Workshops
  • Can be tailored to suit any space and  need.

  • Participants are oriented to a variety of simple art materials

  • Warm ups are offered to engage participants directly with art materials

  • No expectation to produce a specific image

  • Technique is de-emphasized so that the natural creativity of the individual is allowed expression

  • A non-judgmental discussion of artwork is facilitated to explore its significance and promote insight.

  • Opens up new possibilities of understanding often revealing aspects of the self  not previously evident.

workshops and classes vary in size and backgrounds of participants and do not require any previous experience or artistic talent




The Authentic Self and the False Self

The Authentic Self and the False Self Seem to Speak in Different Languages. 

They have different voices and speak of different things? What are they speaking of? Do we know the 

difference? What are they trying to tell us? Who do they belong to? Is there a place for both of them? 

Sessions are framed within an arts-based and mythopoetic inquiry into these voices and the inner figures 

they are connected to in relation to the Self, the Ego, the Persona and the Shadow archetypes.



 

Every other Monday starting December 4, 2017 6:00-8:30 @ Studio 556 (556 Toronto St. Victoria)

Call 778-433-8354 or email: sgruebsa@lynx.net to register. Drop ins welcome. www.inner-image.ca

Fee: $75 includes materials and tea

 


                        The Role of Supervision                          in Working with the "Disturber" in Therapy.     
A  Model for Mythopoetic Mentoring

 

In the disquiet of the countertransference the disturber within is intimating an unconscious call for a change of attitude. Supervision includes this intimate inner figure as archetypal, entering the imaginal field and-in an atmosphere of support and mirroring of the professional-self of the practitioner- is invited to be guided by the contents of the counter transference itself. Symbolically, the disturber is transformational even in its own infant stage of impacting the intersubjective field. Assisting in the development of the transformative potential of the disturber calls for the discernment of its deeper intent, or ulterior motive we might say.

The disturber has much to say. It often has many demands and criticisms practitioners hear as a subliminal narrative that can disrupt their confidence and competence as professionals. From the perspective of the proposed model of mythopoetic mentoring the practices of deep democracy, archetypal action and seeing symbolically are introduced as tools for working directly with the disturber as it arises in response to the conscious and unconscious guests of the transference phenomenon.


TBA (inquiries welcome)
6:00 - 8:30
Fee is $70 - 80.

Previous Group Sessions that may be requested


A Mythopoetic Inquiry



Six week course

As we engage our story, our myth through image and narrative, the possibility of a different way of being in the world and within ourselves can emerge that moves beyond our literal history and into re-embodying experience. No experience required. Simple mark-making activities will be offered by the facilitator. 

Thursdays 1-4

September 22-October 27, 2016

@studio 556, Victoria BC

$360 (includes materials and tea)

contact Susanna at 778-433-8354 or sgruebsa@lynx.net

Limited to 7 participants so must register ahead of time. 


Once a month Workshops            

September 17, 2016

October 23, 2016

Exploring Images and Stories of the Child Self through Art 

Awakening the creativity of the child within: past narratives, future dreams-this course explores images and stories of the child still present in the psyche of the adult.  Through a variety of simple art making activities, aspects of the self that hold important links to creativity and healing are activated and explored in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  No previous art experience necessary.

Saturday October 23, 2016
1:00-4:30 @ Studio 556 (556 Toronto St. Victoria)
Call 778-433-8354 or email: sgruebsa@lynx.net to register

Fee: $70 includes materials

A Journey of Discovery into Our Own

Birth-Death-Rebirth Archetype 

This workshop (the day after lecture at Victoria Jung Society, (see lectures") explores how it might be possible to mourn what was never to be, and seize life as it actually is in the same moment. Through the creative process, we engage a form of archetypal activism, a bringing together of polarities which takes us into the mythopoetic dimension.  
Journeying into the inner mythic landscape of one’s
soul through images and stories of personal myths, unearths the presence of an archetypal story that lies beneath or beyond conscious thinking about oneself and the world. A journey of our own birth-death-rebirth archetype is nothing less than loving one’s fate in the face of its very mourning.
 
Saturday April 30, 2016 1:00-4:30
@studio 556 in Victoria
Contact Susanna at 778-433-8354 or sgruebsa@lynx.net to register
Limited to 7 participants so must register ahead of time.
Fee: $70 (includes materials)

 

Saturday March 26, 2016 1:00-4:30 @ studio 556 in Victoria

Contact Susanna at 778-433-8354 or sgruebsa@lynx.net to register 

Limited to 7 participants so must register ahead of time                Fee: $70 (includes materials)        

Living in the Dream: Living Symbolically

From inside the dream we see the way the dream does, that is, Psyche’s or the soul’s perspective of what’s going on. From inside the image we see the way the image sees; we shape-shift and enter other states of consciousness, realms that exist outside or beyond consensus reality.

