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Let’s hang out under the stars this summer!

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Andrea Scher + Laurie Wagner, your guides

With 20 other awesome women we have collected.

Our Opening the Creative Channel retreat this year was so incredible, so nourishing, we have decided to grow it into a longer, more luxurious retreat this summer in Calistoga, CA. We have booked a gorgeous retreat center in wine country for 4 luscious days of creativity, connecting, relaxing + playing.

Picture this.

  • The most delicious food you have ever eaten. (That you don’t have to cook! Hallelujah.)
  • Swimming in the pool by day + hot tub under the stars at night.
  • Wild writing + photography.
  • Storybowl.
  • Playing with paint. (You don’t need to know how)
  • Nia dancing (A joy practice disguised as a dance practice)
  • Organic mattresses + sheets (The rooms are eco-yummy. Good soaps. No tv.)
  • A new tribe of beautiful souls to make your own.

Here are the details:

When: June 8th -12th, 2014
Where: Mayacamas Ranch
What: Painting, writing, NIA dancing, swimming, story telling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, laughter around the fire pit, the most delicious food you can imagine, relaxing, creating, manifesting, sharing.
Who: The most awesome collection of women. 20 of your new favorite people!
Why: To come alive. To connect with your spirit, your joy, your voice.

Prices:

Dorm rate (limited to 6 guests): 1350-
Double rate: 1550-
Single rate: 1950-

$500 deposit secures your spot!

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There are only 12 places left (The rest were swooped up by attendees from last session)

Click the register button above to pay your deposit and claim your spot!

With love + joy,
Andrea and Laurie

P.S. The balance on your tuition will be due by February 25th, 2014. If you decide to cancel at that time, you will forfeit your deposit. Which stinks! So join us. :)

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The pool at Mayacamas

The courage to believe there is room for everybody.

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Launching this course was a huge act of courage for me.

I had been designing the curriculum for Cultivating Courage last year and was getting really excited about the idea of a 30 day courage challenge. One day I googled “30 days of courage” (what I was originally going to call the class) to see if anyone was doing something similar. I was shocked to discover that not only was someone already doing a course by that name, but it was someone I knew! Someone in my creative circle who I have always adored and admired – Marianne Elliott. Crap! I thought.

While we hiked the following week (she happened to be visiting the bay area from New Zealand) I brought it up: “Marianne, you won’t believe this, but I have been creating a curriculum for a class about courage and just discovered that you already launched one! I would never want you to think I was copying you.”

She laughed. “That is hilarious! Kate Swoboda just emailed me about the same thing. She is launching a 30 days of courage class also!”

My heart sank. Another person in our circle offering a 30 days of courage class as well?! This was getting to be a bummer. And I was launching last, I thought. It was going to look like I copied.

Even though Marianne was relaxed about it, I was catastrophizing back at my desk.

  • They’ll probably do it better than me.
  • Look at Marianne. She was a UN peacekeeper in Afghanistan! What do I know about courage?
  • Kate’s whole website is about courage. Maybe this is her terrain and not mine.
  • They’re going to think I’m copying.
  • I have nothing unique to say.I suck. I should just quit.
And then I got a note from Marianne.
She said: “I’ve had friends totally freak out when they see someone else doing something similar to what they are doing – either because they assume they are being copied (which I think is very rarely the case) or because they think they’ll be competing.
 
I’d love to find another path through this, I think it’s magical that you and Kate and I are all in the same space geographically at the moment so we can meet in person and talk about it. And I really do think there is some powerful learning in here, learning worth sharing once we get there.”

And that’s when I had a revelation — that there was an opportunity for us to decide, collectively, that there was room for all of us. That we didn’t have to compete but could support each other instead.

I was nervous when I got to the restaurant. We chatted about life in general for a long time, then I shyly brought up the courage courses. We each took turns describing what our courses were like and we started to see what I sincerely hoped was true — that we each had our own unique voice. That our approaches were different. That there was no way anyone else’s course could be like mine, because I am the one writing it!

I also remembered that I have my people and they have theirs. And that our people wanted us. They wanted our voice, not somebody else’s.

In the midst of this conversation, I also remembered my first art wound. I was in the 4th grade and we were told to write an essay about something we were afraid of. The teacher gave the example of being afraid to drive Highway 17, a dangerous highway near our home where people had accidents regularly. I have the same fear! I thought. What a coincidence! And so I wrote about that.

The next day she held up my paper in front of the class and read the first paragraph. “What’s wrong with this paper?” she boomed.

“She copied you!” the kids shouted.

“What grade do you think this student should get?”

“An F!” the kids yelled.

I was aghast. And crushed. And humiliated. And wanted to die.

