Welcome to my newsletter! It has been such a pleasure to connect with you, either through my courses, your courses, groups, via email or website – thank you for your interest and much more than that…most of you have been so supportive and kind. I often feel held, supported in this work which is taking on a life of its own. Gratitude is here – thankyou!
Three weeks ago I moved house, thus you can understand why my monthly post is late…I’m settling into a share situation, with lovely housemate Lisa, a sweet-natured dog – Rusty – and smoochiest cat I’ve ever met – Lily – and several chooks whose names I don’t know yet…
Not much unpacking has happened this last week, since I’ve recently run the 5th Level 1 RECLAIM YOUR CREATIVITY since returning from Europe in late June. Another fabulous group! And now I’m organizing to return to Europe and teach a Level 1, 2 and 3 combined course in Florence next April at Koine’ School where I spent 4 weeks earlier this year. Following this, I’m hoping to do Level 1 courses in Germany and the UK…(near Bath).
My Level 2 YOUR CREATIVE JOURNEY, was held on 10/11 October in my studio and was profound for all of us. Thank you to my open-hearted, ready and willing colleagues. I feel very grateful to be able to develop and share this work. The final Level 2 for the year will be held on 21/22 November.
The Level 3 CREATIVE FLIGHT is coming in early March, and I’m really looking forward to sharing this personal, whimsical, joyful work from my own journey that I’ve not shared in a course before. I’ve been developing it further today and it will be a lot of fun as well as soul-searching work.
The following is about upcoming courses – and please pass on to anyone you think might be interested. There’s quite a lot on the Love your Creativity Florentine course – the first time bringing my 3 courses together into one life-changing course in an amazing location, this is a rare and special offering. If you feel it may be the right thing for you, let’s talk! I look forward to welcoming you. Contact me via my contact page, SMS to organise a good time, or call: +61 417 249 175
With love and gratitude, Suzanne xo
Level 1: RECLAIM YOUR CREATIVITY December 12-13 or 31 Jan – Feb 1, 2016 CANBERRA
GERMANY 30TH APRIL, MAY 1ST TBC
BATH, UK, 7-8 MAY TBC
- Discover how creative you really are!
- Express yourself with freedom
- Stop worrying and experience inner peace
- Be immersed in your creativity, touch base with your true self
- Experience inspiring guided meditations and visualisations
- Create five different kinds of mandalas with step-by-step instruction
- Practice Zen drawing
- Find colour combinations that resonate with you personally
- Create luminous designs
- Build good habits that help you sustain a creative practice
- Receive one-on-one guidance
Level 2: Your Creative Journey 21 – 22 November 2015
or 20 – 21 Feb 2016 CANBERRA
4 students, 2 full days with materials included 9 – 5.30pm
- Learn cool techniques so you can colour like a champion
- Surprise yourself by making two complex mandalas
- Learn about colour symbolism
- Explore the Shri Yantra, power diagram for manifestation and personal freedom.
- Become immersed in contemplation, self-discovery and self-acceptance as you make your own Shri Yantra. (only for the committed and courageous!)
Level 3: Creative Flight 5-6 March 2016
(2 days + separate one-on-one coaching session) CANBERRA
- Discover how the world changes as you set a powerful intent for your creative expression
- Receive 1:1 Journey coaching to explore your life’s creative purpose.
- Take on new personal tools to facilitate your creativity
- Recognize fear in relation to the personality types, and what comes next.
- Be instructed in three of Suzanne’s personal meditative art approaches
- With guidance, find your own creative meditative methods.
7th November: INTENSIVE COLOUR WORKSHOP
Colour theory made simple and practical, mixing and interactions in any medium to help you create striking designs. This course went very well and will run again on demand next year. Please contact me if interested.
Wednesday Evening Summer classes – For those who have completed at least Level 1 or a colour workshop with me to build on what you have learned with prioritizing your time for self-directed projects with guidance and feedback (max of 4 students) 6 – 8.30pm: 25th Nov and 9th Dec (gratis 30th Dec) 27th January, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 9th March, 23rd March. 7 sessions.
