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A Gathering of the Creatives Online Event

Teacher Bios & Workshop Descriptions


Each of these presenters was invited to teach because they are examples of creative living—they walk their talk! They are also skillful guides who can lead you into an experience that will send you home with the lessons rooted in your heart and mind.

Learn more about these creatives and the work they will share with you. You will also find general descriptions of their topic for the breakout sessions that are included with your main conference pass for the weekend.

Breakout sessions are designed to be highly experiential and interactive. Prepare yourself to break out of old patterns and experience your creative self in new ways!


SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) began by creating her iconic How To Be An Artist poster in her Magic Cottage in San Francisco, and has now operated her highly successful creative business for almost 30 years. 

She is the best selling author and artist of eighteen books, including Succulent Wild Woman, Eat Mangoes Naked, and Make Your Creative Dreams REAL(and writing her most succulent now) which have sold millions of copies. Her art, programs, products and services continue to be in high demand around the world. She is an acclaimed teacher and mentor, and her wisdom has touched and transformed the lives of millions. 

SARK has been a procrastinator, perfectionist, avoider, resister, quitter, and just plain BIG SLEEPER with her creative dreams. She was so scared to share her dreams with the world, and had endless reasons why she couldn’t, including being “too busy.” 

She lives in the “marvelous messy middle” with all the feelings in her emotional family and teaches others how to live more of their REAL dream life in the midst of their actual lives. 

Dr. Maya Angelou wrote about SARK stating "We, in this world, and this weary old world itself, have a great gaping need for SARK. Let's call for more and more SARK to fill every child's book bag and each attaché case." 

SARK’s purpose is to be a transformer, uplifter and laser beam of love, and she offers that through her art, words and spirit. She’s known for her playful and whimsical spirit, and her unique way of teaching and inspiring. SARK continues to work with top companies to help turn creativity into profits, inspiring business growth and personal transformation. She also mentors individuals to share their unique gifts with the world, as she is mightily inspired by people making their creative dreams REAL.

Meet SARK on her website: www.planetsark.com

2-HOUR Workshop

The Infinite Power of Your Creativity with SARK! 

In this 2-hour interactive workshop,  you will learn and experience how to take action to live in alignment with your highest purpose.  
  • Powerfull Processes to Experience The Infinite Power Of Your Creativity  
  • Expanded Ability, Connection, and Awareness of your Intuition to Help You in Every Way of Your Life.
  • The Gift of Feeling ALL the Feelings in your Emotional Family to Support your Life + Creativity
  • The Transformation of Critical Inner Dialogue to Positive Power for Your Life.
In this fun, depthfull, and interactive workshop, you will experience transformational teachings, visual play, laughter, movement, and sharing of SARK’s personal yet universal stories. You will leave this workshop feeling deeply in love with yourself and your dreams with access to the tools, focus, magic, and passion to make it sustainable.

Participants will also receive SARK’s How To Be A Happy Creator, a full-color 37-page digital mini-book with practices and processes to significantly empower yourself in your life and make your creative dreams REAL. 


*Prerequisite free. You are invited to be delighted as a beginner or otherwise! 


Please bring art supplies if you have them! Paper, markers, scissors, and your favorite juicy pen.

Flora Bowley

Flora Bowley is a painter, creative pioneer, gentle guide and author of two top-selling books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.

Blending over twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, bodyworker, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora believes creative expression is both a birthright and crucial part of holistic well-being.

Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world — inspiring thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush, often for the first time. Flora lives in Portland, OR. Meet her at www.florabowley.com 

2-HOUR Workshop

Brave Intuitive Painting with Flora Bowley

In this playful, hands-on painting session, artist and author Flora Bowley will guide you through the basics of her unique and holistic approach to intuitive painting by letting go of rules and expectations and allowing loose, layered paintings to emerge naturally. This workshop will also include movement, meditation, and simple drawing prompts to connect more deeply to our creative spirits. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged!

* We will send you specific instructions for materials needed.

Jacob Nordby

Jacob Nordby is the author of The Divine Arsonist: A Tale of Awakening and Blessed Are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives. His words have been translated into many languages and shared around the world. He leads the Creative UnBootcamp course for students around the world and offers transformational group retreats and individual creative guidance sessions. His bestselling third book, The Creative Cure, was released by Hierophant Publishing in February with a foreword by Julia Cameron. Meet him at www.jacobnordby.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Facing the 3 Enemies of Creativity

Each of us is born a vital, creative being. No one is left out! Somewhere along the way, we traded our natural creativity for logic, predictability, correctness, and responsibility. Our educational system, built at the dawn of the industrial revolution and largely unchanged today, churns out workers fit for factories, stamping out creativity on purpose. Perhaps someone told you “you’re not that creative” or “your art is no good,” and you believed them. You may also have experienced something traumatic, which understandably shut down your creative self, as you had to prioritize survival over imagination.

