I invite you to check out my Holiday special at www.healingdollway.com.
When you purchase my book The Healing Doll Way you will receive the 12 Healing Doll Way cards for free.
On December 1, 2022, the window opens for signing up for the yearlong Healing Doll Way online class. I often suggest new students sign up for Discovery first.
Discovery includes an 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.
You will find all the details about the class here https://www.healingdollway.com/healing-doll-way-class.html
I offer payment plans. Early bird fees end January 15, 2023
I ask that you send me an email stating that you are interested in the class. Include in your email please include your responses to the preclass interview. You will find the PDF of the preclass interview at
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I schedule a one-on-one Zoom conversation with every potential student.
Once I have received your preclass interview, we have had a zoom call then I will send you a PayPal Invoice for the cost of the class.
Email me with any questions at email@example.com
What Students Have Said about the yearlong class
"I learned that it's about process not product. It's the process that heals our connection to the doll we have made. When my doll was finished, I noticed a subtle shift but can't really describe it. The doll is a reflection of something in me."
"I think this is a great course on many levels. It encourages creativity and self-expression without judgment which is so helpful. It is a kind of 'sympathetic magic' that really facilitates healing. I took it because I wanted to explore the nature of creativity in 'me', and I learned a lot about this very thing--and, in the process I made a few dolls I love!"
"I love the class creative processes, especially neuro tangles and making intuitive paper dolls, they all tapped into my inner child.
I learned that making art and healing dolls is a process and that they tap into the core of who I am, and that I intuit a lot of information about what I am making.
I would like to learn much more about art journaling in trying to be more self-aware. And learn to create more rapidly without as much thinking and discussion with myself.
I liked how Barb allows her intuition and imagination to create what needs to be taught or presented on the Zoom classes calls. She often hit on just what I needed to hear or learn. Barb uses the book as a foundation and guide and embellishes it with creative activities designed around what she perceives are the needs of the group. I loved her expressions of wonder at things that would come up unexpectedly.
I feel more whole, less full of holes than I did at the beginning of the class, and I feel that if I had not taken the class that I would be in a darker place today. I loved the community of women on Zoom classes and in the Open Studios. I wish I had taken more advantage of Open Studios, and plan to in the future because there was so much learning and sharing. I am thankful and grateful."
Want to learn how to make your own?
Are you willing to explore, play, experiment and learn about making art dolls for healing?
Whether you are just beginning or have made dolls before, it is immensely helpful to learn a variety of techniques for constructing art dolls. You will then be able to call on these skills and techniques when you dive deeper into the inner work of making healing art dolls. These techniques are the focus of this class series.
I will be teaching my online class How to Make Your Own Healing Dolls starting August 20, 2022. If you are thinking about signing up for my yearlong class based on my book The Healing Doll Way in 2023, this is a great Healing Dolls skill building opportunity.
Visit www.healingdollways.com to read all the details about the class and how to sign up. Check the galleries to see dolls students have made in the class.
I will be on a zoom call on July 28 and talk about the class. Here are the details.
You are invited to come to a How to Make Your Own Healing Dolls Zoom Call on Thursday, July 28 at noon central time US.
I will be talking about the online class, answer questions and show some of my dolls. Here is the link Barb Kobe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: How to Make Your Own Introduction
Time: Jul 28, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 5850 0439
Recently I wrote in my journal.
Making a Scapegoat doll is an opportunity to participate in your own healing; a way of addressing your woundedness. When you are making your Scapegoat dolls you are having a first hand experience with healing your pain. In the process you examine your own wounds, look at your weaknesses and recognize and develop your strengths. When you face and integrate the messages of your disease you allow a healing dimension to emerge - that of the Inner Healer.
Making these Shadow dolls is a creative act of healing. It has the potential to increase your awareness of the patterns and energies in you life. Healing doll are symbolic aids that connect to the maker and her creative, intuitive, healing imagination.
A Scapegoat doll story
It was pretty obvious that I'm my worst enemy in that regard. Anyway, when I stripped everything away two things surfaced.
1) I've always had an underlying fear of being vulnerable, exposed, judged; people might find the "real me "unacceptable, stupid, awkward, etc.
2) This came as a startling insight while journaling. I was journaling and giving voice to my negative self talk saying things like; "I'm not smart enough, good enough, creative enough, articulate enough, and perfect enough." I suddenly focused on the word "enough". I looked up enough ="sufficient for the purpose, adequate to satisfy a need or calling". Not better than others, not perfect, but sufficient and adequate!
I then tried to define my purpose/calling. I decided bottom line; the purpose of my life is to experience living this life as an opportunity to learn, grow, love. I suddenly realized that I don't need to be anything more than my imperfect human self to be sufficient and adequate to meet that purpose and calling. So as long as I can stay open and share the lessons I learn from my fumbling, stumbling journey than I am enough. No other judgment is necessary.
As a sidelight to that, I had a deep realization of the insanity of comparing myself to anyone else. Every person has different genes, parents, families, personalities, opportunities, gifts, weaknesses, environments, etc. How can it make any sense at all to compare two people who are so completely different in every way? So the question should be; "Am I sufficient and adequate to learn from this life and share what I learn with others?" NOT, "Do I compare favorably to others?"
With all this in mind my doll turned out very simple. A soft, naked (vulnerable) girl tying herself in knots trying to avoid being exposed for whom she really is (imperfect, human), blindfolded (blind) to the fact that she is all she needs to be, which ironically is imperfect and human.
Reminder: If you have purchased a copy of The Healing Doll Way, you can be a member of the Healing Doll Way Private Book Club on Facebook. Go to the group and ask to join or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My book, The Healing Doll Way: A Guided Process Creating Art Dolls for Self-Discovery, Awareness and Transformation (published by Beavers Pond Press) won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Winner under catagory of Body, Mind and Spirit NonFiction and
Finalist for Best Overall Design Non-Fiction
I am hoping to attend the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2019.
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its thirteenth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com ) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.
You can now purchase my book from anywhere in the world through www.amazon.uk and www.bookdepository.com. If you live outside of US and want a signed copy and receive within 6 to 10 days, contact me for a special discount for sales outside US. email@example.com
Kobe Feeling Dolls
They are back! You may have known them as Numbfull and the Fulls. Their new name is Kobe Feelings Dolls.
I have found someone to sew them. There are two new characters: Love and Golden Child. New, updated User's Manual and Coloring Masters. Stay tuned. I'll let you know when everything is ready to go.