Questions & Answers

Although creative recovery is a highly individual process, there are certain recurrent themes and questions that we have encountered over and over in our teaching. In the hopes of answering at least some of your questions directly, we include the most commonly asked questions and answers here.

Q: Is true creativity the possession of a relatively small percentage of the population?

A: No, absolutely not. We are all creative. Creativity is a natural life force that all can experience in one form or another. Just as blood is part of our physical body and is nothing we must invent, creativity is part of us and we each can tap into the greater creative energies of the universe and pull from that vast, powerful spiritual wellspring to amplify our own individual creativity. As a culture, we tend to define creativity too narrowly and to think of it in elitist terms, as something belonging to a small chosen tribe of "real artists." But in reality, everything we do requires making creative choices, although we seldom recognize that fact. The ways in which we dress, set up our homes, do our jobs, the movies we see, and even the people we involve ourselves with—these all are expressions of our creativity. It is our erroneous beliefs about creativity, our cultural mythology about artists ("All artists are broke, crazy, promiscuous, self-centred, single, or they have trust funds") that encourage us to leave our dreams unfulfilled. These myths most often involve matters of money, time, and other people’s agendas for us. As we clear these blocks away, we can become more creative.

Q: Can I expect dramatic results to begin right away?

A: The answer is both yes and no. While dramatic changes will occur within the twelve-week course, much more dramatic changes occur when Artist’s Way tools become life tools. The shift over a two- to three-year period can feel like a downright miracle: blocked filmmakers who make one short film, then a second and then a feature; blocked writers who began with essays, reviews, and articles moving into whole books and plays. If the basic tools of morning pages and the artist date are kept carefully in place, you can expect to experience large life shifts.

Q: How does this book free people to be more creative?

A: The primary purpose—and effect—of The Artist’s Way is to put people in touch with the power of their own internal creativity. The book frees people to be more creative in many different ways: First, it helps dismantle negative mythologies about artists. Second, it helps people discover their own creative force, access it, and express it more freely. Third, it provides people with an awareness about their self-destructive behaviours and allows them to see more clearly what the impediments on their individual path might be.

Finally, the book helps people identify and celebrate their desires and dreams and make the plans to accomplish them. It teaches people how to support and nurture themselves as well as how to find others who will support them in fulfilling their dreams.

Q/A above by Julia Cameron


The Artist’s Way at Work

The groundbreaking book The Artist's Way has helped more than a million people access their creativity and realize their dreams. Now, at the urging of their students who found that The Artist's Way techniques also helped them achieve their business goals, authors Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen extend and expand the original Artist's Way tools in an all-new twelve-week program specifically designed to encompass the world of the workplace.

We asked hundreds of business people to tell us the things that concerned them. We received a wealth of such heartfelt questions as:

How do I stay creative in a hostile and competitive environment?

How can I remain creative despite criticism?

How can I clarify and apply my strengths to my work?

How can I overcome the depression I feel at my job?

How can I handle an impossible workload?

The Artist's Way at Work will help you thrive at the job you now have, move into the career you truly want, or launch the business of your dreams. It combines the strength of three fields: the art world, which gave rise to the original Artist's Way, the entrepreneurial world, and the corporate world.

The Artist's Way at Work will give you a more satisfying, fully creative life in which you will feel a sense of wholeness, not fragmentation, a sense of cooperation, not competition. While the process is rooted in state of the art ideas on creativity, management theory, and group dynamics--and is, in that sense, quite modern - it is also simple and timeless as it guides you toward reconnection with your own values, history, and integrity.

This workshop will help you become more authentic, more productive, and better able to see and speak your truth in all facets of your life. Everyone talks bout change in the workplace-the constancy of it, the speed of it, the importance of adapting to it - but few people can give you a simple set of instructions not only to cope with it but also to take advantage of it.

The Artist's Way at Work reveals why imagination and curiosity are the keys to success and satisfaction at work and in life. It will make you more creative in your business, but just as important, it will make you more creative in your life as a whole. The result will be a heightened sense of authenticity, adventure, excitement, and candour.

Through powerful self-awareness exercises and practical tools, you will discover hidden reserves of power, vision, intuition, and passion and will learn to use them effectively in businesses large and small. From this foundation, you can work wisely, confidently, regardless of the climate around you. You will learn to "ride the dragon" – to develop a personal philosophy of excellence that sustains you, whatever the future holds.

People, not bricks and mortar, make up companies. A company is not an it; it is an us. By increasing your innate powers of ingenuity, intuition, and awareness, this workshop will help you become a catalyst for positive change in your life and in your workplace. It will revolutionize the way you live and the company you keep.


"When you cease to dream, you cease to live."-Malcolm Forbes

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"Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth... Tame the dragon and the gift is yours." - Noela Evans

"We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves."

- Tom Robbins


Based on the Julia Cameron and Mark Bryans’ books

The Artist’s Way ~ A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

The Artist’s Way at Work

The Vein of Gold ~ A Journey to the Creative Heart

With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

12-WEEK Artist’s Way Program

Creating the life you want to live starts in the now with our innate creativity and wisdom.

How much are your choices really costing you in stress, diminished resourcefulness and lost energy?

Re-ignite your passion for life!

Explore your beliefs and strengths through individual and group exercises, writing, play and painting.  This series will help illuminate your next steps toward inner peace, success and creative expression, as well as provide you with tools to increase joy in every day life. 

If you are looking for support of your creative endeavours or are seeking passion in life, this group is for you.

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12-week Program Summary

* This course is based on Julia Cameron & Mark Bryan’s The Artist’s Way book which is required.

* Each session ends with an arts-craft type activity to integrate right-left brain learning.  No previous art experience is necessary.

Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety

•Shadow Artists

•Your Enemy Within: Core Negative Beliefs

•Your Ally Within: Affirmative Weapons

•Creative Affirmations

Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity

•Going Sane

•Poisonous Playmates



•Rules of the Road

Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power


•Anger and Shame

•Dealing with Criticism

•Detective Work

Week 4: Recovering a Sense of Integrity

•Honest Changes

•Buried Dreams, an Exercise

•Reading Deprivation

Week 5: Recovering a Sense of Possibility


•Finding the River

•The Virtue Trap

•Forbidden Joys, an Exercise

•Wish List, an Exercise

Week 6: Recovering a Sense of Abundance

•The Great Creator



•Money Madness

Week 7: Recovering a Sense of Connection





Week 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength

•The Ivory Power

•Gain Disguised as Loss

•Age and Time: Product and Process

•Early Patterning


Week 9: Recovering a Sense of Compassion



•Creative U-Turns

•Blasting through Blocks

Week 10: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection

•Dangers of the Trail





Week 11: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy



•The Zen of Sports

•Building Your Artist's Altar

Week 12: Recovering a Sense of Faith



•Imagination at Play

•Escape Velocity

•Pot-luck dinner celebration optional

The Artist’s Way

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Text above by Julia Cameron