The 7 Creative Powers

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The 7 Creative Powers

Online Workshop with Lisa Sonora, author of The Creative Entrepreneur
*this workshop has a prerequisite, see below for how you can meet it*

When You Really Need a Breakthrough

Do you ever feel so stressed and overwhelmed you just want to crawl under the covers?

Or self-destruct in some way? Like with food, drink. etc.

I created the 7 Creative Powers workshop for times like these.

As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, but managed to create the life and work of my dreams anyway, I’m living proof that we can thrive even though we’re dealing with really hard stuff.

Even when we have coped in not-so-healthy ways.

Stress and overwhelm happen. But they don’t have to totally derail us.

Have you ever wondered why it seems so hard to make or do something new? To put your work into the world? To put a price on and sell on your work?

Or why there is so much fear, resistance, procrastination, struggle, and interference bound up with what we want most?

Have you ever felt like there was something wrong with you because you couldn’t “get over it” or “just do it”, or “feel the fear and do it anyway”?

There is nothing wrong with you, and you’re not alone in this.

“I’ve read so many books and taken other courses and though my understanding of fear and procrastination has increased, I still was not engaging with my work in the way I knew was possible.

What I discovered in the 7 Creative Powers workshop was healing and transformative. Lisa dives deeply into the inner worlds that hold our dreams and visions dear. Layer after layer, I wound my way down into the crevices of memory and thought.

Through the journaling and wisdom of the imagery that came up, I found my key. I hold this process as sacred. I now understand that my process is my own, my power comes through doing the work and the magic happens when I am most present without thinking.

I sometimes relapse into resistance but now I know that this is a normal part of the process. I have my pages from 7 Creative Powers to remind me how to relocate my key and how to re-open the door to my joy and wonder.

My wish for you is that you find your own key to unlock the wealth that lives inside. Freeing your authentic creative expression is nothing less than life changing.”

— Linda Hough, France – Artist and Coach

IMG_3287A common motif in ancient cultures is that of the fierce deity standing at the entrance of the most sacred places, symbolizing the perilous journey toward what is most desired.

Since prehistory, all of humanity has been having the same experience: we must go past the threshold of fear in order to have what we really want.

Everyone who creates—or dreams of creating—faces these dilemmas.

But most people don’t pursue their creative dreams because fear holds them back. This is what saddens me more than anything: someone dying with their music still inside of them.

I want you to know that fear doesn’t have to block you anymore, even if you’ve started and stopped a million times before. That’s why I’ve created this workshop.

This workshop is about understanding what blocks really are and how to release them by harnessing seven creative powers that are easily accessible by anyone.

The 7 Creative Powers will help you:

  • Realize the ways you get stuck and how to get unstuck
  • Trust and express your own creativity more
  • Take inspired action in ways that work best for you

Wondering how this workshop has helped others? Take a look at some of the stories from previous participants..


You’re a Hero. On a creative journey.

The Hero’s Journey, the basis of all dramatic storytelling, encapsulates the struggle of brave souls who encounter life-threatening trials as they come closer to what they want most.

In order to have what is deeply desired, the Hero must travel through unknown and usually frightening territory, confronting her deepest fears along the way. In order to get past her fears and battle the enemies, she must develop new abilities and strengths.

Fear is so clever that it takes many disguises. What’s really behind the fear is nothing more than a creative block, experienced as various negative or destructive mental, emotional, or physical patterns.

In fact, I like to consider the presence of fear as a clear sign we are on our right path.

Without the proper orientation to creative blocks, creating can seem impossible, or harder than it needs to be.

When I signed up for the 7 creative powers workshop it wasn’t so much that I was having a creative block per se but a total ‘life’ block. I was dealing with loss, grief and fear, and struggling to inject positivity into any areas of my life.

This course was a godsend for me in so many ways and on so many levels. 

The biggest breakthrough for me came from the way the course material facilitated analysis and release of my inner fears and worries. I realised how overwhelmed by destructive thoughts and patterns of behaviour I had become, and to be comfortable acknowledging this. The coping strategies and constructive solutions put forward have been life changing for me.

Participating in the 7 creative powers is like taking a course in creative therapy where you are both the counsellor and the client, and at the end of each session you have concrete evidence of your progress to marvel at and reflect upon.”

Debbie Howard, England — Artist

Your creativity is a soul journey. The old creative blocks become something you use to build with, rather than something that stands in your way.

This is path of the Artist – to take the things we see and feel and experience, and make something new that creates more meaning and connection: with ourselves, and with others who experience our work.


Who this workshop is for:

Anyone who has taken my one of the foundational workshops: Dreaming on Paper OR Creative + Practice,  and wants to:

  • Create more, and fear less
  • Tackle a persistent creative block
  • Learn more about how and why these tools work
  • Experience more ease, flow, joy, and happiness around their creativity, instead of anxiety, procrastination, doubt, lack of confidence
  • This work is particularly helpful for helping professionals: therapists, coaches, teachers, and healers. Many have gone on to share the techniques with their clients
  • This workshop is a pre-requisite the Creative Journey Facilitator Training program.


Dates: Next workshop begins in October, 2016. Duration: Seven Weeks. 

Registration will open in August, 2016.

If you subscribe to my mailing list, in the sign up box at the bottom of this page, you’ll get all the info – including special deals and discounts that only people on my list get!


Missing the pre-requisite course?

If you have not yet taken one of the pre-requisites workshops and want to be able to join the 7 Creative Powers workshop, you can qualify by getting the Digital Edition of Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook.

The 7 Creative Powers workshop takes place entirely online.

When the course begins, you’ll have access to a special members-only area, where you can view the weekly lessons. You can also ask me questions and share your experience with me and the other students via the comments inside each lesson.

