HD Way Details Sign up begins December 1 and ends January 15
Do I Need to Know How to Make Dolls before I Sign Up?
This class is for all levels of learning, skill, and expertise. We each have unique ways of expressing ourselves and so do you.
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. 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.
What is included in the class?
This year-long online class is offered in two sections:
(1) Discovery and (2) Awareness and Transformation.
#1 – Introduction, the Inner Selfie (Heroine Doll). and The Guardian (January 15 – March 31)
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 ultimately aid in making your personal healing doll.
The Discovery Process invites you to play with your imagination, take creative risks, do research on dolls and self images, and play with different aspects of healing dolls. The process will also prepare you for the deeper work that happens during the Self-Awareness and Transformation Process. In Discovery, 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. You will use the following sections in The Healing Doll Way book:
Awareness and Transformation
Dive Deep into the Healing Dolls
I continue interacting with students regularly, sending them files with information to read, and offering even more artmaking activities not in the curriculum—or even in the book. I also include dollmaking videos. I step back a bit and allow each of the students to interact with each other on the Facebook page, as well as coach and encourage using Zoom video conferencing. Aside from this is the group dynamics. You become witness to the other students and, in a way, part of their process as well. The group learns to talk to each other in the language of healing dolls and are then able to ask direct and powerful questions. My past students say "we become a sacred, safe community."
In this part of the process you make the following dolls:
#2 – THE SCAPEGOAT (April 1 – May 31)
The Scapegoat symbolizes what is getting in the way of achieving your healing goal. I believe making this doll opens up the most potential for healing.
#3 LOVING KINDNESS (June 1 – July 31)
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 THE TALISMAN (August 1 – September 30)
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.
#5 THE INNER HEALER (October 1 – November 30)
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 up pathways to your imagination.
#6 SPIRIT DOLLS (December 1 – January 31 following year)
Defining spirit dolls and exploring what they mean and look like.