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...
Reflecting on the Year with Love

Reflecting on the Year with Love

It’s a special time of year: twinkling lights, harmonies of holiday music and the cultural delicacies we have waited for all year-long. A unique time to pause and be grateful for just this breath, this moment’s presence, the gift of this life with its...
Enjoying the Beauty in the Pieces of Her Story

Enjoying the Beauty in the Pieces of Her Story

The third annual Pieces of Her Story art show has come and gone. In the days since we have taken down the exhibit, I have been feeling so grateful, so gloriously (and tiredly) alive and so grandly in love with the fires of creation and expression. I have been sweetly...
Join us for the 3rd Annual Pieces of Her Story Art Exhibit

Join us for the 3rd Annual Pieces of Her Story Art Exhibit

Join us for the 3rd Annual Art Exhibit by students and alumni of A Year to Love.  Explore the creative process of ten Island women: Adele Storm, Linda Underwood, Selena Barwin, Norma Hoeppner, Helen Hinchliff, Sam Barlow, Charlene Wolff, Jane Mackenzie, Premilla...
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....
Meet the Writers of the Square Table

Meet the Writers of the Square Table

The Salt Spring Public Library is pleased to present an art show created by the Writers of the Square Table. This intergenerational group has been meeting weekly to express, listen and share their diverse literary and visual explorations. Through their connections,...
Talking About Literacy For Our Times

Talking About Literacy For Our Times

On Thursday, June 11 from 1-3pm, I return to UBC to give a workshop for professors and students of the Faculty of Language & Literacy on Writing Alone Together.  In a world that is becoming increasingly virtual, how do we help ourselves and our students connect...
The Power of Writing Alone Together

The Power of Writing Alone Together

Discover the transformational healing power of writing in a group. Experience writing as a catalyst for meaningful conversation,storytelling, mindfulness, personal growth, creative self-expression and mutual support. Through Writing Alone Together, you will find a...
Celebrating and Sharing My New Website

Celebrating and Sharing My New Website

Welcome to my new website. Please have a look around and learn more about my work at the Centre for Loving Inquiry. I would also love it if you could share the website with friends whom you feel would benefit from the teachings....
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...
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....
Loving is a Creative Act: Notes on a Festival

Loving is a Creative Act: Notes on a Festival

The five performers on the Artspring Stage  Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes I sit here in my studio, a few days after taking down...
Making of a Festival: Pieces of Her Story

Making of a Festival: Pieces of Her Story

and as I stitch my story together bit by bit a scar for each hard journey one stitch one stitch one stitch Jane Mackenzie Women owning our power and using it strategically and collaboratively is what our planet desperately needs. Marianne Williamson   I sit here...
The Healing Support of My Own Words

The Healing Support of My Own Words

As I was poring through some old journals recently, I stumbled upon this entry from journal #16. October 21, 1992 Such a hesitancy to start again. How long has it actually been since I’ve been here. It seems like forever. How quickly I forget the path, when I stray...
Creating Utopias is Realizable

Creating Utopias is Realizable

  In Transforming Feminist Practice, Leila Fernandes (2003) speaks of utopia not as an unattainable ideal, or a wish for a future perfect state of being and living. “Utopias are realizable…exist at the moment when suffering is transformed into love. Utopia is the...
Letter From The Centre Summer Solstice 2013

Letter From The Centre Summer Solstice 2013

  Happy Summer Solstice. Here at the Centre for Loving Inquiry, it is a time of rich celebration and gratitude. To learn more about what’s been happening here, read the newest Letter from the...
Creativity Play & Possibilities

Creativity Play & Possibilities

The Creativity Play and Possibilities Retreat is done and I loved every second of it. We gathered in my studio on Butterstone Farm for 2 1/2 days of artful and soulful ceremony. We were dancers, writers, artists, healers, musicians and sacred storytellers. We laughed,...
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