Expressive Arts Facilitator Training; The Image Quest Sojourn

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Expressive Arts Facilitator Training; The Image Quest Sojourn

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  • Expressive Arts Facilitator Training based on “The Image Quest Sojourn”
  • PRE REQUISITE: The Image Quest Sojourn Group, Poway, Ca. or The Image Quest Sojourn Online Course
  • Pamela Underwood, BFA, MA founder/facilitator
  • Poway, California



“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?…” 

Mary Oliver  



Pamela helping a trainee with her mask.

Personal Note From Pamela:

This is about sharing part of my signature group, “Image Quest Sojourn”, with YOU,   | Click here to read more

Thanks for your interest in Pamela Underwood’s “Image Quest Sojourn™ Expressive Arts Facilitator Training”!   Pamela Underwood Expressive Arts Studios has built art based communities through offering retreats for women, expressive arts groups  since 1994.

Training other approved Expressive Arts Facilitators has been a goal of mine.

Image Quest Sojourn Group Facilitator Option:

On completion of this program graduates will be prepared to facilitate expressive arts groups and/or weave expressive arts into their existing practice.  

They also have the option to take advantage of continued supervision to become an approved Image Quest Sojourn™ Facilitator.   

With more approved expressive arts group facilitators,  Pamela looks forward to helping to caste a wider net for other leaders to guide individuals in living their lives through the principles of expressive arts; with resiliency, wisdom and inner knowing that creativity brings. 




  • Eight/  four day training intensives held approximately every other month from February 2017- March 2018 with a total of 240 hours of in class expressive arts facilitator training.
  • Working expressive arts group model will be given for facilitating participant’s own expressive arts classes or workshops integrating the techniques learned as well as principles of expressive arts facilitation. 
  • Participants will market/implement their own 8 Week Expressive Arts Group within this period.
  • Participants who complete this program will exhibit at the Image Quest Sojourn Mastery Show where they will be prepared to speak with confidence about their personal work and process.
  • Approved facilitators name and information listed on the Pamela Underwood Expressive Arts Studios Approved Facilitator website page for one full year.
  • Inclusion in Pamela Underwood Studios’ Expressive Arts Group Facilitator Community Events and Private Expressive Arts Facilitators Facebook Page.
  • Personal Growth: Participants will gain resiliency and direction in their personal life, find a deeper connection to their own personal imagery and their reason for making art.

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Check with Pamela for any changes


Specific Dates of Intensives will be announced.
Email Pamela to confirm starting date of training.

Intensive Schedule
Thursday  –  9:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday  –       9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday  –   9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday  –     9:00am-2:00pm

In order for participants to plan ahead, intensive dates are set at the beginning of the course.  This program is designed so that each intensive and assigned fieldwork prepares the participant/group for the next intensive.

Your attendance is important at each intensive to maintain a sense of safety for our circle, group cohesiveness and to gain the hours and knowledge you will need to complete the course and become a confident expressive arts facilitator.

Details of Program

Your Investment:
$4500 includes most supplies during intensives and outings.

FYI:  NOT including travel or lodging or supplies for Fieldwork or The Safe Container Feedback System or  Image Council Card Deck.

To Apply

1. Contact Pamela  for updated training intensive dates
Mark training dates in your calendar to be sure you can attend.
Then, indicate your intention to apply in an email to Pamela’s personal address

2.  Send the following packet:
Resume: including leadership, volunteer, expressive arts workshops taken, facilitation experience, experience in any of the arts, exhibitions, if any, plus you feel is relevant to your application.
Brief Essay: (a few of paragraphs) about what drew you to the program and why you feel it would be of benefit to you and how you might use the knowledge.
Portfolio: 5-10 examples of your creative work- via documents, email images or send photographs with a reference sheet that identifies each image with corresponding title or number, size, medium and date of work. These works of art can be a combination of visual journals, 2D art, assemblage and 3D art, poetry, video of original music, dance or performance.
Application Fee:  $50 check – which will be applied to your final payment or will be returned to you if you are not accepted at that time.
You may send a SASE to request that your packet be returned.

Contact Pamela for Address

3.  After Packet Review
Pamela will contact you to set up a phone interview.

Is this for YOU?

This is a long term commitment and is not for everyone. All group participants as well as myself must be dedicated to the ongoing maintenance of our group as a safe container in order to go into the necessary chaos of art making. This includes attending all eight, four day intensives for the full scheduled time, coming early to be on time each day and participating through the closing circle on our last day.

This program is for those who know they can be motivated to complete independent fieldwork, take responsibility for their own emotional well being as well as being able to  contribute to the group as a whole.

To keep participants interest high this program is meant to be challenging and engaging every step of the way!

 Let me know if you have any questions or feedback by emailing me at  or by making a phone date with me via email!

 I look forward to talking with you about your resilient future!


Professional Growth:
Existing Practice: Participants will be prepared to integrate expressive arts into an existing profession.  Example:  Retreat or Workshop Facilitator, Coach, Teacher, Therapist, Counselor

New Practice:  Participants will be prepared to embark on a new practice in guiding others in growth, mindfulness and clarity through the expressive arts.

Personal Growth:  This training is a personal commitment to explore one’s own inner landscape while discovering the innate gifts and resources which enrich their soul’s voice.
It is for participants who long to deepen seamlessly into their true artist self, gaining the tools to invite creativity as a constant companion, promising emotional growth, balance and developing an inner compass for direction through the arts.

