Hunting the Heart of The Blue Deer
Hunting the Heart of The Deer
April 24 to 27, June 26 to 29, 2014
A powerful quest into nature and your inner world to experience the healing that comes from observation, creativity, the heart and imagination.
This workshop is your chance to hunt down truths in your life and soul - using the artistic process.
The workshop is called 'Hunting the Heart of the Deer', because it is inspired by the Mexican Huichol traditions, at the center of which is the practice of understanding the living archetype of the blue deer (Kayumari) which brings messages to the people from Spirit, a deep connection with the universe, your self, and life force as love. We will explore this philosophy through a revealing creative process, delving into art techniques with colour, charcoal, and other materials to enliven the senses, bring warmth and trust to experience a conscious connection to the images within, and force by which nature herself creates. Over the few days you will awaken new powers of self observation, and begin your journey of enquiry, to prayer, to vision, to art.
What will be the purpose of your hunt? Come armed with the arrows of your intent, and the deer will open both your eyes and your heart, and you will see!
Eleanor Darley is a transpersonal arts counsellor and practioner of curanderismo (healing) in the Mexica (Mexican) tradition. She has trained for ten years with a traditional curandera from Mexico and for four years in anthroposophical art therapy at the Tobias school of art and therapy. Her work as an artist explores how art heals, and how the creative process can bring greater physical well-being, self-awareness, inner peace and a sense of spiritual connection.
I first met Eleanor at a super powered conference in London over a year ago. It was about art networking and so utterly pretentious and lacking in feeling or any empathy with the needs of humanity (ironically there was an anti capitalism protest camp in the Square outside) and this sent us into near hysterics and I was touched by her warmth and humour before I even knew what she did in life. Over the last two years she has worked with art and therapy across different projects mainly based in Mexico, and I admire her courage and commitment, working as she does with few amenities and not a little personal hardship. A workshop not to miss.
Watch her work with Huichol children on