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MEET THE TEACHERS

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.

*Prior to the event date we will send you specific instructions for selecting your desired breakout sessions.

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

Julia Cameron

Hailed by the New York Times as “The Queen of Change,” JULIA CAMERON is credited with starting a movement in 1992 that has brought creativity into the mainstream conversation— in the arts, in business, and in everyday life. She is the best-selling author of more than forty books, fiction and nonfiction; a poet, songwriter, filmmaker and playwright.

Commonly referred to as “The Godmother” or “High Priestess” of creativity, her tools are based in practice, not theory, and she considers herself “the floor sample of her own toolkit.” The Artist’s Way has been translated into forty languages and sold over five million copies to date.

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2-HOUR Workshop

The Artist's Way: Essential Tools

Julia Cameron's explosively successful book The Artist's Way has helped millions explore their creativity and live more fulfilling lives. In this special 2-hour class, Julia will introduce the essential tools to living a creative life, including her iconic Morning Pages, Artist Dates and Walks—the tools she herself uses to nurture her own creativity. Join her live on Zoom and be encouraged to explore your own inner resources. The tools shared are the bedrock of creative expansion

* No prerequisite. Please bring a notebook and pen.

SARK

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

Play The Magic Way with SARK! In this 2 hour breakout session, you will learn SARK’s 3 Part System and how to take action to live in alignment with your highest purpose: 

  1. Inspiring you & identifying a dream 
  2. Delightfully Deciding what you’ll Do 
  3. Making More Magical Movements 

SARK will  focus on your creative dream doings, helping you to explore all the ways to say YES to your REAL dream life. Plus, she’ll lead innovative and transformational games to accelerate your creative process. Participants will receive SARK’s MicroMOVEment Miracle Method Minibook, a full color 18 page book,  which she created to receive more money, more love, more self care, more creativity, more healing, and more joy! Do More of What You Love More Easily And Often. It’s how SARK created 18 bestselling books & runs her great (most of the time) life. 

In this workshop, you will receive and experience:

  • Teaching stories by SARK
  • Creative JOY and inspiration
  • Authentic interactions and a great deal of laughter + play!
  • Processes and materials for practicing after the workshop

*Prerequisite free. You are invited to be delighted as a beginner or otherwise! Please bring some paper and a 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 third book, The Creative Cure, is set to release by Hierophant Publishing in February 2021 with a foreword by Julia Cameron. Meet him at www.jacobnordby.com

2-HOUR Workshop

The Creative Cure—this highly interactive 2-hour workshop is a process of creative discovery that goes upstream of the product, such as your book, music, art, or other creation. It helps you learn to use clarity, tension, and uncertainty as allies for transformation. Using a practical assessment tool, you will discover key blocks and where tolerating stuckness has been draining your creative energy. You will redefine what success means and learn how to align who you are with your real desires to allow your life to become a masterpiece of your own design. You will go home with clarity about practical steps you can take to clear your life and allow your true nature to transform stuck relationships, creative projects, and work. This session is focused on clarity and alignment.

During this class, you will learn to use a simple, powerful "creative self journaling" practice that is proven to assist with your self-discovery and grow your ability to tune into your inner creative self every day! Prepare to love yourself more and find deeper passion for life. 

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

Randy Davila

Randy Davila is the president of Insight Events USA, Hierophant Publishing, and Hampton Roads Publishing—and the producer of this event! 

He is the author of The Gnostic Mystery and Th!nk Like a Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, and Sell Your Book. He teaches publishing and writing workshops and offers individual author success coaching programs. Meet him at www.RandyDavila.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Write Your Book! Join Randy Davila, president of Hierophant Publishing and Hampton Roads Publishing, for a high-level view on how to turn your creative writing into a successful book.

With important material for both fiction and non-fiction authors, Randy will cover things like:

  • What publishers (and readers!) look for in a manuscript.
  • The importance of a great title and cover.
  • Author platform- what it is and how to start or grow yours.
  • The most common new author mistakes, and how to avoid them!

If you’ve dreamed of writing a book, then don’t miss this chance to hear directly from a publishing company president.

Amira Rahim

Amira D. Rahim is an internationally collected contemporary and abstract expressionist painter. Her work has been acquired by collectors around the world—most notably by the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. In 2013, Rahim launched her art business and sold over $100,000 worth of art by her second year online.

By harnessing the power of social media and building a thriving artist community, her business and art continues to grow and inspire the lives of people from all walks of life. Rahim has built a globally recognized brand with licensing partners in Australia, the United Arab Emirates, North America, and Europe. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Ebony Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, The National, Time Out Abu Dhabi, and more.