In this highly-interactive workshop, bestselling author of The Creative Cure, Jacob Nordby will lead you in an immersive experience that will help you understand the enemies of your creative self and how you can heal the connection to who you really are. Expect to leave this workshop with simple, practical tools you can use to develop a transformational creative practice that can last the rest of your life!

*No prerequisite. Worksheets provided. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Janet Skates

Janet Skates is a self-taught abstract artist currently residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A color passionista, she is inspired by music and nature. As an intuitive painter Janet rarely begins with a clearly defined picture of a completed work; rather, she practices creative expression, exploring every nuance of her life creating and expressing from a place of emotion. She believes in the healing power of the art process as well as the visual aspect and is committed to supporting this power in individuals around the world.
Meet her at

2-HOUR Workshop

Releasing Fear, Embracing Freedom

Join me as I share how I clear the path to the possible, allowing us to create with joy and freedom. By liberating our spirits from fear of judgment and expectations we allow ourselves to create with the childlike curiosity and enthusiasm. Free from the prescribed limits and rules we have been bound by, we will reunite with imagination. Healing, joy and peace can be found through expressing ourselves using marks, colors and shapes. I will guide and demonstrate this process during our virtual time together. I look forward to our time together.

* A supplies list will be provided – and if you are attending other painting sessions, will likely use many of the same items!

Q. Gibson

Q. Gibson is a writer and poet whose work is rooted in womanhood, healing, and transformation. Infusing universal experiences into her writings, she enjoys resonating deeply with readers across the landscape of her works. Much of her writing serves as salve, as she curiously inspects the concepts of joy, love, restoration, transcending beyond trauma, and having rooted peace as a woman in today’s world. She hosts a monthly writing & restorative community for women called TEND; encouraging women to step away from the noise, make room for writing, and tend to the mind, body, and spirit. Meet her at www.q-gibson.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Straight from The Heart: A Writing Workshop. In this 2-hour writing exploration, author and poet Q. Gibson will take you through a guided journey to reveal the wisdom of your inner self. Starting by just putting down one or two words, she shows you how to build on these words to reveal the message your heart wants you to hear. Q. will then teach you how to creatively develop this message into something even larger: a poem, a letter to yourself or someone else, or even a short story, all straight from your heart. This is the same process Q. does for herself and her community. All you need is a pen and paper, and a willingness to write your truth. Your heart journey awaits!

* Bring your notebook and favorite pen

Alena Hennessy

Alena Hennessy is the author of Cultivating Your Creative Life, The Painting Workbook, Intuitive Painting Workshop, and beloved teacher of the art-making process, both online and at select retreats. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post, Somerset Life, Spirituality & Health, ReadyMade, Redbook, Stitch, Victoria, and Natural Health magazine, as well as being featured on Good Morning America and pilot shows for ABC Studios. Her paintings have been exhibited across major cities in the U.S., along with several museum shows. Alena is also a flower essence practitioner, along with being a Reiki master and energy healer. Through grace and intuitive guideposts, she calls the beautiful town of Asheville, NC her home. As a facilitator, her intention is that each participant leave a little more transformed, content, and open to wild possibility.Meet her at www.alenahennessy.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Awaken the Muse with Alena Hennessy: In this class we will delve deep to awaken and inspire your creative spirit, abilities, and intentions.

We will begin with free movement and light stretching, simple breathing and a guided meditation. From there we will move into free writing and intention settings, coming together to share before art making commences.

We will then explore working with a variety of different materials and mediums to PLAY with—whatever you have on hand will work. This is your time to play and explore what colors, images, and textures move you.

This class is about creating a playful yet safe and sacred space for you to bring forth your joy and release all that no longer serves you. Your intentions and what you are manifesting in your life will be infused into your artwork and will serve as a visual symbol and cherished reminder for your life.

* This class is open to all skill levels and experiences. We will provide you with a list of suggested materials!

Sara Sutterfield Winn

Sara Sutterfield Winn is the Senior Editor of Hierophant Publishing. She has been writing poetry for over 30 years and spent a number of years hosting open-mic readings and performing slam poetry in local venues. She believes that everyone can (and possibly even should) write poetry.

2-HOUR Workshop

Poetry Writing Workout: want to participate in the Popcorn Poetry Jam but feel like you may not have something you’d like to read? Maybe you’re new to the art of poetry writing and don’t know where to start…or you just want some time to be inspired and get some new words down paper. If so, this is the workshop for you!

Come and explore a range of prompts and exercises to ignite the poetic fire within! We’ll talk a little bit about image, form, word choice, rhythm, and incorporating the senses in your work…but mostly, we’re going to write write write! And we’ll end with a few notes on reading poetry aloud for those who are interested in participating in the Saturday evening Jam.

This workshop is the perfect 100% judgment-free place for beginners who have always wanted to write poetry, as well as those who would like the space to create something new and fresh to share Saturday evening.

