The Artist’s Way: Life as Canvas workshops are available in various formats: an introductory half-day, a weekend, or a 12-week course. On-demand for groups of 6 or more.

 Louise Lalande, of coCreations, is the leading accredited ‘Artist Way’ facilitator in Canada since 2007.

 This course is not about teaching artistic techniques but rather is much closer to a step-by-step personal development course. It is based on themes from the famous book: The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan, it’s about reframing life as if it was our art, choosing with intention what we create. This all begins with awareness of our beliefs.

Working with a group of kindred spirits, this course involves speed writing exercises, playing word games that reveal insights, and sharing with one another in a way that inspires each other with weekly breakthroughs.

The book is divided into twelve chapters, each with a specific theme intended to break through creative blocks:

1. Recognizing and dealing with criticism; feeling about a chosen path
2. Self-doubt to self-assertion
3. Anger and shame as messengers; the sense of “Yes, I Can!”
4. Reviewing beliefs, desires, and how we spend our time
5. Recognizing our limits, virtue traps, and joy of dreams
6. Money and sources of luxury and wealth; relationship with Source
7. Inner awareness; risk-taking; desire indicators; inspiration
8. Ways of ‘survival’; gains disguised as loss
9. Compassion for self and others, fear, creative U-turns, self-care
10. Personal potential; limits; addictions
11. Following and planning a vision; acceptance; success
12. Leading from the heart, mind, and spirit; mystery; trust

Rooted in state-of-the-art concepts on creativity theory, behaviour, and group dynamics, this process is quite modern, yet can seem timeless as it blends methods of personal reflection that are thousands of years old with 21st-century behavioural science. A groundbreaking book, it has helped more than a million people access their creativity and realize their dreams.

This workshop purposely attracts an eclectic mix of participants, many who wish they were more creative – or richer, healthier, happier. Workshop members have included business professionals, health care providers and educators, as well as accomplished and amateur artists. Regardless of their background they often desire forward movement in one or more of the following areas:

– Initiate and complete a creative project in business, science, or art
– Work through emotions that block insight and creative expression
– Gain understanding into current personal or business relationships
– Uncover their unique voice and personal values
– Plan transition from one career or life phase into another
– Overcome burnout or find new meaning in work
– Increase levels of optimism, joy, and productivity


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