Visual Quest is a spiritual art intensive which takes the painter into their inner landscape to seek out medicine and messages which organically emerge from the canvas. Using shamanic visualization techniques and active imagination models to inspire and move the work, this on-demand course allows the artist to explore personal sources of imagery and experience to inform the visual outcome. The essence of Visual Quest is to ask the unseen to come into form while being channeled through the painter’s hands. The process specifically asks the painter to let the unknown come into the known realm.
“This class is a convergence of everything I know about spirit and art all rolled into one. Creative living and spiritual practice represents all that’s mysterious, alive and juicy in every one of us. I’ve been painting for twenty-three years, and I’ve watched my practice become more reflective of my deep Self, and less of my ‘ideas’ about what would make a good painting. This freeing process is release, it’s color and spirit in motion, it’s a deep embrace of What Is, and an intentional honoring of life itself.”
Registration is open now, and you will get instant access to the classroom.
Visual Quest is for spiritual people who want to give form to what they feel inside and around them. It teaches you how to apply what you feel to the canvas.
It’s also for creative people desiring to connect to the Spirit that lies inside of them and outside, enabling work with meaningful symbols, and a deeper connection to the artwork.
It’s for artists wishing to freshen and deepen their practice, and for non-artists who would like to explore the mediums in a non-competitive and supportive environment.
It is for deep-thinkers and deep-feelers exploring their inner terrain and wanting to gain more clarity about the strongest archetypes within them, and the personal symbols which represent them.
The best part? There I was standing before my canvas with brush in hand ready to let out all of my spiritual artful expression of my journey. I loved how there was no right or wrong. I loved that this class was for both artists and not-yet artists. I loved the support and encouragement.
During the first week of Visual Quest you’ll begin seeing with new eyes! You’ll be initiated with tools and the basic ways of shamanism, so that you’ll be comfortable calling on your guides and utilizing the tools throughout your painting intensive.
We’ll cover the following topics during your Initiation Week:
*Healing the Creative Spirit and Becoming Strong for the Journey
*Gathering Sacred Tools, Preparing the Workspace, and Supplies
*PDF content to assist you on your quest and emphasize your magic and Sacred Voice
*Introduction to animal guides, medicine helpers, healers and guides
*Logistics and Tips For How to Be Successful at this Course
*Full review of the process and instructions on How to Take a Shamanic Journey
Then during Weeks 2-5, you’ll begin your own Visual Quest with daily lessons in creativity/painting and integrative spiritual practice. Some topics we’ll cover are:
*Journey for Creative Totem
*Palette: Selecting and Mixing Colors
*Depth Work: What Keeps Wanting to Showing Up and Why?
*Unearthing the Images
*Visual Representation of the Inner Landscape
*Goldmining the Soul
*Painting the Spirits
*Application, application, application
*Pineal Gland and Auric Gifts
*Honoring Your Process, and Marking Rites of Passage with Celebration
*Supporting the Creative Body: YOU at Your Most Vibrant
*Tips for Staying Creative, including The 15 Minute Artist
What’s most intriguing about this process is that you’re taking the trip down the rabbit-hole to find the treasure and messages within, gathering information from inside of you, about you, (which relates to what is universal in all of us), and bringing it into visual existence where it shapeshifts and teaches you at an even deeper level. I find that this process allows me to step aside and let the message of my work find it’s own way.
What I loved most was becoming convinced that being an artist has nothing to do with academic training—but with being brave enough to jump into something and let go of results.
– Visual Quest Student
Visual Quest was created as a five-week course with video, audio and written content, journey meditations, journal prompts and many more inspiring bits and baubles. All the posts and exercises will be available to you immediately upon registration so you can follow the course at your own pace and continue to travel around the medicine wheel again and again.
The content will be delivered on a private password protected site. The videos are professionally shot and presented on Vimeo in HD. The audio recordings are also professionally captured. In other words, this course looks and sounds fantastic!
* A few basic supplies – there is an optional materials list provided here, however, you could make full use of this course with some paper and a set of watercolors if you really wanted to. During a previous session we had a Quester who created her paintings on recycled cereal boxes.
* Computer and a high speed internet connection so you can view our videos (if you can watch the promo above you should be fine!)
Before Visual Quest, I was someone who said “I’m not creative.” Through this experience, I came to see myself as a creative being and I now recognize ALL of the aspects of my life where I do express it- my writing, home-making, journaling, photography, etc. By honoring my creative spirit, I’ve been able to allow new ideas to flow through me- not just with paint- but through writing, community building, volunteering. I would say that VQ reacquainted me with myself, and encouraged me to live a very full, expressive life.
- Allison Abramson
The fee for this course is $189.
*Payment plans will be available…just reach out to us at email@example.com
What is Shamanism?
What is a Vision Quest?
*To indigenous peoples of North America, a vision quest (hanbleceya in the Lakota language) means “to cry for a vision”. It is a rite of passage which serves as a compass for your life and affirmation of your purpose.
A vision quest is a traditional practice of being alone in a wild place (out on the mountain) for four days and four nights without food or water, in order to become present to the messages which Spirit would like for you to hear. Traditional people await signs and symbols, such as an unusual occurrence in the weather, a visit from a wild creature, and visions or voices which would indicate one’s path or purpose in life. One’s own relationship to Spirit and place in the world is honored and affirmed in this indigenous ritual. It takes months of preparation to condition the body, mind and spirit to open up to the messages. In this course, will take this journey together.
As creatives, and many of us spiritual creatives at that, we benefit from going deep within and opening our hearts wide. The quest you’re about to go on will take you into your relationship with the Source of Creation. It is personal and private for you, and it is your birthright to access to the messages.
I don’t know how to paint or journey? Can I participate?
*No experience whatsoever is required. To enjoy this class, simply be willing to see what is inside of you and make an attempt at interpreting it visually.
I live in Europe/Australia/SE Asia, etc? Can I participate?
*As the course is online, you can join from anywhere in the world so long as you have access to high-speed internet so you can watch the videos. If you can watch our promo video, you should be fine!
How long will I have access to the material?
*You will have access to the course for one year from the time of registration. You may also download the audio and video recordings and they are yours to keep forever.
Will I have access to Pixie for questions?
*Pixie will not be conducting live sessions or discussions for the self-study offering of Visual Quest.
Pixie Lighthorse mothers the nurture deficient world by teaching intuitive skills to modern humans. Creativity and intuitive-derived painting as a process is a tool for unearthing messages and medicine for the soul through visual media.
A formally trained artist over 20 years ago, Lighthorse has unlearned what she was taught in conventional art school in favor of painting from the soul. Combining her artistry with her training in western shamanism (2003-2012) has resulted in a quest which took her on a journey through the landscape of the inner world and resulted in a body of work which reflects her personal experiences and revelations.
She is the author of the Prayers of Honoring series, written to restore the bonds between people and nature while healing spiritual trauma. In 2017, she completed her third book, Boundaries & Protection: Honoring Self, Honoring Others.
She has created and taught over forty online educational courses applying integrative shamanism, animal and plant studies, and the Medicine Wheel. She also developed a shamanic painting course entitled Visual Quest for online and live audiences.
She defines Earth Medicine as the accumulated learnings modeled by nature: the creatures, plants and geology which make up our world. She is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Feminine and earth-centered sensibilities are the cornerstones of her work.
Learning to journey with power / totem animals and using the shamanic trance state to paint and allow Spirit to assist and come forward through the painting process was incredible. I LOVED this!
- Arlene Holtz