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Braving the Wild


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Braving the Wild


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Teacher Melinda Brown

The creative journey is ultimately your GIFT,  you need only the eyes to see and the heart to believe. It is given to change, heal, grow, challenge and bring you life.

Your creative heart is wild and fierce and it doesn’t need to be tamed – it needs to be tended. Melinda Brown is a passionate artist and a gifted mentor. She helps students step out past the lies that their creative passion is too wild or that there is nothing unique about them, and she comes alongside to support them and help them find clarity and courage.

In order to find clarity, an artist must know and embrace the season they are in and believe that it is meaningful. Braving the Wild was created to do just that – help artists identify creative seasons and live in them courageously with passionate hearts.

This class is a time for connecting and tending hearts as Melinda Brown will help you vulnerably adventure through the depths of artistic exploration. Melinda believes that to see creative fruit you must enrich the soil that it grows from, and she is committed to nourishing and guiding artists from her own experiences following a unique journey.

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WEEK ONE: Unveiling and Embracing Your Creative Invitation

WEEK TWO: Clarifying Your Unique Creative Journey

WEEK THREE: Bravely Pursuing Your Distinctive Creative Expression

WEEK FOUR: Braving and Tending Your Creative Heart

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Melinda will share Lesson 1 in the forum and e-mail it to every student. She will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

Homework will be due on Sunday and personal critiques will take place the following Mondays. Each week will follow the same pattern.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Is this class for you?

Do you feel lost amidst all the expectations, comparison and noise? Are you paralyzed by fear of failure or success? Are you full of so many inspiring ideas that you don’t know where to start, or do you feel dry, and creatively barren in this season? Do you just need a little clarity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you! If you feel paralyzed by all the thoughts, ideas, expectations, opportunities, fears, failures, and successes swirling around you, this class is will help you brave the wild to find clarity for your unique creative journey

Material(s) Needed

A camera, a computer, an open heart, all your struggles, and some courage



  1. :

    This course has been amazing! Melinda is a wonderful guide, mentor and encourager. I greatly enjoyed exploring authenticity, passion, and motivation in relation to my creative self as an essential precursor to artistic expression. I am also grateful to journey together with others similarly pursuing these creative ventures. Most importantly to me is that this course has provided a safe place not only to face fears and insecurities but also to feel courageous as I confront them. It’s been foundational for me to continue my creative pursuits, and I’m so happy to have been part of it!

  2. :

    Melinda’s class gave me an opportunity to vulnerably explore the creative gifts inside of me. She provides a safe place to be challenged, stretched and encouraged all at the same time. For those who know there’s more inside of them than they are able to express, I highly recommend this class! Melinda has a way of tenderly helping to draw it out of you, in your own unique and beautiful way!

  3. :

    Braving the Wild is an amazing class that came to me at the right time in my life! Anybody looking to step up and do some serious beautiful soul searching that makes you cry and smile and dance and grow in endless ways to discover your true authentic creative self has to go for this!! Melinda is an incredible person – her words read like a precious song and her pictures are intensively inspiring.She takes a lot of time to help and guide throughout the journey even on a one to one basis. Braving the Wild has been an immense enrichment on this creative road of mine and answered my questions and wiped away my doubts and fears !I couldn’t be more thankful!!

  4. :

    Before I started Braving The Wild I felt a lack of creativity and encouragement. Melinda has such a beautiful soul and such a passion for what she does. She will help guide you on the path that you are meant to be on through guidance, honesty and encouragement. This class has planted a seed, and my creativity will only continue to grow from it! I HIGHLY recommend this class to anyone wanting to grow in so many different ways!

  5. :

    I have never taken an online workshop before. I have been running my own business for over a decade now, and while I see other workshops offered online, this is the first one that has really spoken to me. Not only have I admired Melinda’s work, I loved what she was offering- a good hard look at pushing my creativity and being true to myself and listening to my heart and what I want to offer as a photographer, not just to my clients, but to myself.

    Melinda has really pushed me to think about what it is I want to express with my work and helped me to see how I can get there. She is a kind and courageous mentor and now a friend. She sees what you don’t quite see in yourself and helps bring that out. I would recommend this online workshop to anyone- whether you are new to photography and writing or you have lots of experience, Melinda is wonderful at helping you take a fresh look at yourself in such a great way and helping you feel good about being comfortable with yourself and what you want.

    I have not been this excited about exploring what I want to do creatively in such a long time. She is easy to talk to and connect with. It has been a truly eye-opening, heart-opening experience. Don’t miss this opportunity.

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