What happens at Soul Creative Circle sessions?

At Soul Creative Circle, I aim to provide participants with a safe space in which they feel held, heard and empowered to create and be and express themselves authentically.

Workshops can be tailored to the needs of clients and take a more structured approach, whilst circles are free flow. By providing inspirational tasks and prompts that explore all manner of subject areas, participants are invited to respond and create using materials they have brought along or that are provided.

There is no expectation to create a perfect product by the end of each session and the mantra of “process over product” is key to this work having maximum impact for its participants.

Whilst it is lovely to share our ideas, stories and creations, there is never an obligation to do this. The work participants create is for them and them alone. Should participants want to share it, there is always space to do so.

The aim of all sessions is never to fix one another, or offer solutions to individual problems. But instead, to meet participants where they are at current and provide space and time to reflect and work on themselves through the medium of creativity.

"But I'm not creative"....

When accessing Soul Creative Circle sessions, participants do not need to have any creative experience and will be held in their creative journey so that they build confidence. All participants are gently encouraged and given permission to leave their desire for perfection and place their expectations of themselves at the door - thus adopting Divergent Thinking models (see below for more info).

As participants move through each session, creation becomes freer and deeper and the process of reflecting through creating can be life changing and powerful.

It is commonly known that by the time we reach adolescence, many of us lose our confidence and sense of freedom when it comes to creativity. Whilst some people continue to follow a creative path, over 80% of adults feel that they are not creative and have no skills in this area (Land & Jarman).

“What we have concluded, is that non-creative behavior is learned.”

And the primary reason for this, according to Land & Jarman, (1993), is that there are two types of thinking processes when it comes to creativity:

  1. Convergent thinking: where you judge ideas, criticize them, refine them, combine them and improve them, all of which happens in your conscious thought.

  1. Divergent thinking: where you imagine new ideas, original ones which are different from what has come before but which may be rough to start with, and which often happens subconsciously.

On reflection, Land (1993) notes that throughout school, we are taught to try and use both kinds of thinking at the same time, which is impossible. Competing neurons in the brain will be fighting each other, and it is as if your mind is having a shouting match with itself. This results in a lack of self confidence and fear of judgment that creative work is not ‘right’ or ‘good enough’ and thus, we adopt the stance that ‘we are not creative’.