Mandala Magic : a 12-month online program for artful self discovery Lessons delivered monthly from January – December 2015

You are a soul seeker, in pursuit of Life’s Great Mystery.
Being creative is a therapeutic exercise for you.
Mandala art attracts and fascinates you.
You believe in something beyond the mundane – and in a little magic.
You wish to learn the symbolic language of myth, dreams and archetypes. 

If any of those statements resonates with you, I’d love to extend to you an invite to join me on a journey towards wholeness, as together we explore the twelve archetypal stages of the Great Round of Mandala, in a 12-month online program en route to the centre of Self.

The vehicle we’re going to use is our art journal, but you don’t have to be an experienced art journaler to accompany me on this journey. In fact, this series will be especially helpful to you if you;

    • Are a wannabe art journaler but not sure where to begin.
    • Don’t identify with being an artist, but want to cultivate a creative response to your personal development work.
    • Would like to join a structured creative program but don’t want to over commit.
    • Want to explore art therapy as a self help technique.
    • Wish to explore the psychology of self in a creative environment.
    • Know that you’re ready to deepen your art journal practice, but would welcome some guidance and group support.

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The Mandala Archetype

The mandala is my touchstone. It provides the anchor for my rotation on the great wheel of life. It is my organising principle and my go to symbol. For you, the mandala may be something else entirely.

“I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.” ~ Dr Carl G. Jung

I’m always amazed at how many people have fixed opinions on what mandalas are, and what they’re for – and for each person with a fixed opinion, there are also plenty of whom this powerful archetypal symbol has simply passed them by… Family members who are a little less removed from my everyday world of myth and magic ask me, “Is that one of your circle things?” when they visit my studio.

My favourite moment of connection is when someone enquires about what I do for a living, or what type of art I make. When I explain that I teach the exploration of twelve archetypes of self through mandala art to women across the globe, there’s always a great amount of interest and intrigue.

But it is true that in most cases, conversations around self-discovery, psychology and art lessons on the internet seem to flow much more readily than those about archetypes, myth and the language of symbols.

Of course they do! By their very nature, these other subjects are largely missing from the mass of our cultural consciousness and therefore only attract the attention of those on a quest for something less ordinary.

You see, mandalas are a symbolic language, and they help us grasp and express the mysterious forces that we find running through the currents of our lives. They allow us to fathom the otherwise unfathomable.

Learning how to wield them is a gift that answers the call of a sometimes unrecognised yearning from the depths of our very Being. That’s what we’ll be doing together in Mandala Magic 2015.

You don’t need to be an artist!

Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself an artist – this program is for creative women of all kinds, however experienced – and you do know that you are creative, don’t you?

You don’t even need to have a truck load of artist’s supplies to join in. As long as you have a journal to take notes in, a compass and ruler and a pen or pencil, perhaps some Crayolas, then you can get started.

Your welcome pack will contain a list of basic  supplies that you’ll need to take full advantage of each of the exercises. If you do have a truckload of supplies – and know how to use them – you’re going to have a ball!

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What Will You Do On This 12 Month Program?

You are about to begin a journey of meaningful personal revelations.

Mandala Magic is an exploration of the cycles of Self, and through this journey you will uncover and connect with your unique collection of and attraction to symbols and archetypes  – your personal mythology.

The language will be revealed in the form of mandala. When you can understand this mythical language (that of the psyche, itself) your connection with the greatest mystery of all (your very existence) will deepen.

From this state, you become truly empowered and will discover that the choices you make are grounded in true psychological freedom.

According to Carl Jung, a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of Self. During this programme you will learn how to interpret the mandala and engage fully in your symbolic life.

It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that move the human spirit forward. ~ Joseph Campbell

The project will focus on developing your art journaling process and learning how to communicate with your mandalas and the pages in which they rest. (This project is not about teaching mixed media art techniques, although I will share my approach and techniques in the art videos.)

