Testimonials for the Down Deep:
This astounding group, this collection of wise wonderful sages, shamanic interpreters of souls. Fonda Clark Haight found us, gently reached in and tore a piece from each of our hearts and collaged us together. I hope we don’t drift too far apart. I like me when I’m connected with you all. I find myself reading your posts, then sticking my fingers in my ears to block the outside cacophony in my daily world and reading the post again, slower, breathing it in....breathing in The Down Deep.
Best online class I’ve ever taken!!! I can’t say enough about Fonda and her classes. Her Down Deep class not only was full of yummy techniques, but as a teacher she is one of the most nurturing and supportive and really gives so much of herself not only on her art but in the students journey in her classes. She is able to tap into places in your art that you may have never explored and she helps you push it even further. I can’t say enough about how much her class meant to me.
I signed up for Fonda’s course, The Down Deep, because her art really appealed to me and I thought I would have fun getting some insights into how she worked and how she thought. Mother have mercy, was I in for a surprise. Fonda included all the obligatory components of an excellent course: a mind grabbing title, entertaining and informative videos, an interested and involved teacher. However, she was NOT kidding when she promised we would go Down Deep. She was not the kind of teacher who made up a fancy title and then it was ho-hum work as usual. What kind of teacher was she? The kind that goes above and way beyond, or way down deep in this case. The kind that is not just a leader, but a participant, in the best sense of the word. The kind that is not just a teacher, but a Shaman. I do not use the term Shaman lightly, but it completely fits the magic that Fonda evoked from participants in this class. A Shaman travels into other dimensions and brings back healing visions for her followers. Fonda did this with her art, and her demonstrations of how she created it. But what clinched the title of Shaman, for me, was watching how lovingly and deftly she encouraged her participants to make their own magic. They could use the materials she suggested and demonstrated, but she admired their efforts and encouraged them to use any means and methods they resonated with. Most incredible of all, was her uncanny knack for delving to the heart of any spread she saw, and intuiting what that person needed to hear. You could literally see confidence and new art bursting through everywhere on our online class page, in response to her stimulating encouragement. (The participants of the class also reacted to each other in kind: there was an outpouring of support like I have never seen in the many classes I have taken.) Time after time students declared they had made breakthroughs, and attributed it to Fonda’s influence, declaring “This never would have happened without you.” Fonda, our Shaman, created a safe place for participants to share in a way that was not just honest, but intimate and revelatory. Fonda was always compassionate, never deprecating, to herself or anyone else. And FUNNY—dang, that woman has a sense of humour (Dang is a word she uses often, and we have all adopted it, lol.) I not only saw developments in the work of others. I experienced them myself, and I have made art for decades. So, do I think Fonda walks on water? No, she is wonderfully flawed and imperfect and deliciously talented and completely human. That is why she relates so well to her class participants. And I love her. How many classes did you take where you could say, afterwards, about the teacher, I love her. That is the kind of response Fonda Clarke Haight inspires. If you see a class out there that Fonda is teaching, take it. Sign up quickly, before it fills with those of us who have taken her classes before.
This was a course like no other I have taken....and believe me I've taken a few! For me it was permission to find the most astonishing images in "ugly backgrounds"....and the fascination of watching Fonda do just that on the video.....that would have been enough. But the magical thing for me was the way she was there for every one of us, guiding, supporting, encouraging.....and the group responded to that in a quite wonderful way. I met people that I am so glad I met. 5 months on we are still posting and sharing....and Fonda is still popping in to say Hi. This is so recommended if you want to peer into your dreaming less than quite conscious self....and find it loved that you came to visit.
Fonda Clark Haight's Down Deep class will be with me for quite awhile. She's done it all: provided new techniques and stayed available long past the end of the class. Before this class I had used a written journal to try to make sense of my life and emotions. This was the first time I actually understood someone's process for doing the same thing with visual art. I really have only just begun to explore this, but Fonda gently and deftly has given me tools that I understand and can replicate, and I'm grateful!
I had the pleasure to take an art course from Fonda Clark Haight which I absolutely enjoyed from beginning to end. I enjoyed it so much that I will be working my way through the entire course again! Her authenticity, thoughtfulness and compassion came through every word, image, and lesson she offered. I highly recommend her courses and simply can't wait for the next class she offers to become available. Thank you Fonda! Sincerely,
Jessica Bowman, M.A.
Fonda’s class has been the best online class I have ever taken. Fonda has an art journalling process that is easy to get into, but amazingly deep and healing. Fonda herself has an incredible presence. Even online, she holds the group in a very safe and loving way. I couldn’t recommend her class more.