Emergence © Jessi Thompson – Contact Joan@lifeforcearts.org to purchase artwork.

Saturday January 13, 2024
3:30-5:30 PM CT
Attend in person or via zoom
$55/$45 Early Registration by January 6



This workshop is part of the 6 week Healing Arts Intensive “The Cave & The Seed Within” Click here to sign up for the full Intensive.


The theme of this session is related to emerging from your inner cave and finding yourself outside in view of the stars.  That is exactly what we will do here.  In order to see the stars, first you must face the darkness.  In this session, we will provide a safe space for you to engage in dialogue, by starting with a Loving Kindness Meditation. 
From there, we will use some targeted journaling prompts to deeply engage our innermost selves and analyze how we each may be holding ourselves back in achieving our goals.  At this time, we won’t delve too deeply, out of respect for everyone’s privacy.  
If you have never done Shadow Work before, this session should provide everything you need to get started and it will show you the benefit of this type of work.  If you have done Shadow Work before, some of this is likely to be familiar, and it will still benefit you, because we will be focused specifically on your subconscious feelings around the goal you chose for this course. 
Afterwards, we will each do a painting to symbolize our goal.  The painting is carefully chosen to be easy and beautiful for people with no painting or drawing experience and is designed to capture the moment of emergence from your cave, when the world opens to you.
What to bring
For journaling: materials for writing, such as a notebook and pen, or computer
For painting: Participants who come in person will be provided materials for the painting. Participants on zoom, please have your own materials such as: small canvas or thick paper, dark blue or black acrylic paint, white acrylic paint, brushes, white acrylic paint pen and scratch paper.

About Jessi Thompson: I grew up in South Texas, where I studied art for many years under Ruth Ann Taylor. I went to college at Tulane University in New Orleans where I got a Bachelor of Arts, focusing on studio art. I have lived in the Chicago area for 10 years. While I still struggle to define my own style, one of the overarching themes of all my works is the interaction of light and shadow, particularly unconventional light, shine, and glow. Some of my favorite themes are the sanctity of nature, the sanctity within, and the struggle with darkness, difficulty, and doubt. I also like to paint abstract work, partly as personal therapy and partly as a pure study of composition, itself.

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Artmaking workshop with Jessi Thompson. $45 Early Registration

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Questions? contact Joan at joan@lifeforcearts.org or 773-327-7224

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Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.