Workshops & Classes:

 Intuitive Painting   SoulCollage® Workshop 

Laura Hansen

Intuitive Painting
See calendar for a schedule of workshops and classes.

  • Awaken your creativity and nurture your artist's soul
  • Learn to listen to your intuition
  • Open to a fuller expression of your authentic self
  • Experience creative freedom
  • Rediscover creativity as play
  • Learn to keep your inner critic from sabotaging your creativity
  • Foster the courage you need for creative-risk taking both on the canvas and in your life

Treat yourself to a weekend of creative and spiritual renewal. Experience the healing power and greater aliveness that comes from the Intuitive Painting process.

The philosophy of Intuitive Painting (or Process Painting, as it is sometimes called) is that we are all naturally creative & we have something inside us that is authentically ours, wanting to be expressed. A regular diet of creative self-expression is an important and often underutilized tool for those of us on a path of spiritual and personal growth. Our creativity is a means by which we can access and express the deepest parts of who we are. It is connected to our internal guidance system, our intuition. Finding our unique creative expression keeps us viscerally connected to what is passionate, vital, and meaningful in our lives. This approach to painting is not oriented towards learning artistic techniques. Its unique focus is working with the flow of the creative process itself rather than on technique, which allows us to connect more deeply with ourselves in a powerful, nonverbal way that can lead to experiences of joyful transformation.

The power of the Intuitive Painting process is that it can awaken a wild vein of creativity that once awakened, will not go back to sleep. Using only the simple tools of brush, paper, and paint, the Intuitive Painting process allows you to tap into an extraordinary resource: the vibrant, vital force of your own creative spirit.

Learning to trust and embrace our unique and natural creative style in a supportive atmosphere free of comparison and judgment can bring an increased sense of joy, vitality and self-acceptance.

Absolutely no art experience is necessary. If you can hold a paintbrush, then you can enjoy and be successful in this class. Really!

To see photos of previous Intuitive Painting workshops, click here. Sometimes people say they're intimidated when they look at these pictures feeling that they could never create anything like these. Almost all of these paintings were done by students who had either never painted before or who had only done one or two class series with me. So, if they could do it you can too.

Classes and Workshops

I offer both weekend workshops and on-going weekly classes in Intuitive Painting. Please check the calendar to see when the next classes and workshops will be held.

To Register

Email me at laura@artandsoul.us.com

Cost

$190
Includes all art supplies

Location

Art and Soul Studio in Point Loma

"The Intuitive Painting experience is a tremendous affirmation of the healing power of art and the accessibility of art's power to all who are encouraged to tap into it. I was so inspired by the unique discoveries each person made, including my own, and by Laura's sensitive and insightful handling of the workshop."

~ Eric Martin, Merchandising Manager, Nordstroms



"Doing Intuitive Painting with Laura took me deep inside myself. I am not a painter and was initially intimidated by the process, which was all part of the growing edge and the freedom I ultimately developed. I was able to confront self-criticism, fear and judgment, which led to a freedom of creativity that was wonderful. Laura is a deeply sensitive, nurturing and intuitive facilitator."

~ Judy Ervice, LMFT, Psychotherapist



"The practice of intuitive painting helped unlock for me the potential of art to be a sacred space, a context to wander out into the emotional wilderness without an umbrella or a compass. Little by little the practice coaxed me to surrender and hang out in the unknown, trusting the surprise of my own images. It's been such a blessing to have this safe, unedited, joyful place of color, light, and connection in the midst of some gray questions I'm facing in my life right now."

~ Eric, Artist



"The Intuitive Painting process was an amazing gift. With Laura's skillful facilitation I found a way to quiet or detach from the obstacles, especially my inner critic, that have often blocked me from expressing myself creatively. It was such a joyful and meaningful experience to release my creativity and intuition in an inspiring and safe environment. I recommend this workshop to anyone who questions whether or not they are creative or artistic!"

~ Livia Walsh, RN, LMFT
    Nurse, Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Meditation Instructor



"I had the experience of truly letting go during the Intuitive Painting workshop. I feel free, with a greater sense of self-trust and an openness to the unknown. Taking risks with Intuitive Painting has empowered me to take more risks in additional areas of my life. This workshop has changed my life!"

