The Creative Journey Facilitator Training

“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers.

These people — artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers — will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

– Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind

After a dozen years of people asking me to train them in my workshop methods, the time is here. The first two training sessions took place in 2015 and 2016. The next session is now open for early registration!

The 2017 Training is SOLD OUT. If you’d like first dibs on a space in the 2018 Training please add your email to the interest list below:

Whether you want to:

  • Take the training just for yourself
  • Adapt the methods to your own workshops and classes
  • Teach my workshops in your community
  • Take this work to underserved populations
  • Travel the world while you get paid to teach workshops along the way
  • Become a a more effective speaker, leader, presenter
  • Use the framework to design your own body of work (I hope you do!)
  • Figure out how to scale up and reach a bigger audience

I want to help you do that.

It’s also ok if you have absolutely no idea why you want this or what you would do with it (this usually how I end up in all the courses I take).

There are people who need you to guide them, who:

  • want to find their creative voice, or make a new body of work
  • are in a life transition that is difficult or scary— like divorce, illness, empty nest, career change,
  • struggle with being seen, or putting their work into the world.
  • have no idea what they want, just something “more creative”
  • crave clarity and focus—too many ideas without enough follow-through!

But how to help them? How to create and facilitate a great workshop experience?

Why should people hire YOU? This takes years of trial and error and expense to figure out on our own.

What You’ll Get

Experience from the inside out with The Creative Journey Method: A unique way of approaching creativity that is informed by depth psychology, intuitive healing, indigenous wisdom, critical thinking and spiritual inquiry. Yeah! Those are a lot of paths converging here!

Leadership Training: How to lead workshops that engage and inspire people. The best tools from leadership, behavioral psychology, coaching, and…believe it or not… wilderness guiding.

Creativity Workshop Design: a proven set of tools, methodology and philosophy, that can be adapted and used with every type of audience and experience.

This work is used in psychiatric hospitals, orphanages, corporate offsite meetings, conferences, universities, grade schools, spiritual retreat centers, churches, art schools, and in living rooms and community centers all over the world.

Business Chops: How to fill your workshops, what to charge, strategies and tactics that work, and what to avoid. There are about a thousand things at play here – I promise to keep it all simple, fun, do-able.

Community + Connection: The global community of Creative Sketchbook Facilitators, or “Guidesses” as we like to call ourselves, is strong, supportive, and comforting, 24/7. Sorry if that just sounded like a description of your favorite bra.

We are a global circle of kindreds who really do help each other to make our dreams real. 24/7? We’ve learned that someone’s always up, whenever we need to check in, because of the worldwide time zones. Woo hoo!

The MOST unique thing about this method? Like all of my workshops, everything is taught (transmitted, really) with experiential creative projects, led by example. You actually use your creativity to take the journey. Which makes it incredibly enjoyable, by the way – it won’t seem like work.

Using your full creative powers happens…by using them. You’ll see (and experience this) for yourself. This is truly transformative work on every level.

Where & When

The next training begins in the Spring of 2017. Schedule is below.

This workshop takes place entirely online, so you can participate wherever you are.

Facilitator Training: How To Register

Step 1.

Participate in The Creative Sketchbook (online or in person) BEFORE you register for the training

Participation in this workshop allows you to get a sense of the work and me as a teacher, so you can know if it is resonant for you.

Step 2.

Register for the Facilitator Training before April 10, 2017 to participate in the 2017 Training. There is one training session per year.

The 2017 Training is SOLD OUT. If you’d like first dibs on a space in the 2018 Training please add your email to the interest list below:


Add 1:1 Private Coaching with Lisa

Do you want some 1:1 private support during the facilitator training? Private coaching sessions help you focus, stay accountable and get scary or overwhelming things done — in your life, business, and in the training!

We can work together on technical stuff with your business, like websites and mailing lists. Marketing your work: help with writing you about page, sales pages (you know the stuff that makes you go UGH!), photography and social media. I can coach you through the stuck and confusing places (like choosing the best business ideas) and help you stay accountable.