To this day, I am deeply afraid of anyone thinking I have copied them. I try hard to be unique in everything I do and feel horrified (the same horror as that day) if anyone says my work is like someone else’s. I was careful to not even read the sales pages for Marianne or Kate’s courses lest I inadvertently be influenced in some way by what they were creating. Crazy, right? This wound has held me back in countless ways, often paralyzing me even before beginning. (Why bother? Other people have already said it or said it better) 

As I shared this with Marianne and Kate, I could feel a new layer of that story was being healed, right there at the restaurant. We actively decided that we would not compete with each other, but would be allies instead. We decided to be examples of a different way through. That instead of feeling threatened by each other, we would choose to support + celebrate each other’s work. 

In a world where we are all vulnerable to the comparison game, the not-enough game, the there’s-no-room-for-me game, this felt like such a sweet victory.

In the end, I decided to change the title of the course to Cultivating Courage (hooray!) so as to not create confusion. This felt good and right. The whole process though was, you guessed it! an exercise in courage:

  • Courage to keep going anyway.
  • Courage to keep writing in the face of my very active gremlins.
  • Courage to trust myself–trust that I had something to say and would say it in my own unique way.
  • Courage to believe that there was room for everybody.

I’m so glad I did. This course has been such a bright spot in my life.

This is one of the many stories in the Cultivating Courage course. I would be so honored if you would join me!

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The next session begins on Monday, November 4th, 2013. Cost is $79

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When I exercise my courage muscles I feel alive.

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If you were the bravest version of yourself, what would be possible?

Our creative superpowers are like muscles we can strengthen. When we flex our courage, we are rewarded with aliveness. As we build our capacity to be brave, we discover our confidence and our mojo. We trust ourselves more. The world opens up to us in new ways.
In this course, we will do one small thing every day that feels brave. No heroic feats of courage necessary, just simple, everyday courage! Things like:

  • Making the phone call
  • Smiling at a stranger
  • Asking for help
  • Trying something new

Our edges will be different. What requires courage for me will be a piece of cake for  you. For some of us, going to a movie or restaurant by ourselves will be an edge, for others, trying yoga or throwing a party would be a bold move. You get to decide what your bold moves will be.

The way the class works is simple:

-Every day for 30 days, you make one conscious, brave choice.
-Record your brave move in your Courage Diary
-Tell us about your brave move + join in the discussions in the private discussion area

Daily drops of encouragement will come right to your inbox as our 30 days unfold. You will receive:

  • Stories from Jen Louden, Julie Daley, Laurie Wagner, Alexandra Franzen + other Superhero readers who responded to the call for courage stories.
  • Lessons in courage.
  • Dares. Juicy ones. Totally optional. Think of them as courage prompts, ways to be brave that can support your journey.
  • A Courage Interview for you to fill out
    A Ways to Be Brave poster
    A Courage Diary to record your brave moves over our 30 days together

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Better together

You will have access to a warm, private community reporting on their brave moves each day. This space will encourage you + inspire you during your 30 days (and beyond!)

As we build our capacity to be brave (in small, everyday ways) we prepare ourselves for the bigger leaps we are asked to take in our lives. When that moment arrives, we will be more fit for the job. We will feel stronger and more confident. We will have practiced.

The next session begins on Monday, November 4th, 2013. Cost is $79

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“Andrea has taught me so much about the power of intuition and the importance of being present. There’s amazing clarity in the way she communicates vulnerability and joy in her stories and in her photography – it’s the best kind of truth-telling.” – Brené Brown, Author of Daring Greatly

Opening the Creative Channel

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Andrea + Laurie Wagner

When circles of women get together, they go deep.

And the last two weekends were no exception.

My dear friend (+ writing teacher) Laurie Wagner and I just held 2 weekend workshops in a row called Opening the Creative Channel. There were 18 of us each weekend telling stories, writing, painting, connecting. It was gorgeous + powerful.

After the first Saturday though, Laurie and I got a little worried. There were a lot of tears… more than we expected! And we wondered to each other-  Is this what they came for? Is it too intense? Are we too intense? 

But this is where we had to trust in our own creative process. It was such a great lesson to allow what was actually there be there and keep creating, keep trusting, knowing that there were no mistakes.

And then morning came and when we all gathered it was like a gorgeous storm had come and washed the streets clean. The air felt different and we all felt energized. Beautifully cleansing.

Most of the women in the room were parents of small children, and something occurred to me as I witnessed each woman drop down into themselves - there is so much unprocessed trauma in a mama’s life. There is so much we don’t get to grieve. There is so much we don’t get to feel. So when we have a chance to step away and drop down into ourselves, there is often a tender layer right there, just aching to be felt.

Just holding that was such an honor and a gift.

When Laurie and I came together to create these workshops, we realized we share something in common – we collect practices.

Practices that open us up.
Practices that allow us to hear the sound of our own music.
Practices that allow for whatever wants to come through, come through.

