The simple answer is - an Ariadne Journal is a personal art journal created using mixed media collage work.
The more complex answer is - an Ariadne Journal is a practice of active imagining, following your intuition, listening to your gut, and giving your soul a voice. The creation of the journal is most definitely a practice rather than an art or a craft, per se.
In Greek myth, Ariadne was the daughter of Minos and laid down the thread for the hero to find his way into and back out of the Labyrinth. She lays down the thread; we follow, down, in, to the center, and find our way back out into the world - wiser for the journey.
Why engage in the practice of the Ariadne Journal?
Sitting in front of a blank page is one of the most terrifying acts one can encounter in daily life. Yet, it is the beginning of every creative act, including waking up in the morning and facing the blank canvas of your day. Working within the confines of a book, one page at a time, allows a person to face this fear without being overwhelmed by it. The practice of sitting with images and art materials without a plan and following the thread of intuition rather than reason becomes a practice of developing trust in something deeper, richer, and more mysterious than the conscious, cerebral mind. It becomes a practice of sitting with the Self, what Jung understood as the expression of "the unity of the personality as a whole." The practice of creating your own Ariadne Journal lends courage for living an authentic life.
An Ariadne Journal workshop is a medley of slow, meditative sorting through images, colors, and textures and practical how-tos as you work with various media and tools to create layers, juxtapositions . . . stories of your soul in images and words.
Rest assured, you DO NOT have to be "an artist" to create rich, layered, "artistic" pages. Nor do you have to be an accomplished writer to craft wisdom words. Craft and Artistry are not the goals. Following Ariadne's thread is the only thing we need to do. You will be amazed to where it will lead you.
All workshops include a blank journal, all supplies and images, printed lists, poetry, music, and nourishment.
3-hour Introductory workshop - $75.00 per person Learn the basics, work with images, papers, stamps, and acrylics, and begin/complete your first page. Light refreshments are provided.
3-day workshop - $225.00 per person Learn the basics, work with all of the above, plus found objects, gel mediums, and more. Several mixed media techniques are taught. Writing exercises are offered. Participants will being/complete a rich cover for their journals and several pages to jump start the process. Light refreshments and a soup luncheon are provided.
6-day workshop - $400.00 per person Learn the basics, work with all of the materials from the three day workshop, plus many many more found treasures, including beads, fabric, metal leafing, etc. Participants should have a strong foundation to continue the Ariadne Journal process from this point forward. They will have their journals covered with luxurious, layered images and materials, have completed several pages, and will have a wealth of ideas and techniques with which to explore. Writing, sharing, and detailed information on the Jungian practice of active imagination offered. Light refreshments and a soup luncheon are offered.
Please contact me if you are interested in participating in a workshop. Workshops may be scheduled in the northern Puget Sound for no extra cost. Workshops scheduled outside of this area are subject to travel and lodging fees. Minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants per workshop. 3-day and day workshops can be scheduled at weekly or monthly intervals.
Payment is due upon reservation of workshop and participation registration. 90% of fees are returned upon cancellation within one week of workshop date. 80% of fees are returned upon cancellation within 24 hours of workshop date. 10% of fees are non-refundable to cover cost of pre-purchased items. Workshop dates may be rescheduled within 3 months at no cost.