Making time for ourselves and our creativity can be challenging.
Too many things demand our attention.
Instead of experiencing joy and pleasure in the creative process,
we may feel frustrated, anxious and disappointed.
With the support of Loving Inquiry, we learn to give ourselves time and space
to explore our possibilities for expression.
This allows us to bloom as writers & artists.
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 journey.
Through Writing Alone Together, we practice allowing ourselves to express our feelings,
thoughts, challenges and stories in the pages of our journals,
becoming brave and compassionate witnesses to our 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, theatre, storytelling, performance and visual collage. Teaching and mentoring others in the creative process has been a fulfilling experience on this path and always enriches my own creativity. So does creatively collaborating with other artists and facilitators.
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.
In 1994, I facilitated my first eight week workshop series entitled Dancing With the Moon.
In 1995, I had my debut performance at Black Sheep Books in Vancouver, BC.
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 through day-long and weekend retreats in my studio. A year later, I started mentoring writers and other artists through A Year to Love.
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 facilitating Writing Alone Together at Yellow Submarine, a mental health drop-in centre on Salt Sprig Island. On August 15th, 2019, we are launching our first anthology of poems and stories Flying Colours.
In September 2018 & June 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 dance, yoga and write about our varied and common experiences with Scoliosis and living with a fused spine.
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