The Pluto Process, July 17th and 18th, Flagstaff, AZ
In-Person or via Zoom Art Healing Retreat & Sacred Ceremony in Flagstaff Arizona.
Are you looking to connect with your soul self or express a higher vision of yourself? Do you feel stuck recapitulating a trauma?
When I was 20, I felt victimized. I had been raped multiple times and suffered from sexual harassment. I carried a heavy burden of trauma from my childhood. After a car accident in 1993, I prayed for help-- help to get out of this suffering. I studied energy healing, mysticism, and ceremony at the Healing Light Center Church and I went back to graduate school to pioneer a method of healing and transformation through art making. Through this inquiry, I figured out a process for healing myself through art making in 2000 and wrote my Master's thesis about it.
However, I knew I wanted to share this with others in a way that they could easily interact with their own healing-transformative process... and the solution is The Pluto Process.
The Pluto Process is a 3 part sacred process and healing ceremony offering seekers a rite of passage, inducing a personal and embodied transformation. The Pluto Process is specifically a liminal (‘transformative”) process created to bring you across the sacred “threshold” to access your soul self.
In this sacred healing work, we will consciously work with mythological liminal deities to help us commune with our soul self, to feel the wisdom and healing that helps us remove obstacles to our growth.
$499 -- includes full hands-on workshop, materials, and three healthy vegetarian meals catered by The Sunshine Kitchen. (Value $899)
Overnight stay is available, please contact Sydney at (928) 864-7060.
Part I: Hands and Hearts Workshop-- Experiential art workshop led by Dana Kamberg, BFA
Part II: Communion with Soul Self-- Magical Healing Ceremony led by Sydney Francis, MFA-IA
Part III: Integrating Your Higher Vision-- Experiential art workshop led by Sydney Francis, MFA-IA
Benefits of The Pluto Process:
- Heal emotional trauma
- Reclaim your Soul-Self awareness
- Author your own story
- Transform to your higher potential
About the Pluto Process
The Transformative Mechanism: With hand-to-mind visualization, we actively decide who we want to become. Through self-portraiture we transform ourselves and, more specifically, we experience self-reflexive creation. In short, we make mindful and deliberate choices that determine who we are becoming. More importantly, with intentional making, we bring energy through ourselves- allowing our hands and our own artwork to serve as the vessels that carry us through a transformation. Especially for those who are healing from trauma, we reclaim our personal power and assume responsibility for new perceptions of ourselves (ones that are rooted in self-compassion and self-acceptance). We must create new imagery without anything but the goal of imagining what being “healed”, or “healing” might look like!
Part I: Hand and Heart: An exploration into non-representational reductive portraiture, led by Dana Kamberg
In this workshop, we will redefine our personal narratives in relation to goals and healing work. Part of this work begins with identifying the way that European storytelling has impacted how we tell and interact with our own stories. The linear hero’s journey is a technique that follows a conflict-crisis-resolution timeline, creating an underlying cultural belief that success and change can only occur with conflict and crisis, and more importantly, within a linear timeline… which if we examine the route to healing, we know that it is anything but linear. So the stories we admire- have become essential tools in our disempowerment… More importantly, the linear timelines for resolution devalue the nonlinear routes in which healing and creative work follow.
For the Hands and Hearts workshop, we will focus on the outcome of being “healed” and resist creating ‘representative’ imagery during that response process. How do we work to cut away the things that prevent full-bodied healing, and how do we do this in connection with our hands? Uncover those answers, connect, and create through the Hands and Hearts Workshop!
Part II: Liminality or Communion, led by Sydney Francis, MFA-IA
In this part of the Pluto Process, we will be communing with our soul self through an experiential, sacred healing ceremony.
Part III: Integrating the New & Creating Transformation, led by Sydney Francis, MFA-IA
In the final part of the Pluto Process, we will again engage the hand-mind connection to bring forth our soul self to create a representational magical object. We will be doing an additive art process using a type of self-portraiture to create a transformed vision of ourselves, using our new perceptions. This final art piece will propel us forward in our healing journeys and become a positive trigger for our “healed self”.
Saturday, July 17th, 2021 Start at 3 pm
3 pm- 5 pm: Part I, Hands and Hearts workshop
5:00 pm Dinner by Sunshine Kitchen
6 pm - 8 pm: Hands and Hearts Workshop Continued
Sunday, July 18th, 2021 Start at 8:30
8:30 am Breakfast by Sunshine Kitchen
9:00- 11:00 am: Part II, Sacred Healing Ceremony
11:00 am Break
11:30- 1:00 pm: Part II, Sacred Healing Ceremony continued
1:00 pm Lunch by Sunshine Kitchen
2:00-5:30 pm: Part III, Integrating the New & Creating Transformation
We will be having vegetarian food catered by the Arizona Sunshine Kitchen, locally woman-owned since 2010 The food is vibrant, nourishing, and fresh!
1. “A liminal deity is a god or goddess in mythology who presides over thresholds, gates, or doorways; "a crosser of boundaries". Special types include dying-and-rising deities, various agricultural deities, and those who descend into the underworld: crossing the threshold between life and death representing the most fundamental of all boundaries.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminal
2. In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold") is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a rite of passage, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete. During a rite's liminal stage, participants "stand at the threshold" between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which completing the rite establishes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality#:~:text=In%20anthropology%2C%20liminality%20(from%20the,hold%20when%20the%20rite%20is