Workshops & Trainings

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

Current Workshops are listed on the right side of this page -> -> -> 

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?!

I want to invite you to drop that B.S. Does it serve you? Or does it make you feel like crap? 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 is that 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.

To be creative means we get to begin re-creating the stories we tell ourselves. This re-creates our world. From the inside out.

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.

After establishing a private practice, (and then enjoying another career in advertising—long story), 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.

Facilitator Training

In Fall 2014, pre-registration will open for my Creative Practice Facilitator Training program. This will be held online, and there will be some opportunities to train with me in person as well.

The goals of the Creative Practice Facilitator 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.

3. To learn a proven set of Creative Practice 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 6 months in duration, from January 5, 2015 — June 30, 2015.

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

1. Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook

2. Creative + Practice: An 8 week online course in developing strong creative habits, using the best practices of behavior change combined with the pure process of expressive mixed-media creation. 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.

Dreaming on Paper and Creative Practice may be taken in any order.

3. The 7 Creative Powers — Online Workshop
 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 play with myth and archetypes 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.

This course includes optional 1:1 coaching with Lisa.

Course Dates: Begins October 23, 2014. Duration: Seven Weeks.

Registration opens on August 25, 2014.

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

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.

I love hearing from people who resonate with this work – and I do hope you get in touch.

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