Lisa Sonora (left) teaching a workshop on Lake Victoria in Uganda, East Africa, 2011.

LIVE, In-person Workshops with Lisa Sonora

Wanna Get Away & Create?

Combining travel with art is my favorite way kind of holiday. If you love to create, explore & make meaningful creative connections with women like you, then you’re in the right place!

In-person workshops are kept to small groups of 10 or so, perfect for introverts who crave a creative time out and want the opportunity for 1:1 coaching from me during the workshop.

get away & create with Lisa Sonora, here's the live workshop schedule


Women’s Writing Retreat at a classic Italian countryside villa: October 9-15, 2016. Link will take you to the Women Writing Italy website where you can get the details and register.

If you dream of writing and want support – my co-teacher Allison and I are here to help. We’ve planned the exact type of writing retreat we do ourselves on a regular basis.

This is what really helps get the writing done and build momentum you can use after the retreat. For writers of all levels of experience, including absolute beginners and those who want to write, but aren’t yet.

You will be writing with ease on the first day. I promise! We’ve got ways to make that happen!

Travel Journal workshop in Mexico during Day of the Dead week celebrationsOaxaca, Mexico:
Creative Passport to MexicoOctober 28-November 3, 2016 – LODGING ON SITE – ONE Double Room spot available.

2 workshop spaces left – for lodging off-site.

during Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations, at Art House Oaxaca, the retreat and artist residency space run by me and my sweetheart, Alex. If you want to stay longer, be my guest with your own room, bath, and work space.

Orvieto, Italy:
Creative Passport to ItalyMay 14 – 20, 2017

Online Workshops with Lisa Sonora

Creative + Practice: An 8 week e-course journey with Lisa Sonora Beam - designed to help you develop regular and happy creative habits - even in the midst of a too-busy life without an art studio! Creative + Practice: An 8 week online course in developing strong creative habits, shows you  how to keep your creative channel open.

Starts June 8!

If you resist creating… or can’t stick with it, you’ll have experienced HOW to practice productively by the time the eight weeks are over.

Creative + Practice is the number one tool behind my success as a creative entrepreneur.

Whether you’re stuck facing the blank page of your work, or somewhere else in your life, having a sturdy creative practice is key to overcoming all the ways resistance bogs us down.

Prerequisite: None. Registration is open to all.


Dreaming on Paper pretty graphicDreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook is the foundational course that shows you how to effortlessly combine word, image, collage and photography to create richly layered visual journals, and learn about the Creative Journey Method, woven in to all these workshops.

Four weeks, next session starts in August, 2016.

Prefer to work at your own pace? Get the Dreaming on Paper Digital Edition now and get started right away.

Get the Digital Edition of Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook. Purchase includes a free pass to the August online workshop!


The 7 Creative Powers 
The 7 Creative Powers is all about breaking through resistance and understanding the places we get stuck.

This course is about understanding what creative blocks really are and how to release them by harnessing seven creative powers that are easily accessible by anyone. Learning how to be constructive with our blocks rather than destructive.

Creativity as a soul journey. We learn to craft a new story, turning old wounds and patterns into something beautiful. This is the real path of the Artist – to take the things we see and feel and experience, and create in ways that make us feel more connected: with ourselves, and with others who need to experience our work.

This course is required for the Facilitator Training. Seven weeks, next session starts in September, 2016.

Prerequisite: Completion of Dreaming on Paper -OR- Creative + Practice.


creative journey facilitator training with lisa sonoraCreative Journey Facilitator Training

The creativity workshop training program is held online, and there will be some opportunities to train with me in person as well.

The goals of the Facilitator Training are:

1. To empower each of us to deepen into our own, unique, creative expression — regardless of previous experience.

2. To understand and use a roadmap of the creative journey — which is a heroic, spiritual path with it’s own tests, trials, tribulations and rewards.

