Creative Passport to italy
Create a handmade, mixed media travel journal and learn to explore the world as an artist
Dates: May 14 - 20, 2017
Instructor/Leader: Lisa Sonora
Cost - $2995
Join Lisa in the Creative Passport workshop to explore the Italian hilltop town of Orvieto like an artist, creating a beautiful, richly textured and layered visual travel journal that documents your journey. Orvieto, Italy is an artist’s dream. We’ll go on artistic treasure hunts through old town Orvieto in search of the images, collage elements, stories and inspiration that we’ll use to embellish our travel journals.
We’ll tour the 1400’s cathedral, (a whole art history lesson in itself), learn about the ancient Italians who built a vast network of tunnels and caves and wells under Orvieto, visit a winery and enjoy Italy’s Classico wine, and shop at the local market and have a private cooking class.
Along the way, Lisa will help you experience Orvieto as an artist, with tips on getting great travel photos, sketching in public (even if you can't draw!), collecting stories to remember, and finding symbols and signs that support your creative journey.
During studio time, Lisa will show you how to create your own, one-of-a-kind, portable and expandable travel journal out of beautiful papers, maps, ribbons, envelopes, and other ephemera we find in Italy.
You’ll get plenty of instruction in mixed-media techniques, plus guidance on how to use the experience of travel to increase your own creativity, including how to break through creative blocks.
Travel is the perfect way to awaken and enliven your creative spirit. Being in a foreign land awakens our curiosity, brings our senses alive, and requires us to navigate the unfamiliar. These are just a few of the qualities that play a part in artistic expression, and you’ll learn how to harness these qualities as you craft your travel journal.
Everything you learn can be applied to any journey you are on in life - whether it’s a travel journey, or a life journey. All you need to participate is a willingness to explore - and curiosity. Everyone can travel artfully, and anyone can make a beautiful travel journal that captures their experience.
No prior experience in art, writing — or even travel — is required! Absolute beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Fact: Many people who come to Lisa’s workshops are getting their first passport and passport stamp on the way!
If you are a creative soul who loves to travel, then you’ll love working with Lisa.
This is an experiential travel workshop in the company of kindreds who also love art and travel.
Cost - $2995. Fee includes:
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Lisa Sonora is an American artist, author, and intrepid world traveler, who wants to live in a world where everyone remembers that they are an artist. Originally trained as an art therapist, and a long-time student of meditation, Lisa brings a compassionate and contemplative approach to her teaching.
Her first book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Guidebook to Making Business Ideas Real (Quarry, 2008) launched a movement that has helped thousands to live their creative dreams.
A sought after facilitator, she’s led international creativity workshops on five continents for more than 20 years: at schools in Africa, inside tech companies, coach training programs, churches and zendos, and at retreat centers and universities. She trains others to lead creativity workshops in her Creative Journey Facilitator Training program.
Her 30 Day Journal Project brings together a global audience online twice a year to celebrate the power and magic of creative journaling.
Lisa lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with her sweetheart Alex, where they host artist retreats and residencies. Lisa’s memoir, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice, is comprised of journals she kept during her move to Mexico.
Her artwork and musings on creativity + travel + courage can be found at LisaSonora.com
Since childhood, I’ve kept visual diaries in blank sketchbooks—my writing illustrated with drawings, collage and photographs. Keeping a visual journal was my refuge during a difficult upbringing that included stints in foster homes and orphanages. In a way, these were my very first travel journals, documenting my inner experience, while my visual journal became the one consistent place I could call home.
As a young therapist working in psychiatric hospitals, I taught my patients how to create visual journals, simply because it was the one thing that made them feel better most quickly.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege of sharing my process with thousands of people outside of psychiatric hospitals—from teen delinquents in jail, stalled artists, engineers running global technology companies, genocide survivors in Rwanda, and all types of creative souls in between. Everyone benefits from having permission, and a process, for confronting the blank page of their life.
Guiding others along their creative journey is my art as much of any of my paintings, books, or other creations. I love taking people on both inner and outer creative adventures, and think of my cosmic job title as: Guidess.
Getting to travel and make art together is the best vacation, ever.