For over 30 years I have been on a creative journey, exploring my artistic and empathic potential through writing in journals, poetry, spoken word performance as well as through dance/movement, theatre, storytelling, and visual collage. My love of creating has led me to mentoring others in the creative process.
Here are some of the highlights:
I bought my first journal when I was 20 years old and took it with me on a 3 1/2 month solo backpacking trip through Europe.
After moving to Vancouver from Montreal in the early 90s, I started writing and performing poetry. Since my debut at the iconic Black Sheep Books, I have performed in bookstores and cafes, festivals and conferences across North America and Northern Europe.
I self-published my first book of poems, Weaving of My Being. in the fall of 1998.During the last summer I spent in Vancouver before summer moving to Salt Spring Island, I wrote and starred in my first play Chelo, at the Summerstock Theatre Festival in Vancouver.
From 2000-2010 I completed an M.Ed and PhD. My master’s in Curriculum Studies from the University of Victoria and a PhD in Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, and developed the arts-based practice of Loving Inquiry.
In 2010 I produced my first spoken word CD, Love is Like This.
In 2007, I started meeting with two other journal writers to explore the process of writing alone together. In 2014, after seven years of our creative collaboration, we co-authored Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection with Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler. Since 2011, I have been facilitating workshops and retreats in Writing Alone Together with diverse populations on Salt Spring Island and in communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Through Home Words-Writing in Community, I trained new facilitators to facilitate more Writing Alone Together groups on Salt Spring Island.
At the TOPS Fusion Retreats, I facilitated Writing Alone Together with women who wrote about their experiences with Scoliosis and living with a fused spine.
A Work of Art: A 5 Rhythms + Loving Inquiry workshop with Shauna Devlin.
In a collaboration with writer Claire Sicherman, I have been facilitating Truth Be Told workshops and retreats on Salt Spring Island: Writing Your Authentic Voice (September 22), and Writing the Language of Pleasure (February 9th). Due to the physical distancing because of the coronavirus, in May Claire and I offered the 4-week Writing in Rhythm with Nature online.
Since 2014, I have been writing a memoir with the editing support of writers Betsy Warland and Claire Sicherman. I teach editing to Intergenerational writers through my work with Connecting Generations.
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