BABES BITCHES & QUEENS is both an empowerment programme and a new artistic project. It invites you to explore your dark and golden shadow traits with me to create a Superpower Archetype that will help you navigate these strange times with more ease. And this archetype will not only relate personally, but also help you nail your focus for positive social change.
Across four confidential online sessions, we’ll dive into archetypes such as the lover, healer, mother, whore and warrior – to become personal allies and art. The project is my response to the unprecedented times that we’re in, where isolation, overwhelm and social/environmental injustice have taken on a new urgency. Shadow work is also a rewarding creative endeavour, which is why I’ve also channelled it through my artistic practice for over 25 years, i.e, in Babes & Bitches (2013/4) where I hustled with my shadow to reveal more of myself and create the characters shown here.
Now I’m inviting you. Join me for these inspiring 1:1 sessions.
Meeting and working with you, even just 4 sessions, has changed my life and I am forever grateful.
In BABES BITCHES & QUEENS, you’ll not only reveal and work with your dark and golden shadow aspects, but you’ll also reclaim your Superpowers (hell yeah, you Beautiful Badass!). And you’ll come out with ways to keep exploring and nurturing these qualities so that they support your life, work and the social good.
So if you’re keen to explore feminine archetypes, boost your creative potential, embody both your magnificence and flaws, discover more about yourself, radiate confidence and gain tools to navigate these strange times, then BABES BITCHES & QUEENS is for you. We’ll explore the spaces beyond gender identity and classification. And however you identify, you’re welcome.
Shadow work can be challenging, however I’ve developed methods that make it not only approachable and gentle, but also liberating. We’ll take a caring look at your dark and golden shadow traits through a transformative lens and while the process is usually liberating, some things could be hard or emotionally triggering. If so, I’ll suggest ways to address this, either during our sessions or in your own time. However, please note that the space for processing is limited and that this programme is no substitute for the in-depth shadow work explored with a therapist (see below).
To reveal your Superpowers! They are revealed by diving into shadow work (see below) and archetypes.
ARCHETYPES are universal ‘original patterns’ found across cultures and epochs. Embedded in our psyche and society, they are the stuff of myths, dreams, literature, film and advertising. In our lives, archetypes inform every action and encounter we have. And beyond the known archetypes (Witch/Lover), superheroes (Thylacine/Black Widow) and deities (Mami Wata/Isis), I’d love to dream up new archetypes that resonate for you and are relevant for our times – and social change.
To reveal your Superpowers, I’ll facilitate four experiential sessions across two months. We’ll connect via Zoom and Email at convenient times wherever you are in the world, in English or German. The sessions are 1-2 hours and confidential: simply the two of us. I don’t record sessions, but I’ll take notes, many of which you’ll receive.
IN THE SESSIONS, I’ll guide you through a series of creative exercises, meditations and questions that address your dark and golden shadow aspects, including your resonance with society’s collective shadow (big concerns such as ecocide and patriarchy). You’ll also receive exercises to do between sessions.
My approach is interdisciplinary and draws on many traditions. We’ll explore it creatively through enquiry, reflection, embodiment, meditation, dreamwork and art. So yes – it’s also fun, inspiring, sexy and empowering!
THE NEW ARCHETYPE I create through our collaboration may inform an artwork. It will begin as prose (your very own motto) and may even become a text-based artwork or drawing informed by you (see where it all began with the art project, BABES & BITCHES). If so, you’ll have the first opportunity to acquire a print/multiple, and naturally, you can opt-out of the Art-Option or wait until you see your motto to decide.
WHAT IS SHADOW WORK?
In brief, shadow work is about freeing ourselves from limiting beliefs, acknowledging what scares us and befriending what we hide, repress or deny. These aspects include our shame, fears and judgements but also our hidden potentials, our superpowers. They are often obscured, buried in our unconscious and are revealed and liberated through dreamwork, artistic practice, psychoanalysis or meditative enquiry.
The shadow was defined by the Swiss Analytical Psychologist Carl Jung in the early 1900s and evolved from Jung’s study into dreams and archetypes – but its history is ancient and dates back to all First Peoples and traditional cultures. And the women in these cultures were seminal as shadow workers. Let’s reclaim those skills!
For us to dream new archetypes into being and address society’s collective shadow (the shadow of the world, an inherited experience) we first need to look at our own.
We’ll take a caring look at your dark and golden shadow through a transformative lens. While the process is usually liberating, some things could be challenging or emotionally triggering. If so, while I’ll suggest ways to address this, either during our sessions or in your own time, please know that the space for processing is limited.
WHAT THIS PROJECT IS NOT
Therapy, counselling or coaching. Nor is it the in-depth shadow work explored with a psychotherapist. If you are currently in crisis or working through deep trauma, then this isn’t for you.
A prominent Kenyan had this to say about the sessions: