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Announcing Summer 2017 Intuitive Painting Weekend “STEPPING OUTSIDE THE EGO AND CREATING FROM WITHIN” July 15-16 2017, at my studio in North Portland

Posted in Art, Art Workshops, Authentic Creativity, Authentic Self, Developing Intuition, Inner Wisdom, Intuitive Painting, Painting Workshops, Self Awareness, Self Discovery, Self Healing, Shamanic Art on May 26, 2017 by Carolyn Winkler

Save the date and let me know you can join us. The class is small limited to 8 students and there are only 4 spaces left at this time.

This Intuitive Painting Weekend will be about learning to let go of  ego and painting from your deeper parts. You will learn to be outside of judgement and  let go of the critic and how it often holds you back. We will be free to explore and let the paint tell us what we need to know. The creativity inside us knows what we need and will send it to us if we make a space for it to come. By playing with paint and following it where it wants you to go you learn a lot about yourself.  You will also be a witness and share with the others what you learn.  It is important to do this in a group and share the experience,  we learn a lot from each other each time.

I have been doing this workshop for over 10 years now and am still amazed how fun and transformation this process is. I think it is because it can only come from inside, not from outside influences, so it always amazes you and strengthens your sense of self.  It is my honor to share this with you and help you have a better life.

Any one can do this no previous art experience required. I supply everything, all you need to do is come and participate and enjoy what wants to come.

All you have to do is wear old clothes you can get paint on and bring a sac lunch. I will provide the rest.  Healthy snacks and teas.

The workshops starts each morning at 10am and goes to 5pm. I ask that you arrive between 9:30 and 9:50 so we can start right on time.

The cost is $180 for first time participants and discounted to $160 for students taking it the second or multiple time. Many of my students have taken it 4 or 5 times.  Each time you go deeper and discover different things.

Please email me if you would like to be put on the list, there are only 4 spaces left. I look forward to painting with you and seeing old friends again.



Announcing Summer Shadow Support Group *USING THE GIFTS OF OUR SHADOW* Starting Thursday July 25 thru August 29th, 7 to 9 pm, Sigh up Now

Posted in Authentic Self, Discovering Your Shadow, Inner Wisdom, Personal Growth, Self Awareness, Self Discovery, Self Healing, Self Improvement, Shadow, Shadow Work with tags , , on June 29, 2013 by Carolyn Winkler

Progression 6

Join me for this life changing 6 weeks Support Group.  This is some of the most powerful work you will ever do.  Based on my training with Debbie Ford and my experience developing Affirmative Innergetics I gift to you the techniques of integrating your Shadow and how that frees up a lot of energy not available to you now.  We will dive deep in to the basement and bring up exactly what you need.  I promise this support group will change your life.  Come and learn to explore the following and integrate the strengths you discover back into your life. Here’s what we will cover each week.

Learn what exactly is the Shadow and How Does it Work?
How do you find your Shadows gift and how this helps you?
What is my Story and how does it trap me?
What would you need to be wrong about to have what you want in life?
Who do I blame for the conditions in my life?
How many years have I been using these excuses?

Class is held 6 Thursday evenings starting July 25th ending August 29th, from 7 to 9, at my studio in North Portland. Cost is $30 each meeting for a total of $180, paid at time you sign up.  Group is limited to 9 so we have plenty of time to work on personal issues.

One of the most important things you will ever do is work with your Shadows. This often misunderstood part of us is a huge key to our happiness but is seldom addressed. It is key to knowing how to handle upsets when they come along.

So bring what ever is bothering you it can be turned around to be come one of your greatest strengths. Whether it is a person that drives you crazy and you can’t stand, some awful situation that keeps happening no matter how much you try to avoid it or something that you always wanted but never seem to get. These are the problems we will work on each week.

I promise you will uncover the gifts these Shadow parts hold for you and integrate them back into your life. It is not that you will become this Shadow  you have hidden away but will be free to use it’s strengths.

To register or ask questions please email me at or call 503 734-6516. I will add you to the list and let you know the rest of the materials you will need to bring. Look forward to doing this wonderful work with you and teaching you these techniques.

Announcing New 2013 February INTUITIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP “Developing Intuition In Your Art” Learn how using more intuition can imporve your Art and Life- Feb 23-24 at my Studio, Portland Or.

Posted in Art Workshops, Developing Intuition, Inner Wisdom, Intuitive Painting, Intuitive Process Painting Workshop, Process Painting, Shamanic Art, Study Groups with tags , , , on January 5, 2013 by Carolyn Winkler


As we go into the New Year of 2013 more and more of us are changing the way we do things.  What we need more of this coming year is intuition and how to utilize it in our art and life.  Whether that is painting, writing, dance or even therapy with clients.  Intuitive Painting can open up areas of your consciousness not available to your conscious mind.  This new way of knowing can help you figure out and solve lots of problems you haven’t been able to so far. This is about self discovery, the unknown and not having a plan.  Look for the surprises that come, they have the answers you seek.

