“The Creative is Round, the Creative is Heaven”: Workshops for 2022 with Kate Walters
In Devon, at the beautiful School of Art and Wellbeing near Honiton.
All workshops in Devon begin on the first day at 11am and finish on the last day at 5pm. I always bring a carefully chosen selection of books from my library which all participants are free to peruse and study for the duration of the course. My library is extensive and always inspires me: I like to be generous with all my resources and reading widely can help to support and extend our practice…
In each workshop there will be a chance to have a 1:1 ‘hollow bone’ session with Kate (there is a small extra charge for this).
All workshops are for women and men: painters, students, writers, thinkers, ecologists, poets, activists….
Full guidance to all shamanic techniques will be given.
Most art materials will be provided, but please bring your own sketchbooks (I find people like to choose their own size and format). You can book accommodation through the School website. All the courses include refreshments throughout the day. We bring and cook/share our own lunches and dinners; there is a spacious kitchen in The Pavilion for us to use.
photo by Sally Tripptree
Aug 8th – 11th 2022 The Beauty Way with Dreaming.
Mystic paths (in nature and in our bodies): how are we carried by them, how they create maps in our being-ness… We’ll ask how we can come to know the Angel Out Ahead, which is unique to each of us. We’ll consider the work of Henry Corbin, James Hillman, Tom Cheetham, Joan Halifax, Helene Cixous and Jerome Rothenberg amongst others to think about where the creative can take us creatively with words or images. I will supply resource material. We’ll make shamanic journeys to open up these texts and our understanding in new ways; then we’ll respond with writing, drawing, story, painting, dreaming.
We’ll also tune into our dreaming world; animal voices, spirit voices, plant voices; we’ll ask them to help us expand our awareness of numinous worlds.
We’ll look at sacred texts and images and read them in a new way; we will respond creatively, perhaps making our own icons and passages of writing which reflect our sense of approaching the sublime. I will supply a range of images and texts which are considered iconic for you to work from, or you can create your own, perhaps inspired by automatic drawing in a shamanic journey.
We’ll think about how we can become and remain a truthful instrument (this is inspired by a dream I had of becoming a musical instrument): leading to descriptive prose and or drawings, sculptures, paintings. Who would play you? What sounds would you make? We’ll think about refinement, the nature of our vibration and how we can purify and elevate it.
The price for this workshop is: £420 (or £300 if you need a bursary place).
Photos credit Sally Tripptree
Date to be confirmed, 2023. Eros and Psyche, Persephone, Inanna.
Three days looking into myth, story and bodily knowing.
We’ll think about what it could mean to descend, to be tested. What we might find there, in our own cave or underground chamber. We’ll look at the myths of Persephone, Inanna, and possibly others such as Medusa. We’ll think about the imagery of natural cycles, and our own creative responses in drawing, painting and writing. We’ll work with shamanic journeying to help extend and ignite our imaginations and inner knowing.
We’ll think about the importance of Eros in our lives: The Sacred Lover – we’ll make shamanic journeys to aid us in drawing, writing, feeling our way into our sacred sexuality; and to understand further the gifts of sacred darkness and ineffable light (in the body/world/solar system/star).
The price is £340 and please do ask if you need a bursary figure.
October 27th, 28th & 29th 2022 Having Death as my Advisor
Three days working on shamanic teachings around living and creating with death as our advisor.
If we can live each day with death as our advisor we can live full and energised lives without fear. We can ensure there is no unfinished business in our lives – with any person or event; we can begin to release old patterns and attachments; we can learn to live fully in each moment.
This course will be an intense and ultimately joyful, clarifying time where we’ll be helped and guided by our spirit guides to work creatively to come to a place of understanding and ease around our feelings about the cycle of life and death.
There will be shamanic journeying, drawing, writing, painting, dreaming, listening, holding, releasing and blessing. The price is £340.
Isle of Iona. My regular course at The Green Shed (formerly the award-winning Iona Hostel) in 2021 was fully booked.
Dates for for 2022 are October 4th – 11th, arriving between 2 and 5 pm and departing on the 11th by 11am There are two places left on this course.
Dates for 2023: October 3rd – 10th (Tuesday to Tuesday, as for most years). There are three places left on this course.
The work we do is deeply immersive and transformative. Bursaries are available.
Here is some feedback from this year’s course.
“I don’t think I’ve ever found a creative course or retreat so helpful, deep and stimulating as this. It was a perfect balance of being caringly held with structured activity and being set free to explore inner and outer landscapes. I was amazed by the power of the drum to bring mythopoetic imagery so quickly and vividly to mind, and the prompts you gave for our questioning were profound and clear, and they built up progressively over the days of journeying. I particularly appreciated walking as a serpent, painting to music, and browsing books, as well as the Hollow Bone session.”
