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...
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...
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...
Strong on the Inside —Writing Alone Together at School

Strong on the Inside —Writing Alone Together at School

Welcome to Strong On the Inside, a project funded by the BC Arts Council through the ArtStarts in Schools program, SD 64, and Opus Art Supplies, Victoria. Aertist-facilitators Ahava Shira and Sam Barlow meet with a group of students weekly at the high school. During...
Discovering your Inner Creative Child

Discovering your Inner Creative Child

She is young and very ancient. She lives on the border between naiveté and wonder. She craves blessings, being, becomings. She is internal, eternal. She lets her curiosity flow. Her non-judgement is a vista of peace. She listens to the knowing within her unknowing....
The Remedy of Contemplation

The Remedy of Contemplation

Write now, this pen is a magic wand, 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...
Your Creative Life

Your Creative Life

A creative practice is something we do over and over again. Whether inside the pages of a particular journal, with paint on canvas or with the body in space, we open and respond to whatever is calling for expression in the moment, surrendering to the sensual act of...
Womb Poem

Womb Poem

                        There is a voice full of sound and fury wisdom resounding and yet I doubt, I fear I lose my way in the face of another   I forget the magic of my own miscommunication when...
Ode to Ahava

Ode to Ahava

    When the path through the forest is dark & tangled and you need some light to shine on it When the stormy wind blows and leaves you pummeled and nothing seems to fit   When the deep blue ocean makes you shudder and you need some calm waves on...
Poetry as Inner Guidance

Poetry as Inner Guidance

  Poetry has been a tool for me to slow down, reflect on my experience, recognize and honour the fears and discover new ways of being with myself and others. It has helped me to develop trust in my creative process.   Space   One arm twisted behind my...
Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

One of the greatest gifts that you can bring to your journal writing is your own inward permission to write freely.~Stephanie Dowrick As I sit here and start to write these words, I feel a knot of tension in my solar plexus, and nudges of anxiety in my lower belly....
An Extraordinarily Joyful Week Worth Sharing

An Extraordinarily Joyful Week Worth Sharing

  What takes place here is not ordinary or commonplace unless my preconceptions make it so. What takes place here is extraordinary.   Karen Meyer I was in Whistler last week with a dear friend, taking some deserved time out to rest, rejuvenate and play. With so...
Listen to Your Joy

Listen to Your Joy

One thing is certain, and I have always known it—the joys of my life have nothing to do with age.     May Sarton This coming Tuesday I will turn…wait for it….okay….here it comes…..45. Yes! The middle of my 40’s is here. I have to admit, I have loved every second of...
Seven Questions to Ask Yourself

Seven Questions to Ask Yourself

The winter on our island is dull and dreary. Grey is the colour of the season, unless the snowgods deliver their gifts, as they did last night. Many Salt Springers flee to the sunshine. Not me. I enjoy staying put in front of the fire with a mug of hot tea and a cozy...
For The Joy of It

For The Joy of It

These photos were taken by my friend Karen Love at my poetry CD launch in the beginning of December. The beautiful felted scarf I am wearing was woven by another friend Jaime Marie Murdoch. I took to the stage after my two co-presenters, Chris Smart and Rowan Percy...
Deliciously Abloom

Deliciously Abloom

  I can hardly believe that it’s done ! I had my final thesis defense on Wednesday March 31. I am now officially Dr. Ahava Shira or Ahava Shira, PhD. It was a glorious celebration. In preparation for my defense, I sat a 7-day silent meditation retreat at Stowel...