Together We Will

          1. Explore the 12 archetypal stages of the Great Round of Mandala
          2. Create (at least) 12 individual Mandalas
          3. Activate our unconscious wisdom
          4. Uncover our personal symbology
          5. Reveal the patterns and designs of our emerging Self
          6. Learn how to interpret our creations
          7. Explore the psychology of self
          8. Connect with our intuitive creativity
          9. Establish a monthly art journal practice
          10. Inspire our journey towards wholeness
          11. Participate in a private Facebook group (optional)
          12. Gather together for virtual circle time (optional)

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This journey promises to offer you an opportunity to bring your unconscious into the light (at least once each month!)

Why Should We Undertake a Journey Into Our Unconscious?

This work is utterly transformational. It affects every facet of your life – from your most important relationships to how you deal with the checkout assistant at the supermarket. Each time I work with it, my understanding of the world – and my place in it – deepens. It is true to say that since beginning this work …

      • I am happy with my self most often.
      • I experience more psychological freedom than ever before.
      • Most of my behaviour is rooted in love.
      • My capacity for compassion has multiplied.
      • I am at peace with how I look in the mirror.
      • I am creating a business that is truly in line with my values.
      • My body is stronger and healthier.
      • I am able to stop the stress response in its tracks before it sees me pay the price.
      • I have the courage to experience true vulnerability.
      • My marriage is stronger, and grows better every day.
      • I am much quicker to forgive others – and myself.
      • My parenting is improving (at a traditionally difficult time of transition.)
      • My creativity has soared!

I have used as a guide on this journey my understanding and interpretation of the work of Carl Jung, the seed of which was planted by working alongside my husband Martin in his personality profiling company PeopleMaps.

Exploring the psyche was not something I set out to do with my life, but when I came to blend that inner work of understanding Self with my interest in creative pursuits, everything seemed to fall into place for me. I came to realise my dharma, my life purpose.

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There is also the question of seeking something more out of this life experience. A hero’s journey. A spiritual quest.

I don’t think I could say it any better than Jungian expert Jolande Jacobi,

To deepen and broaden consciousness by raising unconscious contents to consciousness is an ‘enlightenment’, a spiritual act.

But here’s the crux of things – and it’s really quite simple.

When I better understand myself – when I am more awake to my place in the greater scheme of the cosmos – then I am better able to navigate my everyday existence. Tough times become easier to handle and good times even more so. Those times in between, they become even more meaningful.

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What Is The Great Round of Mandala?

The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala is a concept developed by art therapist and founder of the MARI® (Mandala Assessment Research Institute), Joan Kellogg. She developed her studies of Jung’s theories in parallel with her own work as a mandala artist to form the basis of significant psychiatric therapy research.

The Mandala Magic 2015 programme will follow Kellogg’s cycle of twelve archetypal stages, in which all of our life experiences are said to be experienced. As we fulfill our potential towards wholeness, we revolve around the twelve stages of this cycle, meeting our true Self stage-by-stage;

        • Stage One : The Void
        • Stage Two : Bliss
        • Stage Three : Labyrinth/Spiral
        • Stage Four : Beginning
        • Stage Five : The Target
        • Stage Six : Dragonfight
        • Stage Seven : Squaring the Circle
        • Stage Eight : The Functioning Ego
        • Stage Nine : Crystallisation
        • Stage Ten : Gates of Death
        • Stage Eleven : Fragmentation
        • Stage Twelve : Transcendent Ecstasy

The initial outline for our journey together is based on the Twelve Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala, which you can see in The Mandala Workbook by Susanne F. Fincher. This program is not a book club and in fact you don’t even need to purchase the book for the purposes of undertaking this journey, although you may be interested to do so. Mandala Magic contains a wealth of in-depth information and unique mandala exercises, designed to encourage your unique, personal creative response.

Each Month You Receive

        • Introduction to the archetypal stage for the month
        • Introduction to an aspect of the psychology of self or art therapy
        • Downloadable Art demonstration videos (30 mins – 1.5hrs)
        • Downloadable PDF (approx 2o page, full colour) with step-by-step instructions
        • Alternative mandala exercise instructions
        • Before and after journal prompts for reflection
        • Lovingly crafted audio playlist , soncially programmed to activate the qualities of each stage
        • Students are invited to an hour-long online Gathering four times a year
        • Corresponding list of additional/recommended resources.