30th December: Preparing for the New Year – Visioning + Vision Board
Evening with food to share 6pm – 9.30 pm – with guided visualization and coaching, exploring and creating intentions for the New Year. This is a special BONUS offer in gratitude to participants in Level 1 and 2 courses this year.
Love your Creativity FLORENTINE JOURNEY – 3 Levels of Meditative Art with Language classes for beginners in Florence, Italy – 15 nights 2016
A collaboration and rare invitation from me and Koine’ Language School of Florence, this 2 week course engages you in Florentine life, language, art and creativity. Live in an apartment in Florence for two weeks and experience the richness of introductory language classes with a bias toward art, as well as dealing with the everyday. Relax and enjoy guided tours, good food, adventure and discovery, visiting amazing works of art and experiencing your true creative self in meditative art classes.
In Florence, there are two major differences to how I usually teach these three courses. Firstly, I show you much ‘food’ for creative inspiration that you can only see in Florence, and second, offering three levels in one course during 2 weeks – with coaching and a lot of discussion outside formal course hours – presents you with a major opportunity for personal growth.
With me you can grow skills that move you out of being stuck in old patterns and reveal your unique creativity – something most people don’t even realize they have access to!
From participation in my classes often flows a natural love for your creative self that sets you on the path of a better version of your life. We were designed to be makers first and problem solvers second! Making, I have found repeatedly assists problem solving. This makes sense given the ‘Creative Brain’ research of Nancy Andreasen – we need new input for the brain to draw from while we are not trying to figure things out; the brain make unprecedented connections while we’re ‘taking it easy’, arriving at epiphanies when least expected, however, we need new, quality input to do this well!
Spending time in Florence with us, enriches and opens your mind through learning language helps you engage more fully with all that you see and experience here. The invitation to you is to make the connection between the creativity out there and your own creativity within.
In a supportive, creative environment, you can be creatively refreshed and inspired!
Contact me for the link to my powerpoint presentation and further information.
Presentations, museum visits, teaching with examples and step-by-step instruction, guided meditations, visualizations and gentle coaching to help you get the most from opportunities to discover, reclaim and express your creativity.
Rather than judge yourself harshly, nurture your own creativity through becoming more self-aware through making, designing and colouring mindfully – geometric designs, several very different kinds of mandalas, and Zen Drawing. This area of interest is not new for Italy – leading Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci, an authority on Mandalas, published his informative book in the early sixties.
The sixties was a time of people’s objection to war, cultivating humanitarianism, acceptance of difference and freedom of creativity. In our times this is needed more than ever.
This course is a natural evolution of my life’s work – drawing strongly on my artistic practice as a painter and long-standing love of Florence, of being creative and nurturing creativity in others through teaching and coaching. I have been to Florence several times, twice for month-long visits, and have over 30 years creative arts experience; visual arts doctoral research; Journey & Conscious Coach training (ongoing since 2007) and practice (since 2010) and many years of various kinds of meditation practice.
It all comes together here, caring creatively for the soul!
What do we learn about?
For this special course, I condense 3 levels of my Meditative Art courses into one comprehensive course. All the goods in one bundle, plus more! For example, become aware of ego stuff and conditioning that block your creativity (from Level 1) and receive 1:1 coaching to get clear and choose your positive intentions for your creative life. Learn how to use colour to create luminosity empowering you to create beautiful mandalas with confidence (from Level 2). Try out my three creative approaches that helped me through serious illness and use them as a spring-board to finding your own version of meditative art and creative freedom (from Level 3).
This course is suitable for absolute beginners to those who are involved in a visual arts practice – it’s about nurturing your creative life no matter what stage you are at! Tapping into your creativity can be powerfully transformative. You too can shift from being stuck in old stories and mundane patterns to living an extraordinary life!