When the soul draws:
the tree, the home, the river, the labyrinth
A 8 week Heart/Arts based workshop on ancient wisdom and drawing
Using drawing, this new workshop in 8 sessions, explores the themes of the tree, home, river, labyrinth, as ways to explore participants' own stories, biographies, hopes, dreams enveloped by a cosmic understanding of each one's life's journey. We work with each theme in 2 sessions, the first focuses on the participants process, the second on an ancient wisdom text exploring each topic, and expanding it to a wider perspective. The texts used, coming from the various wisdom traditions, including the Iching, Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads, the Gospels, Rumi Poetry and others.
Drawing through the soul perspective, provides healing, personal and spiritual development, and deeper contact with the soul.
With the tree - we explore our ancestors, our family constellations and we expand into the large family of humankind. We will explore some excerpts from the Upanishads.
With the river - we explore the river of our lives until now… mapping its moments, its key points. We explore life as flow, constant stream, as explored by texts such as Tao Te Ching and I Ching
With the home - we explore our I, the expanded notion of our I, our home as being planet Earth, a living being holding a anima mundi as described by Plato.
With the labyrinth - we explore the path, the movement towards the future, always bearing in mind that there is a centre, always there, your soul to protect and nourish you. And how ultimately the path, the dharma, always takes you there, to your centre, to unity. We will explore texts from Rumi.
The workshop will happen both in my studio and online on zoom.
8 Saturdays: 15th, 22th, 29th January
5th, 12th, 19th 26th February
100 £ for the whole course
(concessions available, please email me if needed).
About Maria Lusitano
I am Maria Lusitano, an artist and teacher. My unique line of work weaves western science, spirituality, heart-centred mystical practices and art. I concluded a Master in fine art at Malmo Art Academy and then a PhD at the University of Westminster in 2015. I also hold a degree in Medicine concluded in 1997 (Portugal, EU) and was a practising doctor for 10 years. Since 2011 I engaged in a focused spiritual journey, and relentless quest for truth, working with Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen teachings, and exploring Sufism, both traditions working with dreams, leading to an intense spiritual awakening in 2016.
The spiritual awakening was just the beginning of a profoundly humbling experience, that led me towards more embodied heart centred meditative practices, by attending Helios Foundation and participating in their enlightenment intensive retreats.
I facilitated various arts-based workshops exploring the soul, on topics such as dreams, silence, drawing and soul, ancient wisdom texts, both in London and Portugal since 2015, in art museums (MAAT Lisbon) Artist-run spaces (Iklecktik, Nomadic School), Universities (Goldsmiths University) and in my studio.