The material will be delivered via the Julie Gibbons Creative website and you’ll receive access details each month via email and a Facebook message. Please note, you need to have a reliable internet connection and be able to view video and audio to participate fully in the lessons!

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Mandala Magic Facts

The Mandala Magic 2013 program equated to a whopping 51,629 words, 16hrs of demonstration video and 1,351 Pinterest Pins.

In March 2014, the current programme scored a whopping 4.65 (from a max 5) star rating in feedback from participants.

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Join Mandala Magic 2015!

Mandala Magic 2015

Mandalas call to your soul. You feel them pull on the weave of the fabric of your Being, and more often than not, you don’t know why.

This is because the mandala is an archetypal form, which resides in the collective unconscious. It is both a representation of the cosmos and an expression of it, brought to life by Life itself.

I am a circle
I am healing you.
You are a circle
You are healing me.
Unite us
Be as one…

~ Women’s Spirituality song, composer unknown,
(quoted in The Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen)

If you feel the pull and hear the call, then please consider joining in with this virtual circle of women across the globe who find healing in the mandala.

Mandala Magic is a year-long program, which opens only once per year and runs from January – December.

Your membership fees are paid in twelve monthly instalments, beginning from the date of your initial purchase.

Monthly fees are currently £15GBP (~$24USD) (payable each month) and are payable via PayPal. Don’t worry if you don’t have a PayPal account – PayPal accepts payment by debit/card card, and will automatically calculate your local currency.

The 2015 Session is open for registration now!

Click on the button below to activate your membership:




IMPORTANT INFO FOR EU RESIDENTS: Due to the new EU VAT Regulations, if you live in the EU (outside of the UK) I am disappointed to say that I am currently unable to process your membership in monthly payments. If you are resident in the EU (outside of the UK) then your membership fees for the year have to be paid in full prior to December 31st 2014. Click Here for more Info.

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Publication Schedule

Mandala Magic 2015 Lessons will be released according to the New Moon calendar on the following days.

    • Stage 1 : Resting in the Darkness : 20th January
    • Stage 2 : Floating into the Light : 18th February
    • Stage 3 : Turning Toward the Journey : 20th March
    • Stage 4 : Embracing the New : 18th April
    • Stage 5 : Claiming Selfhood : 18th May
    • Stage 6 : Igniting the Inner Fire : 16th June
    • Stage 7 : Squaring the Circle : 16th July
    • Stage 8 : Functioning in the World : 14th August
    • Stage 9 : Reaping Rewards : 13th September
    • Stage 10 : Letting Go : 13th October
    • Stage 11 : Falling Apart : 11th November
    • Stage 12 : Opening to Grace : 11th December

Important: The email will be sent to the address you used to complete the PayPal transaction. If you prefer that I send it to another address, please notify me ASAP (don’t forget to let me know which address you registered with.)

Some Questions Answered

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’ve any questions about Mandala Magic 2015, but please check beforehand to see if I’ve already covered it below.

Who is this class designed for?

This program has been designed for you if you feel the pull of desire any time you’ve seen mandala art, and want to learn how to make your own. It’s for you if you find yourself seeking the deeper meanings of existence. (It is best completed by women aged 18+ yrs.)

Do I need to be able to draw to complete this class?

This isn’t a program designed  for accomplished artists, although you’ll get the most out of it if you already enjoy creative exercises and have a desire to create drawings and images that carry meaning for you.

If you are an artist who wishes to explore the mythology and symbolism of the mandala form as played out in your contemporary life, then you’ll be off to a head start and will romp through the content!

What supplies do I need to participate?

You wll definitely need a journal, sketchbook or other paper upon which to create your mandalas. You can make it as fancy or ordinary as you like – this is your mandala experience. I prefer to use sketchbooks designed for art, rather than journals designed for writing. These come in a variety of types and sizes – my favourite is a UK size A4 or a US size 12×9” and I like the books made by Derwent and Strathmore. You can use a smaller book or paper, but you’ll find it quite limiting and soon feel the need to expand!