This program serves participants seeking growth through an art immersion program guided by the principles of expressive arts and those who are ready to explore and learn through unconventional techniques.

Community Building: The expressive arts are uniquely suited for building strong heart/art based communities via cross pollination of ideas, personal history, skills, stories and trust. Helping to build and becoming part of and expressive arts community is one of the most satisfying ways to communicate, express and live life with resiliency.


Sample Agenda

Day 1

  • Individual consultation with Pamela & self guided use of the studio.
  • Introduction of Intensive Topic/Lecture

Day 2-3

  • Guided art techniques, expressive arts process art and artistic inquiry.
  • Outing

Day 4

  • Studio time with supervision, Intro/didactic presentation for next Intensive
  • Closing.

This is a NON-RESIDENTIAL course.

Studio Location:
Pamela Underwood Expressive Arts Studio
Austin, Texas

Transportation from San Diego International Airport:
Cloud Nine Shuttle
Located 35 min from Austin Bergstrom Airport

Structure of the Expressive Arts Facilitator Training 

Group participants meet approximately every other month for a 4 day non-residential intensive.
A total of 240 studio hours will be completed during Intensives at the Poway Studio and between Intensives during Independent Fieldwork.
Intensives must be attended to complete the course.

Requirements between Intensives

Independent Study “Fieldwork” assignments will be given between intensives and must be completed to acquire the hours.

Attendance is required for any scheduled Conference Calls  to qualify for hours.

Creating and implementing a 12 week workshop between the intensives is required for hours

FYI: The level of your commitment to this program is equal to approximately 2 years of higher education.  It is possible that a university which accepts independent study applications would accept this program for its required courses.  This, of course, would be solely up to the participant to research and implement.


During the two year program a visual journal will be created as an ongoing container with the capacity to hold a growing, shifting, alive mixed media body of work!

1. Linoleum Block Printing: Carve a series of personal print blocks, building a library of print block images for use in journals, fabric and paper.

2. Mono printing using personal stencil designs.

PERSONAL STENCIL DESIGN:  Burn and cut stencil designs for use with mono printing, acrylics, spray paints and Adirondack Dyes

INTUITIVE COLLAGE©: A proven technique for accessing personal imagery through sensory awareness, also used periodically for personal image ‘check ins’.

CREATE A PERSONAL IMAGE COUNCIL© CARD DECK”: Each participant will identify and publish a personal “Image Council Card Deck” (cost not included in the initial course Investment)

COLOR EXPLORATION W/ACRYLICS: Explore color as a form of expression in and of itself, beginning with color mixing exercises on fabric and paper.

DRAWING AS MEDITATION: Develop the intimate practice of drawing from deeply within the body, building trust between eye, heart and hand.

MIXED MEDIA & FIBER ARTS EXPLORATION: Use of fabrics and paper for collage and sewing, incorporated in acrylic painting, journal pages and freeform fabric/paper assemblages.


In addition to the techniques above participants will learn “process skills” for use in  helping to move their future group participant’s (and  their own) visual work forward and eliminating “stagnant” or “blocked” periods in the creative process.

IMAGE RESEARCH: Researching artists, composition, color and pattern that will influence the participants own artistic voice.

ARTISTIC INQUIRY: Responding with  expressive arts, the participant gains a new perspective of what the art needs next.

FEEDBACK METHODS: Expressive arts feedback methods help individual and group participant’s feel safe to tell their truth and make art that is personal but not always pretty.

Participants are also responsible for three presentations to the group which includes a written paper, tracking their own personal artistic process. The last workshop culminates in a presentation which reflects on the participant’s identity as an artist and forecast into future, concrete projects and endeavors.  All participants will move forward with confidence and the support of established core groups for regular conference call check-ins.

As you can see this program is extensive and covers not only visual techniques but new ways to perpetuate one’s own personal process, techniques to avoid creative drought and a deep understanding of how expressive arts works to bring a more resilient, resourceful life.


Marsha; Featured on our “James Hubble Home/Studio” Outing

Marsha Moyer- Testimonial

I enrolled in the Image Quest facilitator training program because I was profoundly inspired by Pamela’s promise of a “deeply personal journey of enlightenment, clarity, and [the development of] a sense of belonging in a new world.”
Energized by this vision, I began – and I have found a calling that brings together all the aspects of my life:  family caregiver, graduate studies, writer and poet, spiritual seeker and supporter of women and families.
In this program I have been able to be totally myself and to express my insights and visions through a variety of creative mediums.
I have found fertile grounding for the growth and development of journeys of the spirit, guided by the mentorship of Pamela Underwood’s own commitment to her work and vision.
February 06 2020


Start: February 6, 2020
End: April 10, 2021
Cost: $4500
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Pamela Underwood Austin Studio

31 Concord Circle
Austin, TX 78737 United States




  • Application and Payment Schedule
  • October 1, 2019
  • $50 Application Fee (will be applied to final payment if accepted)
  • First Payment $2000 Due
  • ($500 Non Refundable)
  • November 1, 2019
  • Final Payment $2450 Due
  • ($2500-$50 application fee)
  • (Non Refundable after first session)
  • December 1, 2019
  • Payment Methods: Check, Cash
  • Credit Card or Paypal with 2.5% charge fee