What is a Creative Recovery Group?
Creative Recovery Group is a small support group for recovering artists and recovering creatives.
The structure and activities of the group aim to nourish and enable participants to unblock their creativity in both their art work and personal life by successfully completing the 12-step artistic recovery course from the book “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron.
The Artist´s Way is a fascinating book and a challenging and effective opportunity to unblock and expand as an artist, to go deeper and wider in your personal growth, to enrich your life and make it more fulfilling and meaningful. Only reading the book and doing the course alone at home is enough to change your life, as it has changed mine and the lives of so many other people. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to reach the maximum of their potential as an artist or/and as a person.
Who can join in?
Why join a group, if you can do the course alone at home? Here are a few reasons people join my Creative Recovery Group:
– you have already read the book, you want to take the course but you cannot find the motivation to do it alone or you feel too insecure or too scared or you simply prefer to do it in a group.
– you have heard about the book and would like to try it out, but you never seem to find the time to buy the book and do the course and joining a group might give you this little push you need to get started on this.
– you have never heard of the book but as you are reading this it resonates with you: you feel blocked in your art work, you feel stuck, unhappy, unsuccessful, your projects are not going anywhere, you want to be more creative or you feel there is something missing from your life. You feel it is the right time and the right way to do something like this, because you prefer groups rather than working alone.
This is a challenging course. It will require a thorough examination of your life as it is, it will ask you to change habits and dysfunctional behaviour patterns, it will open up fields to battle your demons and fears and it will give you the tools to win the battle. At the end of the course you are someone with an interesting creative everyday life and someone who is actually making art work!
The book itself provides a lot of support to go through these challenges and you should not be discouraged to do the course alone at home if this is what you want. IT WORKS either way.
Being part of the group will offer you additional support and guidance when you need it, as well as feedback and some extra insight. As you go through the different stages of your recovery, you can share your difficulties and feel comforted knowing that other people are facing the same difficulties as you are, and – that is the most exciting part for me- you can also share and celebrate victories and achievements of your new recovered creative self!
What happens during the sessions?
The group meets for 2 hours every week. Participants commit to attending the group every week to the maximum of their ability, which creates a framework of safety and support for everybody.
Most of the work and exercises on the book is done alone at home . During the two hours of the group session we share experiences of our recovery week and do some group exercises to support and enhance the creative and spiritual process as well as our self awareness.
Where and when
The groups run currently in Amsterdam De Pijp area at ” The Mad Tea Party Bathroom” (please click on contact for the exact address).
There is currently a group meeting on Tuesdays 19:00-21.00 (this group is currently full).
What is the participation fee ?
Participation fee is 20 euros per session.
*sessions can be paid either weekly or monthly.
**sessions are paid even in the case of absence.
***for commitment purposes in the case that a participant wishes to leave the group before the termination of their course 50% of the fee for the remaining sessions will be applied.
How to join in.
There is a maximum of 5 participants in a creative recovery group.
There is a waiting list for new participants to join in when a space is emptied or when there are enough participants in the waiting list to form a new group (date and time to be decided). To get your name on the waiting list and reserve a space please email or call (please click on contact)
The group breaks for three months in the summer (June, July, August) and for two weeks during Christmas/New Year holidays.