What is the EarthWise Way?
The EarthWise Way is a guided, year long, online, creative experience of deep soul connection with the earth. It's a sacred gift of time and community designed to help you birth personal, spiritual, and creative growth using art as a transformative process and nature as your guide.
You'll be traveling with other creative women, while cultivating your connection to the earth, and honoring your authentic self. Monthly themes, inspiring materials and creative art invitations will gently guide you in nurturing a sacred connection to the earth, celebrating the season, and attuning your inner and outer worlds to the rhythms and cycles of nature.
If your inner world feels out of sync with the outer world and you long for a deeper spiritual connection to the earth, The EarthWise Way is perfect for you. You will learn to use many techniques, approaches and tools to bring your inner life into balance and alignment with the rhythms and cycles of the earth. The Wheel of the Year, the cycle of the seasons, the waxing and waning of the moon, the dark and light halves of the year, times for planting intentions, incubating creative ideas, tending and watering your soul, and pulling out weeds that cling and hold you back are all part of the journey.
Does it seem impossible, in your busy life, to carve out time for creativity? Are you unsure how to begin making art? Does your inner critic keep you from embracing yourself as an artist or incorporating the creative process into your life?
Do you want more creativity in your life? Is nature your sacred space?
The EarthWise Way will show you how to overcome those struggles. I have so many easy and wonderful art making techniques to share with you. It begins with the simplest process of all, gathering found images and using them for collage. This is powerful work which everyone can do. But you'll learn much, much more about using art materials and techniques so you can create personal, symbolic art that forms a complete body of work expressed in your own unique visual language.
If you feel isolated, and don't know anyone else whose heart leaps at the thought of quiet solitude in nature or whose spirit lights up at the thought of creating art you will find an inspiring, supportive community of kindred spirits in The EarthWise Way.
You will travel for a year with other women, and together by sharing the journey you will inspire one another as you live your year with intention through art and nature.
What does The EarthWise Way encompass?
Hello, I'm Jan Blencowe and I want to tell you how I become a certified Creative Depth Coach. I found this deep, transformative work during a time of grief, loss and transition.
I think my story will resonate with you, as it does with so many women. For many years I had been sorting through and reevaluating my beliefs, my children had grown up, and I felt a constant tug to switch directions in my career. Then I turned fifty, a powerful age that I believe is an important moment of transition and initiation in a woman's life. If you're coming up on this milestone or have passed it already you may sense this too.
My familiar life was beginning to unravel and the threads in the fabric of my identity were fraying at the edges, becoming fuzzy and leaving me without a clear picture of who I was. A major challenge came when my mom began her decline into dementia. Over then next few years we walked that terrifying road together and the upside down world of parent-turned child and child-turned mother set in. I know many of you have walked this confusing time of grief and loss too.
During this time I decided to leave the world of visual arts. After a long career of creating art for others I deeply desired to use my art making skills for myself, creating work that was strictly personal and meaningful to me. While my personal identity was in question, my professional identity changed also, and deeply held spiritual beliefs were being challenged.
Uncertainty, confusion and painful moments left me feeling depleted and overwhelmed emotionally. I had no way to process everything that was happening let alone work with it in a way that helped me find meaning, clarity and a way forward. That's when I found creative depth work, and I took my first mythos journey. Weaving my deep connection to nature into the creative process, and using mythic and symbolic language gave me a way to understand and work with everything that was going on in my inner life. That's why I love to call this work, soul work, because it heals you from the inside out. It gives you ways to process and move energy, express emotions at the deepest level, clear what's blocking you and allow for the free flow of inner growth and transformation.
I found this work to be so important and transformative in my life that I became a licensed JourneyCircles™ Facilitator and a Certified Creative Depth Coach through JourneyPath Institute. Over the last several years I have been leading retreats using the JourneyCircles™process and nature journaling as a spiritual practice in my home state of Connecticut.
I've always been a techie, enthusiastically adopting the newest tools on the internet and that makes bringing creative depth work to you, wherever you are in the world easy.
The EarthWise Way guided group process is an extraordinary opportunity for you to connect with me and an amazing group of women using online tools that bring us together, face to face, as if the miles between us had disappeared. We will create and share as a community using our virtual space. The same is true for individual coaching, we can meet online and talk "in person", and even have time for creative process during your sessions just as you would if you were in my studio.
From the moment I found creative depth work I knew that I had found the work that would carry me forward, becoming my greatest life's work. Guiding you through this process is a great honor for me and the most valuable gift I could give to you.