I'm so excited to once again offer a doll-making e-course about befriending our shadow, using tenderness and compassion to connect with all parts of ourselves. Flip dolls are two sided dolls connected at the waist. I have been fascinated for years with their capacity to capture divergent views of reality, dark vs light, joy vs sorrow, love vs alienation. In this course you will have the chance to explore and befriend your shadow, through making your own doll. And at the end of the course, your doll will represent and unite both shadow and light. And, important note, you do not know how to sew beforehand. This class is open to those at all levels of sewing ability.
What we'll learn:
Together we will learn how to make our own flip doll over the course of the eight weeks. And we will learn about ways of integrating and reconnecting with the shadow as a source of hidden strength.
Open to all levels of sewing ability. You do not need to know how to sew ahead of time, though there is room for experiementation for more experienced sewers.
We will engage with simple materials and techniques, in a meditative way to create something that reflects our own inner language of symbols and stories.
You will be able to choose your level of engagement, from fully participating in all calls and in the on-line forum, to using the videos and written guidance as a jumping off point for your own creative process.
Three price levels...
Sign upAT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE to join the Befriending Our Shadow class that will start October 6 or 7th (depending on which group you are in.)
Befriending Our Shadow can include:
a companion e-book to the e-course with detailed descriptions and images about the construction of your doll, suggestions for guided visualizations, and written prompts.
a series of six videos, to go along with the e-book, and providing detailed instructions and encouragement for making your doll
a PDF with patterns for making two different Flip dolls
a private Facebook group to share your progress on doll-making and share with other doll makers
Full Group Engagement Level:
Everything in the above level AND:
8 weekly intimate Zoom sessions for support from your Befriending Our Shadow classmates and from the facilitator. With no more than than six participants in each series of sessions, the groups will be more intimate. There will be two available eight week sessions of Zoom calls at two different times.
Recordings of all Zoom sessions for your reflection afterwards. These will be safely and securely recorded and stored so that you can download.them.
A "Snail-mail" (stash/tiny stitched piece) exchange to build sense of community among group participants
Bonus Private Lesson:
Everything in the above two levels AND:
Private session with group leader to focus on your doll in a more intimate way, to get additional witnessing, feedback and guidance from the facilitator.
Prices: Basic Level: early bird price before September 15, $125. after September 15, $150
Full Group Engagement Level, every thing in basic level included: early bird price before September 15, $150, after September 15, $`175 Additional Private Session: includes everything in basic and full group engagement level, plus one private one hour Zoom session: early bird price $175, after September 15,$200
There are no mistakes. The e-course and guides are gentle and provided in a way that supports your own process and exploration. You are invited to befriend your shadow and learn to make a doll in the process!
This workshop is for you if:
You are ready to delve deep to work with your shadow, this can be challenging (and even a bit scary) at first
You are willing (if you have signed up for the Zoom calls) to commit to participating in all the Zoom calls. These are precious and intimate sessions. The more we can all show up each week, the more safety there will be in the group
You are willing to try something new. You don't have to have experience with sewing or with doll-making but it helps if you are ready to suspend judgement and let the process develop
You are fully commited to supporting and witnessing others going through their own deep process in their own way, (either in the Zoom sessions or Facebook group or both.)
Here are some words of advice from a participant in a previous class:
Be prepared to delve into the shadow side. Embrace it, even if you are afraid, do it anyway. It is worth it. You will be in good company. There will be give and take, and you will be better for it.
Use Erika’s meditations as you ponder your own dark and light. They will focus you.
Do not be in a rush to finish your doll. She will grow as you grow. She will guide you.
Be open minded. Be true to yourself. And know that you are gathering with incredible women.
I recommend this workshop highly. It was wonderful. You will learn and explore, and so will your creative ideas and skills.
When you sign up, you will receive the e-book which includes links to videos that will take you through all aspects of making your own Befriending Our Shadow Doll. If you sign up for the live Zoom calls, there are two options for dates and times. These groups will fill on a first come first serve basis. Either Tuesdays 4-6 PM, EST, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24 OR Wednesdays 2-4 PM, EST, 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25
There is a limit of 6 spaces in each of the two Zoom sessions (Tuesdays or Wednesdays). It will fill up first come, first serve.
Early Bird Pricing: enroll before September 15th and get a discount for both either the basic level class, the full group engagement level or the private session level.
Most materials for this E-course should be relatively easy to find around the house or to order from a fabric supply store such as Joanne Fabric. You can view the materials list HERE. Please e-mail me below if you have any questions.
Slide Show of Dolls created by previous Befriending Our Shadow participants...
Eight weeks of intimate and supportive Zoom calls, to support your progress through group discussion and processing, opportunities to share your progress with making your doll, meditations and guided visualizations and prompts. Also teachings related to the shadow, to doll making and more.
All of the above, including clear and engaging videos, matching e-book, downloadable flip doll patterns and private Facebook group
"Snail-mail" exchange to build sense of community among group participants