Making time for ourselves and our creativity can be challenging.
Too many things demand our attention.
Instead of experiencing joy and pleasure as we write, we often feel frustrated and disappointed.
With the support of Loving Inquiry, we learn to ease up on our expectations.
We feel free to explore our authentic writing and our infinite possibilities for expression.
This allows us to bloom as writers.
The creative process is a place of mystery and uncertainty.
Learning how not to be afraid of the unknown is a part of every writer’s creative journey.
Allowing ourselves to express our feelings, dreams, intuitions, stories in the pages of our journals,
and sharing our words aloud through Writing Alone Together,
we become brave and compassionate companions to our writing lives.
For over 30 years, I have been devoted to exploring my authentic voice as a writer and creative artist.
My artistic expression has been inspired and expanded through movement/dance, poetry and storytelling performance and visual collage. It has also been enriched by the opportunities to study, teach and mentor others. Throughout this journey I have been nourished and supported by many creative collaborations.
Here are some of the highlights:
In 1998, I published a book of poems, Womb: Weaving of My Being. After launching in Vancouver, a cross-Canada tour followed with performances in Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Victoria.
In 1999, 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)
In 2005 I graduated with a Master’s degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of Victoria where I explored writing and other arts as ways of knowing, being and loving.
In 2007, I started writing regularly with two women journal writers, Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler who became my co-authors in 2014, after seven years of creative collaboration, when we published Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection.
In 2010, I received my PhD in Language & Literacy Education, where I developed the arts-based practice of Loving Inquiry. That fall, I began offering creative mentorship in Loving Inquiry online. A year later I started teaching in my studio, and hosting day-long and weekend retreats.
After performing my poetry at bookstores, cafes, festivals and conferences across North America and Northern Europe for 15 years, in 2010 I produced my first spoken word CD, Love is Like This. This led to hosting a one-hour weekly radio show called Love in the Afternoon on CFSI FM radio of Salt Spring Island. (2010-2013)
In 2011, I started using the four practices of Writing Alone Together (Writing Freely, Reading Aloud, Listening Deeply & Bearing Witness) to mentor groups of young writers at Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS). The Writers’ Group has published four anthologies of our writing: Scattered Change, Paper Airplanes and Writers of the Square Table and Four Walls and A Big Blue Sky. We have also created a short video about Creating a Safe Space through Writing Alone Together.
In 2017-2018, I began an exciting new project called Home Words-Writing in Community, training new facilitators to create more Writing Alone Together groups on Salt Spring Island. This fabulous project is allowing us to reach out to populations who can benefit from the compassionate community-building cultivated through this transformative practice.
In 2018-2019, with the support of the Salt Spring Arts Council, Home Words 2 is being funded for a second year. This time we are training local Social Service Providers (social workers, victims of violence advocates and educators) to offer Writing Alone Together to their individual and group clients.
Since May 2018, I have been sharing Writing Alone Together at Yellow Submarine, a mental health drop-in centre on Salt Sprig Island.
On the weekend of September 7-9, 2018, I facilitated Writing Alone Together with a group women attending the first annual Fusion Retreat at Ocean Resort on Vancouver Island. Over the three days we wrote about our varied and common experiences with Scoliosis and how we have coped with living in bodies with fused spines.
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