Do I need to have any prior experience or ability to engage with intuitive process painting, art journaling or expressive arts?
Absolutely not. All art based experiences facilitated by Creative Coven Arts are suitable for complete beginners and for people with more experience.
This is because all experiences are process oriented rather than product oriented and can be approached from any level. Your skills, ability and experience are perfect exactly as they are and yes, you will be able to do it. That’s a promise!
Will I learn techniques in intuitive process painting sessions?
No, you won’t be taught techniques of how to paint and create images or produce paintings in a certain way. However, you will be taught the principles for engaging with the intuitive painting process and how to listen deeply to yourself and you will be facilitated to work through ‘blocks’ and challenges in your painting process.
What does ‘process over product’ mean?
All art making facilitated by Creative Coven Arts is process oriented as opposed to product oriented. The emphasis is on expressing yourself, staying present to how you are feeling and what you are experiencing in the process of creating. This kind of art making is not concerned with aesthetics, how a piece looks or even particularly with what the content of the painting or page is about. The finished product is secondary and in some ways insignificant.
What is intuitive process painting?
Intuitive painting (or intuitive process painting) is a way of painting that is focused on the process rather than the end product.
Intuitive paintings are started and created with no plan. Paintings are created by following spontaneous internal urges and intuitive prompts and quietening the judging, logical analytical mind. The process is about staying present to yourself and painting from how you are feeling in the moment.
Intuitive painting is a way of expressing your unique authentic self, discovering more about yourself and deepening your connection to yourself and to your inner guidance. For some it is a deeply spiritual practice.
How can intuitive process painting help me?
The practice of intuitive process painting can help you:
to become more present with yourself and listen more to your intuition and inner guidance.
to let go of listening to and being controlled by your inner critic
to open up to wisdom from your authentic self
to delve into old stories, limiting beliefs and barriers and to work through what is holding you back in your life.
to take risks, try new things and become a braver version of yourself
to develop compassion for yourself and to accept and love yourself as you are
What are Expressive Arts and what are the benefits of engaging with the expressive arts?
Expressive Arts is the exploration and use of music, movement, dance, writing, art, craft, drama, singing and voice to authentically express and connect with ourselves.
It is a way of connecting with our felt experience and accessing information and ways of self-healing that do not involve the analytical thinking mind. Expressive arts offer ways of becoming embodied (feeling ‘in your body’) and connected with our essence. In this state we can access deeper wisdom and profound truths that can lead to greater self-love and healing.
What is art/visual journaling?
Art journaling or visual journaling, as it is sometimes known, is the process of expressing yourself visually inside a journal/book for the purpose of exploring, processing and or documenting your life or simply for experimenting and expressing yourself in the moment.
Art journaling can be approached with intention or spontaneously i.e. without a plan. A variety of mixed media (e.g. pencil, pen, acrylic, watercolour, collage, stitching etc) and methods (e.g. scribbling, etching, painting, dripping, sticking down, layering, revealing, covering, combining, burning etc) can be used in a free, expressive way to put images, thoughts, feelings, memories, intentions, notions, senses and questions down onto the page in a visual way.
The visual journal is a container that can hold everything. It is a safe space to be yourself 100% and to create entirely for yourself. Just like a written journal/diary it need never be shown to another living soul. Each art journalist will develop their own style and approach to art journaling and will receive their own benefits from their practice. If approached with curiosity and compassion, art journaling can be a very supportive tool for personal growth, development and healing.
Will I learn techniques in art journaling?
You will be supported to play with and explore different techniques and ways of using mixed media with the aim of finding ways to express yourself uniquely rather than for producing particular results. This will be process oriented rather than product oriented.
What is a sacred women’s circle?
A sacred circle is a gathering of women who meet to share and express themselves and to bear witness to others sharing without advice giving, comment or judgement. It can be a very healing experience for many women to open up and share deeply from their heart without fear of interruption, judgement and comment.
Often what is shared by others in circle can resonate with the listener and touch into personal experience and stories leading to new insights, perceptions and healing.
Sacred women’s circles encourage women to support each other to become more expanded versions of themselves and to love themselves unconditionally. In this space, competition and comparison fade away and empathy and genuine encouragement and championing takes its place.
What qualifications and experience does Bec Fowler have?