Through the marks that come through our own bodies, as they engage        the body of the art materials, we plot a path into the                                                      imaginal, into the dreambody.   

                  


Sunday April 16, 2017
1:00-4:30 @ Studio 556 (556 Toronto St. Victoria)
Call 778-433-8354 or email: sgruebsa@lynx.net to register

Fee: $75 includes materials

Limited to 7 participants so must register ahead of time.                    

 Exploring Your Innate Creative Self:

A Process-Oriented Approach to Art Making

This is a chance to explore inner processes through your natural creativity. Using simple art materials and “mark-making” activities that require no skill or experience, this course invites you to experiment and play with your own unique sensibility through the window of your art work. Find out what motivates you, or blocks you, and how you can tap the deep inner resources of your true creative self.

Sunday February 20 1:00-4:30 @ studio 556 In Victoria

Contact Susanna at 778-433-8354 or sgruebsa@lynx.net to register


Facilitator: Susanna Ruebsaat PhD, BCATR, RCC has a BFA, BC Teaching Certificate, is a registered Art Therapist and Clinical Counsellr, has a Masters in Art Education, one year of doctoral work in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis on Depth Psychology, and has completed her doctoral work at Simon Fraser University exploring life narratives (personal myths), and the process of transformation and individuation through art making. Her teaching in community education for over 20 years has maintained a focus of making available for all interested, a process of inner inquiry that accesses our inherent creative core. www.inner-image.ca



                     Re-Telling the Tale:                    Re-Imaging the Journey.



The Future Cannot be changed because it has not yet happened.T


But the past can be changed to what it is meant to be. The ability to 

move beyond one’s present myth and all its assumptions and 

prescriptions, and into one’s living myth.


The myth that is unfolding in this very moment, through the 

authentic self. This process requires deep action, complex action, 

dialectic action, receptive action, action that affirms polarity and 

brings polarities into relationship.  


   Through art making activities and discussion we will engage this deep, archetypal          activism. No experience required.  

                Once a week, 3 hour sessions for 4 weeks                           January 12-February 2, 2015, 1:00-4:00.  

Fee: $225 includes materials

                                

         A chance to enter the deeper layers of the exploration            

                                                     More Past Workshops available upon request: 

If you would like a workshop with a particular theme or motif, custom designed sessions can be arranged.


       The Authentic Self & the False Self




 
The Authentic Self and the False Self Seem to Speak in Different Languages

They have different voices and speak of different things? What are they speaking of? Do we know the difference? What are they trying to tell us? Who do they belong to? Is there a place for both of them? This course is an arts-based inquiry into these voices and the inner figures they are connected to in relation to the Self, the Ego and the Shadow archetypes.

Sunday November 29, 2015


               Symbol Maker, Story Teller:               How Psyche Tells Her Tale


The nature of the Psyche is image. As an image-making organism, the psyche 

spontaneously produces images from the unconscious. These images then move 

quite naturally towards making some sort of sense or meaning on behalf of the 

personality. Art making can make evident this natural symbolic function of the

 psyche to make meaning towards a sense of self that is authentic and resonant

 with the natural tendencies of the individual. Letting the art tell a story, or letting

 a story make the art, creates a safe container for associated emotions to express

 themselves, as well as offer guidance to the formation of the narrative of self.





Mythopoetic Narratives: 

A Journey into the Imaginal Through  Art Making 


Mythopoetic approaches to art making offer a perspective that drops into the deepest 

levels of psyche. Art making, or simply making ‘marks’ on paper, takes you to an

embodied place where spontaneous symbolic clues, hidden scripts of the unconscious 

are revealed. Engaging these metaphoric gestures mirrored back in the ‘marks’ 

brought forward through the body  itself, offers insight into the intent and direction they 

are guiding you towards beyond the intellectual or conceptual alone. This 

embodied, eco-phenomenological ‘soulful’ perspective acts as bridge into one’s 

spiritual essence creating a mythopoetic narrative that accompanies and informs the 

journey of the soul and spirit.


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 Light and Shadow  

Light and Shadow suggest many things to us:

Life, death, seasons, mental states, visual experiences.... and how we travel through these paradoxical yet natural rhythms of our life and its story. This workshop will open the space for you to explore in the art your own deep connection to this rhythm. No experience required. Art making activities will be both directed and open.

Sunday December 13, 2015


Each Step Towards Awareness      Arouses Anxiety


Intruder dreams often accompany the process of a consciousness expanding. The "intruders" (unconscious material or 'guests') are trying to come into consciousness and generally remain in the form of undifferentiated anxiety. Art making is a symbolic process that can bring the contents of the unconscious into one's awareness through its embodiment in the art, and then engaged with through a process of active imagination.

