I am here to help you write and express your unique creativity. 

I will be a caring catalyst in your transformation from doubtful hesitation to confident enthusiasm.

Through the practice of Loving Inquiry, you will learn to let go of judgement and celebrate each little (and big) step you take toward your writing life.

The Path of Loving Inquiry

Making time for ourselves and our creativity can be challenging.

Too many things demand our attention.

Instead of experiencing joy and pleasure as we write, we often feel frustrated and disappointed.

With the support of Loving Inquiry, we learn to ease up on our expectations.

We feel free to explore our authentic writing and our infinite possibilities for expression.

 This allows us to bloom as writers.

The Art of Creative Mentorship

The creative process is a place of mystery, vulnerability and uncertainty.

Learning how not to be afraid of the unknown is a part of every writer’s creative journey.

Creative Mentorship gives us permission to explore: our thoughts, feelings, dreams, intuitions, stories.

 We become brave and compassionate companions to our writing lives.

How I have embraced my Writing Life

 For over 30 years, I have been summoning the courage and compassion to keep expressing my authentic voice as a writer. This has included nurturing my personal artistic process as well as cultivating many fertile creative collaborations.

Here’s some of the highlights:

 In 1998, I published a book of poems, Womb: Weaving of My Being.

In 1999, I wrote and starred in my first play Chelo, at the Summerstock Theatre Festival in Vancouver. The a few years later, I performed two one-woman shows, Ahava, Alive and Aloud (2005) and Ahava in Wonderland.(2006) 

In 2010, I completed my PhD in Language & Literacy Education, where I developed Loving Inquiry.

I also produced my first spoken word CD, Love is Like This, after performing my poetry at bookstores, cafes, festivals and conferences across North America and Northern Europe for 15 years.

I hosted a one-hour weekly radio show called Love in the Afternoon on CFSI FM radio of Salt Spring Island. (2010-2013)

I started using the four practices of Writing Alone Together (Writing Freely, Reading Aloud, Listening Deeply & Bearing Witness) to mentor groups of young writers at Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS). The Writers’ Group has published three anthologies of our writing: Scattered Change, Paper Airplanes and Writers of the Square Table and is in the process of publishing our fourth. Click here to watch a short video about Creating a Safe Space through Writing Alone Together.

ahavaappearancesIn 2014, I published Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, with my co-authors Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler.,ve  after seven years of collaboration.  

In 2017, I began an exciting new project called Home Words-Writing in Community, training new facilitators to create more Writing Alone Together groups on Salt Spring Island. This fabulous project is allowing us to reach out to populations who can benefit from the compassionate community-building cultivated through this transformative practice.

 A partnership between the Salt Spring Arts Council and Connecting Generations, Home Words is being funded through a BC Arts Council “Arts-Based Community Development Grant” and through the Salt Spring Foundation.

Inspired by the possibilities for your own writing life? I would love to support you. Click here to book your session!

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