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...
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...
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...
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...
You are Here. Remember.

You are Here. Remember.

A gate, I step up to, try to move the eye out of the hook and it doesn’t budge. I pause, and try again. Same thing happens. I grow impatient, wonder if I am even meant to go through this gate right now, but the composte bucket is full and needs to be emptied. If 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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Writing: Loving, Inseparable

Writing: Loving, Inseparable

  Stuff goes into the writer, a whole lot of stuff, not notes in a notebook but everything seen and heard and felt all day every day, a lot of garbage, leftovers, dead leaves, eyes of potatoes, artichoke stems, forests, streets, rooms in slums, mountain ranges,...
Taking A Year to Love

Taking A Year to Love

We live in a world that is as complex as it is dynamic. Our interdependence with others and the world beyond ourselves is a fact, not an option. We are surrounded by other people and countless nonhuman species, by made and natural objects of the most extraordinary...
Today is a Child of Wonder

Today is a Child of Wonder

Today is a child full of wonder a radiating light   Today reaches out to you asks for your hand a kiss on its forehead clings to the hem of your heart and expects you will be there over and over despite the hours you already played read, danced in the garden...
The Pleasures of Generosity

The Pleasures of Generosity

“It’s my pleasure!” I find myself saying this a lot in my life when someone thanks me for giving them something, whether it’s a mentoring session, help with their bags, a ride to town or a compliment about their outfit. “It’s my pleasure!” are the first words out of...
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