Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts I

Module One: The Principles of Process Painting

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A course in the art of facilitation for professionals working in process-oriented learning environments, as well as individuals wishing to deepen their experience of process painting.

Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts

This course is for those interested in learning and practicing the basic principles of facilitating process arts. In addition to serving as a guide for those who wish to teach process painting, this course is also designed for professionals working in other types of process-oriented learning environments, such as therapists and teachers. The course can also be a great support for those who may not want to facilitate or teach, but who wish to deepen their own experience of process painting.

Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts contains three modules, each of which will help you incorporate the facilitation techniques of process painting into your own work. Module One: The Principles of Process Painting explores seven essential elements of facilitation based upon methods developed over the last 40 years by The Painting Experience. The course is self-paced; you can complete it on your own schedule. After you enroll in a module, you’ll have unlimited access to all current and future lessons in that module. As you make progress, you will receive emails announcing the availability of the next lesson in the series as well as invitations to periodic webinars and related course offerings. When you complete each module of the series, you will receive a certificate of course participation.

Prerequisite This course assumes that participants have first-hand experience of process painting. If you have not attended a Painting Experience workshop or retreat before, you will be contacted after you enroll in order to schedule a half-hour Skype or Zoom session with Stewart Cubley to cover the basics of this approach. Participants new to The Painting Experience will also be required to participate in one online painting class series of six three-hour sessions (see below for more information).

This is not a certification to teach The Painting Experience. We offer this course to assist in your professional development, by extending and deepening your understanding of process arts through learning the philosophy and facilitation methods of The Painting Experience. For example, some participants in the pilot phase of this course (which took place in 2016) teach subjects related to process painting under their own names, or are pursuing this course of study for their own personal growth.

We welcome you to this exploration, and we look forward to addressing your desire to enter more fully into the path of creative inquiry, whether for your own growth or so you may support others on a journey of inspiration and transformation.

Course Structure

Module One: The Principles of Process Arts

Facilitation brings process painting into a whole new dimension. It’s exciting, demanding -- and also humbling. If you try to rely on concepts or techniques that have worked before, it’s going to fall flat -- because this is not a subject to be learned; it’s a way to be. With this understanding in mind, the following principles become indicators for awareness on a lifelong journey of discovery.

Not Knowing

Not having an agenda, not planning, not being driven by expectation, not being attached to the outcome. As a facilitator, not being directive -- stepping back and creating the space, staying out of the way.


Learning to sense deeply, slowing down and taking time to be sensitive and present. As a facilitator, being able to enter another's emotional reality and sense what's actually being asked for.


Having listened, learning to take what you get. Accepting what arises and going with it, not arguing with what shows up. As a facilitator, not labeling or categorizing a painter.

Following the Energy

Learning to recognize the direction that is given to you. Embracing the twin pillars of imagination and energy. Learning to tell the difference between energy and preference. As a facilitator, sensing the direction of the flow and trusting that.

Working With Difficulty

Understanding the relationship of creative blocks to the inner critic, and how these challenging times are portals to new dimensions. As a facilitator, recognizing the opportunity that difficulty presents and developing the courage to work with it.

Not Interpreting

Knowing the ways in which the mind loves to create a narrative and get caught by story. As a facilitator, being very clear about the difference between interpretation and insight.


What it means to find the true endpoint of the painting. As a facilitator, daring to trust your intuition, having the courage to go that extra mile and ask someone to explore further when they’re convinced that the painting is finished.

Continuing Education Credits


The Painting Experience is licensed to offer Continuing Education Credits through the Board of Behavioral Sciences and the Board of Registered Nursing for the State of California.

In addition to completing a module, participants receiving CE Credits must attend two webinars (1½ hours each) and three online painting classes (3 hours each). There is a $25 CE certificate fee.


Monthly Webinars

Webinars allow us to get to know one another. Each month all course members, past and present, are invited to a video webinar hosted by Stewart Cubley or a senior facilitator. Webinars allow us to explore the process arts principles in real-time and to address questions and comments that arise from the course material. Webinars are recorded and posted to the course platform. There is no charge for webinars -- they're included in the cost of the course.

Weekly Online Painting Classes

Online painting classes provide a rich learning environment in which to deepen your own practice with the support of a virtual community of process painters. You receive personal facilitation from Stewart Cubley or another senior facilitator. As a course member, you are invited to join discussions after each class to explore facilitation questions that arise during the sessions.

Course members receive 25% off a package of six sessions.*

“I appreciate the almost instant attention that is available to me. The online system is so easy to use. It’s almost miraculous.” ~ Dolly Chye, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Personal Mentoring

You are welcome to schedule one-on-one mentoring sessions with Stewart Cubley or another senior facilitator. As a course member, you will receive 25% off a three-hour mentoring package.*

Facilitator's Gathering

Each fall The Painting Experience facilitators and affiliates gather for five days to build community and to explore aspects of the painting process in a rich format of educational exercises and presentations. The 2017 gathering will be held at Still Meadow Retreat Center near Portland, Oregon from November 5 – 10. As a course participant, you will be invited to a special segment of the gathering where you'll have the opportunity to meet the facilitators and affiliates in person and take part in scheduled activities.

* 25% Discounts on online classes and personal mentoring packages are restricted to one each per course module.

Your Instructor

Stewart Cubley
Stewart Cubley

For nearly four decades, Stewart Cubley has pioneered a way of integrative and creative living through the practice of process painting. His method is one of respectful questioning that invites you to extend yourself into new areas of thought and feeling. Stewart has the ability to meet you where you are and to ask the right question at the right time. He is a down-to-earth teacher whose personal interactions allow you to see yourself differently in ways that can be life changing.

Stewart travels throughout the world, teaching his unique approach to thousands of people at personal growth centers such as the Esalen Insitute and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. He has brought his work to multinational corporations, programs in prisons and countless other public forums. Stewart is the co-author of Life, Paint & Passion, Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression, (Tarcher/Putnam). He and his wife, Shae Irving, live in Fairfax, California and part of the year on their homestead near Denali Park, Alaska.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund minus a 10% handling fee.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like, across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course; you decide when you start and when you finish. The course material is released sequentially over a period of 8 weeks.
Is the price for all three modules, or are they priced separately?
The modules are priced separately. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each module. Signing up for one module does not obligate you to enroll in later modules.
What if I have not participated in The Painting Experience before?
If you have not done a workshop or retreat with The Painting Experience, you will be contacted after you enroll to have a personal interview with Stewart Cubley. And you will be required to participate in one online painting series of six 3 hour sessions, scheduled at your convenience.
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