Saturday February 25, 2017 

1:00-4:30 @ Studio 556 (556 Toronto St. Victoria)
Call 778-433-8354 or email: sgruebsa@lynx.net to register

Fee: $75 includes materials


Inner Inquiry through Art Making 


Explore the inner landscape and the inner figures that roam there influencing moods, energy, choices and often determine the direction we take in life.  Easy art making activities will be offered as guidance as we journey into the psyche.  No experience required. This course draws on CG Jung's "active imagination" and Bosnak’s “embodied imagination”.

September 26, 2015 1:00-4:30



         Awakening the Dream through           Art Making

Dreams and art both tap into the healing dimension of the unconscious. Through art making we can come into relationship with the images in the dream and work with it as a living process rather than a static image to be interpreted. This workshop is framed within a Jungian perspective drawing on the archetypes for guidance. The dream we have is different than the dream we remember, which is different than the dream we tell another, and is a different dream yet again when written or painted. The dream is a living entity that moves through us, changing as it changes us. No experience required. Opening activities will be offered.

 



Exploring Your Visual Language

Through a process-oriented approach to making art, participants will explore the development of their own visual language. Using simple art materials and warm-up activities encourages participants to recognize and 'read' the unique visual language their artworks create. No previous experience or skill is required as this approach draws upon each person's natural ability to choose the shapes, colours and quality of line that are best suited for their own expression. Each session includes art making and discussion. Discussion is between each participant and the facilitator, exploring the art itself and the process of making it.


Exploring Images and Stories of the Child Self through Art Making

Awakening the creativity of the child within: past narratives, future dreams-this course explores images and stories of the child still present in the psyche of the adult.  Through a variety of simple art making activities, aspects of the self that hold important links to creativity and healing are activated and explored in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  No previous art experience necessary.


             Inviting the Body to Heal                 the Wounded Parts of Our Narrative


This course offers the opportunity to explore how the body is the healer. Through its inherent creativity, the body takes on the shock and residue of trauma and attempts to metabolize these fractured parts of our story. By inviting the body to express, release and bring insight into the traumatized myth we are presently living, we allow our full capacity of creativity to meet destructive forces that otherwise might overwhelm and take over the psyche. Through a body-to-body approach – our own physicality and the body of the art materials – we can trans-form unconscious experiences manifested through the body, to embodied expression in the art.



Exploring Polarities of Structure/Process; Goals/Dreams; Safety/Freedom as They Inform our Deeper Intent

 

Processes generate structures.  Structures generate processes.  Alternatively:  process alone can sometimes create confusion being overwhelmed, becoming lost, losing energy.  Structure alone can result in rigidity, lifelessness, fixed meaning, non-discovery, deadness.  Structure however can offer a sense of comfort, safety, predictability, protection and guidance and direction (working with what is known). Process can lead to undiscovered elements, new relationships, exploration, expansion (moving into the unknown).

As polarities, process and structure create the bookends of freedom and safety, being actually 2 sides of the same coin (archetype). We need both and are always somewhere on the spectrum between these 2.  Come and explore these dynamics of your own experience through simple art making activities.



Seeing Yourself as a Way Of Seeing

The image of yourself as a mirror is of symbolic value. Seeing your life as a mirror is the methodology of myth-making, soul-making. It is the imagination both mirroring back and seeing (interpreting) the experiences it has been presented with. The image in the mirror is not you. It is the reverse image of you, from which you can perceive significant reflections of the soul-image, and embark upon a mythopoetic journey. Embodying this journey through art making opens up a depth dialogue with the unconscious. No experience required. Opening activities will be offered by facilitator.

 

A Mythopoetic Inquiry

As we engage our story, our myth through image and narrative, the possibility of a different way of being in the world and within ourselves can emerge that moves beyond our literal history and into re-embodying experience. No experience required. Simple mark-making activities will be offered by the facilitator. No experience required. Simple mark-making activities will be offered by the facilitator.


Each Step Towards Awareness      Arouses Anxiety


Intruder dreams often accompany the process of a consciousness expanding. The "intruders" (unconscious material or 'guests') are trying to come into consciousness and generally remain in the form of undifferentiated anxiety. Art making can be a safe place to bring the contents of the unconscious into one's awareness through its embodiment in the art, and then engaged with through a process of active imagination.



Self-Inquiry Through Art

This Art Therapy 'Summer Camp" is an opportunity to intimately track images from the unconscious in art and dreams over a five day period. This sustained attention to our inner life offers a unique perspective that sheds light on deeper processes that lie behind our creativity. No experience required. Simple mark-making activities will be offered by the facilitator.



