Julie Gibbons is a contemporary Mandala Artist and Artful Self Explorer.
She is dedicated to contemporary mandala practice as her own self inquiry and artistic expression and offers mandala workshops + events to thousands of individuals across the globe
Her work is underpinned by a thorough grounding in the study of personal psychology and her programs attract both beginners and established artists, therapists and those who are ready to undertake their individuation process as a means of living a fully conscious life.
Scotland is her home and she feels privileged to work there alongside her internet entrepreneur husband.
Always the creative, Julie maintains a love of morning walks and evening stillness and embraces the wholeness of nature, its rhythms and cycles. Each day she practices coming home to self as the symbology of her living life in middle age.
She describes herself as an extravagant introvert, fashioned from both clay and stars, with an eye for bold + striking colour, shapes and pattern.
Welcome! Julie Gibbons Creative is the home of my creative and professional offerings to the world.
This website began as a place to share my personal self-exploration, photographs, creative writing and art journaling projects, before I decided to offer my teachings in the form of mandala workshops + programs that explore personal psychology.
I now offer these programs + workshops here, in reflection of my own experience, building on the many keys I have received directly and indirectly from awesome teachers like;
Dr Carl Jung ; Marion Woodman ; Clarissa Pinkola Estes ; Robert A Johnston ; Joseph Campbell ; Joan Kellogg ; Susanne F Fincher ; Anne Ellis ; Martin Gibbons ; Annu Tara ; the thousands of Mandala Magicians who have participated in my programs ; and the many artists, friends and family who touch my life so deeply in all ways!
The offerings here are a direct culmination of all that is being shown to me through this rich tapestry of existence.
Awakening individuals from across the world participate in my mandala and psychology workshops + classes in response to a creative urge that sees them seeking more truth in their lives, answering the call to live in accordance with their soul’s most potent desire.
Decoding the mythic language of the symbols that express themselves through us is an excellent place to begin, as is an exploration of the workings of the psyche and how we ultimately function in the world.
It has been my experience that when we gain a full understanding of our self and others through intimate, honest connection, we can also better understand our cosmic existence and come to find the peaceful earthly existence that meets the soul’s longing.
On this journey, we face many expressions of personal and archetypal wounds playing themselves out through the unconscious. From this meeting place – this coming to consciousness – we can begin to heal those wounds and find freedom in the wild, magic ride that is Life!
Some training/career/experience info:
I qualified in Communication Studies at Napier University Edinburgh in the days before everyone had a personal computer. We hand-typed our essays and thesis work and we learned traditional printing techniques. There was no world wide web and mobile phones cost thousands + weighed kilos!
After graduation, I embarked on a twenty year career in marketing which saw me work for various hi-tech + software firms, training with Apple Inc in London and ending up at the industry trade body Scotland IS. We passed through the dot com bubble and mostly survived – exciting times!
The latter ten years of my marketing career were spent as an independent consultant, and it was during this time that I began to work with online personality profiler, PeopleMaps, training once more in the field of psychology, which was part of my earlier Communication Studies.
After studying with PeopleMaps’ Jungian personality experts and qualifying as a Personality Profiling Practitioner, I gave it all up to enter a period of full-time self-exploration. During this time I began to work with and study art + journal therapy and delved more deeply into Dr Carl Jung’s work with the mandala, leading to my current work in the field today.
For the past five years, I have also undergone an intense period of awakening by way of dedicated practice, receiving many keys of wisdom from my beloved friend and companion in many adventures, Annu Tara. Through this relationship, I have explored what it means to be alive and awakened in the realms of human existence – exploring shamanic and alchemical allies; touching the totality of existence through the reality of paradox (the mandala principle itself!) ; relating to self and others from a place of intimate connection – ultimately discovering how to bring consciousness into form as the simple and unfathomable expression of what it means to be a human being!
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