Discover the wild beauty

of your creativity.

Experience a flowering of

self-compassion.

Free yourself by 

going to the page.

 

 

 

Hi, I’m ahavasignaturecourses

 I help writers 

tell the story they want to tell

(and I help them discover what that story is too!)

Are you someone who writes or has always wanted to write?

 Do you dream of sharing your words or other creative expression in the world?

Do you wonder if you have anything significant to say?

Learn to trust yourself and tell your story, your way.

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     Loving Inquiry 

Writing Alone Together

Testimonials

I have the deepest gratitude for this time & space of Loving Inquiry. It helped me create an entirely different relationship with my creativity and released me from a lot of inner turmoil and torment. 

With no pressure, a lot of love, acceptance, support and most importantly recognition, I have been able to find a lost part of myself.

I learned that I can completely trust my creative process, that I can stop questioning my creative choices. I can trust what words I am drawn to and what I want to do with them, without needing to intellectually justify these choices.

Thank you Ahava for this amazing year of release and for the finding of buried treasures at long last discovered. 

Jane Mackenzie, Fabric Artist and Poet

Loving Inquiry opened the doorway to possibilities that were untapped, stored away deep within. 

I have never kept a journal so this was an interesting insightful process for me, how a question could often produce so many more questions.

Learning to touch my heart and saying, “stop” when I am having unkind thoughts about myself. I will take this with me for the rest of my life. 

Always welcoming, warm and kind, encouraging and skillfully guiding everyone to explore their creativity, Ahava, because of your generous spirit, you have created the opportunity for women to explore their lives with curiosity, openness and compassion.

Judith Barnett, Quilter and Writer

When I received a new gate every two weeks, it was like opening a little present, chosen with care for me. Ahava’s poems, her own experience, and the questions she asked were always thought-provoking. I often didn’t know what I was going to say as I started writing, and then ended up being surprised about what had happened.

 My journal became a companion who would always listen to me without judgement. And it became a vehicle for my meanderings about the art exhibitions I saw and my photographic projects.

Thank you, Ahava, for your gentle attention and guidance.

Denise Okan, Linguist, Photographer and Traveller

 

My growth happened around changing my personal story from one that was about weakness, fear and ‘stuckness’ around my creative process to one of strength, joy and having a vision for myself.

Knowing that I am a writer has led to discovering the sheer joy of pen in hand and watching with awe what flows onto the page. The transformation to my inner soul is quite remarkable. I’m now exploring becoming an illustrator.

Ahava, you have this wonderful ability to listen and then reflect on what I shared with you. Always, whatever you said or challenged me to do was just right. 

You are really good at creating a safety net for fragile creators, there is no judgment, no shame, no blame, just celebration of whatever little steps I took towards opening into my creative self.

Rineke Jonker, Writer and Storyteller for Adults & Children

Through Loving Inquiry, my creativity was freed. I could play and feel great with the results, without judging myself or waiting for others’ approval. I realized just how important it is for me to tell stories, to help others tell theirs. 

As my creative mentor, Ahava encouraged me to find imaginative ways to address the places where I felt stuck creatively. She offered me the opportunity to explore a variety of areas using my own artistic means of expression: words, collage, poetry, painting.

There was always an ease in working with Ahava that felt like a collaboration. What I like most about working with her is that she encouraged me to see the possibilities rather than limitations.

Ahava was open to listening to where we are at as individuals, respecting our own process, work style, and whether we wanted to share. She was encouraging, playful, flexible.  

Working with Ahava is working from and in the heart. 

Sam Barlow, Writer, Photographer and Multimedia Collage Artist

 

Spending an afternoon of writing and sharing with a dynamic and interesting circle of women has been a treat for my soul. It is like a warm embrace drawing us into an intimate space of beauty and peace where we explore our passions, pain and promises about life and living. We emerge at the end of the afternoon feeling lighter, inspired, nourished and joyful from the experience of exploring the inner spaces of our hearts, our minds and our souls through our writing.

Thank you for a sweet and deep creative journey of Loving Inquiry. I felt so loved and embraced by your kindness. I learned how to give my story the time and attention it deserves, so my audience could be drawn into each living moment.

Ahava, you have an amazing gift for listening and co-creating poetry with music, movement, props and thoughts. Thank you for expanding my creative consciousness, helping me to appreciate my golden years and turning my straw into gold and my dreams into reality.

