Healing Arts Intensive "Selkie" Orientation - Life Force Arts Ensemble

With Joan Forest Mage and Natalja Aicardi

6 sessions of powerful transformation based in the Life Force Arts Method 

June 28 – August 2 2021

Mondays, 7 – 9 PM, $240/$180 Early Registration by June 21 for all 6 sessions 

this class will be held via video conferencing

photo: Hillary Johnson

Do you need to get back to your real self, to be “in your own skin” in an environment that supports the real you? Come learn from the tale of the Selkie, a magical person who can shapeshift between being a Seal and a human.  She knows who she is, but her skin is stolen, and she tries to fit in, living among humans. Eventually, she returns to her true essence and goes back to the sea where she belongs. Return to your own skin in this Healing Art Intensive, a 6 week group therapeutic process through the arts designed as a life-changing experience of transformation. Facilitated by Joan Forest Mage. This archetypal Selkie story informs one of four Healing Arts Intensives that Life Force Arts Ensemble is exploring in conjunction with our current art exhibit, The Soul’s Essence.

The 6 Sessions

1) Orientation – Monday, June 28, 1 – 3 PM

2) Issues & Goals –  Monday, July 5, 1 – 3 PM

3) Arts Class –  Monday, July 12, 1 – 3 PM – The Selkie Experience with Natalja Aicardi

4) Writing–  Monday, July 19, 1 – 3 PM

5) LFAE Performance “In My Own Skin: Selkie’s Choice”  Monday, July 26, 1 – 3 PM

6) Closure –  Monday, August 2, 1 – 3 PM

The Healing Arts Intensive triggered an understanding that there IS a common thread in my art—my underlying purpose to help people… I could not have imagined the shift I underwent from the first session until the end. I shed the old identity to see what was below the surface. My focus shifted, my understanding of my gifts was clarified.” Lisa Nomikos

What is a Healing Arts Intensive?

A Healing Arts Intensive is group therapeutic process through the arts designed as a life-changing experience of transformation and healing in community. Healing Arts Intensives are based in the Life Force Arts Method (LFAM), a powerful psychological and spiritual tool for understanding life from our most inner world to our most outer world. Participants focus on a personal Transformational Goal which they manifest through observing and creating visual art, writing, dance, theater, and music. Each Intensive is built around a performance of Life Force Arts Ensemble which Intensive participants attend. The Ensemble creates an energy healing performance based on archetypal stories with sound healing, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and shamanic journey meditation in the sacred space created by our art exhibits.

The Format

~ Each Healing Arts Intensive has a group of six to eight participants guided by a Facilitator
~There are six sessions, usually meeting once per week for six weeks. The sessions are 2 hours each

Session 1: Orientation  – Intro to LFAM (practicing with fellow group members) and creation of Transformational Goals based on Keywords of the 4 Skills of LFAM. Discussion of the background of the LFAE Performance that the group will be attending: its theme, Main Text, visuals/artwork, music, and movement

Session 2: Issues & Goals  – Discussion, writing, and drawing to examine the issues related to each of the 4 Skills of LFAM, and how they interact with each participant’s Transformational Goal and the theme of the performance

Session 3: Arts Class – Participants are led in creating writing such as poetry or storytelling for possible inclusion in the improvisational section of the performance. Other suggestions may include songs or dance/movement themes for the performers to do

Session 4: Writing – Participants engage in creating with one or more of the arts (writing, visual art, dance, theater, music, storytelling) to gain further insight and healing.

Session 5: LFAE Performance

Session 6: Closure – Participants explore the arts and divination techniques to complete Transformational Goals and bring Closure to the group. Each participant has the opportunity to reflect on and share the outcome of their experience and Transformation~Between the sessions, participants are guided in designing their own individual self-reflective and artistic practices as part of the process of accomplishing their Transformational Goal

Tuition Credit Policy for Healing Arts Intensives

There are no refunds for Healing Arts Intensives, but tuition credit for future Intensives may be issued as follows:
If you have paid for a Healing Arts Intensive, but you do not attend ANY of the sessions, you are given a tuition credit for the full amount of the Intensive which can be applied to a future Intensive. This tuition credit must be used within one year from the date of the initial Intensive Orientation.

If you attend ONLY THE ORIENTATION session of the Intensive but none of the other sessions, you are given a tuition credit of half of the admission price you paid for the Intensive. This tuition credit can be applied to a future Intensive. This tuition credit must be used within one year from the date of the initial Intensive Orientation.

If you attend two or more sessions of the Intensive, you do not receive a tuition credit for any sessions you do not attend.

Details Price Qty
HAI Selkie - Early Registrationshow details + $180.00 (USD)  
HAI Selkie - Regular Registrationshow details + $240.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
June 22, 2021

  • June 28, 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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LFAE logoAll of our events may be attended online through Zoom or in person at Life Force Arts Center 1609 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL.


Once you have registered, you will need to let us know if you are planning on attending through zoom or in person so that we can provide you with the link to your class.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 773.327.7224 or info@LifeForceArts.org.
We look forward to connecting with you!