Chrysalis Institute 

Soup & Soul: The Science of Intuitive Painting

  • 17 Nov 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Gloria Umbach’s home
  • 3


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Do you believe that you are not creative? Ask a room of five-year-olds if they can paint and they eagerly say yes, but, by the time they've grown up, most of those same children believe they are not creative or artistically talented. 

According to Aviva Gold, author of Painting From the Source, our “culture and educational system brainwashes us into believing that painting is open to only a handful of uniquely talented individuals worthy of the title of ‘artist’...” Yet indigenous cultures all over the world acknowledge that humans are innately creative. For example, in Bali the same word means both human and artist, and making art is as much part of everyday life as planting rice. 

Science now shows that painting is good for your emotional health; even if you lack an innate talent for painting, putting a brush to canvas can alter your state of mind. By focusing on the brushstrokes and the colors, you take your body into a calmer, more aware state. Studies found that individuals who regularly paint tend to be less anxious, less prone to illness, and have a healthier sense of self-esteem than those who do not. Painting is a great way to ease feelings of stress, as well as an outlet for self-expression.

Join Gloria Umbach and Priscilla Burbank in Gloria’s cozy attic studio to use paint, form, and color to “rediscover” your inner creativity! It’s there, just waiting to be expressed. Vicki Saunders will be on hand to share the science behind the news that intuitive painting is good for you. We will help guide you through the process of creativity by learning to trust your own intuitions and impulses and to ignore the voice of that inner critic that tells you that you can’t paint, can’t draw, can’t create. 
Soup & Soul
Soup & Soul events are gatherings hosted in homes of Chrysalis members featuring some aspect of creativity and offering up soup, bread and drink to nourish body and soul. Vegetarian option available.

Gloria Umbach, MSW, is an experienced counselor, body worker, nurse and educator. She has been "intuitively" painting since 2005 and uses her skills to encourage self-expression in a safe, non-judgemental way.

Chrysalis President Priscilla Burbank is a UVA law school graduate who, in 2008, earned a Master's Degree in Conscious Evolution from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Her thesis explored intuitive painting as a personal transformative experience. She continues her intuitive painting practice and has taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Gloria and Priscilla have received Intuitive Painting Teacher's Certificates from a Chris Zydel program in California. 

Victoria B. Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching. Vicki has her PhD from Saybrook University in Organization Systems and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She is a Past President of The Chrysalis Group and currently co-chairs the Program Committee.

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Gloria Umbach’s home studio
(directions provided upon registration)

$30 Chrysalis Members
$40 Non-members
$20 Students

$10 early registration discount (by October 17)
This event is limited to 16 participants, so register today! Advance registration is required. 

Special Instructions: Soup & Soul evenings fill quickly and usually have a waiting list. Please register early and inform us if you need to cancel. And, respecting our hosts, we ask that you not come unless you have reserved a bowl of soup. Dress to paint! 

For More Information:
Contact Gloria Umbach by email or phone 804 512 0722.
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