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Sacred Guardians: Sculptures For Protection & Support

Course Info

Skill Level: Anyone

5 Lessons

3.5 Hours of Content

Online & Self-Paced

Unlimited Access Forever

Private Group: Yes


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About Course

A Sacred Guardian is a vessel for holding and embodying things that act as protection, meditation, gratitude, connection, emotion, and more. Its meaning can be deeply personal to attend to the needs of its creator. It can represent a process, journey, or learning experience that may have affected you deeply. The representation of your Sacred Guardian represents something within your own life that is important to you. We will be creating our Sacred Guardians through a process of intentions, personal needs, sculpting, and various media. The creation of your Sacred Guardian will include clay, sticks, recycled fabric, and adornments. This project is to inspire the maker to move through their specific healing process in an explorative and nurturing manner.


Looking for a safe place to create? Aunia offers that space and wonderful guidance to the creative, therapeutic process.

- Heather Martinez

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What You Will Learn & Experience

Setting the intention of the Sacred Guardian
Selecting supplies
How to create clay faces
Exploring meaning and symbolism in your vessel
Discovering the most important parts of you
Painting and drawing faces and other details
Healing properties of creating with multiple art mediums
How to assemble and adorn the Sacred Guardian
Understanding the protection and support you need
Use of alternate options and materials including sewing, beading, wiring, binding, and assemblage
The endless possibilities of your explorative and creative journey

There are no right or wrong ways to create your Sacred Guardian. The intent is for support in physical and emotional needs. Crafted healing vessels of this type have traditionally been used throughout many cultures in history. May your Sacred Guardian help in your creative healing journey.

Course Instructors

Aunia Kahn

Artist, Author, Photographer & Trauma Researcher

Aunia Kahn is a creative entrepreneur, a mental health and trauma researcher, globally awarded visual artist/photographer, published author, instructor, and inspirational speaker. Her work in trauma research, community projects, and mental health since 2005 was the launching pad for Create for Healing.  She has been invited for consecutive years as a panelist for the Washington University School of Medicine’s MOHOP (Mental Health Outreach Program) and has regularly been a guest lecturer at Southwestern Illinois College, St.Louis Community College and McKendree University. Her work continues by teaching courses, offering free resources, and providing tools to those in need.

Michael de Vena

Arist, Writer & Instructor

Michael de Vena is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and contributing writer and instructor to Create for Healing. Exploring the creative and self reflective side to all things has been an inspirational asset to how he creates his personal work and his work within Create for Healing. To be able to experience the journey with others and create in our own individual ways is the foundation for what healing through creativity means and why he holds a passion for the personal work behind course creation and writing.