Sep
17

Boosting your FALL Creativity

If you are looking to boost your creativity this fall, I have two great

OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST YOUR CREATIVITY COMING UP

#1. Looking for a quick boost to your creative practice?

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NEW Fall date for live Mandala class in Toronto
OCTOBER 21, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
at Noble Crafthouse, 46 Noble Street, #102, Toronto

My Exploring the Mandala classes both live and online are an invitation to work with the Mandala as a way of connecting to your creative spirit.

 

 

In the workshop you will be introduced to the idea of personal Mandala making. We will work to create 5 basic Mandalas using different mediums — paint, inks, markers and pastels — in different styles and with different intentions.

 

A beautiful and fulfilling opportunity to express your creativity with this ancient craft.

Before we even begin creating—you will learn about approaching Mandala making as an intentional and sacred practice with guided meditations and creative visualizations—because cultivating a personal Mandala practice has real, lasting impact in your life. I know it has in mine!

 

More INFO or to REGISTER

 

 

#2. Looking for a way to develop and strengthen your creative practice?

 

Join my 6 week session of
EXPLORING THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF YOUR SOUL

Exploring the Visual Language of YOUR Soul – Turning your creative nectar into honey – through creative visualization, intentional painting, art and mark making.

Each week I will lead participants through a series of intentional art exercises—some guided—some not. The class will use the exercises as a springboard to open up their visual language and begin to hear their creative song. Each week I will bring ALL the supplies necessary for you to explore new mediums, and new approaches to mark making.

At the end of the 6 weeks, participants will have completed two paintings, started an art journal practice, and explored other mediums like watercolour, inks, pastels, and others.

In this class, no one’s art will look the same—and that’s a great thing! Because everyone will be exploring their own voice, everyone’s painting and creating will look like theirs alone and not like the instructor’s work.

 

6 Thursdays from
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
starting SEPTEMBER 28TH
Lucsculpture School & Studio, 663 Greenwood Ave.
(at Danforth)Toronto

MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER

 

 

 

 

 

Aug
1

The energy of the Sun within you

As the Sufi mystical poet Rumi wonders—why don’t you open to the energy of this Sun within you 

(and to the beautiful synchronicity around you)

 

It’s no coincidence* as my mentor/collaborator/best-selling author/friend Janet Conner and I have been working this year’s new content for our course—Express Your Soul’s Beauty—that I keep hearing the beautiful song written by Kathleen, one of last year’s participants. That song’s beauty continues to reach out sending a vibration of love for it’s creator—and for anyone else who hears with an open heart. (*coincidence is a meek word we use when we’re too afraid to say it like it is – divine synchronicity)

 

 

The song and everything else that opened for participants in last year’s course confirms what I know to be true—Your creativity has the joy-filled force of the whole universe behind it! All you need do is get out of your own way, and—open, open, open. That’s what the full expression of you means.

 

Janet and I continue to open, with joy-filled heARTs to our own fuller expression. We change. The course changes, grows and blossoms along with us. We know how important it is right now to open and respond to the energy of creation. This is a time of intense shifts and change for everyone. Those changes can be life-affirming if we learn work in partnership with our authentic self, and in partnership with the universe’s natural creative cycles.

 

If we are co-creators with the full force of the universe as our fuel. All we need to do is develop a personal creative practice to cultivate and fine tune the tools we have as our birthright. These tools will help us to access our creative power with ease. That’s what Express Your Soul’s Beauty does!

 

Each week Janet and I share what’s in our toolbox and in the toolbox of the voices of love around us. We co-create in our Express Your Soul’s Beauty sacred circle, and each one of us leaves our gatherings with new inspiration and new tools to consider adding to our lives. Opening to the fuller expression of you helps you to open to the bigger “song” you are here on the planet at this important time to sing!

 

It’s also no coincidence that this morning my husband emailed a poem I had shared with him many months ago. Its written by the Sufi mystical poet, Rumi—and, guess what, it’s really a poem about—Opening to the full expression of you! It’s about using it, burning it – to fuel the creative fire that is your joy-filled life.

 

You sit here for days saying,
This is strange business.
You’re the strange business, You
have the energy of the sun in you,
but you keep knotting it up
at the base of your spine.

You’re some weird kind of gold
that wants to stay melted
in the furnace, so you won’t have to
become coins.

Say ONE in your lonesome house.
Loving all the rest is hiding
inside a lie.

You’ve
gotten
drunk
on so many kinds of wine.
Taste this, It won’t
make you wild.
It’s fire. Give up,
if you don’t understand
by this time
that your living is firewood.

This wave of talking builds.
Better we should not speak,
but let it grow within.

RUMI

 

 

This is the kind of joyful synchronicity that your life is full of once you open. Janet and I know the perfect people will be drawn to our course, you might be one of them if this idea sounds full of joy to you!

The soulful, best-selling author, Janet Conner and I are fine-tuning the content in our online course, Express Your Soul’s Beauty, Opening to the full expression of you.