I am deeply grateful to Ahava for being a caring catalyst in the unfolding of who we are as authentic women.

Premilla Pillay, Poet, Writer and Dancer

READ Premilla’s story: >

 

Ahava, you are incredible at listening to others and then repeating back what you hear, and then either sharing your own wisdom from experiences or posing interesting pointed questions to help us with where we are at.

You created a space to know myself, love myself, honour my vulnerability, reflect on my work. Your support allowed me to witness and value what I’ve done and to step into more of my creativity.

Your presence and creative mentorship inspired me to continue on my path of creating a world for myself that allows me to play more, risk more, and most importantly, believe in myself more. I feel like I am standing straighter, like I am honouring myself and my unique ideas.

Loving Inquiry helped me re-connect with myself. I always loved the beginning of taking time to just breathe, and come in, as this gave me a great place inside myself to start from.

Julie Howard, Painter, Writer & Energy Healer, Heart Space Healing

What Ahava does is hold my hand. Ahava knows that I know the way, and so she gently reminds me that my own wisdom lies within me. Ahava has taught me a new way to see and to listen. 

What I really loved about Ahava is that she really does go with what is happening at the moment. This helped me to relax and open up to the experience too. I also loved to see her learning about herself along the way.

She is also a bit silly- and I love that!

 Odette Graham, Floral Artist

 

   

It was perfect and gentle and just what I needed. 

My most valuable learnings were how to examine my fears, how to re-create my vision without the old story getting in the way and how to value what I do in the world. I feared that my ideas would not be good enough or compare to others.

Ahava showed me that there are no right or wrong ideas, that we all bring to the world what we are best capable of offering in the most pure and joyful way because we are all so unique. 

Rachel Ogis, Writer and Weaver 

Ahava helped me to ditch the self-sabotage talk, to do away with that attitude.

It’s a confidence, self-worth thing. 

She set a tone with her voice and the space that was very calming and relaxing. She is easy to talk to and very open-minded, like a soul sister. She encouraged us to look at our ideas with fresh eyes and a fresh approach.

 The course was very exploratory and rewarding. It was also inspirational to see how other women are writing and creating their lives.

Amy Gessinger, Leather Worker & Owner of Bareback Leather

 

Thank you for creating this space in which I can be open-hearted and playful, explore my words and what I want to be doing with my life. 

 Loving Inquiry offered a tangible tool for moving through this challenging time. Instead of beating myself up or falling into despair, I am learning to use try words to practice new ways of being. 

When I move through the gate, it’s like a transformation. 

Ariana Salvo, Fiction Writer, Poet and Photographer

I couldn’t have planned anything better for me to be part of  Loving Inquiry. 

In the past year I have been on a wonderful journey to discover myself and explore my life from a different perspective; as a loving, inquisitive observer.

Writing and journaling and discussing my process of grief has been a very healing journey.

I am so very grateful to Ahava and each woman in the group for their loving support.

 Charlene Wolff, Writer and Filmmaker

 

Ahava believed in me and communicated this through her words and actions, helping me believe in myself and my writing project.

What I valued most was the way she gave me permission to not know what would happen, to explore and discover what was possible, what was needed moment to moment. 

Ahava, you brought the heart of a brave companion, and the intelligence of an experienced writer, together wrapped in love and curiosity. 

Lynda Monk, Co-Author of Writing Alone Together, Director of International Association for Journal Writing (IAJW) 

 

Ahava, I loved your spontaneity in facilitating our group this past weekend!

The benefits I received were many and varied: expanded creativity, greater confidence in following my own unique path and deeper insight into my truest gifts.

The warmth of your loving guidance brought out the best in us

Circles within circles…a playful and moving experience. Namaste

Sheila Sayer, Poet and Performer

 

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Bookstore

My passion is fostering creative growth and building safe and supportive communities. Fuelled by my own artistic practice over 25 years, here are some of my published offerings, embracing poetry, spoken word & music, personal memoir and collective storytelling:

Enjoy the beauty of spoken word poetry from the heart.

Buy the CD at my bookstore…

Discover the power of going to the blank page together.

Join me for A Writing Alone Together Workshop

Savour poems honouring the survivor in every woman.

Read the title poem from the book here…