Carl Jung and Malcolm Westcot the main researcher in Intuition of our day gave this description of a person that is Intuitive. 11 reasons to develop more intuition in your life and take my workshop.
Intuitive people tend to be:
1. unconventional and comfortable in their unconvention
2. confident
3. self-sufficient
4. emotionally involved in abstract issues, either in intellectual, academic terms or in human values.
5. willing to explore uncertainties and entertain doubts, and able to do so without fear.
6. able to reject or accept criticism as necessary
7. willing to change in ways they deemed appropriate
8. resistant to outside control and direction
9. independent
10. foresighted
11. spontaneous

Join me and a small group of painters for a wonderful weekend of self discovery, inner growth and greater creativity through paint.   The cost is $160 for the 2 days of painting, Saturday and Sunday 10-5.  All paints, materials and inspiration are provided.  All you have to do is wear old clothes you can get paint on and come hold a paint brush and let the paint show you how to access the deep well of your intuition.   Limited to 8 students so save the date and let me know right away so i can put you on the list.

* All repeating students cost is discounted to $100.

To register and ask questions just email me or call me at 503 734-6516 .    Look forward to painting with you in this new year.


Students Work from the Last Workshop

Posted in Art, Inner Journeys, Inner Wisdom, Intuitive Painting, Intuitive Process Painting Workshop, Painting Workshops, Personal Growth, Self Discovery, Self Healing on April 5, 2011 by Carolyn Winkler

This is an amazing painting created by Marianne Wilson Stein during the last workshop. I wanted to share it with all of you. I love her painting and the story that came from it. It is an amazing two days where you are free to create from deep within your heart. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did. Please click on the painting so you can see the whole thing.

Marianne Wilson Stein
This is a painting I created at a weekend intuitive painting class facilitate by the amazing Carolyn Winkler. I highly recommend. Carolyn and the other participants gave me the space and safety to unlock my own intuitive creativity.

Goes with Marianne Steins painting.

Releasing the Dreams…
In the days before dreams, the world was made of water. It was dark and turbulent. The land was black and rich, full of every mineral, but there were no dreams. The earth goddess was still asleep in the deepest depths of the ocean. The sun god was hardly noticeable. And the world was left without dreams.
Buried deep within the sea was the vessel and the key. It was the way to unlock the land from the ocean and it was full of rich colors. The people of the earth searched and searched for it, but no one could find it. The priestesses were consulted. From their power of intuition they knew how to find the vessel and the key.

The priestesses told the people to find the sea turtle for it had survived for millions of years and he knew where the vessel and the key were hidden. The people called upon the turtle in the blackest depths of the sea to show them where it was.

Once found, the vessel and key floated to the surface and all the dreams that had ever been dreamed and all the dreams still to come were let out of the ocean and floated into the air; uniting the people of the land, water, wind and fire to be as one. To create the world they dream of…


Posted in Art, Art Workshops, Authentic Self, Creative Ways to Empopwer Your Life, Creativity, Inner Journeys, Inner Wisdom, intuition, Intuitive Painting, Painting Workshops, Personal Growth, Self Awareness, Self Discovery, Self Healing, Self Help, Self Improvement, Workshops with tags , , , , on June 15, 2010 by Carolyn Winkler

My students in South Africa

I am back from South Africa. What an amazing experience. Had a blast sharing this process with 9 fabulous South Africans. All had a breakthrough experience and proves once again how powerful this process is. I look forward to sharing this experience with you in my studio in North Portland on August 7-8. I am starting to register for this weekend now. Please let me know if you want to join us.

I also wanted to share with you some of the photos from the South Africa experience and give you an idea of what their paintings are like. Hope you enjoy them.

Testimonial from Lisa who did the painting above:
Hi Carolyn
Tx so much for the foties. The workshop was amazing. Definitely one I have put on top of my list. I can so see a need for this process in my area + would like to share this workshop with so many others. So once my studio is up + ready (should be in 2months) I will invite others 2 join me.
I have been in contact with Brenda + have discovered so much more about both our paintings. I will NOT be burning mine but rather hanging it up. I have bought matt acrylic seal to paint over.
I feel so honored to have been given the opportunity to attend ur workshop!
I noticed the ELK was the first animal image to come through. Then the CROW. These I painted over + without realizing, the WOLF found his own way to me. How exciting!
After the workshop I came down with terrible flu, infact I am in bed trying to shoo away this “flu gremlin” before my youngest daughters 17th birthday dinner. Getting flu for me after a healing process is a good sign, as I always have a deep healing shift when this happens. So tx for bringing it on hahahaha. Glad u had a safe trip back. Look 4ward 2hearing from u soon!