The course registration is open NOW

Our 10 week journey into the creative heart begins on Wednesday, August 9th and continues until October 4th.

Because Janet and I know there is no creativity course like Express Your Soul’s Beauty, we created a mini-class so you can see what our gatherings will be like and whether this is the sacred circle that is calling your name.

You can follow the link on my Resources page to sign up to receive your video recording free.

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE

by clicking on the image below to SIGN up to RECEIVE

a link to your FREE Mini-Class

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
29

Creating change for BEES

Last week marked the end of the 3rd Annual BEES (& the birds) Art Show & Craftmarket. I have organized the show for the last few years, and devoted many volunteer hours to raising money and awareness for my beloved friends the bees.

 

I want to say BIG THANK YOU to all the artists who participated in the show, to the show volunteers and sponsors @nemophilist_journals and @brihoy, and to all the people who came through the gallery to oooh and ahhh at the beautiful work there.

Once again the show raised awareness and money to help the bees—and that fulfilled our goal!

The @davidsuzukifdn will be receiving a cheque early next week for their bee program.

 

As I ponder and reflect on the history of the bee show, I realize how much has changed in the three years since we began. Three years ago, many of the people that walked into the gallery were unaware of the plight of the bees and other pollinators. What’s changed this year is that most of the people coming into the gallery are educated about what is putting bees in jeopardy.

Wow! Mission accomplished? Yes and no. I’m not sure whether I will do the show for a 4th year. If I do, it won’t be the same—because I know people are opening up to the WISDOM OF THE BEES.

 

Again—WOW

 

What I know for sure is that moving forward I will need to start sharing more about my own sacred relationship with the Bees. Though I live in the city and am not able to be a bee steward (beekeeper) I heeded a call from the Bees a few years ago and walking that path has been a huge learning about trust and love.

 

I continue to trust and follow the prompts—the honeyed crumbs—beginning with creating and illustrating a Love the Bees Calendar, donating proceeds of my Bee themed art to help the Bees, training in an ancient Bee-centric Shamanic practice, Path of the Pollen—and for the past 3 years—curating an art show with 30 artists who donate part of their proceeds to help the Bees. This past year I also began to share more about Bee in my live and online art classes and it’s opened up a whole bunch of sweet creativity for people in my workshops.

 

In the meantime, I wanted to share the work of some other bee-autiful souls who work with Bee.

 

The first bee-utiful soul, is Debra Roberts of Holy Bee Press and in the video below you can hear her speak about Bee keeping as a Sacred Practice. As I can affirm, Debra says that, “…being around the Bees makes your life change alchemically for the better.” She is grateful for their teaching her about the inter-connectedness of life at work. The clarity when she emerges from the bee yard helps her notice and open to what’s around her, Debra says “The greater presence I have when I am around the Bees percolates into my life in other ways.”

Watch Debra’s video message below, thanks to KarmaTube!

 

 

Video from KarmaTube

 

 

The second bee-utiful soul is Matt Willey. Matt’s site is The Good of the Hive, and you can see some of his breathtaking larger than life murals there. He has been on a 10 year journey painting Bees!

Matt is an artist who is painting change, in his own words, “I just want to paint the bees and let people align with them. Let them fall in love with them and then things change.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
1

Moving through emotions—creatively (a.k.a. no regrets)

Oh boy, today is the first day of the second half of the year, or,

how I was woken up two nights ago by a pain in my heart.

I immediately identified this pain wasn’t physical, it was emotional. I was feeling a deep sorrow in my chest, and the word that leapt out at me—was regret. It’s halfway through 2017 and the panic hit me—I clearly have not done enough. I have not accomplished enough. I personally am just not enough! Why haven’t I done MORE!

I want to share my creative process with you because I think it may help when you get hit with a strong unresolved emotion you are ready to clear.

 

The power of this emotional pain literally propelled me from my bed. I went into my bathroom for privacy, and to spare my husband the sleep disruption. There I spent several minutes breathing the feeling in. Deeply inhaling it in. Yuck. Not tasty or life affirming at all, but it’s what I was feeling. I knew in order to let it move through, I had to really feel it first. I felt the sorrow come up. The self accusations rose, “Hey you! You haven’t done enough and the year is half gone! Get a move on. What are you waiting for?!”

Of course these feelings are not entirely true. They are ones that have a grain of truth, but then get blown up in my mind as they are fed by unresolved patterns from the past.

Once I breathed and I felt the old pattern in all it’s ugliness and intensity, I used a technique I learned around letting go of unpleasant dreams. I breathed the feeling through my body, into my womb, and then released/grounded/breathed it into the Earth. I thanked the Earth for transmuting it’s energy. I had to do this circuit many times before I even felt I had made a dent in this emotion. It felt big, but I was tired and went back to sleep.

