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...
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 I can...
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...
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...
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...
Home Words – Writing in Community

Home Words – Writing in Community

The performance of a new story or role can transform a person’s life, but only if the story is performed for the correct audience… a person arrives at a sense of authenticity in life through the performance of his or her stories to an appreciative audience, with a...
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 the spit When...
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 back stopping...
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...