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! - Gloria
an inspired inquiry with jenafer joy
Myths and fairy tales teach us –
they mentor us in how to live.
And when you step into a Story Walking course, rather than simply reading the story, you begin experiencing the terrain refracting through the lens of your life.
Together we'll walk the storyline of the Ugly Duckling – getting our feet in the questions, let the answers sound like shots overhead. I can assure you that there are helpers and synchronicities and deep internal conversations that are patiently waiting to be activated as we walk our way through this tale. Our job is simply to show up with pen or collage or paint and use our marks to make our way deeper into conversation.
The Tale of the Ugly Duckling is a retrieval story. A journey to reclaim true identity from distorted reflection. What are the ways that your glorious self has remained unseen, limited and twisted from it's natural grace?
This child's tale is one you likely have heard. And so you know that our path will lead us through formative landscapes. Past caricatures of characters who failed to see us. Past those who tried to keep us safe through pushing and pulling us into a palatable shape.
We know this journey involves danger narrowly avoided and uncomfortable inadequacy masked by overcompensation. And, spoiler alert, we know the ugly duckling is no “turkey” as the old duck exclaimed, but a most graceful swan. But perhaps most important is that, in this tale, the wide wild blue that calls the ugly duckling is also our own soul's longing.
Allow image + word to ACTIVATE the truth telling capacities of your own intuition
Perhaps you're thinking "ooph, I've done that awkward adolescence identity work and I'd quite rather not return!" If so, may I suggest that there are fresh, unknown and surprisingly powerful subtleties available to you if you'll choose to step into this story with open eyes.
Tell me, do you know what makes your heart ”leap and break all at once” and what would happen if you could finally give that to yourself?
Do you know the texture of your “snowy plumage” - the reflection that hasn't ever - even now - been visible to you?
In what minor but vital ways do you still believe yourself strange and ugly? And what, with the proper stir of image and word might you discover about the specifics of your particular & peculiar soul song?
This tale is a key to unlock your glorious.
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. - Rebecca
I don't consider myself an artist - should I go for it anyway?
I want to take this course but- jeez I'm so BUSY. How much time will I really need?
You said an art journal. What else will I need?
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! Rhiannon
I'm reluctant to show too much of the journey ahead, as the true magic of this course is experienced moving prompt by prompt in a deepening conversation with yourself. But if you've never taken a course with me and would like to see a bit of what you might be getting into here are a couple peeks from the Story Walk:
From Chapter Three
In which we playfully allow story characters to point us towards what is really important.
From Chapter Six
In which we tune out the chatter to listen for the wild blue longing
Jena– I just want to tell you how much I love your courses! The videos are so fun and full of exciting creative ideas to inspire me and get me going in my art journal. I look forward to each of your prompts and it is so doable. My muse is real happy. My intuition is lighting up. Love, Allison
PERMANENT ACCESS TO REFLECTED
$147 or $50/mo
- Permanent access to 10 chapters (30 prompts) of playful potent art excavations.
Get ready to mark your way in a step by step creative & juicy inquiry into being, longing & belonging...
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.
“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.