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Alchemical Art: The Unconscious and Art Making

Carl Jung recognized that Alchemy, the process of turning basic metals into gold, was a metaphor for psychological development.  It demonstrates the process of transforming everyday awareness into deeper consciousness of oneself and the nature of the soul.
This class will appeal to anyone interested in psychology, creative self-exploration, Jungian thought or art.
Through two highly experiential days, you will learn to employ the attitude of the alchemist, emphasizing the use of experimentation and observation.  You will experiment with texture, color and image while observing your emotional and psychological states as you do so.  You will observe signs and symbols as they appear on the paper and learn to reflect on their personal or collective meaning.
Though you will be working with paint and collage, you need absolutely no art experience or skill.  This very user friendly method is designed to encourage experimentation and self-reflection while deemphasizing aesthetics.
You will leave the course with a mixed media art technique that you can use for ongoing self-discovery.
You will also learn about Jungian concepts such as Active Imagination and symbol emergence through didactic teaching sections. These ideas will become alive and tangible through the mixed media art process.

Taught by Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT.  Course meets the qualifications for 11 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Felicia Matto-Shepard (CAMFT provider #030822) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Felicia Matto-Shepard maintains responsibility for the course and its content.    For special needs, please contact me directly.  Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you following the class.
Grievances can be sent in writing to Felicia Matto Shepard, 1 Bodega Ave #3,Petaluma CA 94952
Educational Goals
To educate therapists regarding Alchemy as a metaphoric template for psychological development.
To educate therapists regarding Jung’s map of the psyche and its relevance in psychological development.
To increase therapist’s comfort level with process art and creativity.
To provide a model for identifying and addressing unconscious material utilizing creative practices.
To practice applicable tools that therapists can apply in sessions.
Schedule 10 am to 4 :00 pm.  CE’s are not granted for time on lunch breaks
Day One:
Introduction to Alchemy as a metaphor for psychological transformation
Psychological Change
Lunch break
Projection and the Unconscious
Art Making and Active Imagination
Day Two:
Art Making and Active Imagination, continued
Lunch break
Practices for creative active imagination




2 Fridays: Aug 12 & Aug 26, 2022
10am – 4:00 pm


Studio One, Petaluma


$300 includes most materials

$35 optional 10 CE’s available MFT/LCSW/PPC

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation for Studio One Events*

The following policies are not based upon the reason for cancellation.

One day events:
Cancellations received more than 7 days before the event, I will refund your enrollment fee minus a $40 administrative fee.
Cancellations received 7 days or less before the event: No refund. If I can fill your spot, you will receive a credit, minus a $40 administrative fee.

Multiple day events:
Cancellations received more than 45 days before a multiple- day event: Refund, minus a $40 administrative fee.
Cancellations received between 45 and 15 days prior to the first day of the event:
• Apply enrollment fee toward a future workshop, minus a $40 administrative fee
• Receive a refund minus a $200 cancellation fee.

Cancellations received 15 days or less before the first day of the event:
• No refund. If I can fill your spot, you will receive a credit, minus a $100 administrative fee.

*For events sponsored by other organizations, please see that organization’s cancellation policy

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