The Journey Daybook, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by artist, Peggy Herrick. This corporation is committed to teaching, learning, and sharing the practice of creating illustrated journals called journey daybooks.

Honoring the belief that art is a universal language, The Journey Daybook learning cooperative offers participants a heightened sensibility of themselves and the world around them. Participants learn the process of making and illuminating a personal journal in order to discover their artistic sensibilities. This process nurtures the spirit, serves as a catalyst for greater harmony, and provides a unique artistic legacy. The Journey Daybook process includes four elements: the journey; contemplation; being present; and working alone. New participants learn the process at retreats that are held regularly somewhere away from home. Alumni Adventures are hosted each month by different alumni at interesting sites.

The Journey Daybook process enhances our ability to slow down and reflect, expands our world, and creates opportunities for us to reach out to others. This practice can be done at any time, in any place—from humble places in our own communities to exotic, foreign lands. Our outreach has included working with at-risk youths, Hospice residents, school groups in Florida, children and adults in Cuba, and a children’s home in Peru. Since 2013, we have brought Journey Daybook into the Florida prison system by teaching the process to small groups of inmates at the Florida Women’s Reception Center in Lowell where we now have a community of almost 60 Journey Daybook alumnae.

We also enjoy collaborating with groups who share a similar vision. Just as other artists have participated in our retreats and adventures in order to expand their artistic practice and experience a new sense of community, so have our members participated in other seminars, workshops and exhibitions to expand our horizons.   A few examples include our participation in the national Sketchbook Project, housed at the Brooklyn Museum; attendance at Urban Sketchers workshops and international symposia; and presentations given to a variety of local organizations.

Participation in Journey Daybook, Inc. is open to anyone—women and men, young people and elders, those who don’t feel a connection with their creative selves and those who are artistically trained—wishing to experience this process and community.


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