Both the Thursday afternoon and Friday morning groups are now full.
Journaling can be practiced as a spiritual discipline and prayer, a way to process the Spirit’s stirring in our lives. Paying attention to moments, words, music can nudge us toward creating, so that we too can participate in the conversation. A journal is a way to mark this holy work.
Join Vonda Drees in this online course and explore imagination, attentiveness, and creative process, using a journal as a spiritual tool.
How does this work?
The group will gather in a Facebook group set up by Vonda a week before the session begins. There we will be allowed to share the images we create and learn from one another’s journeys. There will be short instructional videos shared by Vonda each week with tips and exercises to try. A reading schedule will keep us (more or less) together.
Each week we will gather online through the video conferencing tool called Zoom. Each participant will receive an invitation link to join in. This link will also be available as the Zoom Call Link in the popular topics in the Facebook group, so simply clicking on that link will bring you into the meeting. Each Zoom conversation will be recorded and viewable from the Facebook group.
What will the instruction look like?
Short videos will be shared throughout the session in the Facebook group. This will allow you to watch them whenever it’s convenient for you, as well as however many times you’d like.
Through the sharing of our images in the Facebook group, there will be opportunity for encouragement within our creative community.
What will the online gathering look like?
The 90-minute online gathering will give us the opportunity to meet in real-time and talk about any insights, revelations, meaningful experiences from the journaling. This will also be a great time for questions and thoughts that are hard to put into words.
What can I expect to create?
Each participant will establish a personal journal filled with questions, observations, insights, and imagery. Participants will also develop skills and methods to continue using the journal as a practice for deep listening and personal formation after the conclusion of the class.
Something new! There will also be a bonus Imaging & Transforming project during this session! Here is a sample of such a project in its stages of development:
You are welcome to skip this project. You are also welcome to work solely on this project through the session.
What will the reading schedule be for Resmaa Menekam’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies?
Week 1 (September 13-19) – Part I: Unarmed and Dismembered
Week 2 (September 20-26) – Part II: Remembering Ourselves
Week 3 (September 27 – October 3) – Part III: Mending Our Collective Body
Note that the reading weeks will begin on Sundays.
Online Gatherings: These conversations will be recorded and shared in the Facebook group. If you’re not able to make the online gatherings, you will have the option to watch them at a later time.
FULL – Thursday Group – Thursdays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1; 4:30pm-6:00pm (Pacific Time) That means 7:30-9:00 Eastern, 6:30-8:00 Central, 5:30-7:00 Mountain.
FULL – Friday Group – Fridays, Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2; 9:00am-10:30am (Pacific Time) That means 12:00-1:30 Eastern, 11:00-12:30 Central, 10:00-11:30 Mountain.
What will I need to purchase for this class?
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem (This book may need to be purchased as an audiobook or for a Kindle.)
Recommended Art Supplies:
See Vonda’s supply list here.
You are welcome to choose your own color palette of Blick Studio Brush Markers and their Ink Refills.
Note: Vonda chose a dark, medium and light shade of blue. Because of its intensity, it’s probably not necessary to order the refill for the dark shade. If you have similar blues, no need to purchase more.
8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock – 6-7 sheets
You are also welcome to use art supplies already on hand. The cost for these recommended materials will run about $50. If you’re buying the markers, do consider ordering the ink refills, too. Although the markers are a pricey first-time purchase, the ink refilling is a good economical practice. Plus, you will find that the ink refilling will have some creative lessons for us as well!
Date(s) - Sep 13, 2020 until Oct 3 2020