An artist can use art to enable people to enter a spiritual plane of consciousness that supports them in communing with their own individual interpretation of God or Spirit. According to our deepest and most ancient spiritual traditions wisdom, creativity, and healing are intimately connected. It is wisdom that concerns our relationship to the whole, to the cosmos, to nature, and to both feminine and masculine powers of nature. Theologian Matthew Fox views wisdom and creativity as being inseparable, and believes that “creativity may be the nearest one-word definition we possess for the essence of our humanity, for the true meaning of ‘soul’.”
Dates: Available October 7th-December 12th, 2019
Format: 5 videos, 1 live webinar
Faculty: Calen Rayne, MFA, DMin and Laura Esculcas, MA
Academic Credit: Ubiquity University BA & Masters – 1 credits; The Wisdom School (WS) Doctoral – 1 credits
This course consists of 5 webinars which can be taken anytime before December 11th and one live webinar on December 12th at 10-11:30am PST for 90 mins.
This course provides 9 hours of direct contact with faculty, and requires a minimum of 9 hours of assignments, including reading, writing and practice. Students receive 2 units for this course.
Webinar 1 – Introduction: What determines the energetics of a particular artistic creation? Discuss dowsing methods to ascertain and quantify energetic components of artistic process. Discuss how to create a portable altar using design elements from course.
Faculty: Calen and Laura
Primary Text for Course: The Mission of Art by Alex Grey
Assignment: Create various altars using objects and art from your own life. Photograph to share.
Webinar 2 – SoulCollage® as a Sacred Doorway: SoulCollage® is a process of intuitively selecting found images and collaging them on to cards. In SoulCollage®, a process developed by Seena Frost, images act as a bridge or sacred doorway to one’s inner wisdom. This week involves instruction in the construction of cards and the process of giving voice to inner wisdom through the medium of the collage card by using simple exercises.
Primary text: Soul Collage by Seena Frost
Assignments: Create three SoulCollage® cards and mine their wisdom by applying the exercises learned in the course.
Webinar 3 – Uses of Sacred Symbol (Hierograms): Instruction in basic contemplative brush strokes with ink and acrylics. Practice of painting five geometric symbols: circle, square, triangle, equidistant cross, spiral.
Text: Signs of Life: The 5 Universal Shapes & How to Use Them, by Angeles Arrien.
Assignments: Continue practice with sacred geometry symbols.
Webinar 4 – The Art of Haiku: Exploration of elements of haiku and how to use haiku for dream work, creative writing, and other artistic modalities.
Primary text: Haiku Book
Assignments: Compose ten haiku.
Webinar 5 – Art of the Sacred Path: Exploring labyrinths through drawing, writing and metaphor. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has only one path that spirals to the center. The labyrinth offers a metaphor for the sacred journey, and will be explored through drawing and writing labyrinths. (Downloadable labyrinth patterns will be provided.)
Primary text: The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform, by Lauren Artress
Assignments: Practice drawing the classical 7-circuit labyrinth from it’s seed pattern until you can do freehand easily without looking at the guide (draw it at least ten times). Using any of the labyrinth patterns provided, complete at least three labyrinth-writing exercises.
Webinar 6 LIVE on December 12th – Bringing it all together: Sharing our final projects – our portable altars and ritual outline we have created to go with them. Guidelines for supporting sacred practice with art.
Faculty: Laura and Calen
Black ink (small bottle)
Paint brushes (Oriental style preferred)
Assorted paints (acrylic preferred, watercolors acceptable)
Magazines for collage images
By the end of the course students should be able to:
- What determines the energetics of a particular artistic creation.
- Basic vibrational radiesthesia (dowsing) techniques to ascertain and quantify energetic components of the artistic process.
- The Bovis scale and how to use it to measure the energy frequencies of art.
- How to create SoulCollage ® cards and mine their wisdom with the SoulCollage® process.
- How to use contemplative brush strokes to paint basic sacred symbols.
- The key elements of haiku and how to use haiku for dream work, creative writing and other artistic modalities.
- What a labyrinth is, how to draw a classical labyrinth and what the labyrinth offers for the artist’s journey.
- How to use these various artistic and energetic techniques in your own artistic process and to create and use a portable altar.
Laura Esculcas MA, curates wisdom journeys and immersion experiences in Portugal’s mystical landscape. She is a Labyrinth Practitioner at the Penha Longa Spa, a Signature Retreat Collaborator at The Sanctuary Portugal, Wisdom University Faculty for Portugal pilgrimages, and a guide to sacred sites in Portugal. A self-proclaimed “life adventurer,” Laura believes in bringing a sense of the sacred to everyday living and invites people to explore practices for experiencing sacred space in our secular time. She is a Veriditas Advanced Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and teacher, and a SoulCollage® facilitator. Originally from the US and having worked in Silicon Valley for over ten years in high tech operations and management, Laura moved to Portugal to pursue her dream of an integrated life lived as a sacred journey shared with others. Now informed by ten years of immersion in the Portugal ecofield, Laura uniquely blends her knowledge, experiences, and genuine open-heartedness as she facilitates wisdom journeys into Portugal’s place-based myths. Laura speaks English and Portuguese and lives near Lisbon with her husband and their two dogs.
Calen Rayne, MFA, DMin, is a Unitarian Universalist Lay Community Minister in Maine and Director of Institutional Energetics at Ubiquity University. In both his Pastoral Counseling and Earth Medicine practices, Dr. Rayne draws on experience and training in the following disciplines: labyrinth, reiki, kaballah, meditation, energy healing, Himalayan singing bowls, earth energies, feng shui/space clearing, dowsing, contemplative brush, Egyptian Bio-geometry, alchemy, sacred geometry, Druid geomancy and medical intuitive work. He has trained with alchemists of the first religion of the Himalayas (nameless religion), known as “patterns of heaven and earth” or “sacred conventions.” Dr. Rayne builds labyrinths, designs and consults on sacred landscapes, and produces energy mandalas and altars for healing. He currently serves as President of Healing and Expressive arts chapter of UU Society for Community Ministries and is a member of Spiritual Director International, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Association for Transpersonal Psychology and American Academy of Religion.