Motherland: Healing Our Mother Stories

 

31 Days of Creative Prompts, Connected Community and Soulful Sharing 

Beginning May 1, 2019

Motherland cradle me, close my eyes, 
Lullaby me to sleep.
Keep me safe, lie with me, 
Stay beside me don’t go.
Don’t you go.
— Natalie Merchant

Throughout the many years of my art journaling journey I have returned again and again to the topic of motherhood. Whether telling my own story as a mother or going deeper into the stories of my mother and me--and even my mother's own stories--my journaling practice has prompted profound revelations and been an instrument of transformation for me. My relationships with my mom and my children have been forever changed--in a very positive way--by the self-discovery that I have experienced in this process.

For this reason, I believe that there is a kind of soulful power that comes with the work we do in our journals. Through the process of peeling back the layers of our mother stories we can touch deeper understanding, deeper compassion, and an imperative for truth-telling. Our mother stories are a part of the fabric of our own beings. They are part of our histories, our present and our futures. I could talk for days about my mother stories and never tire of the retelling, reimagining, and revealing.

Please join me for the entire month of May, online, unraveling our mother stories.

You’ll get:

  • Daily prompts for creativity, journaling, expressive movement, and more.

  • Weekly live Zoom video calls.

  • A private Facebook group.

  • Deep listening, witnessing and connecting with others longing to explore this potent topic in an intimate, creative community.

What better way to honor yourself, your mother and your Creative Spirit?

We all have mothers. Some of us are mothers. Even those of us with absent mothers, have mothers whose presence is defined by that absence. Mother and all that that conjures up is one of the most defining elements of who we are, for better or for worse. This is all incredible fodder for the art journal!

During this month we will: 

  • Connect with the stories that shape us

  • Tell our stories

  • Look at our mothers’ own stories

  • Find the imagery that resonates 

  • Give voice to our wordless heart


Who Am I?

I’m Susie Stonefield Miller, midwife to your creative spirit. I’m a person-centered expressive arts facilitator, an inspired life guide, an artist, and a teacher, passionate about:

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  • introducing you to the shy inner artist who’s lived inside you your whole life, longing to come out

  • guiding you on a journey to self-love and transformation through creative expression

  • creating loving and supportive circles of women and other tender-hearted folk through clear and gentle boundaries and expectations

  • teaching online and in person

I’m all about the Deep Dive. To me, creative expression is the best way to transformation and we don’t get there by floating on the surface making pretty pictures. I mean that. This is not about your Instagram feed. This is about digging into your TRUTH with creativity. This is what I’m passionate about.

And being person-centered means I am not the one with all the information about what you need. It means I trust you to know what’s best for your journey. I’ll be honest and clear and supportive. I will walk alongside you as you go, but I’m not the one who can tell you, “Go here. Do this. Do that.” I’m not your boss. But, if you need a really grounded guide, I’m totally your girl.

And I’ll hold your hand all the way.


I have never felt more accepted, more encouraged, and more peaceful than I did doing the work of this class. I am grateful beyond words for Susie and her work.

-Henni Hinders

 

Susie has a really special gift. Her presence is almost more powerful than anything. She let’s you be vulnerable and prompts you with some encouraging words to calm your inner critic.

~ Rochelle Porzio

 
 

Who is this online course for?

This is for you if…

• You’re ready to transform your relationship with your mother stories.

• You’re ready to let go of all the crap we’ve been handed from our families, our society, our religions, and time immemorial about being a GOOD mother.

• You’re ready to approach motherhood from a totally new perspective.

• You’re ready to grieve and let go of the feelings of loss, longing, anger, and disappointment that relate to your mother story.

• You’re longing for a creative outlet for all the stuff that’s bubbling under the surface.

• You’re ready to heal your relationship with your mother and your self.

• You’re looking for other women to connect with so that you don't feel so alone swimming in these treacherous waters.

• You’re a Susie Miller groupie and want more. 

• You’re new to art journaling but still interested in being creative. ✶

• You’re an experienced art journaler and you want to go deeper. 

You’re ready to enter Motherland!