Recent feedback from the Warrior Workshop. April 2022 (more feedback is below, please scroll down)
Well where to start… There are no words to convey how grateful I am to you, I wish I could explain what I’ve been going through these last few days since I left the tent with you wonderful women! I know you made me complete in our healing session, but since then I know know how complete I am. What you did for me is the ultimate kindness and compassion that a human can have, and the world is blessed to have you walk the earth. Since our healing session I can’t explain to you how much joy I feel sparkling in my heart and a thirst for life is bursting out from within…..
I am seeing the world with new eyes, seeing it for the first time again. The first day back I went straight to the forest and I can’t explain how much magic I witnessed. The forest was my playground and I was dancing through it with pure joy and excitement and absolute AWE. I don’t feel any deep rooted fear or anxiety that has been a constant shadow over me for so long. Both my assistants even said how calm and rooted I feel and that they don’t recognise this version of me 😂. I am so used to living with a lingering fear of ‘something’, I can’t quite believe it is simply not there anymore . And it isn’t ! It really and truly isn’t 😁 all I feel is pure joy and excitement about every little thing around me. And awe of the world. I used to write stories and poetry since I was a little child… books and books of writing! And since my mid 20’s I stopped writing (never knew why, just assumed I was getting old so losing my free spirited magic). For years I have said ‘I miss me’ … and I never pondered what that actually meant. I just really really missed ‘me’. Well the first day back after the healing session with you, I went to the forest and lay down in the midst of nature and my first poem just flowed out of me like water dancing out of an ocean. I want to give you that poem. I can’t believe I wrote. I haven’t written anything spontaneous in years – I’ve only been re-writing over and over again my old writings. And now everything is just flowing from Heart.
I’m also having a difference in vision, like I am looking through new eyes (or not ‘new’.. I can’t find the word for it). I was walking through the forest and ended up walking through the most magic and divine and beautiful part that I have never ever been before. I felt inexplicable joy there and an overwhelming sense of honour to be faced with such Beauty. The forest kept showing me little gems of glistening magic. As I walked away I turned back for one last glimpse of it and I couldn’t believe it is the exact route I have literally walked through every day for the past year. I can’t explain what this was, but it was definitely somewhere I hadn’t seen before, like the most beautiful magical fairyland you play in as a child.. yet it was just the same path I have always walked ..? Ah sorry I can’t explain this in human words, I wish I could but I don’t think it matters. I guess I’m just trying to say thank you, because this definitely comes from you. My new eyes. And open heart. Joyful heart. It’s like my eyes can see a more delicate thread/web of life, our world, that my dense eyes haven’t been able to see for a long long time. Maybe ever? And I am most certainly dancing through my days now with childlike sparkling JOY. That I absolutely thank you for and will remember this gift of kindness from you for the rest of my life. Lots and lots and lots of pure Love to you Kate 💖 From Hana Shahnavaz, Artist.
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My background and training in Shamanic technique and practice:
My first introduction to shamanic practice was through my dreams, around 35 years ago. I experienced ‘big’ dreams which seemed to be transpersonal and were highly instructive to me. When I moved to Cornwall 22 years ago I sought a shamanic trainer: Chris Luttichau, of Northern Drum. I worked with Chris for some years, learning so much from him, and after a while I worked alongside him as a healer-practitioner. I also devised my own way of working with the ‘hollow bone’ by employing my drawing and writing skills alongside the shamanic reality which opened for me.
Here are some notes about my ‘hollow bone’ drawing process:
Becoming the hollow bone is a shamanic term which describes the process whereby the practitioner applies her focus to becoming a vessel or channel for images and messages to come through. The ego and personality are respectfully asked to stand aside.
I’ve learned to work with my intention to go into numinous and hidden areas.
I use my left hand, closed eyes, and rapid drum beat to explore the pathways of images’ arrival in my awareness. I do not ‘hunt’ them, but rather invite them to arrive.
With co-creators I ‘ride’ on my drum (also known as the shaman’s horse) to invite their inner lives to come forward as the drawn mark.
Co-creators sit near me, after they have told me the aspects of their lives which they require help with. This could be bringing understanding to a traumatic event, or to be released from such an event; bringing comprehension and forgiveness to a parent or partner, or help with de-coding a dream or memory.
After a short period of intense ‘tuning-in’ with my drum (and usually, shamanic journeying), I notes which I then speak about, and to the person I’ve been working with.
Duration: Each session takes approx. 45 minutes.
On ‘becoming the hollow bone’….
“Kate Walters’ fascinating new departure, which she brilliantly calls “becoming the hollow bone”, takes audience participation to a new level. Showcased in the summer in Hoxton, and most recently at the Espacio in London, participants are brought into the making of the work. The artist sits with her subject in the gallery (or indeed, anywhere) and “channels” them to create a unique monotype, which the person can take away with them. This is much deeper than setting work up to which people can respond in various ways. Yet – and this is the real master stroke – though the “audience” is brought right into the making of the work, the artist remains in the key rôle. This is no dilution of the artist, but rather a true sharing of her talent. Gallery, visitor, artist, artwork: they are all changed. I felt privileged and moved to witness it.”
