Visioning through the Seasons

As in the wisdom traditions of old, the cycle of the seasons gives a perfect eight stage process for making you dreams come true in your life. The winter is where we incubate our seed vision for our heart’s desire; spring is when we pour our attention onto the sprouting seed; Easter is when we affirm our gifts and talents in the face of obstacles (usually the Inner Critic); May is the time to get support and form a ‘dream team’ of friends who share our dream themes; summer is when we protect and make boundaries for our plan of action and support; autumn is when we start acting out our vision and getting immersed in creative reverie; winter is a time of reflection and celebration, acknowledging the new insight and seed vision for the coming year.

Now is the time to find a way of living from our hearts, using Creative Journal and Expressive Arts such as collage, rhythm, mandala and sound to empower our deeper values. Watch this space for dates.

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VISIONING WORKSHOP

Working with Creative Journal Expressive Arts (r)

Being able to picture your vision in action in the future is a key to being able to bring it about.  This workshop gives you tools for dreaming on paper with writing, drawing or graphics, and having a dialogue with
your images to find out what they symbolise in your life.   Your commitment to your future dream-in-action relies on engaging both the left and right hemisphere, so that your words are illustrated with pictures.
These come from magazines or your own drawing.  The workshop brings a creative reverie into mind and acts on your subconscious to prepare you for a playful start to any project:  think and picture yourself 
into the future playfully and with confident anticipation!

Child Directed learning

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Playful Pictures’ – a new flip-book and pdf to introduce CHILD DIRECTED LEARNING links and examples, images and quotes, activities and curious facts.

You can now download links, pdfs and videos of what child directed learning can involve on my CPD page. The outcomes for ‘high visual’ learners who flourish with drawing, drama, IT and music, but who find classrooms to boring, noisy and distracting. Case Histories and examples show what can be done.

SKILLS OF STORY – a great way to educate children

With puppets, character building, story games and imaginative flexibility, parents are learning how to be COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATORS.  Children love all things visual, the skills of talking and writing are difficult, so put the two together….. you have success, and a child with natural joy of learning.
We will use both handed Creative Journal and rhythm to explore the process of playful story and reflective listening.

PLAYFUL LEARNING – Monday 16th October,  7-9pm at The Rose and Crown Clinic, 6 South Street, South Molton EX36 4AA.

ENJOY BEING A PARENT – Self Help Action Sheets

CLIA provides Expressive Arts activities for parents to learn to play and enjoy joining in with their children.  Here are some helpful hints and creative journal prompts that are easy to use to reflect on what it’s like being a parent without judgement. Find another parent friend and do the exercises together with a cup of tea, you could have lots to share with each other.

Creative Journal: The following is adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Children’ by Lucia Capacchione.  Chose a topic and write a journal prompt on the top of a page, e.g. ‘I draw what I like doing, I write about what I draw’.  Children love exploring their feelings and thoughts with pictures and a few words.

CJ for Children prompts

‘Being a Parent’ activities:  With special thanks to Jackie Sokolov, the founder of Parent Network, for permission to reprint material contained in the following activitiy sheets, adapted from their Parent Training Manual:

Reflecting Feelings

Praising

Reflective listening to yourself

Saying what we feel

Visualise what you want

Suppressing feelings

The following journal activities are adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Parents’ by Lucia Capacchione.

How I was Raised wksheet

Nurturing Parent

Peace and Quiet

When I was your age

 

Play Team members and their journals.

NEW PICTURES

TAKE A LOOK AT NEW GALLERY PICTURES

Pictures of many types of Creative Journal Expressive Arts and Vision(R) collage activities used in CLIA coaching for adults, children and groups:  CLICK HERE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: My thanks to Michael and Helen Loxton who kindly provided photos of Wistman’s Wood dwarf oaks, taken in June 2011, and CaptainKaranga for photos of Home Education artwork.