If you are a current or past participant in the training, you may sign up for a 1:1 coaching package. Coaching is limited to a few new clients each year, and only for those who are training or have trained with me.

Six Session Package: Payment Plan is 6 payments of 275, or pay 1,500 in full and save $150

Buy Now: 6 Private Coaching Sessions


Twelve Session Package: Payment Plan is 12 payments of 250, or pay 2,750 in full and save $250

Buy Now: 12 Private Coaching Sessions


You can use your sessions at any rate you like: once per month, twice per month, or do one session once you begin the training and do the rest in a cluster at the end. Whatever works best for you!

My Higher Purpose & Promise

I stand 1000% behind my work, and strive to deliver way more value than what I charge for. 

It took me years of work and refinement to design this training so that it covers the most important points, offers the best experience for you, and leaves out anything non-essential.

It’s a distillation of so much good stuff – I’m really proud of it and eager to share.


The best types of trainings let you experience the work for yourself. 

Mastery follows as you build understanding of the methods behind the work, join the group discussions, assist in workshops with Lisa, and get mentorship through your workshop design and delivery.

The supplies required for this course are the same as for the pre-requisite workshops you’ve already taken. This is an experiential creativity workshop in itself – which lays the foundation for giving your workshops.


Teaching workshops is the best thing I’ve ever done as an artist, healer, business person. Teaching workshops inspired me to start sharing my work online in 2002, simply as a way of sharing my work with students.

This humble beginning led to more teaching requests, and the biggest dream-come-true of all: a publisher calling me and asking me if I would write a book about my workshops. That first book became The Creative Entrepreneur .

You never know where this might take you, and if it feels resonant, I hope you’ll allow me to be your guide.

with big heart,

with love, Lisa Sonora




Since you’ve read (or scrolled) all the way down here, I’d love to share a few more thoughts with you about my workshop & training philosophy:

Workshops and trainings are designed to help everyone access their own creativity and imagination. Whether you think your “not creative” or you are a working artist who needs a shift, we all benefit from fresh ways of approaching the blank page.

Blank pages in our sketchbooks are beautiful mirrors of our life, after all. This is good!

We play around on the paper in non-threatening ways, and this auto-magically translates into doing things differently in life.

While we use art supplies, we aren’t making art.

We’re taking a creative journey. We’re cultivating a personal creative practice.

All done in the spirit of healing, finding our voice, daring to trust our own inner guidance, putting form to our ideas.

This is really no less than a spiritual path, a kind of pilgrimage of the soul. If I dare say so out loud.

Any creative path and practice that emphasizes process over product will lead you deeply inward and result in health. Working this way is an antidote to self-destruction and self-sabotage.

If you’ve been stuck or confused or just…wondering…how can I express myself more? How can I dare act on my creative ideas?

Especially if you are plagued with old ideas like: I’m not creative.., I’m not an artist…, It’s too late…, I’ve already tried blah, blah, blah…Why Bother?!

These are the kinds of old stories that tear us down and keep us stuck.

This is where fear and resistance thrive.

The good news: none if this is a big deal once you have a few skills and tools that actually change the negativity into something life-giving and useful.

Shorthand word is: Happification.

Creativity soars when we re-create the stories we tell ourselves. This re-creates our world. From the inside out.

The ultimate work of art is YOU.

2017 Training Schedule (all of the training happens online)

March 20 – Launching Your Creative Journey

Our training officially begins with your participation in The Creative Sketchbook, starting on March 20.

If you’ve already taken this workshop, you’ll be able to participate with your facilitator hat on. If you haven’t yet taken The Creative Sketchbook, this is your opportunity to take the workshop before the first training module is released on April 13.

April 13 – Training Module 1 & Group Coaching Call

May 11 – Training Module 2 & Group Coaching Call

June 15 – Training Module 3 & Group Coaching Call

July 13 – August 31 – Creative Practice Online Workshop

September​ 14 – Training Module 4 & Group Coaching Call

October 9 – Training Module 5 & Group Coaching Call

November 12 – Training Module 6 & Group Coaching Call

December 14​ – Training Module 7 & Group Coaching Call


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