Peter Keil and Ilona Harker invite you to explore your personal inner world, to meet your internal characters, such as your muse and critic, to nurture constructive relationships and develop your creative success.
Gardening in the Imaginal Landscape offers half day- 4 hr workshops, full day- 8 hr workshops and weekend workshops.
• De-construct the myth of the 'successful artist'.
• Explore the mythology of The Muse (also known as the genius or daemon) and The Critic (destructor) and other personal inner avatars such as The Procrastinator, The Over Thinker, The Saboteur etc...
• Using a guided meditation process discover and explore your Imaginal Landscape
• Discover how to access your Imaginal Garden and inner characters whenever you want and leave when ever you need.
• Ongoing support and educational tools all inclusive
The application of this technique can be used across a broad spectrum of creative industries, personal development and in the corporate world.
Peter Keil is a naturopath, counsellor, youth worker and artist who has specialised in working with the inner imaginal landscape for the past 10 years.
Peter’s work is based on his masters research in 2007 'thriving with depression' studying the strategies used by those who thrive despite long histories of depressive illness.
Peter’s other training and work experience including director of the UNCLE project, director of The Youth Affairs Council of Tasmania, practicing as a naturopath for 12 years and teaching Sociology of Health for Nursing and Spiritual Well being at Southern Cross University.
This extensive experience has led to the development of these workshops.
Peter has exhibited his own artwork over the years but has found that his polyglot nature has prevented him from pursuing his art as deeply as he would wish.
Peter’s work is important in that it synthesizes a range of useful strategies from normally very disparate fields, this synthesis can be seen to fit in to the larger frameworks of imaginal psychology and empowerment activism.
"To be conscious you need to do more than wake up to the world around you, you need to wake up to the world within as well and it is not always an orderly place in there, all sorts of complex driven characters live in there with there own motivations and agendas.
You might imagine that your sub consciousness is like a vast landscape, infinitely vast, after all you carry the whole universe in there, and the parts of that landscape that you 'know' are lit by the light of your attention.
As you pay attention to more and more of the characters in there, they form a village or town and the lit area expands and expands.
This is, of course, the work of being consciously alive.
The more you light up your inner world, the larger the border expands your shadow lands within.
In this workshop you will learn to meet your 'muse' and 'critic' characters in your personal landscape and to name/create your own character that you feel needs developing.
Gardening in the Imaginal Landscape assists you communicating with them and you will develop techniques to help them grow up and align themselves with your current path in life, for most of these characters are on your side but most are also 'immature', having formed early in life.
The enormous bonus of this work is that you will start to understand that your critic and your muse and all these other characters are not 'you' they are something else and this knowledge allows you to be talented in whatever way you are best for without attaching ego to the talent, and that is one hell of a big relief.'
Ilona Harker is a musician and self proclaimed “Doer of Stuff” which involves her travelling the world doing what she loves.
She writes songs, sings, performs solo and with Mae Wilde, paints, teaches stand up paddle boarding, creates henna art on humans and writes deep and important poems about stuff and also runs workshops.
Ilona was homeless at 13 due to an erratic childhood and through artistic and therapeutic practices has transformed this into a vibrant and creative adulthood (although Ilona would question how 'adult' she is)
In the last 15 years, Ilona has shared the stage with Butterfingers, Mama Kin, John Butler, Jordie Lane, The Black Birds, Lucie Thorne, Sara Tindley and played at the Big Day Out, The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Mullum Music Festival and Tamworth Country Music festival and toured France, released an album and is the very proud mama of a handsome young man.
Ilona has worked with Peter for 3 years after discovering that her personal counseling with Peter lead to an awakening in her creative abilities and the space to pursue them with stability and success that she is quite happy with.
She is currently writing a show called 'Coming Home' about surviving her childhood and mental illness.
The Imaginal Garden Workshop
April 28th at the Coorabell Hall, Byron Shire
A guided tour into your own inner imaginal landscape to meet your muse and critic, nurturing a dialogue between these two characters or 'avatars' to assist you in practical applications with all your creative endeavors.
Presented by Peter Keil and Ilona Harker
For bookings phone
02 6629 1695 or 0402 637 739