~ Andrea Schwarb, MSW, Therapist



"This workshop helped me claim the joy of art-making. I got the message: 'Experiment!' I had so much fun playing with color and tools and texture! Laura helped me tap into the creator in me. Thanks, thanks, thanks!"

~ Suzanne Spector, PhD
    Former Director of the Carl Rogers Center for Studies of the Person



"When I look at my paintings in the order I did them, I am amazed at how I was able to increasingly take risks to attempt things I didn't know how to do and then to experience awe and curiosity about my work, rather than judgment or criticism. And I didn't need to be perfect!!

One of my last paintings came from a very emotional situation I find myself in. Allowing myself to paint my feelings brought incredible insight and clarity and I feel far more peaceful, even though nothing has changed (except me!) Always the answer, isn't it?"

~ Judy, San Diego, CA



Articles about Intuitive Painting by Chris Zydel

To read more about the Intuitive Painting process, click on any of the following articles:

  1. Just Say Yes to Your Creative Self
  2. Intuitive Painting as a Journey Into the Unknown
  3. My Technique's Bad and I'm So Sad – Intuitive Painting Blues
  4. Who Is This Inner Critic and What the Heck Is It Doing Living Inside My Head?!
  5. Women, Painting and Power
  6. Creativity Time Bandits
  7. Intuitive Painting As A Spiritual Practice
  8. Intuitive Painting and the Wild Ride of Risk and Change
  9. One Magic Question to Move You Through Creative Blocks






SoulCollage®Workshops
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Soulcards


SoulCollage® is a process of creating, over time, a personal deck of unique, collaged cards from found and personal images for the primary purpose of exploring our inner lives, self-acceptance, and soul-tending.

SoulCollage® is a fun, engaging, deep and illuminating process that is all at once a form of creative play, self-care and personal reflection.

The cards that you make contain images you select - or images that select you - and come straight through your Soul, bypassing the mind.

Your SoulCollage® deck becomes like a journal. It is a way to know yourself and a way to reveal yourself to others.

Absolutely no art experience is necessary. The SoulCollage® process is simple and fun. Anyone able to manage scissors and glue can create beautiful cards and enjoy sharing them with others.

SoulCollage® cards are arranged into four suits that represent different dimensions of our lives:

In addition there are three cards for the Transpersonal Dimension

After completing a card, we access the wisdom that each card holds through a process called "I Am The One Who...". Using this process, we step into the central images on the card and speak from within the images. We intuitively let them voice their messages and express their unique identity and energy.

Once you've made a number of cards, you can begin consulting them for guidance and wisdom regarding issues in your life. The cards "speak" to you from the different dimensions within yourself, thus different parts of yourself mirror and guide you. It is you guiding yourself, in an empowering inside-out process.

The benefits of SoulCollage®:

"A SoulCollage® deck is the Story of You. It is a tangible way to know yourself in your diversity and depth, and also to show yourself to others. Showing your deck of SoulCollage cards to another person is a holy experience. In like-spirited groups, you can share cards and work with them in many sacred ways. You can consult them intuitively and discover wisdom within yourself which will amaze you. Besides all this, creating them is just plain fun! You will love your deck -- a multi-card Mirror of your Self and your Soul - whether it consists of three cards or a hundred."

~ Seena Frost, Creator of SoulCollage®

Workshops and Classes

I offer both workshops and on-going weekly SoulCollage® groups, for a schedule of upcoming events please see the Calendar.



"I have been a student of Jung and collective consciousness for many years; and I am a just-for-me, collage artist. SoulCollage® and Laura Hansen raised my play to a whole new level. The workshop was a deep pleasure; my on-going card making is a balm and one 'opening up' after another, in my life. Thank you Laura!"

~ Antonet Benson O'Toole



"SoulCollage® brings me into a deep, inner state where I can safely explore all aspects of myself and my life. Caution....this process is happily addictive!"

~ Judy Ervice, Psychotherapist



"Making SoulCollage® cards is the most fun I've had in a long time!"

~ Gloria Abeya, Nurse

Click here to see more examples of SoulCollage® cards

SoulCollage® cards are made for personal use only and are not for sale or barter. The images borrowed from other artists are held with great respect and gratitude.



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