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Shamanic Journey with the 120 for $120
April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
On April 18th, from 4-5 PM, Joan Mickelson will offer a short introduction to the ancient practice known as shamanic journeying. View one of the 120 pieces of art in the gallery, close your eyes, and discover a hidden story that is meaningful to you, the journeyer, and deepen your appreciation of the art. For over 25,000 years, men and women have enhanced their creativity, discovered a non-ordinary reality laying hidden behind our everyday reality, imagined, told, and written mythic and folk narratives, explored Nature, and engaged in self-healing through these methods. To the sound of a drum beat, participants will access the imagination by evoking the dream-like, Theta brainwave state of consciousness and indulge in a bit of creative writing. It is free and open to the public. Bring a notebook and pen with which to write the story you discover.
Over Joan’s career as an artist, puppet, and mask maker, she has had experience in textile arts, writing, sculpting, painting and performance. She taught classes as an Artist in Residence for the Minnesota State Arts Board and taught shamanic practice to both groups and individuals. She has studied meditation and Core shamanic techniques with teachers including Michael Harner, Tom Cowan, and Betsy Bergstrom. She is a graduate of Sandra Ingerman’s Two Year Teacher Training Program, has a degree in Holistic Healing from the University of Minnesota, and has studied Pschosynthesis and Guided Imagery with the Psychosythesis Institute of Minnesota. She wrote a play based upon a series of dreams, made the puppets, dolls and masks, and performed it on the stage of Red Eye Collaboration in Minneapolis. She was inspired to write the novel, A Mirror of Stones, when the characters first appeared to her while journeying into the pictures she saw in figured stones such as jasper and agate.