The Muses in ancient times were goddesses who inspired famous poets and writers with the creativity they needed to create masterpieces. Now "Get Your Muse On" is hoping nine modern muses will be able to help inspire women to reach for their true potential and create a masterpiece in their own lives.

Stephanie Withrow has been a private practicing counselor for years helping women through traumatic experiences and adoptive families working through attachment issues. Now, she wants to try something completely new. Based on the book The Nine Modern Day Muses: 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers, and Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence by Jill Badonsky, Withrow, with the help of Madison Avenue Salon and Day Spa, is planning a six-week course entitled "Get Your Muse On" to become more creative, stress free and excited about life.

For two hours each week a group of women will meet to discuss challenges of everyday life and explore creative solutions. Though Withrow is a practicing counselor she does not plan for the group to be therapy, nor is it about crafting or scrapbooking.

There's muses, and we're going to use those to talk about the things that stop us creatively from doing what we want to do," Withrow said. "It'll be kind of quasi-therapy, but not full blown."

Withrow has three events planned during the six weeks. One week the group will have a spa night to learn how to nurture themselves and also about inner beauty. Another night the group will meet at The CoffeeBuzz after the shop is closed to support local business and have their discussion in a private but new setting. One week the group will meet at Harmony Heart Ranch to paint live horses.

"The purpose of the night coming out here is for them to get messy, do something creative in a totally outside the box kind of way, something they'd never think of," Withrow said, adding that therapy working with animals has shown to decrease stress in both humans and animals.

Although Withrow has never been in charge of something like this before she is excited to try it out and is already thinking of ways to expand. A possible mother-daughter program or one just for teens is in the works.

"This will be an ongoing thing," Withrow said. "If I get 20 people to sign up then we'll have two groups and we'll just keep going from there."

The cost is $300 to join the group. The fee pays for the spa night and special gifts throughout the six weeks. Participants can sign up at any Madison Avenue location throughout the Valley (the one in Ahwatukee Foothills is at 4910 E. Chandler Blvd.).

The first group will begin the first week of October. For more information, e-mail Withrow at

Allison Hurtado is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a junior at Arizona State University.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.