I woke in the morning knowing I wasn’t done with this regret thing. This old pattern is a persistent one. Since I have been training in Shamanic studies for the last few years, my go to for healing answers is a Shamanic Journey. I went into a Shamanic Journey to ask who might help me release this pattern. You don’t have to do a journey. You could just as easily slip into a meditation, or take a walk in nature to find your healing answers. In my journey, I met with the Element of FIRE. Fire led me on a beautiful cleansing burn, and I saw visions of how the forest floor is purified by fire, so the beautiful little shoots can find their way up through what has been released. This healing journey was felt in my bones and showed me how to release the pattern of regret, so I can birth those lovely flowers that are ready to blossom around me. I am grateful for the healing and transmuting power of fire.

Taking it further . . .

 

I could have ended there, but I knew regret might come knocking again. It didn’t feel finished with me. This is where sacred art and creating comes in. Having a visual to express all that I went through, and to remind me to keep releasing.

I choose to do a simple pen drawing in my journal. You can see it has all the elements of my dance with regret. The pain in my heart, the fire, the release into the Earth (when I drew this I realized the Earth received this with love – so I drew a heart), the new seeds and shoots that are fed and blossom because of the release.

 

 

 

Doodle, sketch or paint to recognize and release your stuck emotions.

 

Doing even a simple drawing like this helps me to integrate the process for several reasons:

  1. I know mark or art making can bring deeper insights into the emotion or problem I am facing.

  2. Creating is a physical process, so the learning has time to sink into my physical being.

  3. Having a visual expression means I will have something tangible to refer to. I can display my drawing by my desk, my bedside or anywhere else I know I will glance at it during the course of my week.

This creative drawing process can be done to work through any emotion or feeling. The drawing doesn’t have to be complicated. You can colour it in or not depending on how much time you have. If it feels bigger, you can consider painting it, or writing about it.

 

 

 

May all your emotions be released with ease and may the

new seeds you have planted blossom!

 

 

 

 

 

SURVEY & GIVEAWAY

I am about to film some on demand art and soul classes for my website and would appreciate your advice and input. I have created a short survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YK2XNY5
The survey should take 5 minutes. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win one of two copies of The Soul Discovery Coloring Book (shipping to Canada and U.S. only) with my thanks!

 

 

 

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May
18

Rise Above, with Creative Visionary Whitney Freya

I’m delighted to announce a very special event—Rise Above, with Creative Visionary Whitney Freya. Whitney Freya, my friend and creative mentor, is in Toronto for one night only on Friday, May 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Shecosystem Co-working + Wellness.

Shecosystem (and me) Christine Pensa of Art That Moves present this evening of inspiration and creating with Whitney to celebrate the launch of her new book, Rise Above, Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time.

You’ll hear Whitney’s inspirational, creative story, and her warm advice on how you can free your mind of limitations—and wield a paintbrush like a magic wand.

After her talk, you’ll pick up your magic paintbrush and paint your own set of wings. Whitney and Christine will create a safe and joy-filled space for your to explore—in Whitney’s words—new landscapes of possibility.

More about our guest . . .
Whitney Freya has been facilitating creative learning since 1996 when she opened the Creative Fitness Center. Since then, she has traveled globally as a creativity expert, published three books on personal creativity, including her latest book launching now, Rise Above, Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, and founded her Creatively Fit Coaching Certification Program to ensure as many people as possible remember their infinite creative nature in as supportive a way as possible.
Whitney has facilitated her process at The Esalen Institute, Burning Man, The Agape Spiritual Center, and creativity conferences in South Africa, Dubai, Canada and the United States. She has appeared on summits alongside Dr. Wayne Dyer, Donna Eden & more. Humanitarian News recognized Whitney for her work with Women for Women International. She lives in the “wild west” of NE Oregon with her three teenagers, who LOVE to “think creatively!” Learn and connect at www.whitneyfreya.com

 

About your hosts . . .
Emily Rose Antflick is Shecosystem’s founder and Chief Community Cultivator. With an M.A. in Education, Emily spent a decade teaching and creating transformative educational journeys in Canada and internationally. After experiencing a pervasive sense of depletion in her personal and professional life, Emily turned her attention to helping women like herself get unstuck and cultivate heart-centered communities that empower them to be their best selves. Emily proves that having a singular passion is not the only way to success; in addition to being an entrepreneur, she is a Rite of Passage facilitator, Permaculture Designer and dancer. Emily was a winner of the Startup Canada Women Founders Fund and has been profiled as a Women of Influence and a local feminist to watch.
Christine Pensa of Art That Moves knows first hand how powerfully inspiring Whitney Freya can be. Christine is one of Whitney’s Certified Creatively Fit Coach graduates and considers Whitney to be a friend and creative mentor. Christine is the illustrator and co-creator of, The Soul Discovery Coloring Book, published by Conari Press. A creative explorer, like her friends the bees, Christine searches out flowering fields with the best nectar and brings back the wonder and magic she finds there to participants in her classes live and online. Drawing on her own training and experiences as a practicing visual artist and Shamanic guide, Christine creates a space for everyone to explore and experience sacred art making in joy-filled, judgement-free zones.

EVENT TICKETS

Eventbrite

$33 (General admission and includes all paint materials)

Shecosystem Co-working + Wellness

703 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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