Awaken to yourSelf.
Join our live virtual creative cluster Artist's Way group,
& allow your life to transform.
Set aside binge-watching the newest Netflix series on Tuesday nights this fall.
Instead of zoning out, tune in.
Next group begins October 1st!
Click here to begin your registration.
Click here to begin your registration.
"You only have to let
the soft animal of your body
love what it loves."
Mary Oliver's poem Wild Geese became one of the few poems I committed to memory years ago. I only have to let myself love what I love? What about accomplishment? Productivity? Vocation? The logistics of raising a family? Motherhood? Creative living was pushed aside for productivity. It became about getting it done.
I passed this billboard as I drove around my home town of Asheville, and it made me ponder: What happened? How did I end up here? What would the 20-year-old self think of me now? Who am I now?
Yep. Driving a minivan, living in the suburbs. What about play? Beauty? Creativity? But life isn't all bad! I love so much of what I have. I love my family, I love my work. It's just BUSY! And busy with DOING. It is incredibly hard to carve out space for creativity and play. A friend of mine kept a sticky note on her work desk, "This is what you asked for." This is what I asked for, worked for. But wait, not quite. Something is missing. And I know I'm not the only one who feels it.
In this group, we will follow the 12-week program outlined in Julia Cameron's bestselling book through an intimate, online group this summer. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST. When I first walked myself through the Artist's Way, it was during a relationship earthquake. The second time, I co-facilitated a creative cluster Artist's Way group. Then, I began running Awaken Artist's Way groups via live virtual platform! I don't call myself an artist. I DO call myself a creative. The Artist's Way path is about rediscovering how to live a creative life. We know how to do this instinctually. We used to play. I did. Sometimes, now, I'll play with the kids. For a minute, after the kitchen is clean.
I love to dance. I danced all through growing up, until the sorting occurred between professionally-bound dancer and dance-for-recreation. I self-selected myself out. Even as a teenager, I knew I wanted more to life than 5 days a week in the studio. So I took a long break from it, and returned as an adult to dance as fun. Yes, I learned to twerk at the age of 38. Maybe twerking isn't your jam. Maybe there is a book within you longing to be birthed. A desire to make cards instead of store buying them. A business itch lying dormant. So what does your spirit long for?
The Artist's Way journey is more than rediscovering some childhood art form. As a result of Artist's Way, my business grew, as I became more in touch with my creative gifts. My spirit expanded. My eyes saw things differently. I expanded.
Scroll below for quotes from those who participated in Artist's Way group with me in the past.
The Fine Print:
Participating in the Artist's Way is a big commitment to yourSelf. It's a commitment to provide yourself the space to allow transformation to occur. Space means time.
The commitment is threefold:
"Many of us wish we were more creative. Many of us sense we are more creative, but unable to effectively tap that creativity. Our dreams elude us. Our lives feel somehow flat. Often, we have great ideas, wonderful dreams, but are unable to actualize them for ourselves. Sometimes we have specific creative longings we would love to be able to fulfill- learning to play the piano, painting, taking an acting class, or writing. Sometimes our goal is more diffuse. We hunger for what might be called creative living- an expanded sense of creativity in our business lives, in charing with our children, our spouse, our friends." -Julia Cameron, Artist's Way
Sounds amazing, right?! Hear from past group participants:
"Participating in the Artist's Way group with Hillary was a life changing experience I could not have predicted. I thought I was going to come through the program feeling more creative and allowing myself more time for art and play. In addition to those outcomes, my business skyrocketed and my relationships to myself and others improved as well. It was an all-around AWESOME experience and one I recommend to people all the time. Be well, live well!" -Marisol Colette, LCSW, SEP, OICC, Sol Reflection
"I did the Artist way group in 2016 with Hillary Bolter and I was so pleasantly surprised at what a lastingly profound change it had on my life! I was expecting to get together with some women to enhance my creativity, but this course changed the way I viewed myself in a whole new way. It opened up doorways that I would have never expected. Hillary is amazing at holding space for the creative process, and helped me feel safe and supported to dive more deeply into this part of myself. I would do this course again and again and would highly recommend it to anyone ready to open up their creativity in a whole new way. " - Robin
"Artist's Way inspired me in profound and subtle ways. The process sparked a part of me that continues to evolve creatively - most recently through forming a band and experimenting with watercolor. It gave me permission to listen to the voice in me that has something original and necessary to say. The experience of participating in the AW group kept me accountable and energized. Hillary’s grounded and sensitive presence helped keep the group moving in a direction where we all felt inspired and included."
"I had heard for years that the Artist's Way group was a transformative experience for many, but it took me years until I was finally "called" to experience it for myself. I wish I didn't wait so long because it was one of the most powerful courses I have ever taken. I discovered that my linear mind was ruling my life and I was able to reclaim my artist's mind. My creative juices are once again flowing and I started painting with acrylics which has been amazing - I am so happy with the artwork that has come through me! By opening up my creative flow my work has also started flourishing in the world. There were blockages that were removed through the AW journey that I didn't even know were there. I loved getting to know that other people in my group - we truly bonded in a beautiful way. Hillary was exceptional in creating space that was supportive, encouraging, beautiful and safe. She was organized, fun and creative in keeping our group moving through the course. I am thankful that Hillary was part of making this profound experience possible." Beth Bluth
"Being part of Hillary’s Artist Way group was heart opening and exciting. The Artist Way program is a journey through self-discovery and self-acceptance. It helped me see more clearly the every day creativity that I was already engaging in as well as ways I can easily make room to include other creative interests. Hillary’s a facilitator with presence and genuine interest in her group members. I appreciated how organized and prepared she was for each group and also her ability to be flexible and go along with exactly what the group needed for that session. Being part of an Artist Way Group and having Hillary guide your journey will change your life." —Nancy Krisel, LCSW, LCAS, SEP
Here are some videos I made answering common questions:
This group is right for me if....
Why would I pay for a group I could do the 12-week process on my own?
In depth (4 min!) description of 12-week group
But I am going to miss some groups, how do I make them up?
If you are in Asheville, and prefer an in-person course, James Nave is running a 6-week Artist's Way group starting in October!
$120 a month with four installments, or
One-time payment of $447
One-time payment of $447
The actual fine print: You will also need to purchase the Artist's Way book to accompany this group. Cost is $120 a month in four monthly payments, or one-time payment of $447. 50% refund will be issued prior to 1 week before group start date. After group begins, no refunds. Without minimum enrollment, group will be postponed or cancelled. This group is facilitated by Hillary Bolter via live virtual platform, Zoom. Although a licensed therapist, Hillary Bolter is not running this group as a therapist, nor is intended to be a psychotherapy group. Many find completing the Artist's Way to have therapeutic value. A Facebook group will also be created for registrants to facilitate sharing and support throughout the program.
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