You’ll also get a course email every week for 7 weeks, that tells what we’re working on next and to remind you to come by the website and get that week’s content.

If you’re on the fence at all, please email me with your questions/concerns. Email  [lisasonora (at) gmail (dot) com]. This is my personal email address, and I read everything sent here myself.

You’ll get a total of 7 lessons, meant to be savored one week at a time.

  • We’ll take the entire 7 weeks to practice developing your 7 Creative Powers, one at a time.
  • Each lesson builds on the next, giving you a solid foundation for you can use for a lifetime.
  • Each lesson contains prompts and creative challenges designed to help you learn by doing

What you need to participate:

  • An Internet connection and email account to receive the emails.
  • A blank journal or sketchbook
  • There will be some simple art materials required — the same we used in Dreaming on Paper. Budget about $30 for your supplies. You’ll be able to find supplies online or at your local craft shop or office supply.
    View the supply list for this course here:

Pre-requisite: You must have taken the Dreaming on Paper workshop OR Creative  Practice in order to register for this course. Why? See below.

You can get the Digital Edition of Dreaming on Paper now to qualify and get ready!

photo of lisa sonora beam in the studio


Your Workshop Guidess:

Lisa Sonora

I want to help you give voice to your creative dreams, no matter what, no matter how long. This is your time.

As an artist, author, and business owner who has encountered (and still wrestles with) creative blocks, and as a creativity teacher who has supported thousands of others in the unblocking process, I’ve learned some useful ways to understand and meet this inevitable encounter with the fierce guardian deities standing between you and where your dreams and ideas.

Creativity is a soul’s journey. It requires courage and some good tools for either charming the fierce deities or kicking their butts.

To make this fun, and because I believe that real life is full of magic and mystery, I’ve titled these learnings The 7 Creative Powers. I couldn’t think of a better way to describe the information I wished I’d had all those years ago—when I thought something was wrong with me because I had so much fear around my creativity.

The creativity tools I share in this workshop have been a lifelong practice for me, one that’s supported me in every area of my life and work.

This work is practical.

This work is imaginative.

I first began sharing these this work when I was a therapist in psychiatric hospitals, with patients in treatment for substance abuse and eating disorders.

Since then, for more than 25 years, thousands of people around the world (on five continents and counting!) have experienced the power and magic of working with me at retreats and in workshops.

The goal with all of my workshops is to give you powerful and potent tools that support and empower you to live your best creative life with more ease, joy, and abundance. I can’t wait to share this with you!

with love, Lisa Sonora

* * * POLICIES * * *

By registering, you agree to these terms.

Pre-requisite: You must have taken the Dreaming on Paper or Creative + Practice workshop in order to register for this course.See above link to purchase them together.

Confirmation: You’ll be taken to a confirmation page on this website when your register and pay. This is your registration confirmation.

Important: All course materials will be emailed to the email addresses you used when registering. If you require the materials be sent to an alternate email address,  please let Jennifer know (her email is below).

Cancellation, Refund, Missed Payments…

For April 6, 2016 workshop:

Cancellation Before April 6, 2016: full refunds will be issued to those that cancel their registration by emailing Jennifer at Jen(at)LisaSonora(dot)com. Please include Cancelation Request in the subject line, and in the message, include the name and Pay Pal email address you used to purchase your registration.  A full refund will be made to you via Pay Pal within 72 hours of receiving your cancellation email.

Refunds? Why yes. Enjoy the first session of the workshop. If it’s not for you, simply email Jen to cancel, using the email address and instructions, above. Refund requests must be made BEFORE April 12th. Registration is not refundable or transferable due to lack of participation. Refunds are not given for the Dreaming on Paper Digital Edition ($147). So if you request a refund for 7 Creative Powers and bought it with Dreaming on Paper, your refund will be for the total you paid, less $147.)

Worried about keeping up? No need! You’ll have lifetime access to all of the materials.

On and after April 12, 2016. ALL SALES FINAL. Due to the online nature of this workshop no refunds will be issued on and after April 12, 2016

MISSED PAYMENT:  If your payment is missed due to insufficient funds a service fee of $25 will be charged and your membership will be cancelled until full payment is received.

Got Questions?

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns about the workshop.

My email address is: lisasonora [at] gmail [dot] com.

Why the pre-requisite?

Dreaming on Paper is the foundational workshop that introduces you to the process and method of this work. There is so much new material we are going to cover in The 7 Creative Powers, that builds on the techniques and philosophy presented in Dreaming on Paper.

I designed it this way on purpose, so that people who have already worked with me can get more specific help.

If you haven’t yet taken Dreaming on Paper, but want this workshop, good news!

I’ve made a lovely Digital Edition of Dreaming on Paper – that includes ALL of the workshop content.

You can get the Digital Edition of Dreaming on Paper now to qualify and get ready! Yowza! See above link to purchase them together.

Note: If you have taken Creative + Practice, you may use that to fulfill your pre-requisite. However, having Dreaming on Paper is ideal. 🙂

“I have to admit, I found myself feeling a bit skeptical at first–how could something that fills me with such joy actually be useful? And therein is one of the first of many deep truths I learned about myself: that “creative blocks” are of my own creation and within my control.

I’ve also often had a fear that maybe some of you have had, too: when I have a great idea, sometimes I don’t act on it because of fear that it might be my Last. Good. Idea. Ever.

I’m happy to report that 7CP has helped me learn that this is absolutely not true! As I follow through with my ideas, the well is replenished with even more.

More than anything, 7CP will help you create the first of many guides to your own creativity, and lead you to what I hope is a lifetime of discovery and joy.”

Susan Rochester, Artist and Art Educator

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