The Creative Journey (the Hero/oines journey).

Date and Time: 
Friday, 13 August 2010 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

A journey - story structure adapted from Joseph Campbell called "The Heroes' Journey" will provide the structure of this Art Therapy workshop.  The sessions will focus on one or more of the stages identified by Joseph Campbell (Campbell 1968).

  • Hearing the call
  • Setting out
  • Obastacles
  • Reaching the Goal
  • Bringing back the gift

This is an experiential workshop where various art materials will be used including clay, tissue paper, leather, fabric, string etc.

All Therapy can be described as a journey: all life can be thought of as a journey from birth to death.  Some people become stuck in the journey; others become trapped in a repetitive circle.  Circular journeys become very demoralizing and destructive for people.   The art therapy process provides a journey though the use of art material, colours, line and texture.  Initially the art making process provides a means to express where the person is at in one particular moment in time.  The use of specific journey structures can then be used to enable the experience of personal growth and to reappraise their current journey.  E.g. The Heroes Journey.

The art making activity will provide a process that will take you from one place to another, a journey of sorts.  And every journey has if not a definite, destination, at least some movement.

"The privilege of a lifetime is being
 who you are
The goal of the hero trip
Down to the jewel point
Is to find those levels in the psyche
That open, open, open.
And finally open to the mystery
of the Self
Being Buddha consciousness
or the Christ.
That’s the journey".
                           Joseph Campbell