This is an introductory workshop and the first in a series of mask making weekends based on archetypal characters.
William Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players." Oscar Wilde has put his spin on this phrase, declaring that, “The world is a stage, and the play is badly cast.”
Whatever the case, we are all players and have an entire cast of characters (personalities) that sometimes are referred to as "the self". Often we are hiding behind these rough, rowdy, dowdy, tragic, sexy, sad, wise, belligerent and holy guises never quite understanding and befriending them or recognizing which ones are running the show. One thing is for sure, and that is that more than often, these characters are unconscious.
Let's gather with the intention of "showing up" to playfully diving deep into our personalities so that we can come to know ourselves more intelligently and compassionately. The key is to remain curious, accepting and intrigued about what masks get created and what part of yourself they represent. The mask will illuminate what lies beneath the surface and help us realize that we are complex personas born out of fortunate and unfortunate life circumstances. By bringing these disconnected aspects of self into the light and playfully animating them (acting them out), deep healing, understanding and self-acceptance can occur.
What might you gain from taking this class?
-a fun experience with other creative people
-a connection with parts of yourself that are unknown
-insight into your own psychology
-the ability to lighten up, laugh at yourself and love yourself
-a friendship with the parts of yourself that seem unlikable, unknowable and disowned
-freedom, confidence, improved self-image
-an understanding that the masks we wear are our allies: they can serve and benefit us rather than control us
-wisdom gained from your own inner teacher
Who might be interested in taking this course?
-shy people wanting to be more extroverted
-actors looking for new material derived from themselves
-therapists looking for new approaches to helping clients
-people who want more control over their emotions
-people who want to overcome shame and trauma
-people who want to improve the quality of their lives
Barbara Dametto (that's me- your facilitator) has studied and performed theatre, dance, clown through mask (baby clown), joey and auguste (victim and perpetrator clown), Buffon (the evil clown hee hee!), neutral mask, expressive arts, sound therapy and meditative self-inquiry for over 30 years!
We will be gathering on Saturday, February 1st from 10 am to 4 pm to learn a simple process of making sturdy, papier-mache masks. I will supply all of the art materials.
We will reconvene on Sunday, February 2nd from 10 am to 1 pm to explore the masks through inner journeying techniques and physical theatre. I will skillfully guide the group through different character-building activities such as movement, sounding, interacting with others and ultimately presenting our masks to the audience (in this case, other workshop participants).
As time goes on and we return for more mask workshops, my plan is to hold an evening soiree and invite the public to meet our many brilliant characters. Stay tuned for this tantalizing, theatrical event. Guelph will never be the same...
I am offering two types of payment methods for this course:
I value the two-day workshop at $175 which includes all art materials. But if you prefer, you can pay me $50 upfront (my basic cost to run the course ie. space rental and art supplies) and then make a donation from your heart for my facilitation after the workshop (based on what the experience was worth to you). Your donation may be more than what I've requested or it may be less.
I am offering a "Pay From The Heart" option because:
-I don't want you to pay more than you can afford
-you don't know me and so paying full price seems risky
-you get to pay what YOU feel the value of the course is
- I want to make the course accessible to everyone
-whatever you pay is helping me in my life to help people like yourself- so I am grateful
-there is a negotiation process whereby my worth and value and your worth and value are recognized
Please send your $175 full payment (or you $50 down payment) as a direct bank deposit/ e-transfer to email@example.com (no password required).
Once I receive your funds, I will confirm your spot in the course. I will also reach out to you again closer to the workshop date (February 1st/2nd, 2020) to touch base. Please email me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org