Writing practices, storytelling practices, gratitude practices, courage practices. They are all ways in. They are all ways to find your voice, your aliveness, your joy. They are all ways to wake up.

Some highlights from our weekends were:

1. Having the sweetest, easiest collaboration with Laurie.
2. Painting. Painting. Painting. Turns out painting makes me come alive more than anything else. (So easy to forget)
3. Meeting so many amazing women. Each unique + beautiful + tender + brave + real.
4. Our special guest, Alexandra Franzen who came by + did a mini workshop with us on how to write the best damn thank you note ever. The kind that makes you cry happy tears.
5. A fabulous photo walk with 18 women in Alameda. We were like the paparazzi.

We are already planning another retreat for 2014, so let me know if you are interested. We are dreaming of Taos + Hawaii. superherosf@gmail.com

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On our photo walk

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Opening the Creative Channel, Weekend 2

Ready to feel more joy? Class starts Monday.

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Just a quick little note to remind you that Start a Foolish Project begins Monday!

If you were inspired by the wish tree and suspect you have a foolish project inside of you, please join me!

The course is full of great conversations with: Alexandra Franzen, Hannah Marcotti, Jessica Swift, Matthew Passmore, Maya Stein + many others. Plus, live group coaching with me.

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Kind words from participants in our last session:

I have gotten so much from this experience and the idea of foolish projects. Turns out, a foolish project is not at all foolish but like the most divine thing. -Moyra Scott, Foolish project: The Secret Salad Society

All of this foolishness has given me great courage in pursuing my dreams! I’m looking forward to the next course -Anna Doogan

I saw a new performer sing the Cup Song on stage and her vulnerability made me cry. When a friend’s 10 year old daughter, showed me that she had learned it, I asked her to teach it to me for my Foolish Project with Andrea… I had never sung in front of anyone other than my singing teacher… but doing it for Molly made me brave.  It was pure joy. I’m craving more of that. -Denese Bottrell, Foolish project: The Cup Song
This was so inspiring! I felt like I really found my community. It was validating and emotional to have my ideas and whims greeted with such enthusiasm and support. I learned how much creative energy I have to give to the world and how needed it is! Thank you Andrea, for this amazing course! I can’t wait for the next session. -Anna
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More details here.
Or you can register here.

The best thing I did all year.

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I wish to come alive again, at the wish tree

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I wish there was no guns, at the wish tree

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I wish this tree would stay forever and everybody would cared about it.

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I wish my parents lived in the same house happily forever

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The wish tree, Berkeley, CA

Earlier this year, we made a wish tree in front of our house. It was my foolish project - something I had always wanted to do, simply for the delight of making something with my hands and bringing something generous + kind to my community.

Little did I know it would the very best thing I did all year.

Little did I know it would be a source of daily joy.
Little did I know that the local high school students would stop by + hang their wishes.
Little did I know that reading these little pieces of paper would open my heart + allow me to feel the sweetest kind of connection.

When we meet a new neighbor these days and they ask where we live, we proudly say, “Over there by the wish tree!” And they always get excited. Recently, when we met a new family, they gasped. That’s yours? The wish tree was the first thing we saw when we moved to the neighborhood! It made us feel like we were home.

Wanna know something kinda strange + poetic?

The tree that all the wishes hang from is a lemon tree. It’s beautiful, but the lemons are inedible. Sour , bitter, lumpy.

But I love the poetry of this – the bitter lemon tree that has been fashioned into a wish tree. The bitter tree that is bringing people hope + delight + a moment of reflection and connection.

The other day I saw a teenage boy carrying a skateboard walk up to my door. He left something on the stoop and I immediately grumbled, I’m sick of those pizza joints leaving their menus on my steps! I ran out to see what he left and my heart immediately melted:

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Start a Foolish Project starts Monday, October 7th

If you feel inspired to create something simply for the delight (yours + others) join me for Start a Foolish Project!

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We will each be choosing a project that puts a spring in our step. It could be anything from:

  • A wish tree
  • A community dinner
  • A neighborhood water balloon fight
  • Learning to play the ukulele
  • Hosting a Storybowl
  • to a Bubble flash mob

Foolish projects make us come alive

Let me help you discover YOUR foolish project + give you inspiration and encouragement as you create it. Join me on October 7thfor this 4 week e-course.

“Andrea’s superpower is helping you find yours!  I didn’t expect the flurry of ideas that came from this experience… and I especially didn’t expect to get such clarity around what i want to create in my life.” -Denese

More details here. Or you can register here.

Do you wish to come alive again?

Mondo Beyondo starts today! Still room to register.

Dear Superheroes,

Just a quick note to let you know that Mondo Beyondo starts today, September 9th!

The real magic of Mondo Beyondo

In this course, we teach folks to imagine what we call their Mondo Beyondo dreams – the most outrageously wonderful things they can imagine happening in their lives. For many of our students, dreams they never thought possible actually come true.

