Workshops & Trainings

Lisa Sonora (left) teaching a workshop on Lake Victoria in Uganda, East Africa, 2011.

LIVE, In-Person Workshops Registering NOW:

The Creative Entrepreneur Workshop

 The Wisdom Journal

Dreaming on Paper LIVE

Online Workshops

Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook, pretty badgeDreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook, is Lisa’s foundational course. This workshop shows you how to experience more alignment with your creativity while you learn a unique approach to making and keeping a creative sketchbook.

Next online course begins in August 2015. Enrollment is open now.

This workshop is also offered live in 2015.
Visit this link for Dreaming on Paper LIVE 2015 dates.

Prerequisite: None. Registration is open to all.

Creative + Practice: An 8 week e-course journey with Lisa Sonora Beam - designed to help you develop regular and happy creative habits - even in the midst of a too-busy life without an art studio! Creative + Practice: An 8 week online course in developing strong creative habits, shows you  how to keep your creative channel open.

If you resist creating… or can’t stick with it, you’ll have experienced HOW to practice productively by the time the eight weeks are over.

Prerequisite: None. Registration is open to all.

Next course begins in April 8, 2015.

Go to: Course Description and Registration

7-creative-powers-blue-250The 7 Creative Powers 
This course is about understanding what creative blocks really are and how to release them by harnessing seven creative powers that are easily accessible by anyone. Learning how to be constructive with our blocks rather than destructive.

Creativity as a soul journey. We learn to craft a new story, turning old wounds and patterns into something beautiful. This is the real path of the Artist – to take the things we see and feel and experience, and create in ways that make us feel more connected: with ourselves, and with others who need to experience our work.

Course Dates: Next course begins in June, 2015. Duration: Seven Weeks.

Prerequisite: Completion of Dreaming on Paper -or- Creative + Practice.

sonora-aladdins-art-journal3Aladdin’s Magic Art Journal: Receiving Wisdom From Your Guides (& Guidesses!)

If you’ve ever longed for a a magic genie lamp that you could tap into whenever you desired support and guidance…well…your wish is my command!

I’ll show you easy (and fun!) it is to use your art journal as your own Aladdin’s Lamp. Really.

Creative Entrepreneur Method Training

The Creative Entrepreneur Method Training program is held online, and there will be some opportunities to train with me in person as well.

The goals of the Training are:

1. To empower each of us to deepen into our own, unique, creative expression — regardless of previous experience.

2. To understand and use a roadmap of the creative journey — which is a heroic, spiritual path with it’s own tests, trials, tribulations and rewards.

3. To experience the power of creativity used for healing, problem-solving, critical thinking, and insight.

4. To gain the confidence, experience, an expert leader and facilitator of the creative experience of others.

5. To learn the workings of The Creative Entrepreneur Method, a proven set of tools, methodology and philosophy, that can be adapted and used with every type of audience and experience. These tools are used in psychiatric hospitals, orphanages, corporate offsite meetings, conferences, universities, grade schools, spiritual retreat centers, churches, art schools, and in living rooms and community centers all over the world.

The facilitator training is 7 months in duration. The next session begins in February, 2016 and goes through August, 2016.

Early enrollment opens in the late Spring of 2015.

This workshop takes place entirely online, so you can participate wherever you are.

Prerequisites for the facilitator training are participation in the following three online classes:

1. Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook

2. Creative + Practice

3. The 7 Creative Powers 


About Workshops with Lisa Sonora

Workshops and trainings are designed to help everyone access their own creativity and imagination. Whether you think your “not creative” or you are a working artist who needs a shift, we all benefit from fresh ways of approaching the blank page.

Blank pages in our sketchbooks are beautiful mirrors of our life, after all. This is good!

We play around on the paper in non-threatening ways, and this auto-magically translates into doing things differently in life.

While we use art supplies, we aren’t making art.

We’re taking a creative journey. We’re cultivating a personal creative practice.

All done in the spirit of healing, finding our voice, daring to trust our own inner guidance, putting form to our ideas.

This is really no less than a spiritual path, a kind of pilgrimage of the soul. If I dare say so out loud.

Any creative path and practice that emphasizes process over product will lead you deeply inward and result in health. Working this way is an antidote to self-destruction and self-sabotage.

If you’ve been stuck or confused or just…wondering…how can I express myself more? How can I dare act on my creative ideas?

Especially if you are plagued with old ideas like: I’m not creative.., I’m not an artist…, It’s too late…, I’ve already tried blah, blah, blah…Why Bother?!

These are the kinds of old stories that tear us down and keep us stuck.

This is where fear and resistance thrive.

The good news: none if this is a big deal once you have a few skills and tools that actually change the negativity into something life-giving and useful.

Shorthand word is: Happification.

Creativity soars when we re-create the stories we tell ourselves. This re-creates our world. From the inside out.

The ultimate work of art is YOU.

Who Benefits From This Work

If you’re here, you might have a lot in common with others who love this work, who are:

Eager to find their own creative voice, or body of work

Longing to discover and express more of who they really are — without so much angst

Trying to figure out what’s next

Going through a life transition that is difficult or scary— like divorce, illness, empty nest, career change,

Many participants struggle with being seen, or putting their work into the world.

Any pretty much everyone wants more clarity and focus. They’re not sure what to focus on.  Too many ideas! Too little follow-through!

Why I LOVE sharing this work

My reason for designing and teaching experiential workshops is simple.

There is nothing more meaningful than to see someone connect the dots between their ideas and dreams…and finally have a way to make them real.

Where this all began

These began as my own personal life-saving methods. Later, I began to share them with patients when I practiced art and music therapy in psychiatric hospitals.

You can read more about my personal story in my latest book, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice.

I’ve taught workshops on five continents (and counting!), and have been gradually adapting my workshops to an online format, so that more can participate.

My first workshops were designed for groups of other therapists who wanted to use these methods with their patients.

As a meditation teacher, I discovered the whole process was a lot more fun with art supplies. So I combined spiritual inquiry with my creativity workshops. Wow! It was explosive, in a good way.

Doing spiritual practice and probing the psyche means that therapists, coaches, teachers, and healers are attracted to this work. Many of them have gone on to share the techniques with their clients.

While trying to figure out how to make a living as a nomadic artist who enjoyed long stints of time at retreats and traveling far off the beaten path, I ended up going to business school — thinking I would finally get a handle on making money, a subject wrought with angst for me on so many levels.

I like to joke I went through the trouble (and expense) of getting an MBA so you don’t have to.

The result of an artist / therapist / spiritual seeker / nomad going to business school became a body of work I created called: The Creative Entrepreneur Method.

The Creative Entrepreneur – a little back story

You might be familiar with my book, The Creative Entrepreneur, a visual guidebook to business strategy and creative process. (Quarry Books, 2008)

The Creative Entrepreneur is based on workshops I’ve taught internationally for more than 20 years, that offer participants tools and skills to thrive more and struggle less with the challenges particular to creative, introverted, sensitive types.

What most people don’t know, is that long before I wrote The Creative Entrepreneur, I taught experiential creativity workshops (my own work, and as a facilitator and trainer for other organizations).

Got Questions?

If you are wondering which workshop is right for you, or just have questions about my work or other details you didn’t find here, please do take a moment and dash me a note.

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