my creative life journey
For over 30 years I have been on a creative journey, exploring my artistic potential through journal writing, poetry, spoken word performance, dance/movement, theatre, storytelling, collage and pastels.
Through the support of some pretty amazing mentors, teachers and guides, as well as through my own stubborn determination to keep giving myself the time, space and permission to play, I have been able to live a fabulously creative life.
Here’s a closer look:
When I was 20 years old, I bought my first journal, and took it with me on a 4-month solo backpacking trip to Europe. Since then, I have written in hundreds of journals.
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. A few years later, I performed two one-woman shows, Ahava, Alive and Aloud (2005) and Ahava in Wonderland (2006) at Artspring on Salt Spring Island.
I first learned to put one foot behind the other from a friend in elementary school and I have never stopped dancing. Among the many kinds of dance I have tried, I especially loved studying many folk dances in their “natural habitat” including Israeli Folk dance in Jerusalem and Balinese Legong in Ubud, Bali. I performed Curve, my first solo dance piece, with the guidance of choreographer Martha Carter as a part of the 2014 Pieces of Her Story Festival.
After a friend told me about a graduate studies program where I could explore my passion for writing as a way of knowing (and loving), I completed a Master’s degree in Education (focusing on poetry and narrative) and then, because of that stubborn determination I mentioned above, I delved more deeply into arts-based research through a PhD in Language and Literacy Education
Through my thesis in Loving Inquiry, I wrote poetry, narrative and photography to exploring relationship to self, others and nature.
After graduating, I produced my first spoken word CD, Love is Like This. which led me to becoming the host of a one-hour weekly radio show called Love in the Afternoon on CFSI FM. The radio gig lasted three years.
In response to the threat of tankers on the coast of BC, I sang and acted in the wildly appreciated Only Planet Cabaret, a unique collaboration of five Salt Spring artists sharing a transformative journey through story-telling, poetry, music and theatre. Through our performance in several cities on the West Coast, we helped raise over $9,00 for groups working to preserve and protect the environment.
In 2014, after seven years of our creative collaboration, I 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.
My love of creating has led me to mentoring others in the creative process. Inspired by the possibilities? I would love to support you. Click here to learn more!