But here’s the thing: In the end, it’s not really about our dreams coming true. It’s about who we are becoming in the pursuit of our dreams. Are we becoming the most alive version of ourselves? The bravest, most authentic expressions of who we are?

That’s how our dreams serve us. They tell us who we are and who we are becoming. They pull us toward a version of ourselves that inspires.

Are you in?

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Or you can find out more here.

Not quite sure? Let the video above inspire you!

 

Do you have an e-course brewing inside you? Time for a Supersonic Session.

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Andrea Scher, photo by Jen Downer

What if you could map out your course in a day?

Picture this.

You + me (in person or on the phone) jamming all day on your e-course. By the end of the day, your idea will be REAL – a course that channels your authentic voice.

As the creator of 9 successful e-courses (including Mondo Beyondo, Superhero Photo, Dream Lab + Start a Foolish Project) I have a lot to share with you about shaping courses for a fun + engaging online experience.

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During our day, we will explore:

The journey. Great e-courses (like great stories) have an arc. I will help you shape the course so that your students will be taken on a ride that is meaningful, rich and engaging.

The technical side. I will teach you everything you need to know about the technical aspects of delivering an e-course. We can figure out what options will work the best for you.

The sales page. How to create a compelling sales page that distills your idea into a simple + compelling message.

Your marketing plan. We will create a plan for how you will get your brilliance out in the world.

Design. Make it beautiful. I believe that design is a huge piece of creating (and selling) a compelling course. We will explore the design elements of your marketing material, your logo and any other visual elements.

Simplicity. How do you keep it simple + elegant? This is one of my superpowers. We will explore the architecture of your course and how to give your participants an experience that is rich, simple + engaging.

The map. We will map out your course so that you come away with a table of contents and a template for your class – everything you will need to build your course into something truly remarkable.

Naming your course. Another one of my superpowers. We can brainstorm creative, catchy and sticky titles that will attract participants and set you apart from the rest.

Engagement. How do you keep your students engaged? How do you pull them back in if participation starts to drop off? We will create ways to keep your students engaged with your material so that they come away feeling satisfied + happy they took your course.

Your investment

Supersonic Sessions are $997

You will come away with:

A map. To bring your course to completion swiftly + easily. (See above for details!)

An mp3 recording of our session together.

Ongoing email support + encouragement to bring your course to completion. (Hello accountability!)

A Sponsor Spotlight on the Superhero blog when your course launches. ($100 value)

Everything you need to channel your brilliance into an exciting + lucrative online offering.

 

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Let’s make it happen.

To book your session (or for any questions) just email me here: superherosf@gmail.com

With love + joy,
Andrea

Want your Mondo Beyondo dreams to come true? Start by making a clearing.

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Andrea Scher, Manzanita, OR

If you have taken Mondo Beyondo, you know that one way we prepare for our dreams to come our way is to make a clearing. A clearing is a wide open space that tells the Universe you mean business. It is a space that you make in your heart, mind + home for the dreams you would like to manifest.

Even though I have been teaching this course for years, I forget how important this step is. Clearings can be anything from a de-cluttered closet to clearing your schedule for an entire month. It could be learning to set good boundaries (and saying no to activities that drain you) or having a big garage sale.

August has been my month of clearing. Big time.

I have been de-cluttering the mother effer out of my house, systematically scanning every corner full of dust bunnies, every junk drawer full of god-knows-what, and wiping down the walls covered in smudgy little fingerprints. (Who knew the walls were so dirty?!) It has been AMAZING and I am feeling my heart lighten as we let go of stuff. So much stuff people! Every day another bag of toys, clothes, etc. goes out the door.

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Another motivation for this change is my feeling that our prosperity + abundance was directly linked to the chaos in our home. Toys, books, shoes, everywhere! My friend who is into feng shui pointed to a corner in our house. “That is your money corner. It is filled with dead plants, piles of shoes + toys!”

Yikes! We tackled that first and it looks lovely now! (see above photo)

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Are you thinking about taking Mondo Beyondo this fall? If so, consider making a clearing now. I am already feeling the transformation peeps!

P.S. If you are a Mondo Beyondo alumni, you qualify for the alumni rate! Just email me for details: superherosf@gmail.com

 

Summer Special: Any fall class for $59. For the next 48 hours.

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Any fall class for $59! For the next 48 hours.

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Register for Mondo Beyondo, starting September 9th.

Coupon code: MBSPECIAL13
More details here.

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Register for Elevate the Ordinary, starting September 16th.

Coupon code: ELSUMMER
More details here.

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Register for Start a Foolish Project, starting September 23rd.

Coupon code: SAFPSPECIAL
More details here.

Psst! Sale ends at midnight August 8th, 2013.