Using "The Artist's Way" as a nightly template, as well as several other amazing books as reference points for it's curriculum, this 7-week program builds a community committed to taking a conscious “Pause” from their busy lives to "Reflect" on the restorative effects of a more creative life can have for those open to seeking it. The program strives to meet people where they are and help them explore the connection to their creative side. 


Each night begins with a shared meal.  Then we will enjoy a few minutes of hands-on experiential activities designed to relax and help participants unwind from their day. Then the group enters into discussion sparked by the opening activity and utilizing some of the best elements of several curriculum resources (some of which are listed below). The last part of the session is an optional playtime for working on simple yet practical techniques that will seek to help ANYONE learn methods and technics allow them to visually put their ideas on paper. 


"The Artist Way" has been used in countless worshops over the past decades to great effect. And while we recognize it is a wonderful tool to free ones creative side, we also feel it is better to use a wholistic approach to more fully awaken one's inner artist. So our approach is to learn how to free your creative instincts using the Artist Way, then use "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain to explore technics to improve drawing skills. Lastly, we will look at the Art as a Way of Knowing, to understand with freeing your creative self is so important.


The next open Pause and Reflect live facebook Q&A is on January 3rd, at 6pm. The 7 week program begins on January 10th and runs every Thursday night until February 28th, from 6pm-7:30pm at the St. Andrews Centre, 10601 Southport Rd. SW
Calgary AB.


The total cost for all 7 week sessions is $100, Space is limited so it is suggested to book soon to insure your spot. 

(Financial aid is available for those in need, as we want to provide all people an opportunity to participate)

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Art as a Way of Knowing 

An art therapist and member of the art therapy faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Allen gives excellent instructions on using image-making as a way to understand personal fears, dreams, and identity while giving us a look at her own life and image-making process. Especially useful for nonartists, Allen's text explains which art materials to purchase and how to begin a drawing or sculpture. Allen has produced a wonderful book for anyone, artistic or not, who is interested in using art to know more about himself or herself..

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you.


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The Artist's Way

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.

This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practicing the exercises it contains.