Open windows to your soul in these art classes

By Suzanne Ludekens

February is the ideal time to unleash and unblock your creativity in workshops with art therapist Rebecca Peterson and artists Angelina Pérez Ibargüen and Patricia Mahan. These workshops, designed to explore metaphors in our life, create a path between spirit and body by allowing the imagination to flourish. By exploring your own creativity, the art world that surrounds us in San Miguel de Allende becomes richer and more intimate.



The House as Soul
Fri, Feb 8, 1pm-5pm
Visual Journaling & Jung’s Red Book: The Language of Trees
Fri, Feb 15, 1pm-4:30pm
Fri, Feb 22, 1-4 pm
Windows to the Soul Art Studios


Angelina Pérez Ibargüen: “The House as Soul”

Installation and ceramics artist Angelina is a constant observer of the repetitive nature of everyday life. Her work captures precisely those little acts, gestures and movements that make us all so equally human and yet so unique. This interest in daily, contemporary urban life naturally led to “The House as Soul” workshop.

Participants will explore “house” as a metaphor of our inner world, our first universe, dwelling of fantasies and memories through games, introspective exercises, and art-making (collage, paint, clay). It is a way to gaze inwards and recognize, enjoy and laugh at our contradictions, differences and interconnections.

Rebecca Peterson: “The Language of Trees”

As trees are falling all around us — in Canada, in the Amazon — and the lungs of the planet are being annihilated, it is timely to reflect deeply on our relationship to Mother Nature. Trees are the breath of life for us and by destroying them we destroy our own breath.

C.G. Jung saw trees as the “direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life” and found great solace in Nature. For psychologist James Hillman they are not mere symbols but living entities which speak to us, part of anima mundi, a world ensouled.

Through visual journaling—collage, painting, writing in your personal book—the group will meditate on  the tree and its metaphors of rootedness, connection with earth and sky, and the tree’s particular language.

Patricia Mahan: “SoulCollage”

Mahan leads participants on a journey to ‘discover your wisdom, change your world’ by creating a personal deck of collaged cards which represent different aspects of your personality, community, and archetypal energies. Cards may then be ‘consulted’ for help in answering your life’s questions.

For registration contact Rebecca Peterson at or call 154-7010; for more details and photos go to

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