Art & Soul

Animas Valley Institute course

with Doug Van Houten (soul guide, mentor, artist)

"Image is the mother tongue of the soul. As humans, we carry images, symbols, mysteries within us that arise unbidden through the dreamtime, dance at the edges of consciousness, and arrive via encounters within human culture and nature. They are with us from the beginning. Images that are core to who we are carry energy, story, meaning, memory, emotion, and/or vision. They might, if we are willing to engage them, connect us to our hearts — to the places we most fear but nevertheless must go — and also to the heart of the world. Such images point beyond themselves toward the mysteries and destiny inherent in a human life."

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    Compillation of some works created during the course

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    Guided Deep Imagery sessions and dream time

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    When the moon called me 'Essence Maker', I knew that was my true name

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    A long term project, to map the healing body

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    I explore the edge of me in the threshold of a white cliff where Seagull tells me stories of flying and outcasts

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    I have a vision of making a home on the edge of a wild ancient forest that I know, where the trees grow in symbiosis with the rocks.

* with gratitude to Animas for the Scholarship that allowed

me to participate in this program and go deeper

website design, photos, videos by Claudia Tomaz. 2006-2021