✶ If you’d like to learn more about art journaling I recommend that you take my intro course, Start Art Journaling!, while you wait for this course to begin, or simultaneously. That way you'll get lots of great technique ideas as well as superb guidance on how to approach the page, journaling techniques and more foundational pieces.

And if you register for Motherland by March 31st, you get Start Art Journaling! for free!


FAQs

Q: When will we get the lessons and pdfs?

A: Beginning Wednesday, May 1st, you’ll receive daily emails with prompts and invitations to create. Pdfs will be downloadable from the emails.

Q: How long can I access the course materials?

A: All content will arrive via email. You can download and save all the pdfs when you get them or later. The Facebook group will remail open after the course ends at the end of May.

Q: How is the course set up?

A: The course is set up in 31 lessons. Each day you’ll receive an email with a prompt. Our Facebook group will be open 24/7 for you to share your pages, ask questions, and connect with others on the prompts and topics that arise. In the Facebook group you’ll also have access to videos I record for you. There will also be four live Zoom video calls in which you’ll have an opportunity to share your work and stories.

Q: When will the Zoom calls take place?

A: This will depend on the range of time zones participants come from and the number of people enrolled in the course. I will do my best to accommodate as many time zones and needs as possible!

Q: What if I can't make a Zoom call?

A: All Zoom calls will be recorded and then posted to the group on Facebook and on our website. You'll be able to access the recording within 24 hours of the call. 

Q: How much time should I allot for each lesson?

A: That is completely up to you as an individual. Some prompts will invite you to dive deep and may even open up doors and passageways you never knew were there. Some will be less complex, asking of you less deep processing. You'll want to read the emails and then spend time being creative. You don't have to do all the prompts, but you can! And as for how much time you spend on an art journal page, well, there are no rules! 

Q: Is there a specific time-frame in which I should do the work?

A: With this type of course, I recommend daily or almost daily journaling, but only an hour or so, unless you are inspired to do more. 

Q: Why is there a Facebook group?

A: The Facebook group is an intrinsic part of our community connection. Inside the group you’ll share your photos and videos of your work, see others’ work, comment, and have conversations. It’s a place to connect on a daily basis, talking about the prompts, and the videos.

Q: Do I have to have a Facebook account?

A: I recommend it, but it's not required. If you don't want to be on Facebook proper, you can sign in just to our group and not wander the rest of the site. Or, you can skip the Facebook community, but that is where a lot of conversation, sharing and connection will happen, so again, I recommend it.

Q: What do I need to do to get the most out of the course?  

A: A computer and internet access, a Zoom account, a Facebook account, and art supplies.  

Q: I've never art journaled before but this really speaks to me. Can I do this?

A: You certainly can, because this course is about the process of creativity being the avenue to healing. It’s not about making a work of art. There are lots of art journaling courses out there that will help you create ART journals. But this one is not that. (You are encouraged to take my intro course, Start Art Journaling! while you wait for this course to begin or simultaneously with this course. That way you'll get superb guidance on how to approach the page, journaling techniques and more foundational pieces plus lots of great technique tutorials, as well.)

Q: I don't own any art supplies. Can I do this?

A: You don’t need much to do this work. A sketchbook, some paints, brushes, (or pastels or markers) scissors, glue, pens, and a pile of old magazines are what I recommend as the basics. As part of this program you'll receive a full list of supplies that can easily be purchased either online or in your local arts and crafts store. Even better, many of the supplies you'll need are found at home.

Q: What if I get stuck in the middle of making a page?

A: The Facebook group is a great place to post images and ask for guidance. You can also shoot me an email and we can talk! It's not uncommon to feel stuck. It's all part of the creative process!

Q: Can I share the course website and login information with my friends?

A: No. I have worked very hard to give you a beautiful and inspiring course full of content. I would love to have your friends join us the proper way by registering. Thank you for honoring this request. I also promise to respect you by honoring the time and money you have spent for the course by giving you a beautiful finished product.

Q: What if I'm not happy with the course? Can I get a refund?

A: Because of the digital nature of this course, once it has begun there will be no refunds. You may cancel up to the day before the course starts for a 50% refund of your fees or 100% credit towards another course or offering.