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Finding Peace on the Dance Floor

Finding Peace on the Dance Floor

Dancing alone in my studio this morning to the delicious melodies of my favourite Deezer playlist, how good it felt to move. When I dance, I not only move my physical being, I move to the inner rhythms of emotions, sensations, pieces of information gathered in recent...

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Writing Myself Home

Writing Myself Home

  Write now, this pen brings me into a space of possibility. I let my body relax and discover where imagination wants to travel today. It is warm outside, birds sing and I dream of a summer at home on the farm, with no where to go, no one to be and I can...

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How Engaging in the Arts Contributes to our Well-Being

How Engaging in the Arts Contributes to our Well-Being

    When I teach Loving Inquiry, I consider myself a creative mentor. Not only am I inviting other writers to dive into the free fall of their imaginations, I am required to do my own imaginative free falling. Just as I encourage my students, I have to trust...

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Two Delicious Creative Collaborations

Two Delicious Creative Collaborations

Painting by Christie Oades It was a day full of delicious creative, collaborative meetings. The first with my writing sisters, with whom I am co-authoring a book called Women Writing Alone Together. We have been meeting like this for over 5 years, writing and reading...

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Loving Inquiry – A Path of Awareness through Writing

Loving Inquiry – A Path of Awareness through Writing

Loving Inquiry is a practice that invites us to slow down and pay closer attention to our lives, by leading us on a journey of creative exploration and spiritual contemplation. Through Loving Inquiry, we cultivate and nurture an ongoing, moment to moment attention to...

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Becoming a Compassionate Witness

Becoming a Compassionate Witness

This week I will be traveling with my husband from our home on Salt Spring Island to South East Asia, for our first visit to this intriguing place. After a few days in Bangkok, acclimatizing to our new environment, we will fly to the UNESCO heritage city of Hoi An in...

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Listening to All That She Said

Listening to All That She Said

Our 4th Year show, and what a blast it was. There were several returning artists and a few inspiring new ones. This year we exhibited paintings, poetry, collage, multi-media installation and film. I showed some new work, what I call Abri Collage: I love the...

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Art of the Slideshow

Art of the Slideshow

On Saturday evening April 1, I shared a slide show of my photographs along with other Salt Spring photographers at a show curated by Salt Spring photographer David Wisdom. I had never created a slideshow in the way David had asked of me. He suggested I choose a theme...

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Celebrate Being a Woman who Creates

Celebrate Being a Woman who Creates

Happy International Women’s Day May all women everywhere know peace in their hearts, in their bodies, in their homes and in their communities.   May all women everywhere feel loved and...

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A Creative Mentor Muses On Her Craft

A Creative Mentor Muses On Her Craft

I love supporting students to explore their creativity and develop their authentic expression. As a mentor, my gift is in paying attention. Being present to my students’ stories, to their thoughts, feelings and how they interpret the world, helps me to...

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