Bec is a qualified teacher (with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree) and has experience and qualifications in leadership and mentoring.
Bec trained as an Intuitive Painting and Expressive Arts Facilitator with Chris Zydel and Tim Lajoie in California over a ten-month period. She has attended two deep dive workshops with Orly Avineri in art journaling and has many years of personal art making experience. Bec studied art at secondary school to portfolio/exam level and studied ceramics and expressive arts as part of her degree course at university.
Bec’s studies and career experience and training (notably attending a two day conference about trauma with Dr Gabor Maté) have given her a strong grounding in psychology, behaviour support and compassionate ways of supporting people with personal growth and development.
She has years of teaching, leadership and mentoring experience in the area of disability and mental health services which has given her the capacity for meeting and honouring people where they are at and working with people at every level. A capacity for patience, compassion and deep listening were developed through nearly two decades of working in this area.
Bec has developed her own eclectic, spiritually-based creative process practice over many years and has used this to transform her life and heal from childhood trauma.
Her practice continues to grow and change and support her in her daily life. She is a lifelong learner and will always be curious about all things related to the human experience.
What are embodiment practices?
Essentially embodiment practices are any experience or practice that helps us to feel more aware, present and connected with our bodies, for example meditation, visualisation, movement, grounding, dance, yoga, stretching, breathing and sensing.
Embodiment practices are helpful in supporting regulation of our nervous systems. Our nervous systems become dysregulated in response to trauma and stress. Finding ways to calm and regulate our nervous systems is vital in healing from trauma.
Dr Gabor Maté explains that trauma is not what happens to you, it is what happens inside of you in response to circumstances or traumatic events. The essence of trauma is the loss of Self. Trauma results in disconnection from your emotions and your body, difficulty being in the present moment, narrowing of your world view, limiting your capacity for interaction with other people, impacts on your body and health, reacting rather than responding, developing a negative view of yourself and the world and a defensive view of other people.
Dr Gabor Maté defines authenticity as being connected to ourselves, listening to, trusting and following our gut feelings. He tells us that authenticity is a survival need i.e. humans would not have survived in the wild without trusting their instincts/gut feelings and instead relying on their intellect alone.
Another survival need of humans is attachment. As infants and young children, we rely on our attachment to our parents for our survival needs to be met.
What happens when our authenticity needs threaten our attachment needs?
Dr Gabor Maté explains that often our attachment needs were threatened by our authenticity needs in our early childhood. For example, we may have learned that our parents did not accept us when we expressed anger or upset, so we learned to suppress these emotions and expressions (our authenticity) in order to be loved and accepted by our parents and to maintain our attachment. Shutting down our authenticity is traumatic and leads to disconnection from ourselves and ignoring our gut feelings
How do we recover from trauma?
Healing and recovery from trauma involves reconnecting with ourselves, our bodies, our emotions and our authentic self-expression.
Authentic self-expression, is expressing what is true for us without censorship or changing our expression to fit in or be approved of. Engaging in process oriented creativity such as intuitive process painting and other types of expressive arts are proven ways for reconnecting with our bodies, emotions and authentic self expression in a safe way.
Embodiment practices help to support regulation of our nervous systems and create harmony and reconnection within our bodies again.
‘[Human Design is] a logical system that brings together principles of The I Ching, astrology, Kabbalah, Hindu-Brahmin chakra system, and quantum physics. Your Human Design Chart, also called a BodyGraph, is calculated using your birth date, time, and place, to reveal your genetic design.
On the most practical level, Human Design shows you where and how to access your body’s consciousness as a decision-making tool, and ultimately, how to live as your true self. Human Design offers a map, or a manual, that indicates how you are unique as a person, and guides you in living in a manner that is in sync with who you are. When we live in alignment with our true nature, we begin to experience a level of comfort and acceptance for who we are, instead of chasing who we are not—and we’re able to live out our real purpose in the world.’ Lynette Hagins (from www.goop.com/wellness/mindfulness/human-design-were-we-coded-at-birth/)
‘The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. The Enneagram describes nine personality types and maps each of these types on a nine-pointed diagram which helps to illustrate how the types relate to one another’ (definition from truity.com).
What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions’ (definition from en.wikipedia.org).