HD Way 2023 Details Sign up begins December 1 and ends January 22
Do I Need to Know How to Make Dolls before I Sign Up?
This class is for most levels of learning, skill, and expertise. We each have unique ways of expressing ourselves. I suggest you have some sewing and making skills to best results.
Healing dolls are made from every kind of material you can imagine. Many ways of making these dolls will be covered in the Discovery Process and through the year long class. All you need to bring to the class is your curiosity, willingness to take creative risks and make art, enthusiasm for learning, and a desire to heal an aspect of yourself.....and materials to make the dolls themselves.
In 2023 and beyond I will teach a true process class meaning you will be:
- learning how to make healing dolls and develop skills
- playing with healing art practices and techniques
- using the information and structure of The Healing Doll Way book as a guide
- engaging with the community of healing doll artists in an online Open Studio that meets twice a month
- making a commitment to do creative work and making dolls outside of class. I call this activating the process
What is included in the class?
This 11-month long online class is designed for beginning students and is offered in two sections:
(1) Discovery and (2) Awareness and Transformation.
You have time to move through the process at your own pace.
Each session is offered in approximately six-week intervals, except Discovery, which is nine weeks.
There are two Zoom video conference calls each month on Sundays at 1:00 pm Central Time US
All calls are recorded.
#1 – Introduction, the Inner Selfie (Heroine Doll). and The Guardian/Gatekeeper (January 29 – March 26)
This section focuses on identifying your beliefs about healing, building resources, and moving through and completing process assignments. You will learn about and practice making feeling and healing dolls, as well as be introduced to the visual journaling techniques that will aid in making your personal healing doll.
At the end of Discovery, you can decide whether you want to continue to the remainder of the year.
The Discovery Process invites you to play with your imagination, take creative risks, do research on dolls and self-images, and play with concepts of healing dolls. The process will also prepare you for the deeper work that happens during the Self-Awareness and Transformation Process. I interact with students regularly, sending files with things to read and offering artmaking activities not in the curriculum—or even in the book. I also include dollmaking videos. We refer to pages 9-114 in The Healing Doll Way book:
Self Awareness and Transformation
Dive Deep into the Healing Dolls
I continue interacting with students regularly, sending files with information to read, and offering more artmaking activities not in the curriculum—or even in the book. I continue to support students on the group Facebook page and in Zoom calls, and I encourage students to interact with each other within the Facebook group and during online Open Studios. You become a witness to the other students and part of their process as well. The group learns to talk to each other in the language of healing dolls and to ask direct and powerful questions. My students say, "we have become a sacred, safe community." We also have breakout sessions in some of the Zoom calls where students in the calls are put into small groups for part of the call.
In this part of the process, you make the following dolls:
#2 – THE SCAPEGOAT (April 9 – June 4)
The Scapegoat symbolizes what is getting in the way of achieving your healing goal. I believe making this doll opens the most potential for healing.
#3 LOVING KINDNESS (June 25 – July 30)
This doll allows for more compassionate, positive, and peaceful ways of responding to the creative process and to any feelings the Scapegoat may have brought up.
#4 CHANGING WOMAN/She Who Knows
(August 13 - August 27)
This doll offers you the opportunity to learn about women's developmental stages. Changing Woman is an older, wise woman. She represents a part of you that guides, assists, informs and invites you to dive deeper into your intuition and accept your growth, change and transformation.
#5 THE TALISMAN (September 3 – October 8)
Because the Scapegoat doll can bring up painful emotions from the past, the Talisman offers an opportunity to create a balance to the story of that pain. This is a strong and powerful doll that pulls you out of the past and into the present and future.
#6 THE INNER HEALER (October 2 – November 26)
The Inner Healer reminds you that dollmaking can give voice to your heart and your wisdom. This doll will symbolize and remind you of all your inner resources. She reminds you that you can move through painful experiences with insight and compassion, opening pathways to your imagination.
#7 SPIRIT DOLLS (December 3 – December 17
We explore definitions of spirit dolls, what they mean and look like.
TUESDAY OPEN STUDIOS
Noon - 2:00 pm Central Standard Time US
February 7 and 21
March 7 and 21
April 4 and 18
May 9 and 23
June 6 and 20
August 8 and 22
September 5 and 19
October 10 and 24
November 7 and 21
December 5 and 12
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