Professor Penny Florence
I’ve performed my ceremonial ‘hollow bone’ work in many places, here is a selection:
At The Ghost Tide exhibition, in London; Glasgow School of Art, Jam on the Marsh Music Festival (three times); The Big Art Herstory Project in London, and with Marc Almond to create all the original drawings for his album Velvet Trail.
Here is some more feedback from recent and current participants:
Having Kate as a mentor has allowed a fundamental shift in my wellbeing as an artist and how I view both myself and my creative path. Whether on a workshop in Iona or on a one to one in person or by Zoom, I always feel held, always feel listened to and have always been guided gently to the point I am meant to be at. Its always about the art… but yet its not. Thats what I love and appreciate.
Today I pay tribute to the mesmerising work and soul of artist Kate Walters. I met Kate a few years ago when she led a painting workshop I attended at the Newlyn School of Art and I fell in love with her work and her fascinating approach to her art. For me, Kate epitomises the fearlessness of a warrior goddess, she is bold and brave, warm and generous hearted. This, and much more, is represented in her work, which calls you to step you into a deeper relationship with yourself and the world around you. In some ways she may well be ahead of her time, but I think she is one of the most exciting artists to be creating out of Cornwall right now. Kate is a true inspiration and it is an honour to be featuring her work on my new website. Thank you dear Kate.
Dr Alice Laskey
If you are looking for authentic ways to consider and develop your art practice, I highly recommend anyone who is thinking about taking up the opportunity to work alongside Kate. Her workshops will enable you to tap in unknown energies , if you allow yourself , and your work will take on a different life and a new journey will begin. Kate is kind, respectful and her workshops are well planned and considered. Kate provides you with access to a wide range of relevant reading and resources that can support you in th development of your thoughts and ideas. Kate is generous of self and always willing to offer you extra space and time to consider you work … I would recommend any workshop she facilities , she welcomes all levels of practice and mediums, the experience will be life changing.
I cannot wait to attend her new workshops in Devon and meeting likeminded artists , as Kate is excited to begin her new journey, I am also excited to be part of her new experience and will be attending with and an open heart and high energy curiosity.
‘Kate is the most grounded and challenging mentor I’ve had in my life, her powerful reflections always bear some heavy fruit.’
Artist and Director of Studio Kind
‘Kate has been the most influential tutor on my work and development as an artist; and though I can count the time we spent together in hours, her guidance, ideas and sensibility continue to guide me today. That this is happening two years on from when we reviewed my work I think is remarkable, and a testament to the quality of her teaching.
She does not instruct you, although she can (her knowledge of art history and thought, materials, processes and techniques is hugely impressive and she is more than happy to share it to resolve technical problems). Rather I found her to be the best kind of tutor : I think the Japanese word is sensei – a master practitioner who encourages through insight and example, and who, from an authentic connection with what she does and the limitless natural and spiritual world around her, helps you understand and find your own voice.’
Abstract Intuitive Artist
If you want to access those spiritual places, thought processes and energies that are so vital to setting free the creative process then sign up for a course with Kate Walters .
Over the last two years I have been privileged to have her as mentor and experience with her shamanic guidance the unique island of Iona, which was thrilling .
She is gifted with steely resilience to plough her own artistic furrow and inspires you to free yourself of the inhibitions that hold you back. I am very lucky to have found her.
Kate creates the most inspiring and magical space in her workshops. Her approach is holistic and goes far beyond simply teaching a well-rehearsed technique. She is attentive to everyone’s particular circumstances and is incredibly perceptive and gentle. I’ve attended many of her workshops and each time I leave with a renewed sense of wonder and creative enrichment.
Professor, Digital Games
Editor, Games and Culture http://gac.sagepub.com
I just want to thankyou for the amazing time I had with you in Newlyn. I’m not sure exactly what happened but I feel like I’ve been gently nudged back into the groove that I’m supposed to be in.. It was a lovely group of women and the landscape was astounding. I think I said at the time that it was really interesting to be earth focused as usually for me (and almost everyone else) Cornwall is all about the sea. I felt very earthed and connected and profoundly aware of all the people who have lived and worked and worshipped and danced there before us.
You are such an inspirational woman and artist, so powerful and authentic that you elevated the whole experience to way beyond just learning to monoprint.
On my journey home I decided to try for the MA (something I’ve pondered for a while but previously lacked the confidence to act on) and it was entirely due to being with you and the others. I had a taste of how it would feel to push boundaries and deepen my quest to unleash my true voice which is something I ordinarily have neither the time nor the head space nor the fearlessness to contemplate .
I do my very best to run all workshops in a Covid-safe way, with much of the work outdoors; if indoors masks will be worn, good ventilation employed, and every care taken. For everybody’s safety I prefer it if participants have been vaccinated, but I cannot insist on this.