Offer

I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good I can do.

-Jana Stanfield

I've given a lot of thought to how best support the many Aussies affected by the recent bush fires. As a farmer, I'm also acutely aware of - and personally affected by -  the ongoing drought.

Having experienced first hand the record breaking floods in 2011, I have seen how donations and beautifully intentioned help and assistance can play out - and how they can actually add pressure and stress to already traumatized people.

I learned back then that most natural disaster victims loathe being treated as victims, and what they crave is a hand up, not a hand out. I also learned (the hard, uncomfortable way) that experiencing natural disasters can have a profound affect on our mental health.

The other thing I learned, and believe with deep conviction, is that creativity heals.

I could offer a product with a percentage of proceeds to go towards relief - it might make me feel good for a little bit, but it isn't going to amount to lot of cash. It feels more about drawing attention to myself than doing anything really meaningful.

I know art journaling is a powerful path to transform and process our experiences.

I also know our mental health is impacted powerfully by our self-talk.

I have an online class combining art journaling with building a positive relationship with our inner critics - our self talk.
 
I want to offer something that could directly benefit any individual affected by fire, drought or flood, without them needing to jump through any hoops, or fit criteria set by some bureaucratic process.


My offer is to gift free access to my online art journaling class to anyone affected by Aussie fires, floods or this infernal, unending drought. No strings, no time frame, just gentle guidance to explore creativity as a path to healing and wellness.

 

To me art journalling is about playful expression whilst exploring my inner world. I really like the way my written word (text) creates a layer of texture which then becomes the base for play and exploration of a variety of mark making and really cool techniques. Tracey has such a wonderful way with people, walking alongside them, encouraging their expression of creativity whether in the written word or images. She does not judge, she loves, laughs and cries with her students, her wisdom is felt and expressed, her sense of self and ability to see life with all it offers whether that be roses or thorns with humbleness and humour is always spot on for me.                 

Peta - Art Journaling

Tracey teaches easy techniques and offers step-by-step instructions that make art accessible to everyone. I was amazed by the beautiful work our group produced, even though many of us hadn’t held a paintbrush in years, if ever!  I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking for a new way to express themselves, get creative, play more and have a few good laughs. Tracey is a blast. Her sense of humour, wisdom, warmth and down to earth nature will make you feel right at home.       

Amanda - Art Journaling

The recklessness of ripping up old books and splotching colours helter skelter over the page felt a little unruly. I valiantly resisted the urge to think “OK that’s enough of that, let’s do something constructive” and lost myself in texture and colours for a few hours each week. Thanks Tracey for the opportunity, cool ideas, hot tea, open heart, and a glimpse into some artistic possibilities.

Nicky - Art Journaling

Thanks Tracey, I find it enjoyable free, form, creative and de-stressing…I love your can do attitude, and I’ll be back next year for another dose.

Katy - Art Journaling