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Art as an Access to Non-Ordinary Knowing A Series of Extraordinary Conversations & Experiences

Art as an Access to Non-Ordinary Knowing

January 20 & 27, and February 3 & 10, 2022

Art | Hosted Online

Program Description

Art as an Access to Non-Ordinary Knowing

“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It was in this hope that the arts were invented.”

~Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

When one has been moved by Spirit, one never forgets it. We never forget experiences of touching Something greater than ourselves. In this special series, four gifted women in the arts will share how they access non-ordinary wisdom and open alchemical spaces for others. The series will be facilitated and led by Kim Hermanson, author of Deep Knowing.

Each session will center around one defining question:

How does transformative experience happen? What allows us to connect with a spiritual realm that is alive, dynamic, and beyond the capacity of ordinary cognitive processes?

This seminar will be a unique opportunity for participants to experience a range of aesthetic forms, touch what’s alive in you and open up spaces of understanding that you didn’t know existed.

Week 1: Connecting to Ancient Knowing. Guest artist: Cassandra Light.

Week 2: Body and Soul as Consciousness. Guest artist: Cynthia Winton-Henry.

Week 3: Dancing to Authentic Truth. Guest artist: Jacqueline Low.

Week 4: Urban Alchemy. Guest artist: Lily Yeh.

The format of this series is a conversation about transformative process that will include ample experiential time. How does one artist break open people’s hearts through simple basket weaving? How does another use movement, voice and story to unlock a divine consciousness that is not normally accessible? What is it about the arts that allow us to enter transcendent realms? How do the arts transform us… and transform our communities?

Through specific conversations we will tap universal wisdom.

We will be exploring together the ancient roots of transcendent experience and the unique role that the arts play in facilitating those experiences. Kim Hermanson, an expert in alternative learning, will use insights from her book Getting Messy and her newest book Deep Knowing to augment our inquiry.

“We now truly stand in need, not only as scientists but as a civilization, of the artist’s cognitive capacities.”

~Arthur Zajonc, physicist

This seminar is recommended for…

  • coaches, therapists, educators and facilitators
  • scholars who want to better understand transformative practices
  • anyone interested in taking a deep dive into their own experiential process

You will:

  • Own your deep knowing.
  • Open channels of non-cognitive wisdom.
  • Expand your range of creative possibilities and potentials.

Although this series is focused around the arts, you do not need to be an artist or in the arts to join us. The wisdom we will be accessing lies deeper than that. By exploring art’s metamorphic power, we will be learning basic principles and ways of knowing for individual growth and social evolution.  Anyone who is interested in transformative process will find this seminar valuable. More than ever, we humans need to be able to touch what’s alive.

Format for each session:

  • 30 minutes: introductory remarks by Kim Hermanson.
  • 40 minutes: dialogue and Q & A with the featured artist.
  • 30 minutes: experiential exercise and group sharing.
  • 20 minutes: closing remarks.

Program Details


  • January 20 & 27, and February 3 & 10, 2022 (Thursdays)
  • 10am – 12pm (Pacific Time)



  • $295 General Rate
  • $250 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $195 Pacifica Student Rate

Offered online via Zoom. Recordings will be available for paid attendees up to 30 days after the event for those who cannot attend live or the full day. All links will be sent at least 3 days prior to the program start date.

Featured Presenters

cassandra light Cassandra Light is an artist, teacher, game designer and author whose practice utilizes creative (Jungian) psychology, dreamwork, conflict-resolution, personal transformation, communication and leadership development. Her preferred mediums are painting, figurative sculpture, collage, art-of-the-book and game forms. Cassandra is internationally recognized for her teachings on personal transformation and for founding and directing School of Sacred Art, Way of the Doll. Her students studied sculpture while exploring the deep psychological states that arise and evolve while working in clay and mixed-media art. In 1996, Chronicle Books published her work, Way of the doll: The art and craft of personal transformation, a reference-text for teachers and students seeking self/soul development through creative process. Cassandra currently works as a social art activist in San Francisco, California. She is focused upon social responsibility and sustainability while healing the Eros in the people who encounter her art. Her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the country.

cynthia winton-henryCynthia Winton-Henry co-founded InterPlay with Phil Porter. Their active, creative approach to unlock the body’s wisdom supports a global community of leaders who apply InterPlay across disciplines, including embodied education, organizational health, the helping professions, facilitating racial equity and transformation, spiritual practice, and personal well-being. With play at the heart of her research, Cynthia asks, “What does the body want?” Body wisdom led her to create somatic curriculums for art, social change, and for gifted and sensitive bodies. Formerly ordained, she offers spiritual direction, free online dance chapels, and a year-long course in the Art of Ensoulment for Artists, Mystics, and Sensitives through The Hidden Monastery, Her books include What the Body Wants, Dance – A Sacred Art: Discovering the Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice, and Chasing the Dance of Life: A Faith Journey, and a book chapter: “Grace Operatives: How Body Wisdom Changed the World, in Phenomenologies of Grace: The Body, Embodiment and Transformative Futures. She lives in cohousing with her partner, adult children, and grandaughter Liddy and takes pleasure in making found object shrines and venturing out to see views and trees.

jacqueline lowJacqueline Low has ignited the joy of dance and movement for more than forty years. She has performed as a modern ballet dancer with the San Francisco Opera Company (where she was also a choreographer), Bat Dor Company of Israel, San Francisco Dance Spectrum, in her own Espiritair Dance Company in New York City, and on national TV in Germany. At the United Nations, she choreographed a dance with Russian and American children. Her joy of dance has been augmented by her studies of human consciousness, her practice of Reiki and her gifts as an intuitive and channel, which led her to teach transformative movement in New York, California, Cologne Germany, Rome and Belgium. Jacqueline’s innovative Transformative Movement Workshops involve authentic movement work, creative visualization and theater play. In 2008 Jacqueline founded the Joy of Dance Ballet School, where she currently teaches.

Lily YehLily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As founder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1986 to 2004, she helped create a national model of community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh founded Barefoot Artists, Inc., an organization that brings the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, China/Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Palestine, and South Sudan. ( Lily’s life and work were featured in the documentary film, The Barefoot Artist (2015, She is the author of Awakening Creativity: Dandelion School Blossoms.

kim hermanson Kim Hermanson, Ph.D., is an author, educator and shamanic catalyst. She was initiated to the shamanic path in her 20s when she was critically injured in a head-on collision on the highway and accessed otherworldly energies to heal her body. Kim is adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has served as both core and adjunct faculty at Meridian University, Sophia Center at Holy Names University, University of California Berkeley Extension, Sofia University and the Esalen Institute. Her books include Deep KnowingGetting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination and Sky’s the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award.She has co-authored articles and book chapters with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the New York Times bestseller, Flow and a founder of the field of positive psychology, as well as Anthony Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her PhD is from the University of Chicago.

General Information


Hosted Online


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January 20 & 27, and February 3 & 10, 2022

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