Creative & Calm
painting for personal growth
A course for calming the mind through creativity
You've never met a person with the perfect life.
When things are tough we can cope for a while with external support like medication or a drink but, it's not sustainable for the long term. Eventually we have to face the problem and take care of our mind, our feelings and how we're handling things. Taking care of yourself is the way to get to the root of loneliness, stress, anxiety or feeling depressed.
"Creative & Calm" is designed for exploring our perspective on life through the pleasure of creativity. As we paint, we reflect on our approach to life in general. Painting gives you the opportunity to notice yourself in more detail, how you handle things and what is really in front of you.
Over 4 weeks in 8 sessions we learn how to paint and how to experience life differently. You'll be provided will all the materials you need - just come along.
We'll start by understanding our equipment and how to pay attention to what matters.
Then we'll warm-up our painting muscles with some practice and learn how to approach painting and life.
Even in the first week, sessions 1 & 2, you'll feel more calm and more confident.
You'll find out how to sketch and start a painting properly by seeing things more clearly.
Sessions 3 and 4 in Week 2 is all about how we create a life and a painting.
You'll get to colour and learn the secret to making your painting look creative rather than amateurish.
You'll be encouraged to slow down, enjoy painting and how you create your own enjoyment in life.
Now you have learned the basics of painting, you'll get to practice and paint for pleasure.
Week Three, sessions 5 & 6, give you personal time to reflect on how your mind can be calmed through creativity.
More in-depth painting secrets are revealed which deepen your personal growth as well.
In Week Four, sessions 7 & 8, you'll have the chance to think about how painting lessons become life lessons.
We continue to paint for pleasure and make a commitment to ourselves to take our new insights into everyday life.
Now you have devoted time and careful reflection to your precious peace-of-mind.
Creativity is Calming
CONSUMER - WORKER - CREATOR
Modern life harshly demands our attention, distracts us, strains our personal resources and forces us to cope with more than we really can. We're often referred to as 'consumers' - passively swallowing someone else's perspective or product, gorged on superficialities. If we're not consuming we're working - active but repeating tasks set for us by others, often with little clear purpose. The third state of being, creation, is an experience we have too little of.
Creation is active but purposeful. Creation is when we decide what matters and what will be done. It's the moment we make something of our own and become a creator rather than a consumer or worker.
THE REAL BENEFITS OF CREATIVITY
Creative acts like painting and drawing also give us the chance to explore and express our own perspective and even reflect on our challenges and problems without needing to speak aloud or worry about others. When we are in 'creator' mode we are tapping into the part of the mind that creates to solutions rather than panics at problems. In the "Creative and Calm" course, we learn to paint, we activate the creator state of mind, and we discuss how painting lessons reflect life lessons. Because your host is a therapist and an artist, she has insight into the state of mind we need for creating art and a good life.
By calming our frantic mind, focussing on creation, expressing ourselves and being in control, we reduce the chemical stress in our body. This allows us to experience a new way of being and for our body to repair. Lots of research proves that creative activity improves our health and happiness.
BA(Hons)Psych + G.Dip,Bus
Valerie graduated from the prestigious University of Queensland with an honors degree in psychology. Over 20 years she has developed a private practice providing relationship counselling and helping clients with stress and personal growth.
As well as her work in psychology, Valerie is a talented artist. Prior to University, she gained record high scores for art exams, gaining entry to the Epsom College of Art. She's an accomplished painter and sold her oil paintings to collectors .
Valerie is now investing her experience in the global movement for women's empowerment through public-speaking, art classes and her new book "Compatibility: 8 Pillars of Lasting Love".
Regular guest on the "Suzie Mac Show," Brooklands Radio, Weybridge
Valerie uses traditional oil paint and has made still-life and figure paintings.
ALL ART MATERIALS INCLUDED
You don't have to bring a thing - all the art materials you need to paint with will be supplied in the course - just bring your morning latte and a smile.
No cheap hobby or craft supplies are used.
You will be presented with artists grade paint, brushes and canvases.
The same quality Valerie uses for the artworks purchased by her collectors.
4 Weeks x 2 Classes = 8 Sessions
16 hours of tuition
Shayleen Paine, Student
“As always you immediately change my way of thinking and boost me up! If only I encounter people like you I will go further than I ever expected. Thank-you so much for your wonderful guidance and words of encouragement and truth!”
Mum of 2
"You gave me the confidence to help both my girls cope with the divorce and we are actually stronger now. Cannot thank you enough for your support. Will always recommend you."
The Scared Heart Church in Cobham.
Easy onsite parking (paid)
Enter from the car-park through the white door nearest the road.
The course in running upstairs.
"Early Bird" Discount
The next class starts in April.
Book now and get a big £100 discount for being an early bird - no worms required!
Use "Early Bird" in the checkout for your discount.
The discount ends in March - time is ticking away...
Book Your Place
Course places genuinely limited by venue
Start Time: 10am Promptly
Finish Time: 12 noon
Frequently Asked Questions
4 - 12 spaces are available so it's a nice, personal experience.
Bring a cup of tea or coffee if you'd like to, otherwise, everything you need will be included in the price - we'll look after you. There will be an easel, brushes, paint, canvases and accessories set aside for you.
There are two locations reserved and a final location will be used based on the number of bookings. You will be personally notified in plenty of time, promise.
Join the waiting list by signing-up to the newsletter at the bottom of page so we can announce if anyone drops out and offer the spot to you.
New class dates may be announced if lots of people join the waiting list.
Ask your accountant if the course can be a professional development deduction. Ask your health insurer if they cover personal development and mental health courses.
If we have a waiting list, your space will be given to another person and your fee will be refunded minus $25 administration fee. We'll do our best to help.
If you do not arrive to a session it cannot be refunded because the course is sequential and cannot be filled session-by-session. Missing one session out of 8 will be fine - don't worry.