3. To experience the power of creativity used for healing, problem-solving, critical thinking, and insight.

4. To gain the confidence, experience, an expert leader and facilitator of the creative experience of others.

5. To learn the workings of The Creative Journey Method, a proven set of tools, methodology and philosophy, that can be adapted and used with every type of audience and experience. These tools are 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.

The facilitator training is 7 months in duration.

The next session begins in February, 2018 and goes through August, 2018.

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

Prerequisites for the facilitator training are participation in the following three online classes:

1. Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook

2. Creative + Practice

3. The 7 Creative Powers 

Other Workshops

magic-book-275Magic Book

Magic Book brings you a whole year of journaling inspiration, including daily journaling prompts to deepen your creative practice.

12 lessons in all, one for each month of the year. You can being at any time.

Projects include simple, easy and fun ways to incorporate mixed-media art, collage, photography into your journaling.

Each month is like adding a new chapter to your magic book. You don’t have to do all of the projects. Even if you just dip in and out, you’ll be creating a whole new year of possibilities.

This is a simple way to stay connected with your creativity, me, and a community of kindred journalers. You don’t have go it alone!

Purchase right here or read more about the Magic Book workshop.

About Workshops with Lisa Sonora

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.

The Paradox of Putting Process Before Product

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.

When we put the creative process in front of the creative product we hope to achieve, we are liberated from perfectionism, criticism, and the doubts and fears that keep us stuck.

It’s not like we’re giving up on have a great product.

Great products and outcomes become a natural result of our creative practice.

Who Benefits From This Work

If you’re here, you might have a lot in common with others who love this work, who are:

Eager to find their own creative voice, or body of work…and figure out how to make a sustainable business out of it.

Longing to discover and express more of who they really are — without so much angst

Trying to figure out what’s next

Going through a life transition that is difficult or scary— like divorce, illness, empty nest, career change,

Many participants struggle with being seen, or putting their work into the world.

Any pretty much everyone wants more clarity and focus. They’re not sure what to focus on.  Too many ideas! Too little follow-through!

Why I LOVE sharing this work

My reason for designing and teaching experiential workshops is simple.

There is nothing more meaningful than to see someone connect the dots between their ideas and dreams…and finally have a way to make them real.

Where this all began

These began as my own personal life-saving methods. Later, I began to share them with patients when I practiced art and music therapy in psychiatric hospitals.

You can read more about my personal story in my latest book, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice.

I’ve taught workshops on five continents (and counting!), and have been gradually adapting my workshops to an online format, so that more can participate.

My first workshops were designed for groups of other therapists who wanted to use these methods with their patients.

As a meditation teacher, I discovered the whole process was a lot more fun with art supplies. So I combined spiritual inquiry with my creativity workshops. Wow! It was explosive, in a good way.

Doing spiritual practice and probing the psyche means that therapists, coaches, teachers, and healers are attracted to this work. Many of them have gone on to share the techniques with their clients.

While trying to figure out how to make a living as a nomadic artist who enjoyed long stints of time at retreats and traveling far off the beaten path, I ended up going to business school — thinking I would finally get a handle on making money, a subject wrought with angst for me on so many levels.

I like to joke I went through the trouble (and expense) of getting an MBA so you don’t have to.

The result of an artist / therapist / spiritual seeker / nomad going to business school became a body of work I created called: The Creative Entrepreneur Method.

The Creative Entrepreneur – a little back story

You might be familiar with my book, The Creative Entrepreneur, a visual guidebook to business strategy and creative process. (Quarry Books, 2008)

The Creative Entrepreneur is based on workshops I’ve taught internationally for more than 20 years, that offer participants tools and skills to thrive more and struggle less with the challenges particular to creative, introverted, sensitive types.

What most people don’t know, is that long before I wrote The Creative Entrepreneur, I taught experiential creativity workshops (my own work, and as a facilitator and trainer for other organizations).

Got Questions?

If you are wondering which workshop is right for you, or just have questions about my work or other details you didn’t find here, please do take a moment and dash me a note.

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