You will definitely need a compass, a pencil, a ruler and an eraser.

Additionally, you’ll need something to colour in your work. That can be as simple as some basic children’s art supplies – like coloured pencils or felt pens.

Although it’s tempting to go out and collect a whole boatload of new shiny supplies, it’s always best to interpret the lessons to make use of the supplies you already have, before you discover what supplies you actually want to work with.

Many of the exercises I demonstrate feature watercolour paints and NeocolorII watersoluble crayons, oil pastels and drawing ink. There are some alcohol markers and collage supplies used as well.

There may be one or two exercises which feature easily procured, but specific supplies, and you will receive information about those and a suggested supplies list in your Welcome Pack in January.

Can I join in from my city?

This workshop is delivered to you online, so as long as you have a valid email address and are able to access a computer with reliable internet access, you are able to participate from anywhere in the world.

The content will be delivered on my website with a mix of writing and some video, so you will additionally need to be able to stream video and audio. I use Vimeo to host videos, so please make sure you are able to view their videos.

If I sign up, what happens next?

Once your PayPal transaction has been confirmed, you’ll be added to the Mandala Magic 2015 Membership List. In January, you’ll receive the Mandala Magic 2015 Welcome Pack, with more detailed information about Supplies and access to the membership site. The program officially begins on 20th January 2015 with the release of Stage One : Resting in the Darkness.

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Click on the button below to activate your Mandala Magic 2015 Membership:




IMPORTANT INFO FOR EU RESIDENTS: Due to the new EU VAT Regulations, if you live in the EU (outside of the UK) I am disappointed to say that I am currently unable to process your membership in monthly payments. If you are resident in the EU (outside of the UK) then your membership fees for the year have to be paid in full prior to December 31st 2014. Click Here for more Info.

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Debra Eve December 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Dearest Julie, I know I started this last year on my own, but I dearly wanted to do it with a group. So looking forward to it!

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Julie Gibbons December 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

It means so much to have you on board for 2014, Debra! I’ve a feeling this 2014 Circle will be truly magical! xo

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Nadine January 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I couldn’t commit to a full year in 2013, so I only did a shorter version of it, but in view of what this brought me in 3 months only, this year I’m in! Thank you Julie for offering a new version of the course this year!

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Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

So happy you’re joining in again, Nadine – your light is very welcome in our Group :)

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Tamsyn January 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Having just finished the 2013 course, I am very excited to be about to start the brand new version :-) I never would have imagined just how much I would learn about myself and what I really want in life! And the biggest gift has been learning how to be truly happy even in the face of adversity – the central core of inner ‘knowing’ that sustains me through everything life throws at me :-)

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Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

And your knowing runs deep, Tamsyn – it’s such a privilege to witness. Thank you :)

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Kristin McMillan January 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I really cannot say enough wonderful things about Julie and this life-changing course. For those of you who think you are not an artist, fear not! There is no judgment here, only the most helpful and gentle of souls who encourage and support one another. This is about self-exploration and expression, not evaluation. My journey through this course revealed a lot to me and has given me the courage to explore even further. As if the course weren’t already lovely enough, I even made some beautiful friends! Please come join us; this is like recess for grown-ups ;)

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Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I can’t imagine our group without you in it, Kristin! Your unquestioning support is invaluable. Thank you :)

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Melanie Maddison January 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

It is very special to make connections with those who have the same passions for art , creativity and exploration of psyche in tandem, Julie is a wonderful and compassionate facilitator through this kind of work. Each Mandala I created and journaled around had such an impact on my awareness, even only competing the first 7 months of the 2013 cycle. Being part of the wonderful circle of kindreds and friends added even more so to the experience of sharing our growth, expression and deepening awareness of ourselves, which came in droves.

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Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

It’s always a pleasure to be in conversation with you as you engage each of these stages, Mel! Your observations are beautiful – thank you!

