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

  • 20 July 2022
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  • 31 August 2022
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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, Creative 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 kissing practices (writing prompts and expressive art actions) to fan your creative flame. You can use these to deepen your personal creative practice or to develop a specific project.


Please note that this course offers 2 opportunities for live interaction via ZOOM sessions on Saturdays: 

July 23 and August 13

9:00 - 11:30 am PDT in California (6:00 - 8:30 pm CEST in Amsterdam) 


The ZOOM sessions are not mandatory and will be recorded for those who miss them.


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

Engage in kissing practices and creative writing flirts to “Dive deeper to discover your hidden treasures.”

  • OPENING ZOOM session: SATURDAY, JULY  23 (9:00 am-11:30 pm, PDT / 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CEST)

  • Course introduction & core kissing practice: invocation meditation, muse mirror collage, kiss & tell writing prompt for Lost-in-Limbo Muse.

  • Plus additional kissing practices, prompts, reading & poetry to inspire and support you during the Diving Deeper phase of your creative adventure.

    Week Two: Dark Ordeal—Kiss Your Surviving Shadow Muse

    Engage in kissing practices and creative flirts to “Tame your dragons with vulnerability, courage, and compassion.”

    • Core kissing practice: invocation meditation, muse mirror collage, kiss & tell writing prompt for Surviving Shadow Muse.
    • Plus additional kissing practices, prompts, reading & poetry to inspire and support you during the Dark Ordeal phase of your creative adventure.

    Week Three: Enlightening Epiphany—Kiss Your Hopeful Healing Muse

    Engage in kissing practices and creative flirts to “Rejuvenate and illuminate new possibilities.” 

    • Core kissing practice for Hopeful Healing Muse.
    • Plus additional kissing practices, prompts, reading & poetry to inspire and support you during the Enlightening Epiphany phase of your creative adventure.

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

    Engage in kissing practices and creative flirts to “Move forward by fueling your to-do list with love.” 

    • ZOOM session: SATURDAY, AUG 13  (9:00 -11:30 am, PDT / 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CEST) includes a "KICK-BUTT COMEBACK RITUAL"
    • Core kissing practice for Balancing-Both-Worlds Muse.
    • Plus additional kissing practices, prompts, reading & poetry to inspire and support you during the Determined Comeback phase of your creative adventure.
    Week Five: Transformative Test—Kiss Your Zen Warrior of Love Muse

    Engage in kissing practices and creative flirts to “Reveal your truth with grace, wisdom, and courage.”

    • Core kissing practice for Zen Warrior of Love Muse.

    • Plus additional kissing practices, prompts, reading & poetry to inspire and support you during the Transformative Test phase of your creative adventure.

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

    Engage in kissing practices and creative flirts to “Share your creative gifts in community.”

    • Core kissing practice for Full Moon Muse.

    • Plus additional kissing practices, prompts, reading & poetry to inspire and support you during the Sharing the Elixir phase of your creative adventure.

    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, Creative 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, as well as on Zoom. The Wet Ink platform allows students to log in on their own time to post comments and critiques directly to authors’ works. You can also view deadlines, track revisions, and watch video or listen to audio. At the end of the class, each student will receive an email that contains an archive of all their content and interactions. 

    The day before class begins, you’ll receive an invitation to join Wet Ink. There are no browser requirements, and Wet Ink is mobile-friendly. If you have any questions about the technical requirements, please email tlan.coordinator@gmail.com.

    Students should expect to spend 2-3 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, Creative 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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