Story Walking the Tale of Vasalisa and Baba Yaga.
An Art Journal Journey with Jenafer Joy
In which we enter the woods, encounter wildness and learn to trust our own knowing.
The answer to that is because play, especially intentional creativity, hopscotches you right past any "we've always had this terrible issue and we always will" right into an unforeseen solution.
The answer is that when you ask the big and old questions of your deep smart parts you actually get information that can change the way you live your life.
The answer is that it's fun. The kind of fun that you are much less likely to make time for if you don't have a step by step inspiring & rewarding map to follow.
I find that art journaling courses are a remarkably powerful way to play your way into a pocketful of new epiphanies. And the ones with a fairytale as a backbone are that much more transformative.
The old stories, myths, and fairy tales teach us – they mentor us in how to live. And when we go Story Walking we get our feet in the questions, get the inquiry dust in our hair.
In this course we’ll be exploring the rich fertile questions and themes of Vasalisa using the lens of your own life. Showing up at our journals with paint or collage or pen using marks to walk our way through an inspirational experience.
The story has the map and all we have to do is light our intention and set out. I can assure you that there are helpers and synchronicities and powerful internal conversations that are simply waiting to be activated.
We’ll be using a BIG Journal – I’m using the 14×17 size and I just know how obscenely gorgeous they get all full and colorful with YOUR telling of the walk through this story. I can’t wait to experience it with you. – Jenafer JoyRegister to begin today
"What a creative, wonderful, fulfilling course this was!! "
"I’m so happy to be in your class again – you are a muse pied piper, as if muse-ness flows from you and just draws everyone with you…. magic. "
When I created my first round of “Art to Awaken Intuition” in the Summer of 2013 it flowed so easily and joyfully. Each week I would sit myself down, thumb through the course to date and then blankly turn to my muse for help. She gave me silly suggestions, powerful prompts and remarkably linear easy to follow point by point instructions. I realized that doing deep work didn’t have to be a trip through the mud, it could be a playful alchemy. I fell in love with quick & fun ways to hear your own intuition. And so when she said it was time to go deeper and that meant we were ready for “walking stories”, I didn’t bat an eyelash. I just asked what I should pack.
Brave (originally released in 2015 as Brave Intuition) was one of my favorite of these StoryWalking courses. The inquiries and the art were amazing! Unfortunately, my videography skills at that point were remedial. So given the particularly potent paradox of awesome content and lame videoing, I'm excited to rectifying the situation by refilming.
I can't wait to revisit the Too Good Mother, the Doll in my Pocket, Baba Yaga's Wild Woods and illuminate the future with some serious Critic Burning. And I can't wait to take you with me.
Below are some of the pages from the 2015 version. What truths will appear in our pages now?
"Stepping onto the StoryWalking path with Jenafer Joy is to take a richer, wilder, far more enlightening journey than Alice ever dreamed possible when she slipped down that rabbit hole! This is a don’t miss opportunity for fun, artful adventure, and self-discovery like no other you’ll ever take! "
All my art techniques are actually tricks to make you forget that you are doing something as high fallutin as making art and just start playing. Collage requires more glue than skill. Haiku requires that you can count to seven. Let the doll show you the way and I guarantee that - like every other student that has taken this journey - you're going to be blown away by what you created. And even more important you're going to be blown away by the truths that the images represent.
This course has 10 chapters. Each one is composed of 7 short prompts with art and reflection. You could triple underline your commitment to art and dedicate 15 minutes each day and complete the journey in 10 weeks. You could binge on a few chapters and then rest or you could trust a turtle pace and take a bite whenever you'd like. For you rabbit paced folks, the course will be fully accessible by the end of March.
Get ready to mark your way in a step by step creative & juicy inquiry into intuition, wildness & wisdom...
Registration will give you permanent access to this series. All the videos are short (the length of a song) so you can get inspired and then get right to your journal! Instructions are peppy & personal and include experimenting with collage, painting, doodling, writing…all while walking the terrain of our story. This course is doable in an hour a week and is perfect for all skill levels. Keep up with the short and shiny daily prompts for a full 10 week experience or just go along at your own pace.
Not sure? Let me ask you if the story has already been calling you. Whenever I step towards one of these inspired inquiry classes, the themes start early. When I first delivered this Story Walk my power went out...for five freaking days. Because, you see, our story "Vasalisa the Brave" starts with the heroine heading into the woods because the fire has gone out. So tell me, besides power outages, have you noticed any of the themes showing up? Perhaps:
"Taking these classes stimulates my creativity in ways I never thought possible. After taking your class, I look back in awe at the work I have done and feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride. The classes get my creative juices flowing and at times I feel like my cup runneth over and over, and over! "
“People who’ve never read fairy tales, the professor said, have a harder time coping in life than the people who have. They don’t have access to all the lessons that can be learned from the journeys through the dark woods and the kindness of strangers treated decently, the knowledge that can be gained from the company and example of Donkeyskins and cats wearing boots and steadfast tin soldiers. I’m not talking about in-your-face lessons, but more subtle ones. The kind that seep up from your subconscious and give you moral and humane structures for your life. That teach you how to prevail, and trust. And maybe even love.” From “The Onion Girl” by Charles De Lint.