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deanna January 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Julie, this has been a great experience! I feel there is so much more to delve into and so many layers to the mandalas, I will be doing this again. I can’t wait to see what unfolds this year.

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Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Deanna – this year is going to rock – especially because you’re in it :) Thank you!

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Isabelle January 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I was so blessed to find Julie and her amazing offert which has deepen both my knowledge and experience of Mandalas and of my inner truth… Julie’s generosity in sharing her knowledge and the very high quality and thourougfulness of the material she provides makes this class a profound experience. I highly recommend it!

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Julie Gibbons January 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Your mandala art is exquisite, Isabelle – it’s such a pleasure to travel this journey together <3

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Patt January 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I am unclear as to what the cost is for the year in the US..

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Julie Gibbons January 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for asking the question about cost in the US regarding Mandala Magic 2014, Patt. Until Wednesday 8th January,tThe cost is £15/mth, which is approximately $24USD/mth. PayPal automatically converts the payment into your local currency.

I hope that helps, but if you’ve any further questions, please feel free to ask :)

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Lee October 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

Hi Julie,
So do we pay monthly? or for the whole year in one payment?

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Julie Gibbons October 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

Thanks for your question, Lee! Registration isn’t open yet, and full details will appear on this page in the next couple of weeks. I run a monthly payment plan to spread the cost out for everyone. Hope that helps! xo

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Joanne January 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Is this course just for women as I’ve just shared it with the man in my life thinking it would interest him also?

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Julie Gibbons January 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for your question Joanne. At present the content is set up for women only.

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Mandy Henderson February 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Hi Julie
Please let me know if a spot opens up! I have a degree in psychology and love Jung and I’m a newbie art journaler and this class looks perfect for me

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Julie Gibbons February 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

hey Mandy – so great to hear from you – thanks for stopping by. There is a chance of a space for you. I’ll email you directly xo

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Mandy Henderson February 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Looking forward to hearing from you one way or another.

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Christine October 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Julie, this sounds wonderful. I love mandalas and I create them regularly so I would love to join you and be guided into a deeper knowledge of them. Do we get to keep the course content at the end of the year or does it disappear after a certain time?

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Julie Gibbons October 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Lovely to hear from you Christine! There will be an option to download all the PDFs and video lessons, in addition to streaming them on the web. Hope that helps! Answers to these types of FAQs will appear on this page over the next couple of weeks :)

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victoria October 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Julie…the mandala course looks amazing. I teach the “art of creating mandalas” workshop here in Los Angeles. I’m going to the Expressive Arts Summit in NYC next month and will be taking Joan’s class on Mandalas. I love your website, art, mandala work/play and blogs…I wish we lived closer!
Where do you get your ongoing creative inspiration and motivation? I’m struggling with that right now in my work and creative practice….Thank you! Victoria

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Julie Gibbons October 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Victoria! thanks for stopping by :) How cool would it be to hang out and play? As for the creative inspiration, my trouble appears to be just the opposite – I have to forge the biggest practice to try and maintain some space, otherwise the creative downloads just overwhelm… Certainly for me, working through this yearly cycle keeps me focussed on themes, and I’m pretty sure my journey with Alchemical Chocolate™ over the last year has helped, too! Enjoy the Summit!

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Lor November 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Julie, how can I sign up for this magical manual journey?

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Lori November 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Oops- my name is Lori not lor- love autocorrect….

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Julie Gibbons November 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

We’re open, Lori! :) (did you already see?)

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Lori November 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I did Julie! Signed up! I am so excited!

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Donna November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I really can’t wait now until registration opens for 2015! Please let me know, I would really hate to miss it!

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Julie Gibbons November 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

We’re open, Donna! :) (did you already see?)

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Deb November 24, 2014 at 1:35 am

What is the cost and when does registration open for this workshop? Thanks!!!

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Julie Gibbons November 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

We’re open Deb! (did you already see?)

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pat davis December 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Dear Julie,
Thanks again for your generosity of spirit. I have mailed you via “snail mail” photocopies of some of my work from the five day class. I am not on Facebook or any social media, so I have resorted to more traditional forms of communication.
Pat Davis

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