                  

          




Image as Knowledge



Servicing the soul's desire for knowledge we need to turn to image. Image has the capacity to to bridge the gap between the conscious and unconscious, providing a sense of cohesion to the personality. Explore this "place-in-between" through your own art making process where image lives and find out hidden aspects of experience that influences the quality and direction of life. No experience required. Opening activities will be offered by the facilitator. 

 



How the Body Makes Art


How the Body Makes Art

 Let the natural and spontaneous gestures of the body be your guide to opening the drawing process; giving your mind a rest and exploring how your inherent aesthetic lives at the core of every movement you make. Find your own rhythm and approach to the image making process without having to know ahead of time what you  are going to create: imaging through the synchronistic meeting of your body and the body of the art materials: body to body creations. No experience required. Opening activities will be offered by facilitator.



Exploring Your Personality Type through Art Making

 

Using C.G. Jung’s work in psychological types as a framework, this course explores the thinking, feeling, sensation and intuition functions of the personality and the roles of these functions towards self-actualization. Through the natural activation of the four functions in the decision making processes of art making, a more direct experience of each occurs, offering a more immediate understanding of their integration.  Further insight is facilitated through exploration of each student’s art making process through discussion.

 

             Picturing Your Goals               through Art Making

 

Discover how and when, your goals are being sabotaged by underlying blocks

hidden in the unconscious mind. Explore how the inherent creative energy of the unconscious can, instead, hold the key to actualising your goals and dreams. Through a variety of art making activities and in-depth discussion of artwork, skill in recognizing and working with the symbols of the unconscious is developed. No previous experience is required as this course does not emphasize artistic talent or technique, but rather the skill of seeing in the art the information offered by one’s unconscious. 


 

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  An Invitation to the Imaginal.
Or, Who is Making the Art?

This workshop explores the notion of images being autonomous extensions of the psyche that push into consciousness by embodying themselves through art making. These images, ‘guests’ from the autonomous unconscious can then be engaged more consciously and ‘speak’ to us as we can now also dialogue with them gaining insight into our inner process.


Creativity and Yin Energy

The power of the feminine is the focus of this workshop, a tapping into the resources of the yin energy through art. Through the inner perspective created through the art making process the feminine principle is invoked and explored archetypally as a part of our personal and collective mythological inheritance.




Inner Inquiry through Art Making





Explore the inner landscape and the inner figures that roam there influencing moods, energy, choices and often determine the direction we take in life.  Easy art making activities will be offered as guidance as we journey into the psyche.  No experience required.  This course draws on CG Jung's "active imagination."   

"Image and meaning are identical. As the first takes shape so the latter becomes clear" (CW 8 p. 204).


Creative Process and Personal Aesthetic: The Link

Explore the nature of your personal aesthetic and the role it plays in your own creative process. Your aesthetic determines the shape, colour, dimension, and tone of experience and determines the form the creative process will take: what colour a certain shape will become, what quality of line will hold a particular movement, what gesture will contain a certain sentiment, what word will best explain a thought, and what decision will evolve out of a certain set of circumstances. Through art making and discussion, you will learn to observe the visual and thematic patterns that emerge in your work and from that, the nature and order of your personal aesthetic.

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Thursday December 15, 2016

Awakening the Creativity of the Child Within: 

Past Narratives, Future Dreams.

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Awakening the creativity of the child within: past narratives, future dreams-this workshop explores images and stories of the child still present in the psyche of the adult.  Through a variety of simple art making activities, aspects of the self that hold important links to creativity and healing are activated and explored in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  No previous art experience necessary.

Dec. 15, 2016 1:00-4:30

1:00-4:30 @ Studio 556 (556 Toronto St. Victoria)
Call Susanna 778-433-8354 or email: sgruebsa@lynx.net to register
Fee: $70 includes materials

The image of the child archetype is a window to the past and to the future, future possibilities. “Jung asserts that the figure of the child in mythology represents not, as for Freud, the actual child but the archetypal child, who symbolizes life’s possibilities” (Segal, p. 123).


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Susanna Ruebsaat PhD is a registered and experienced art therapist and certified teacher 
who has been in the field of counselling since 1986. Susanna’s facilitation approach draws 
on the disciplines of Art Therapy, Depth Psychology and Art Education. 
Susanna has a private practice in Victoria as well as being an instructor at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and Adler School of Psychology. Her private practice includes skype calls or studio work in James Bay, Victoria and has a sliding scale based on individual circumstances. 

778 433-8354

sgruebsa@lynx.net 

www.inner-image.ca

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