'Who put the Heart in Art, who put the Art in Heart?'
'I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me'. WilliamBlake
Susie has a post-graduate degree in Art History from the University of Sussex, and it is her belief that art is a manifestation of humankind's attempt to find meaning in a complex world. From the early cave paintings of animals in the South of France, 32000 years ago, where life and art were intrinsically linked, people have needed to make pictures. She believes that the creative arts can play a part in allowing people to truly get in touch with their godself; she is of the opinion that Creativity is an experience, a spiritual experience. Many people however are blocked for a number of reasons, they do not believe in themselves, they have been shamed as children, and their connection with the Divine and their true essence is blocked. Many people, find they have squandered their own creative energies by investing disproportionately in the lives, hopes, dreams and plans of others.
'The most potent muse of all is our own inner child'. Stephen Nachmanovitch
Her creativity groups combine teachings from a number of sources. They draw from the work of Julia Cameron's The Artists' Way, and Louse Hay's Heal your Life course, and the British Association of Anger Management; she uses the techniques of dramatherapy. She is an accredited counsellor from the latter trainings.
She combines the creative arts, with spiritual practices from the great faith paths and she weaves these techniques in a way that encourages sharing, experience and self-discovery. The 12 week course is a pilgrimage; participants are encouraged to shine a light during this journey on their shadow, to understand their innermost questions and to make sense of and peace with the core of their being. Susie invites participants during this course to suspend their analytic right brain activity, and develop a relationship with their artist brain, the creative holistic brain, the brain that paints, creates, writes, dances, expands and connects to the Source of All.
'The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves'. C.J.Jung