Who is Julia Cameron?


Now in her sixties, Julia Cameron is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, playright, movie director, musical composer AND originator of the wildly successful trilogy of books starting with The Artist Way, A Spiritual Guide to Creativity. This was followed by Walking in the World, the Practical Art of Creativity and lastly, Finding Water, the Art of Perserverance. Following the same twelve theme format is The Artist Way at Work, Riding the Dragon and more recently The Prosperous Heart, Creating a Life of Enough and The Artist Way for Parents.

She has also written many other books, plays, movie scripts and other self help books notably Money Drunk, Money Sober with her second husband, Mark Bryan. Most people are somewhat surprised to learn that her first husband was the acclaimed director, Martin Scorcese, father of her only daughter Dominica. A self professed depressive who has experienced a number of breakdowns requiring hospitalization Julia Cameron is very candid about her life journey through alcoholism, failed marriages and her sometimes precarious mental state. She has worked very hard ans enjoys a lifestyle split between two residences, one in Manhattan and one in Sante Fe where she recently conducted a weekend workshop on creativity.

This article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times gives us more insights into this highly creative woman whose work has truly been a game changer in so many lives worldwide. And though she has now entered the online and social media technorati via Facebook, Twitter and her blog postings she still maintains that the Artist Way is and will forever remain a grassroots entity. For example, although this has been suggested to her there are NO officially credentialed Artist Way facillitators. She is aware of how her long standing program has been interpreted and disseminated over the years and is not always happy with these interpretations but has just let it go….even now.


About ten years ago when I was still teaching full time supporting a 95 year old money pit house my friends were talking about something called the Artist Way. A few of us had gotten the book, had tried to go through it on our own and somehow had gotten sidetracked by life. We thought that if we did the book as a group then we would collectively experience success. And since I had the largest dining room with a large table with two leaves and 8 chairs I got unanimously elected to host.

And that’s how it all began in the dining room of my Craftsman character house on 401 Braid Street in downtown, Penticton, British Columbia. We took turns leading the group as we journeyed through the initial twelve themes and when we successfully completed the first book we immediately delved into the second book, the book that we will be using for the next three months. And that was also successful and plans were afoot to start the third book but Christmas, work and yes life got in the way and the plans did not materialize.

Fast forward to the next chapter of my life after I retired, sold my house and moved to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. At that time I also became a happy snowbird spending four to six months in sunny Mexico. During my time in Aijic, Jalisco which is beside Lake Chapala south of Guadalajar I became involved with the Ajijic Society of the Arts and my apartment one winter was the location for five artists for the annual Open Studio Tour. I also facillitated Julia Cameron s third book, Finding Water, the Art of Perservance to a full group of 12.

Building on that success when I moved to Nanaimo I pitched The Artist Way to the local Unity Church of Nanaimo and lo and behold the minister at that time was all in favour of sponsoring a group led by me. Six groups followed using the trilogy in various orders, The Prosperous Heart and most recently Vein of Gold.

Last winter in San Miquel de Allende I was fortunate enough to be a participant, not a leader in an Artist Way Grupo led by Joseph Bennett. This talented artist, designer and improv toupe leader had run a listing in the weekly bilingual newspaper, La Attencion. I responded and he welcomed me into his creative cluster meeting in his living room every Tuesday for 12 weeks. Towards the end of the session I revealed that I,too was a facillitator NOB and had just found out that my vison of holding Finding Water overlooking or beside the ocean had manifested itself! Some parishioners travellng for an extended period of time were graciously allowing us to hold our weekly meetings in their penthouse condo with two large decks overlooking the Nanaimo Yacht Club. It was absolutely fabulous and will mark a highwater mark in my Artist Way evolution!

So why LifePath? Well,as I considered once again hosting a group right in my living room in my spacious townhouse in Colonia San Rafael I kept hearing the questions that Juia Cameron poses for us over and over again in her powerful books.

What is the next right step?

The voice that involuntarily answered this question was one word. LifePath.

See you all tomorrow at 4 30 to 6 30 p.m. I will be there at 4 ish setting up so if you have any questions or would like to pay the balance of your fee feel free to come a bit early.

The format will be a Check In /  Introduction segment followed by a tea / coffee break followed by discussion of the weekly them and one or more of the tasks in the chapter time allowing. If time runs out a task may be assigned to report on during the next session.

AND just before we disperse for the evening I will unveil this session’s NO RISK art project that I trust will get your creative ideas flowing with possibilities. I will be posting more content about this AFTER Tuesday’ session. Just know that past groups have really enjoyed this additonal artistic, creative component in past groups and I{m expecting that this time it will not be any different.

Hasta manana!



About canmexartistway

I am a happily retired teacher/expat to be now relocated to the spectacularly beautiful Harbour City of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. During snowbird six I decided to morph from snowbird to Mexpat! I'm taking the 'scenic route' geographically and metaphorically during the next 5 to 6 months as I downsize, downsize, downsize in preparation for an international move in the fall. Follow my blog at www.theaccidentalmexpat.wordpress.com

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