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Create Space for What is: Self-Compassion

I am beginning to realize that I cannot do it all. Writing weekly or every other week blog posts and sending weekly newsletters is not sustainable when I am working full time on top of a private practice consisting of workshops, supervision, consultation and psychotherapy. And though I have not been practicing that level of […]

Art Retreat

What happens when you bring three art therapist friends together at the cottage on a warm and beautiful weekend? Contemplative outdoor art of course!  A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be at a cottage with my 2 dear friends and colleagues who are also art therapists.  We had thankfully planned this getaway […]

Creating Happiness

This weekend I had a  little getaway with some friends.  Every year a group of us gather to adventure around different spots in Ontario on our bikes. This time we stayed at someone’s cottage near Georgian Bay.  It was lovely to be out in nature though the first day there was still a chill in […]

The Space to Create: Decluttering and Creativity

For the month of August I have been off work: no clinical work, no teaching and no workshops. Every August I take the month to rejuvenate and spend time with family. I get to spend more time in the garden, riding my bike and creating.     This time, much of my creative energy has […]

Deep Painting

Last weekend I had the pleasure of facilitating another Painting With Your Muse intuitive painting workshop here in Toronto. Each time its a new experience for me as I shift the format with lessons learned in between these workshops.  I’m forever a student, taking in new information and layering it, weaving it into each workshop […]

Mindful Clay

This past week I went to a mindful clay workshop called Reclaiming Your Centre: Breath, Movement, Presence  at the Gardiner Museum’s Community Clay Studio in Toronto, which I pre-registered for in November 2017!  This workshop was highly anticipated by me as it was facilitated by a dear colleague and bright  beacon in the Toronto art therapy community, […]

Gratitude Art: A Free 7 Day Journey

In the beginning of August I asked those in the Virtual Art Circle Facebook group what most interfered with their having art-making time and the response was mainly “not having enough time”.  Over the years in my creative work with others this has been an ongoing theme that seems to deter people from creating art […]

Growing Your Creative Practice

Every spring and summer I spend a lot of time in my garden; in the spring I am planting seeds, nurturing seedlings and watching them grow. In the summer, I watch my garden more closely, with my guard up because of past experiences with pests wiping out what I have created and grown on my […]

Renewal Through Creative Re-Purposing

Sometimes we need to look at things differently, with fresh eyes. Doing this allows us to take a new perspective, and opens the door to all the possibilities in life, including ones we may not have known existed. Creating art is a direct way to make this happen. When art-making, there is always the potential […]

Creating Opportunities

Last weekend I ran another in person Painting With Your Muse intuitive painting workshop with a lovely group of muses. Reflecting back now I realized it has been 5 years since I first created the online course which later became the in person workshop here in Toronto. I have been running the in person workshop since […]