Today, Rahim’s work is distributed across multiple stores including Wayfair, HomeGoods, The Home, Hayneedle, and Amazon. In addition to commercial channels, Rahim’s art has been displayed in prominent entertainment outlets including Old Navy commercials, VaynerMedia, ABC Family, The Female Brain (film), Sneaky Pete, (TV series) Songland, and more. When she is not painting, Rahim enjoys mentoring other aspiring artists in her signature program, Better Than Art School™. Meet her at www.amirarahim.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Monetize Your Passion: An Artist’s Journey to Self-Discovery: In this unique two-hour workshop, participants will have an opportunity to paint live with abstract expressionist painter Amira Rahim. Dive into color, form, and movement in this exclusive segment while she also explains how she built a successful painting business in the digital age—and how you can do it, too! Participants will learn the importance of trusting your gut on the canvas, how tapping into your intuition as an artist makes you a better marketer, and why selling art is a service needed now more than ever. If you've been looking to let go of perfectionism and increase your confidence as an artist, this is it!

* We will send you specific instructions for materials needed.

Dr Eric Maisel

Dr. Eric Maisel, widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach, is the author of more than 50 books. His most recent books include The Power of Daily Practice, Lighting the Way, and Unleashing the Artist Within. His popular books for writers include Deep Writing, A Writer’s Space, A Writer’s San Francisco, A Writer’s Paris, and many others. He leads workshops nationally and internationally at conference centers like Esalen, Kripalu, Omega, and Hollyhock and in cities like San Francisco, New York, London, Dublin, Paris, Prague and Rome. Dr. Maisel writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” column for Psychology Today and is the developer of a new philosophy of life called kirism, introduced in his recent book Lighting the Way. Meet him at www.ericmaisel.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Mastering the Art of Daily Writing. It sounds so simple. Write every day. But Dr. Maisel knows from decades of experience working with writers how hard it is for writers to create and maintain a daily writing practice. Many writers journal every day—but how many work on their novel, screenplay, or short story every day? And by missing days, writers end up losing weeks, months, and even years to not-writing. In this two-hour workshop based on Dr. Maisel’s latest book, The Power of Daily Practice, you’ll learn the key reasons to maintain a daily practice, the core elements of a solid daily practice, and the many challenges to daily practice—and what to do to meet those challenges. This workshop is recommended for all writers, from beginner to veteran.

* No prerequisite. Beginner welcome! Please bring a notebook and pen.

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

2-HOUR Workshop

Art Alchemy: Paint, Patterns & Flow in Your Art Journal—Artist and art therapist Amy Maricle will guide you in creating several mixed media art journal pages that incorporate beautiful layers of paint, patterns, and text. Amy will help you tune into your art process through your senses to find more joy in the creative process, hear your artistic voice, and make art that you love. You'll learn several techniques for using high flow paints and paint markers to create beautiful blooms of color, patterns, and harmonious compositions in your art journal.

* 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

 

2-HOUR Workshop

Rise Above—Painting to Raise Your Vibration & Attract Your Desires: Whitney Freya is going to share with you exactly how to create a sacred personal painting practice that is as much self-care, Law of Attraction, and energy work as it is playing with color and symbols on a canvas! In this workshop, learn her unique layering painting techniques and how sacred symbols, intention, guided meditation and your desires can come together in an alchemical and fun painting practice. There is no painting experience required. To prepare for your time with Whitney, please meditate on the question, “What do I desire most to experience next in the art that is my life.” It is this desire that you will create into your reality during this painting workshop.

* We will send you specific instructions for materials needed.

Stephanie Bennett Vogt

Stephanie Bennett Vogt is a leading space clearing expert, teacher, and author of five books including Your Spacious Self, A Year to Clear, and A Year for You. She brings forty years of teaching experience to SpaceClear, the practice she founded in 1996 to help homes and people come into balance. 

She has taught her inspiring clearing programs at centers worldwide including Kripalu and the New England School of Feng Shui, and is the creator of four bestselling courses on DailyOM, which have attracted over 200,000 participants. Stephanie is best known for her transformational approach to clearing known as the Spacious Way – a proven method that releases the underlying causes of clutter, stress, and struggle... for good. Besides teaching, Stephanie loves tending her home, cultivating simplicity, and using her smartphone camera to find beauty in the every day.

Meet her at: www.spaceclear.com

2-HOUR Workshop

Getting Unstuck the Spacious Way: Is there something getting in the way of your being in the flow? Are you feeling stuck, uninspired, or unable to follow through with a project, plan, or goal? Does your home, workspace, or studio feel disorganized, cluttered, or just plain out of control?

Clutter blocks creativity. Whether it is physical, mental, or emotional clutter that blocks your natural creative spirit, process, and flow, this program will help you gently move through it. You’ll discover what our living spaces can teach us about ourselves: where we hold on, how we hold on, and how clearing our space clears us. With five simple steps you’ll also learn a proven, game-changing way to release stuck energy, helping you move effortlessly through procrastination, resistance, and overwhelm – and create the life you love.

*No pre-requisite. Please bring a notebook, pen, and your beginner’s mind.

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