The Workshop runs two full days, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. It is held at my Studio, in Portland, Oregon. All you have to do is wear old comfortable clothes you can get paint on, bring a sack lunch, have an open heart and a curious mind and I will do the rest.

Absolutely no experience necessary, you already have everything you need. All inspiration and art materials supplied.

Cost is $160 and includes all art supplies and a copy of my E-Book Intuitive Painting: Art to Empower Your Life. Class is limited to 10 people so everyone has personal attention and lots of time to paint. You can easily pay through Paypal or you can send a check to Carolyn Winkler, 1001 N. Baldwin Street, Portland Or. 97217. Just let me know you want to attend and I will put you on the list and you can pay closer to the time of the workshop.

To Find Out More and ask questions just Email me at or visit my websites or I will be out of the country April thru June so might not get back to you until after I return. Thanks for understanding.

Look forward to meeting you at the workshop.

Carolyn Winkler

*BEFRIENDING YOUR SHADOW* New Weekly Study Group – Starts Thursday Feb 11 – Mar 12, 2010

Posted in Authentic Self, Class, Creative Ways to Empopwer Your Life, Depression, Discovering Your Shadow, Healing, Inner Wisdom, Personal Growth, Self Awareness, Self Discovery, Self Healing, Self Help, Shadow, Support Group for Women with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Carolyn Winkler


This is a study group for you to befriend your shadows by taking whatever person or situation is bothering or disgusting you the most and turning it into the gift you need.

Once you understand what that is, and how you can benefit from it, it transforms and you are no longer bothered or disturbed and can now use it in your life. You can never have complete peace until you learn to do this.

Based on the work of Debbie Ford and her book “The Dark Side of The Light Chasers,” we will study how our Shadow helps us become who we are and holds the gifts to empower our lives. Discovering your shadows and its gifts is probably the most freeing experience you can have. As Debbie Ford describes it, “Imagine trying to hold a beach ball under water, how much energy that takes and when it gets loose it pops up and hits you in the face.” This is how your Shadow works, it is always there trying to give you the balance your life needs and pops up to hit you until you finely get the message your life needs.

Group meets weekly, Thursday evenings 7 to 9 pm or afternoons 1 to 3, for 6 weeks. Cost is $35 dollars per week, can be paid weekly or at beginning of group. Group meets at my studio in North Portland. Group is limited to 8 people.

Please check my website for more information. To register please email me and be sure to include the afternoon or evening time you prefer.


Posted in Art, Art Workshops, Creative Ways to Empopwer Your Life, Creativity, Inner Journeys, Inner Wisdom, intuition, Intuitive Painting, Painting Class, Painting Workshops, Personal Growth, Self Awareness, Self Discovery, Self Healing, Self Help, Self Improvement, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by Carolyn Winkler


Welcome to the last of my Intuitive Painting Weekend Workshops for 2009, the second weekend of November 7th-8th. This weekend is for people that want to express themselves authentically, be more creative and discover what is in their heart. This process is about letting go and painting with the right side of your brain, so no experience necessary you already know and have everything you need.

Experienced artists and non-artists alike benefit from this creative weekend. Studies prove that how we feel about ourselves effects how much joy and inspiration we get out of life. This workshop lets you play, find joy and get back on an authentic track. Playing freely with the paint allows you to reach deeper parts of yourselves and listen to what they have to say. So if you want to create a more authentic life this is the weekend for you.

I have done this process with many people over the years and it never fails to give you exactly what you need. This is a free, non-judgmental, playful way to re-connect with who you really are. One of my former students said it best, “My life was like a submarine and this opened up my hatch.”


I cannot tell you how much I appreciated your kindness and guidance this weekend. I love the work that we did. I hope to do some more work with you in the future. Thank you!
“It was a great experience that I would recommend to anybody interested in letting go. Carolyn leads you through this experience very gently.” Paula Austin, Web Designer

All art materials and a copy of my e-book INTUITIVE PAINTING; Art to Empower Your Life are included. The class size is limited to 8 to insure that everyone has the right support. It goes from 10am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday with a break for lunch. Just wear old clothes you can get paint on and bring a sac lunch. To register or ask questions please email me at and let me know you want to attend. You can now pay through PayPal or send me a check. If you want Paypal just let me know and I will email you the invoice.

To find out more about me and what I do or see the testimonials from former participants, please visit my website I look forward to meeting you and seeing old faces on this wonderful creative adventure using paint.