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Kissing the Muse: (Another) Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill

  • 06 January 2021
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  • 17 February 2021
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Just as we can look up at the moon at any time, no matter what phase it’s in, and see something new, we can look at ourselves from different perspectives and discover new ways of being in the world.

Kissing the Muse invites you on (another) Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure. Whether you started this journey with Home-at-Heart Muse, or are just now joining,  this course brings you full-circle to share your creative elixir with your community.This time we start with Lost-in-Limbo Muse and dive deeper to explore our shadows, hopes for healing, spiritual determination and transformative power—all through our creative practice. Using a series of collage-making "muse dates," expressive art actions, and playful writing prompts, we’ll invoke the archetypal energy of the muse to help us navigate our lives.

The muse is a mirror of your inner artist. She reflects your innate creative potential. It doesn't matter whether you dabble with watercolor, or cake frosting, write poetry or prose, or can't draw a stick figure to save your sister—kissing your muse will rekindle a spark of mystery, magic, and a touch of the divine that illuminates your way to happiness——through your own, unique creative practice.  

Week by Week

Each week you will receive a unique kissing practice and writing prompt correlating to one phase of your creative adventure—and a particular muse.  You will also receive additional writing prompts and expressive art actions to infuse your creative passion.

Week One: Diving Deeper—Kiss Your Lost-in-Limbo Muse

Engage in muse-kissing practices (expressive art actions and creative writing prompts) to “Dive deeper to discover your hidden treasures.

  • Course introduction 

  • Musing on Diving Deeper

  • Core Kissing Practice: Lost-in-Limbo Muse (via Zoom)

  • Creative prompts & kissing practices

  • Inspiration, poetry & readings

Week Two: Dark Ordeal—Kiss Your Surviving Shadow Muse

Engage in muse-kissing practices (expressive art actions and creative writing prompts) to “Tame your dark dragons with vulnerability, courage and compassion.”

  • Musing on the Dark Ordeal

  • Core Kissing Practice: Surviving Shadow Muse

  • Creative prompts & kissing practices

  • Inspiration, poetry & readings

Week Three: Enlightening Epiphany—Kiss Your Hopeful Healing Muse

Engage in muse-kissing practices (expressive art actions and creative writing prompts) to “Rejuvenate and illuminate new possibilities.” 

  • Musing on Enlightening Epiphany

  • Core Kissing Practice: Reluctant Rebel Muse

  • Creative prompts & kissing practices

  • One-to-One Coaching Call - a personal ½ hour session with the instructor

  • Inspiration, poetry & readings

Week Four: Determined Comeback—Kiss Your Balancing-Both-Worlds Muse

Engage in muse-kissing practices (expressive art actions and creative writing prompts) to “Move forward by fueling your to-do list with love.” 

  • Musing on Determined Comeback

  • Core Kissing Practice: Balancing-Both-Worlds Muse

  • Creative prompts & kissing practices

  • Inspiration, poetry & readings

    Week Five: Transformative Test—Kiss Your Zen Warrior of Love Muse

    Engage in muse-kissing practices (expressive art actions and creative writing prompts) to “Reveal your truth with grace, wisdom, and courage.”

    • Musing on Transformative Test

    • Core Kissing Practice: Zen Warrior of Love Muse

    • Creative prompts & kissing practices

    • Inspiration, poetry & readings

    Week Six: Sharing the Elixir—Kiss Your Full Moon Muse

    (Closing Ritual via Zoom)

    Engage in muse-kissing practices (expressive art actions and creative writing prompts) to “share your creative gifts in community.” 

    • Musing on Sharing the Elixir
    • Core Kissing Practice: Full Moon Muse
    • Creative prompts & kissing practices
    • Closing ritual via Zoom
    • Inspiration, poetry & readings

      Who Should Take This Class

      Kissing the Muse: (Another) Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure is a fun, fresh approach to the craft of creative writing and self-improvement. Designed for creatives from all walks of life, this course is an inspiring, safe space to explore and express your artistic voice through a variety of mediums. Through an inventive method of self-inquiry, participants embark on a personal journey of transformation and integrate insights into their own creative practice and projects. Open to all arts disciplines, writing skill levels and genres.

      Format

      This is an online class, hosted on the online teaching platform, Wet Ink. Students should expect to spend 3 hours per week perusing resources and readings, engaging in several writing/creation prompts, and briefly responding to peers’ work. From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together.


      About the Facilitator

      Hi, I'm Robbyn, author of Kissing the Muse: A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure & Guidebook (coming soon!)—and the creator of this course. I believe creativity is a form of intimacy, and that’s something we all need and crave. I hope this course inspires you to explore whatever turns on your muse—happy kissing!

      Robbyn Layne McGill is a freelance, interdisciplinary, creative collaborator and writer who forged her multifarious career path by chasing her passions, wandering wildly, and kissing her muse. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in New Practices (painting and cinema) from San Francisco State University (2006), and Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (2013), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas (1993). She lives in Amsterdam with her British boyfriend and Dutch cat, and hosts Kissing the Muse workshops online and internationally.

      "The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 873 Lansdowne, PA 19050 USA

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