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:
In 1987 I bought my first journal to take with me on a 3 1/2 month solo backpacking trip through Europe. more playful and powerful.
In 1995 I started performing poetry. Since my debut at Black Sheep Books in Vancouver, BC, I have performed in bookstores and cafes, festivals and conferences across North America and Northern Europe.
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.
From 2003-2005 I pursued 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 2006–2010, I received my PhD in Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. There I developed the arts-based practice of Loving Inquiry.That fall, I began mentoring others through online courses and in person day-long and weekend retreats in 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.
From 2017-2019, through an exciting project called Home Words-Writing in Community, I trained new facilitators to facilitate more Writing Alone Together groups on Salt Spring Island.
In 2018 & 2019, I facilitated Writing Alone Together with women attending the Fusion Retreat with Martha Carter of TOPS. Held at Ocean Resort on Vancouver Island, over three days we danced, practiced yoga and wrote about our experiences with Scoliosis and living with a fused spine.
On January 3-4, 2020 I offered A Work of Art: A 5 Rhythms + Loving Inquiry workshop with Shauna Devlin.
In 2019-2020, I am collaborating with writer Claire Sicherman to offer Truth Be Told workshops and retreats on Salt Spring Island. On September 22, we facilitated Writing Your Authentic Voice. On February 9th it was Writing the Language of Pleasure. 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, when I first had the inspiration, I have been writing a memoir which I am now getting ready to send to publishers. Hurray!!! After several years of discipline and effort, and through expert mentorship by writers/ editors Lorraine Gane, Betsy Warland and Coreen Boucher, I am now teaching editing to Intergenerational writers through my work with Connecting Generations.
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