* No prerequisite. Please bring your favorite writing materials.

Dr Marie Mbouni

Marie Mbouni is a healing artist, creativity coach, as well as a practicing MD. Born and raised in Cameroon, Africa, her mission is to help others tap into their own creative power and to experience healing in all aspects of life. Meet her at www.MarieMbouni.com

2-HOUR Workshop

The Conscious Creativity Method ™− a workshop to awaken your inner muse. In this experiential workshop, Dr. Marie Mbouni will lead you through a process designed to activate your inner muse at the soul level. Through a combination of meditation, sacred movement, and painting, participants will learn how to free any creative blocks they are currently experiencing, and go deeply into the power of creative intention, or what she calls Sankalpa, which is based on the Sanskrit word for the combination of heart and mind. With Dr. Mbouni’s guidance, everyone will create a personal Yantra (a visual Mantra) to take home, and leave the workshop with a new sense of creative purpose.

* We will send you specific instructions for materials needed.

Amy Maricle

Amy Maricle is an artist, board certified art therapist, and founder of Mindful Art Studio. Amy helps artists of all experience levels embrace the creative process with playfulness and curiosity, and make art a consistent part of their lives.  Her writing and art have been featured in The New York Times.com, The Washington Post.com, Psych Central.com, Spirituality & Health Online, and Art Journaling Magazine. Meet Amy and learn more about her work at www.MindfulArtStudio.com

3-HOUR Workshop

BIG ART: One Inch at a Time. I believe we are all artists with some pretty BIG ART ideas, it’s just a matter of finding them. If you like the idea of working small, getting playful, and letting things evolve naturally, you’ll love BIG ART. We will use high flow acrylics to make big, colorful splashes on our little inchie squares, and then use a beautiful slow drawing pattern to create a large scale piece two inches at a time.

* We will send you specific instructions for materials needed.

Karen Curry Parker

Karen Curry Parker is a Human Design expert who developed a system to help explore the relationship between Quantum Physics, Human Design and Creativity. She is the creator of Quantum Conversations, a successful podcast with over 90,000 downloads in less than twelve months, and two systems of Human Design: Quantum Human Design™ and the Quantum Alignment System™. Multiple news outlets, radio shows, and tele-summits have featured her work on their programs.

Karen is also the author of numerous bestselling books, including Understanding Human Design, all designed to help you create the life you were designed to live, activate your creative power and live in alignment with your Life Purpose.


2-HOUR Workshop

Decoding Your Creativity Blueprint - Exploring the Relationship Between Your Creative Flow and Your Life Purpose. Quantum physics and neuroscience are finally catching up with what the artists, dreamers, and mystics have always known: we are all powerful creators! In this experiential workshop, you will discover the quantum physics and neuroscience of creativity and how to unlock your DNA and reprogram your mind with exercises and guided meditations so that you can more fully serve your unique creative spark.

* No prerequisite. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Lauren Sapala

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers, and The INFJ Revolution, as well as The West Coast Trilogy, an autobiographical fiction series. When she’s not writing about INFJs and INFPs, she spends her time writing transgressive fiction. She is also a writing coach for writers of the INFJ and INFP personality type and blogs about writing, creativity and personality theory at laurensapala.com

2-HOUR Workshop

The Intuitive Writing Method: Creative people tend to experience high levels of sensitivity, sometimes even shame and self-judgment, around their writing and other creative projects. If left unaddressed, these issues can often derail your creative projects as soon as they start.

For instance, have you started projects with enthusiasm but often hit a brick wall, perhaps because of severe self-criticism, self-doubt, or fear? If so, The Intuitive Writing method can help you.

Based on her years of experience overcoming her own creative blocks and helping others to do the same, Lauren Sapala will help you build confidence in your own creative ideas, whether you’re writing a novel, a memoir, or engaging in any other creative activity.

Come experience her highly interactive method in real-time!

* No prerequisite. Please bring your favorite writing tools.

Whitney Freya

Whitney Freya is an artist, teacher, and creativity leader. She is active in international festivals, leads guided meditations, and Sacred Painting Practice workshops. She is committed to sharing inspired living and the creative spirit with everyone. Meet her at www.WhitneyFreya.com


3-HOUR Workshop

I AM the Unstoppable Dream–A Painting Journey. In this live painting workshop, Whitney will guide you into a unique painting journey into what she calls "The Unstoppable You!” The process starts by creating sacred geometric figure together, and then exploring the connection between your creation and you as a vibrational being, before moving on to the creation of a “yantra” (a visual mantra), all as a means to transform your being into the Unstoppable you. This workshop involves painting with acrylics on any size canvas (your choice), and also includes a sound bath and insight into Whitney Freya’s unique painting as energy work process.

Materials needed: Acrylic paint, brushes, and canvas of any size.

Note: This workshop is inspired by Whitney Freya’s latest book: 30 Days to Unstoppable, Be the Dream Made Visible.

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