Teacher Training

7 Day Teacher Training: Summer 2019, in Europe. Please email Aviva if interested.
Attending a workshop is required for consideration for the PFTS Teacher Training.

Dear Prospective PFTS Teachers,

Following are the basic details for PFTS future teacher training programs.


PFTS Training is now 7 days. Training was previously 1 year (and 2 years in 2001). We are now able to complete Training in 7 days because of my greater teaching skill, the careful selection of advanced candidates who have also previously attended PFTS workshops and giving assignments plus teaching your own practice group before Training. Training typically begins before dinner on a Wednesday evening and ends after lunch on following Wednesday afternoon. The date of the next session depends on when an appropriate group of 10 people has assembled, probably Summer of 2019.


This means that the successful completion of the 7 day Teacher Training will give you a Painting From the Source® “certificate of completion" but not legally entitle you to call yourself PFTS Practitioner or use the PFTS name or logo for your flyers and advertisements. After successful completion you may, of course, add "Completion of 7 DAY PFTS Teacher Training with Aviva Gold" to your resume, *Bio. , and advertising…. and display the certificate in your studio. You create a name for your own workshop or you can use the name “Source Painting.”


Emphasis will be on deepening your own painting and personal spiritual process with in depth study of Aviva’s book and PFTS Training Manual plus emphasis on tailoring a program to your individual needs. The part of the process where we embody and express our painting through voice, theater, movement and poetry (using Gestalt Techniques), which is unique to Aviva’s work, will be practiced and taught in depth. You will also be taught how to maintain the essential “safe container” from which the transformative work is born. Before the 7 day Teacher Training, there will be reading (from a variety of suggested books that support the process), painting assignments, and for those wanting it, support sessions on telephone or Skype (for international students) available at a minimal additional cost. You will also be asked to conduct a small practice workshop in your home town
before the Training.

Those in mental health or healing arts occupations and/or working with various populations like children, prisoners, terminally ill, or yoga students, will gain the necessary process painting skills and experience to incorporate the PFTS painting process into your work with any population. The basic skills and information will also be available for those desiring and ready to offer their own process painting workshops.

The PFTS Training will aid you in establishing your own ongoing painting practice, as well as enhance your personal growth, including more clarity on how to best use your gifts in the world. Many areas of your life besides creative and occupation will develop, mature and evolve. You will have fun and a tribe of people who will be a support system to you long after training is over. Other skills you will learn (and thus be prepared to teach) include:

  • Trusting your intuition for problem solving and guidance.

The most important reason for painting from the source is so your inner source - that is, the real you - can come out and play.
— Aviva Gold
  • Learning how to access and use creative techniques and dreams for relaxation, guidance, and wisdom.

  • Learning group processing techniques to build a safe productive community in the workshops that you will teach.

  • Overcoming shyness and in general ask for and get what you need in work and personal life.

  • Unblocking creative flow, enabling more spontaneity, fun, sensitivity and access to experiencing and expressing emotions (connection with body).

  • Creating art that emanates authenticity and soul beauty from which you will gain a sense of accomplishment, self worth and empowerment that spills over into all experiences of life.

  • Riding out fear of the unknown and trusting the process through which core beliefs such as "the universe is basically hostile" are replaced by "the universe is basically supportive".

  • Learning techniques and new paradigms for re-framing and accepting previously

  • Perceived negative/detrimental situations and character traits, thus enhancing self-image, health, intimacy and well-being.

  • Learning effective teaching techniques to open free flow of creativity and health for children, students and clients of all ages.


5. Training WILL TAKE PLACE IN europe, probably iceland


The full price of tuition is $1,800 US currency! The price includes, full tuition, all materials, Teacher Training Manual in digital format, Teacher Training DVD, snacks and studio setup fees.

When accepted you pay a deposit of $500 and pay the balance 1 months before Teacher Training begins. The fee does not include, lodging, meals and travel. Reasonable fee for lodging and meals fee will be announced.


To be considered into the program, candidates must attend a recent workshop and Aviva clearly remember your process. If not remembered or not considered ready, you may need to attend an additional workshop before consideration. Other requirements include: Completion of a 5 page application, completion of Aviva's book, financial ability to pay fee, above age 30, have working e-mail that is checked at least a few times a week, no active addictions (includes tobacco smoking).


Training Work Scholarships

As mentioned in the Training Information above, there are 2 work partial scholarships available. These are offered to people not only in financial need, but people who have taken a number of workshops over the years and very successfully assisted Aviva before. Geographic proximity is also a consideration.

Note from Aviva

What I have learned about training others:

  1. I can very effectively offer a safe container for each trainee's individual leadership and teaching style to emerge. ...same space that I offer for participants paintings to emerge in workshops.

  2. Trainees can go deeper into their painting process than previously thought possible.

  3. No matter how gifted, charismatic, knowledgeable the trainee, if they are fearful of putting them self out there, resistant to charge money, I cannot teach courage and motivation to lead their own workshop. Sometimes it is the support of the group (and personal therapy) that melts the fear.

  4. Probably the most impressive, profound, constant and unexpected result is the "friends for life" tribal community bond that forms within each group. Rooted in love and mutual support, this bond sprouts a growth spiral, flowering into our best self.

I can only guess that painting, learning, doing sacred rituals, honest sharing of deep self, in a group, over an extended amount of time, is a chemical recipe for growth, a yeast for personal empowerment.