The Way of Transition:
a Deep Dive into the Uncharted Territory of Life Change
an 8-week online creativity + transformation program
using art journaling + supportive community
to move from LOST to FOUND
weekly art journaling prompts + videos + juicy content
live video calls (on Zoom) + private Facebook group
mentoring from a seasoned, heart-centered facilitator
Begins September 5th!
“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
What is transition? Growth, chaos, upheaval, doldrums? Possibility, opportunity, excitement?
Depending on the kind of transition you are in the middle of (or at the beginning or end of), you may be experiencing some or all of the above. Which can be both exhilarating and excruciating.
Endings. Beginnings. The in-between.
There are so many kinds of transitional paths we could be on.
Losing someone. Divorce. Diagnosis. Moving. Retiring. Empty-nesting. Coming out. Letting go...and more...
Whatever your particular situation, you are experiencing life on new terms and feeling the discomfort of birthing a new identity.
“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”
- Elizabeth Lesser, author
Isn't life itself one long period of transition?
Some transitions are experiences we expect to encounter. Some come at us out of left field. Some we actually enter into by choice! In The Way of Transition Online, we’ll examine transitions in our lives and we’ll see how the differences between the particular circumstances influence how we adjust to them emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Living through a transition, no matter what it is or how it shows up in our lives, feels a lot like a rollercoaster.
There are high highs and low lows. We can be feeling on top of everything one day and then experience a super fast downhill swoosh!, all the way down to the rocky bottom of our self-confidence. We can feel the pits of grief, even if our transition was something we chose to enter into and had nothing at all to do with death. At some points in a transition we may feel in control and “take charge and get it all done” and at other points we may find ourselves in the midst of total upheaval and chaos. And we can find ourselves bobbing along on what I like to call “The Sea of the In Between,” long after the change occurs but with no end in sight.
Living through a transition is an emotional experience.
It’s a spiritual experience.
It’s a physical experience.
And for eight weeks in The Way of Transition Online, it’s also a creative experience!
You can talk to your friends and talk to your therapist and talk to yourself. And you can take creative action for self-care.
That's where I come in.
What is art journaling?
Art journaling is a no-rules creative and artistic practice that is about the process not the product. It's all about the journey, not the destination. Using a combination of color, line, imagery, and words and your intuition, you'll dig deep into what's churning around inside of you, pull it out into the light, and then step back. Ahhhhhh. Such relief. Such release! Such insight! There's nothing else quite like it.
Get out of your head and into your heart and onto the page.
"I think art journaling is definitely different from any other type of art. Not that you can’t express yourself through a figure drawing or a landscape, but the journal is emotional artwork. It’s a very intentional and intimate way to express yourself."
- Kelsey B.
In times when it feels like nothing you can do will make a difference for the better...
In times when you are feeling so confused and overwhelmed you don't have any idea what step to take next...
The creative act is a step you can take and something you can do that will make a difference. Creativity is self-love and self-care.
This is something I know with all my heart.
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:
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 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.
“Thank you so much for being you and for bringing this circle of women together to grow and heal.”
“It is the revealing and transformative nature of what happens when I art journal that continues to amaze me. And it’s the transformativeness that draws me to keep doing this...to keep wanting to keep doing this."
~ Susan Wheeler
The topic of transition has fascinated me my entire adult life. I've studied it, mentored people through it, art journaled about it, and saved my own life through that process.
Now, I'm offering you the opportunity to work with me and a group of kindred hearts, to take a look at transitions and commit to a creative eight weeks of soulwork, self-reflection, and self-compassion. The Way of Transition will be a chance for you to peel back the layers on your own story, find some solid ground, and step out onto the path with more confidence. Your transition journey (most likely) won't come to an end in our time together, but by leaning into your story and uncovering your intuitive wisdom (as well as the wisdom of community) you'll feel your feet more firmly on land again.
The Way of Transition offers you:
a private Way of Transition class website where you'll easily find the videos, downloadable pdf links, recordings, and more content
weekly videos from me
a private Way of Transition Facebook group
feedback and mentoring from me in our private Facebook group
art journaling prompts (downloadable pdf)
worksheets (downloadable pdf)
live weekly* calls for the group to get to know each other, share our stories, and share our work
a downloadable e-book of all course prompts available at the end of the course
*There will be a one week pause in the middle (due to the Jewish High Holy days) which will allow you extra time to catch up, dive deep or pause as well.
Some of my art journaling pages inspired by transitions...
• Ready for transformation and a way through the transitions you're experiencing ? Then, this course is for you!
• Feeling overwhelmed by the feelings of grief, anxiety, fear, anger, etc. and longing for creative guidance through it? Then, this course is for you!
• Looking for a way to get creative without the pressure of making a "work of art"? Then, this course is for you!
• Looking for people to connect with so that you don't feel so alone navigating these treacherous waters? Then, this course is for you!
• Love working with Susie and wanting more? Then, this course is for you!
• Have some experience with art journaling and want to go deeper? Then, this course is for you!
• New to art journaling but still interested? Yep, this course is for you, too! But I also recommend that you take my intro course, Start Art Journaling!, 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 sign up for the Way of Transitions by August 15th you’ll get Start Art Journaling! for free!
Rest assured that Susie has built her programs with your well-being and safety in mind. The environment is non-judgmental and open. You can explore ANYthing and EVERYthing!
~ Jennifer Martin
Q: When will we get the lessons and pdfs?
A: Every Thursday new lessons will be shared with you. You'll get an email reminder with a link to our private course website.
Q: How long can I access the course materials?
A: You can download and save all the pdfs as soon as they're available (and there will be a pdf ebook of all prompts available at the end of the course). The course will be available to you as long as Unfold Classroom exists.
Q: How is the course set up?
A: The course is set up in seven weekly lessons. (There is one extra week, however, due to the Jewish High Holy days. There will be no call on 10/9. That week will be a “catch up” week, allowing everyone to dive in more deeply, catch up or pause for a few days.)
Each Thursday you'll receive an email with a link to the course private website and the newest available lesson. Within each week's lesson there'll be a recorded video from me, written content, 2-3 art journaling prompts and worksheets, AND a live Zoom conference call link for you to connect with others in the community, talk about the week's theme and what came up in your art making, and more.
Each Wednesday we’ll have our Zoom calls.
All week our private Facebook group will be open 24/7 for you to share your pages, ask questions, and converse.
Q: When will the Zoom calls take place?
A: Calls will take place on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm PST. *If enough participants can’t attend the calls at this time/day, we’ll find another time that works for as many 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. You'll want to spend time watching the weekly videos (which will vary in length from 10-30 minutes), reading the material, and then responding to the prompts through art journaling. Plus...2 hours weekly for our Zoom calls. 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: I recommend blocking some time off weekly if you want to do this as part of the live community. However, since you will be able to access the information any time that works for you even after the course ends, you can do the work as it works for you.
Q: Why is there a Facebook group?
A: Inside the Facebook group is where we'll be able to connect on a daily basis, talking about the prompts, the videos, and sharing our work. Each person will have a personal "easel" where they'll be able to post photos of their pages and where others can comment. It's a great way to build and feel part of a community, which is an intrinsic part of this course! Connection!
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, but I recommend that you take my intro course, Start Art Journaling!, simultaneously. 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. You can get Start Art Journaling! free if you register in the Early Bird period.
Q: I don't own any art supplies. Can I do this?
A: 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.