New Online Courses at Brave Girl University

I'm so excited that Brave Girl University, a Netflix-style platform for soulful and creative online courses, opens its doors tomorrow. It's an honor to be a part of the more than 80 teachers gathering for this new work. You can have access to all kinds of learning--from step by step projects to deep wisdom for living--all for $24.95 a month. 

While one of my classes shares its name with a live class and handbook I've previously made available, all these videos are from the NEW wisdom I've been gathering around this topic in recent years: The Care and Keeping of Creative Souls. The title umbrella it falls under is the same but the content here is all new.

The second class I've created is an unedited guide for vulnerability: How to Be True (and Live to Tell). It addresses the challenges we bump up against when we create close-to-the-heart work or when we are making room for our more tender places to be seen and heard. Both courses are right at the forefront and edge of where I'm working and living--filmed in real time from the road on our Summer Tour.

If you enroll before classes start tomorrow, there's a special discount on the Brave Box optional add-on that brings exquisite supplies to your post box every month to inspire and support your learning.

There aren't many organizations I would be this proud to partner with--my friend Melody Ross and her team at Brave Girls' Club works with so much heart and integrity that I've been dreaming of working together for awhile now. I'm so happy that time has come and I invite you to join us there, knowing that it will be all you hope for AND MORE.

Learn more and enroll here.

A Video Hello, and a Quick Film Gear and Process Q&A

Before I dive into our very early Spring Break, I wanted to jump on and say hello. Here are a couple clips--the first is a brief update about how things go in my world these days, and the second is a quick Q&A about film gear and the process I'm using to build the documentary I'm working on, Indie Kindred.

I forgot to mention that I also sometimes used a Blue Snowball Microphone on older videos shot with the Flip camera. If you have the time and inclination, I think the best way to increase the quality of your short videos is to record the audio separately from the built-in camera microphone and then synchronize the audio and video afterward.

Missing you all like crazy, and my head is spinning with ideas of things to share with or make for you. Those things are going on a list, though, while I do my best to focus on the work at hand. 

Your patience and notes and comments mean so much to me--these things take work, and it helps so much to know you're reading and watching and traveling alongside.

I covet your feedback. Which do you most enjoy or find useful: personal story and journey updates like the first video, or practical behind-the-scenes tips like the second video? Or are you enjoying a mix of the two?

Videos that are getting me through

I've shared some links on social media recently about some videos that are getting me through these  days, but wanted to post them here, too, so you don't miss them. I'm deep in my work right now, which means I need things like:

Laughter. 

This short set my friend Ophira Eisenberg did on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is still cracking me up. Ophira shares her storytelling know-how in our home study course: Telling Your Story, also featuring Peter Aguero. You can also pre-order her memoir here.

The kind of advice about courage that only children can give.

I found this great short film via my friend Tim Manley, who is both talented and endearing. The girls and I keep singing the song from the end: "The Scared is Scared". And the truth is, I need it quite often.

Dancing and grooving.

This "Some Nights" cover by Walk Off the Earth and Julia Nunes has such a great groove that you'll want to download the mp3 and add it to your Rock It Out playlist.

What's getting YOU through, these days?

The Anatomy of Discovery, Part Four: Complexity and Layers

This week features a series of posts to unpack and unfold the anatomy, so to speak, or design of The Iconic Self Online Experience to give you a window into how it works and why it is such a distinctive offering. But these elements are also core elements of all of our Soulful Journey offerings, and things my friends and collaborators looks for as hallmarks in our own journeys of resources that we trust and ultimately rely on. Our own experiences of powerful discovery all have these things in common--so whether or not The Iconic Self Online Experience is your right thing at your right time, my hope is that this Anatomy of Discovery will regardless help light your way.


Part Four: Complexity and Layers

In these video interview outtakes, I talk about the inherent difficulty in creating concrete forms for experiential encounters and articulating complex conversations.

These clips just came to mind when I was thinking about part four of the anatomy of discovery.

Complexity and layers are good antidotes for the gimmicks and cliches we swim in all day long.

Some of the layers built into The Iconic Self Online Experience include:

  • presence
  • story
  • community
  • conversation (written, recorded audio and live call)
  • your own creativity and ingenuity
  • strong visual images and photography
  • action and application

Read  more about how these layers work together for rich interactions and deep discovery, and register before it fills up!

Join Us: The Iconic Self Online Experience

What IS The Iconic Self, anyway? Watch the brand-new, 3-minute interview above to find out more.

Though this ground-breaking work has been years in the making, Phyllis Mathis and I have taken our time translating The Iconic Self into an online experience, primarily because two vital ingredients for the transformational power of this journey are presence and conversation. Early feedback of other online courses was fraught with disappointment in these two areas--primarily with the absence of instructors' presence and participation in any conversation resulting from the material offered.

We are the first to argue for the power of in-person, immersive learning experiences like the retreats we've shared previously. But up against the limitations inherent with such gatherings, we looked for new ways to share this journey in a way that remains infused with presence and conversation.

First, we went into a professional recording studio and shared the personal stories and hard-won insights that both form The Iconic Self and invite listeners around the world into this unique path--neither therapeutic or expressly spiritual in nature, and yet a welcoming and inclusive in-road to the process of soul integration. 

Having this content in the realm of voice--physical voice--brings listeners right into the room with us. It expands our circle of friendship into an open embrace. It adds a layer of humanity, expression and depth beyond what's possible through the written word alone.

We were delighted to share the audio learning program with you, as well as the home retreat kit designed to support your journey wherever you are, around the world.

Then in the last several months, Phyllis partnered with Live It to the Full to author and craft online experiences infused with her presence in the virtual classroom and a culture of conversation that extends beyond her responses to every comment and becomes contagious and fluent among the participants, as well. (If you've heard her interview on Retrospective about constituting one another in conversation, you already know this is a core value for her.)

Now, equipped with both a presence- and conversation-rich audio program AND a presence- and conversation-infused virtual classroom model (which includes a live, recorded conference call), we invite you to join us for The Iconic Self Online Experience. You can read all about it here, and register before the maximum capacity fills (only 25 participants). Our availability for live events is limited this season, but we crave your company and companionship as we sink deeply into the journey that changed everything for us. Please join us!

We are also thrilled to feature photography by Bella Cirovic throughout The Iconic Self Online Experience.