring whatever project(s) you are working on, or simply bring your  enthusiasm. There will be a collage station to spur new ideas, a creativity library of articles and essays to get you thinking, group conversation and plenty of time for work.

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You are invited to bring whatever project(s) you are working on, or simply bring your  enthusiasm. Each retreat offers a collage station, a creativity library of articles and essays, group conversation and plenty of time for work.

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Together, we’ll explore how place and community help us listen for the quiet voices.

BR Library reading area

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