This summer I’m thrilled to be re-filming A Very Daring Tail which I first delivered way back in the olden days of 2014 (before I figured out a lot of things about filming.) I originally set out to create this particular Story Walking journey because I was intrigued by the metaphor of the mermaid. I love the half watery emotions, half womanness of her.
But the super-charged ground-eating juiciness actually came from encountering the truth telling Sea Hag.
The women who participated rocked their chance to do deep work with their stories and fear and longings. And their artwork was gorgeous and satisfying. I'm so excited to see what this updated experience will give all of us...
In the course of ten chapters we’ll be exploring a deepwater tale of your daring tail. We’ll be loosely using the storymap of the Little Mermaid (with a splash of Selkie sealskin soulskin) but instead of simply flipping through the pages and following the exact story (which would mean kissing marble statues and dying unrequited as sea foam for goodness sake), instead we’re going to really siiiiiink into each inquiry in the sequence of scenes: starting with the deep watery world of the castle of home (sometimes know as “please stay the same”) into the choppy waters of our longings...
We’ll spend some time at the terrifying crossroads where the seawitch offers change in exchange for the very thing which you have been unwilling to barter. And we’ll get to know the far shimmering shores of our heart’s most daring dreamscape.
We’ll be using an ongoing muse-approved combination of painting, watercolor pencils, writing and collage to excavate our desires and explore our watery depths from every angle.
We’re going to be gentle. And curious. And persistent.
Your intuition already knows the terrain we’re wading into. Water is connected to emotions, fluidity, change, release. It is one of the most powerful forces. And the mermaid has genius at bridging ordinary and non-ordinary worlds ~ a perfect way we can gently let our soul to speak to us and bring forward what has been unconscious.
All my art techniques are actually tricks to make you forget that you are doing something as high fallutin as making art and instead get you to just start playing. Collage requires more glue than skill. Haiku requires that you can count to seven. Let the currents 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 July.
So if you are willing to say OH YES PLEASE to a practice of showing up to let your own soul to speak to you, if you are willing to get messy in your journal and take some long deep diving looks at your life, I do hope you'll add this experience to your library. And then carve out the real time to move through the process.
"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! "
"Anima means soul with a female form. In mythology it is expressed as a siren, a mermaid, a wood-nymph... In ancient times, the anima came represented either as a goddess or a witch – that is, aspects of the female which were out of [society’s] control... She does not care for an orderly life, but wants intensity of experience - life, in whatever form. The anima, like all archetypes, may come upon us like fate. She can enter our life either as something wonderful or as something terrible – either way her aim is to wake us up. To recognize the anima means throwing away our rational ideas of how life should be lived, and instead admitting, as Jung puts it, that “Life is crazy and meaningful at once”. The anima is profoundly irrational – and yet she carries great wisdom. When she comes into your life it may seem like chaos, but it is only later that we are able to divine her purpose.”
Source: Tom Butler-Bowdon on The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung
Yikes right? We’ll be fine! ish. Well the soul will be fine, even if some of our lame everyday agreements come falling down & breaking apart! Ahem. Never mind. Pretend I didn’t say anything!
"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! "