Two Delicious Creative Collaborations

Two Delicious Creative Collaborations

Painting by Christie Oades It was a day full of delicious creative, collaborative meetings. The first with my writing sisters, with whom I am co-authoring a book called Women Writing Alone Together. We have been meeting like this for over 5 years, writing and reading...
Loving Inquiry – A Path of Awareness through Writing

Loving Inquiry – A Path of Awareness through Writing

Loving Inquiry is a practice that invites us to slow down and pay closer attention to our lives, by leading us on a journey of creative exploration and spiritual contemplation. Through Loving Inquiry, we cultivate and nurture an ongoing, moment to moment attention to...
Becoming a Compassionate Witness

Becoming a Compassionate Witness

This week I will be traveling with my husband from our home on Salt Spring Island to South East Asia, for our first visit to this intriguing place. After a few days in Bangkok, acclimatizing to our new environment, we will fly to the UNESCO heritage city of Hoi An in...
Celebrate Being a Woman who Creates

Celebrate Being a Woman who Creates

Happy International Women’s Day May all women everywhere know peace in their hearts, in their bodies, in their homes and in their communities.   May all women everywhere feel loved and...
A Creative Mentor Muses On Her Craft

A Creative Mentor Muses On Her Craft

I love supporting students to explore their creativity and develop their authentic expression. As a mentor, my gift is in paying attention. Being present to my students’ stories, to their thoughts, feelings and how they interpret the world, helps me to...
Reflecting on the Year with Love

Reflecting on the Year with Love

It’s a special time of year: twinkling lights, harmonies of holiday music and the cultural delicacies we have waited for all year-long. A unique time to pause and be grateful for just this breath, this moment’s presence, the gift of this life with its...
Enjoying the Beauty in the Pieces of Her Story

Enjoying the Beauty in the Pieces of Her Story

The third annual Pieces of Her Story art show has come and gone. In the days since we have taken down the exhibit, I have been feeling so grateful, so gloriously (and tiredly) alive and so grandly in love with the fires of creation and expression. I have been sweetly...
Home Words – Writing in Community

Home Words – Writing in Community

The performance of a new story or role can transform a person’s life, but only if the story is performed for the correct audience… a person arrives at a sense of authenticity in life through the performance of his or her stories to an appreciative audience, with a...
Join us for the 3rd Annual Pieces of Her Story Art Exhibit

Join us for the 3rd Annual Pieces of Her Story Art Exhibit

Join us for the 3rd Annual Art Exhibit by students and alumni of A Year to Love.  Explore the creative process of ten Island women: Adele Storm, Linda Underwood, Selena Barwin, Norma Hoeppner, Helen Hinchliff, Sam Barlow, Charlene Wolff, Jane Mackenzie, Premilla...
The Creative Power of Writing Alone Together

The Creative Power of Writing Alone Together

Experience writing as a catalyst for personal growth, creative self-expression and mutual support. Discover a place of connection and belonging in a circle of creative inspiration and compassionate witness. Through the four practices of Writing Alone Together, you...
The Remedy of Contemplation

The Remedy of Contemplation

  Whatever takes us to our edge, to our outer limits, leads us to the heart of life’s mystery, and there we find faith. Sharon Salzberg I want to say I have never felt this much pain before this past year, but I would be lying. I have felt pain before. Physical pain,...
Love is Like This Video

Love is Like This Video

Love is Like This is 20 tracks of poetry from the heart. Here’s the video poem for track 18 – Clouds & Mozart. Love is Like This evokes the dance of relationship. From the intimacy of first crush to sweet and sour memories of kisses, the joy of conjugal seduction...
You are Here. Remember.

You are Here. Remember.

A gate, I step up to, try to move the eye out of the hook and it doesn’t budge. I pause, and try again. Same thing happens. I grow impatient, wonder if I am even meant to go through this gate right now, but the composte bucket is full and needs to be emptied. If I...
Ode to Ahava

Ode to Ahava

    When the path through the forest is dark & tangled and you need some light to shine on it When the stormy wind blows and leaves you pummeled and nothing seems to fit   When the deep blue ocean makes you shudder and you need some calm waves on the spit When...
Poetry as Inner Guidance

Poetry as Inner Guidance

  Poetry has been a tool for me to slow down, reflect on my experience, recognize and honour the fears and discover new ways of being with myself and others. It has helped me to develop trust in my creative process.   Space   One arm twisted behind my back stopping...
Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

One of the greatest gifts that you can bring to your journal writing is your own inward permission to write freely.~Stephanie Dowrick As I sit here and start to write these words, I feel a knot of tension in my solar plexus, and nudges of anxiety in my lower belly....
Loving is a Creative Act: Notes on a Festival

Loving is a Creative Act: Notes on a Festival

The five performers on the Artspring Stage  Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes I sit here in my studio, a few days after taking down...
Longing for the Support of My Own Words

Longing for the Support of My Own Words

As I was poring through some old journals recently, I stumbled upon this entry from journal #16. October 21, 1992 Such a hesitancy to start again. How long has it actually been since I’ve been here. It seems like forever. How quickly I forget the path, when I stray...
Creativity Play & Possibilities

Creativity Play & Possibilities

The Creativity Play and Possibilities Retreat is done and I loved every second of it. We gathered in my studio on Butterstone Farm for 2 1/2 days of artful and soulful ceremony. We were dancers, writers, artists, healers, musicians and sacred storytellers. We laughed,...
Sing I Must of Interconnection

Sing I Must of Interconnection

Learning to love a landscape, like learning to love anything, means learning its details and noticing the way in which one’s involvement with those details is interesting and influential. Davis, Luce-Kapler & Sumara   I awoke from a dream in which the world...