An art and narrative therapy course

”Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
Marianne Williamson, quoted by Nelson Mandela at his inauguration.

See the short U-tube clip of interviews with facilitators and participants.



The Hero Book is an art and narrative group workshop, in which participants rewrite the story of their own lives with themselves as a hero.

It is profound in its simplicity and uses a combination of methods. e.g. drawing and colour, talking and writing, movement and reflection.

The course is 18 hours (6 sessions of 3 hours each) with group facilitator and complementary therapist Suzanne Leighton (BSc (UCT), MSc (WITS)).



You will create a well-illustrated autobiography – a graphic personal document of lasting significance.

Your self-esteem should be renewed, and you should have a clearer sense of inner strength, direction and purpose.

You would be able to use the techniques to supplement your work.

You will join a larger support circle of past heroes called “The Hero Circle”.

At the end of the workshop you will be able to facilitated the process, if you so wish. The individual process is part of the training and you will receive a facilitator’s manual. This rollout provides a powerful multiplying factor, appropriate in the South African context.


Who will benefit?

Those who are interested in identifying the hero in themselves.

Those who would like to create a record of their lives.

Those feeling stuck or at a crossroads.

Those in the caring role will be supported and enriched.

Practitioners, therapists and also their patients or clients.

Those eager to shift a relationship with a partner, parent, child or sibling.



U-tube:            Information and interviews (7 minutes)  –


Next Course

Duration: 6 sessions of 3 hours each.

Venue: As arranged

Cost: To be discussed

Booking: To arrange a course please contact Suzanne Leighton (021) 794-2738, (084) 293-3214,



If you would like to organise a workshop please contact Suzanne Leighton at

A course can be modified to suit you – e.g. 5 consecutive days or 14 weeks of one hour each.


Examples from a Hero Book

This is a series of drawings from an example of a Hero Book.

Each drawing is the result of a carefully designed activity and represent different aspects of the participant.

Note the change in style of the same person’s drawings over the 6 week course.

You do not have to be an artist – the activities are guided.


Facilitator: Suzanne Leighton: (021) 794-2738, (084) 293-3214

Suzanne Leighton BSc (UCT); MSc (WITS); PMP (USA) Complementary Therapist. Practice number: 106 000 0216224
Originally trained as a civil engineer and project manager, Suzanne is now a Complementary Therapist registered with the Allied Health Professionals Council (SA) in aromatherapy and reflexology which she uses in combination with counselling.  She has a special interest in mental health and runs awareness workshops at schools, in various communities and in the corporate environment to initiate conversations about the difficult topics of suicide, depression, mania, bipolar, post natal depression and emotional instability.


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