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Student Perspectives

Read what our past students have to say about their experiences in The Artist Way Asheville 12 Week Course.

Tiziana Severse: Rediscovered the Love and Joy of Art

Two albums and one broken up band into my musical career, I felt frustrated, washed up, and certain that I would never amount to anything as a solo artist. The Artist Way course helped me get in touch with why I started making music in the first place; the...

Nate Meltzer: Learned how to Access his Artistic Muse

The Artist’s Way was a transformational experience for me. It has been a year since embarking on this journey, and in this time-frame I have reconnected with my creativity and have learned how to come into more direct contact with my artistic muse. I still do the morning pages...

Jim Biddle: More Present, Accepting, Heartfelt, and Joyous

Are you ready to embrace life fully? The Artist’s Way workshop is not just for artists.  As a physician, I recommend it to folks ready to activate some creative aspect of their life, to folks going thru a major life transition, and to folks who are just finally ready to embrace life...

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artistswayThe Artist Way Mini-Course

Led by Anna Ferguson at Still Point Wellness
$120 per person
Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 6 Sessions
October 16 – November 20
Limit 10 people

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The Artist’s Way was written by Julia Cameron based on her own creative recovery and her experience in helping other blocked artists discover the joy of creativity. For over 20 years people have been using Julia’s proven methods to excavate the habits, ideas, and thought patterns that keep them blocked and create new ones that support self-expression, joy, and fun.

The course is based on the premise that each one of us is creative by nature. As Julia says:
We are all creative. Creativity is a natural life force that all can experience in one form or another. Just as blood is part of our physical body and is nothing we must invent, creativity is part of us and we each can tap into the greater creative energies of the universe and pull from that vast, powerful spiritual wellspring to amplify our own individual creativity.

Our course follows the spirit of Julia’s work faithfully. Our purpose is to provide support and guidance through the 6 week commitment as well as add the essential element of in-person community that Julia emphasizes in her notes. In addition, we incorporate hands on projects, gentle movement breaks, and weekly reminder emails.

More questions? Want to sign up? Email or call 828-348-5372

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Recent Blog Posts

April 2, 2013 |

Nick Andrea: Risky Transpersonal Magic

Risky. “The Artist’s Way, yeah, that sounds interesting. I’ve been meaning to take it for some time,” said a painter friend whose studio I yesterday visited as part of my own artistic recovery. “Prepare to get your socks knocked off,” I replied. “You can’t throw yourself into this course without it shaking up your life.” Why? Because to be an artist is to be fully present. To be fully present is to acknowledge the truth. To acknowledge the truth is to leave no stone unturned, my shadow included. In other words, art entails facing my fears. Sensing this for years, I kept my creativity under wraps, like a small plant, barely watered and kept...

August 8, 2012 |

How do you find creative identity?

My father was an Appalachian fiddler who also played guitar, mandolin, accordion, and piano. As a boy growing up in Western North Carolina, he taught me how to play the guitar. As soon as I learned enough cords to play rhythm, he started taking me to the old time music circles that gathered almost every night somewhere in Buncombe county. The musicians came from all walks of life, tobacco farmers, nurses, lawyers, mechanics, truck drivers, plumbers. If you asked any one of them what they did, they would say, “I play music.” Because they loved playing music, the question of their creativity identities never came up. Playing music was second nature. It never occurred...

June 12, 2012 |

Garbage Art: A Freeing Process!

Last night our latest group of artist way journeyers had great fun putting together what we call “garbage art”. We brought in all sorts of knicknacks, recyclables, old art supplies and other stuff we didn’t want and made fun and free pieces of expression. Try it yourself! Go around your house and collect stuff you’ve been wanting to get rid of or other types of trash that can be transformed and make something! We used glue and duct tape as our main modes of putting stuff together. More beautiful garbage...

May 9, 2012 |

What has the Artist’s Way given me?

Recently, Mado and I were considering what the Artist’s Way has given us over the years. This was a great exercise for me, as the more I thought about it, the more I was amazed at how much I have learned and grown from this process. The first thing I thought of was it has given me the space to hear the creative voice. The tool of the morning pages has been a phenomenal aid in clearing out the static of old thoughts and habits that were holding me back from being creative. Next, it’s given me huge enthusiasm for the process of creativity. I can play now. I play often, and most importantly,...

October 3, 2011 |

Ira Glass on Becoming an Artist


August 22, 2011 |

Group Art!


April 19, 2011 |

Another Haiku

The sun warmed my face. What a trick you played on me. Know I love you still. –Kerri...

April 18, 2011 |


In this exercise, participants were asked to create haiku’s about their creative blocks. They chose blocks suggested by Julia Cameron in Chapter 10, or made up their own. They were asked to created 4 Haikus: 1: On the nature of their block, 2: Seeing their block with compassion, 3: Writing about their devotion/addiction to their block, 4: Making fun of it! Below are some of the poems created in our group meeting on 4/12/11. Enjoy! Sex by Leigh Bailey Withheld from myself in effort of improve chi channeled energy. Sensual touching Sine waves flowing toward me giving orgasm. Beside myself I, See the door opening for; pleasure seeking Hot words dripping sweat Down my...

February 15, 2011 |

Our Life Is a Work of Art–Thich Nhat Hanh

From the chapter titled “Our Life Is a Work of Art”: When we do not trouble ourselves about whether or not something is a work of art, if we just act in each moment with composure and mindfulness, each minute of our life is a work of art.  Even when we are not painting or writing, we are still creating.  We are pregnant with beauty, joy, and peace, and we are making life more beautiful for many people.  Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word “art”.  If we just act  with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don’t have to talk about it at all. ...

December 23, 2010 |

Pope McElvy: The Artist’s Way workshop changed my life.

The Artist’s Way workshop has literally changed my life. In my youth I was an artist with my paintings hanging in many homes and I was a musician who played my own compositions for audiences, small and large. While living in Germany in the late 60’s, I performed my songs on national German television and Ed Ames, of the Ames Brothers, (if you know who they are, you are probably old, too) performed one of my songs on national German radio. In short, I loved to perform and share my music. This continued well into the 70’s, but somewhere along the way, I lost my enthusiasm for performing and slowly my creative juices atrophied...

August 27, 2010 |

Endings and Beginnings

This is the first time that we have ended a session and started another one the next week. It is bittersweet to conclude each session; so proud of the progress you all have made and yet sad that we won’t get to see each other as often. Our last meeting on Monday was followed by cake and peanuts provided by the effervescent E-Claire Hudson complete with thank you cards for each and every member of the group. How incredibly lovely (and incredibly Southern). At the same time I am in a flurry of registering new people, answering questions, keeping records. I notice that I am having to do less explaining of what our classes...

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