Connections and Creativity: The Inner Critic at the Centre for Peace Feb 23 #yvr

We had a fantastic session on January 26, 2015: CONNECTIONS & CREATIVITY USING VALUES, MINDMAPPING and AUTHENTIC NETWORKING Announcing our next Connections and Creativity session: THE INNER CRITIC Buy tickets at EVENTBRITE Laura Mack and Kat Thorsen invite you to experience a deeper connection to self, tap into your creativity and connect with others at a truly authentic level in their new series: Connections and…

Abundance means less. What? #selfleadership

I’ve been really committing to the mantra Abundance 2015. My mindset is more focused on creating abundance. But my realization is that I’ve been coming at it all wrong. Abundance to me does not mean more. Abundance means less. What? Doesn’t abundance mean more? Definition:  The lesson for me, as I quickly approach 53, lies in taking a…

Connections & Creativity: an interactive gathering with Laura Mack and Kat Thorsen

I AM DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE MY NEXT COLLABORATION WITH LAURA MACK! — We invite you to experience a deeper connection to self, tap into your creativity and connect with others at a truly authentic level.  We will be sharing tools and practices with you, in an experiential format that will enrich your personal and professional lives.  And, if you…

As I walked the labyrinth, I repeated the mantra: the question is…

Journal entry- at Xenia Retreat Centre inside the Sanctuary after walking the labyrinth on December 29, 2014 [unedited] @ Xenia with Laura.  What a treat!  Thank you! She picked me up at 7:10 –> Ferry –> breakfast at Snug Cafe. My hands now cold, limbs frozen, toes frozen, numb and painful.  Reminds of being on the…

My retreat journal part 6 of 6: The Closing Circle

I experienced a life-changing weekend as I co-facilitated Creativity and Connection Retreat October 17-19, 2014 on Bowen Island with Laura Mack at Xenia Retreat.  Here are some journal excerpts so you can get a small glimpse as to how powerful the experience was for me. Recall: PART 1 October 17, 2014 FRIDAY INTO SILENCE PART 2 October…

My retreat journal Part 5 of 6: The Dance

I experienced a life-changing weekend as I co-facilitated Creativity and Connection Retreat October 17-19, 2014 on Bowen Island with Laura Mack at Xenia Retreat.  Here are some journal excerpts so you can get a small glimpse as to how powerful the experience was for me. Recall: PART 1 October 17, 2014 FRIDAY INTO SILENCE PART 2 October…

My Retreat Journal Part 4 of 6: The Symbols Way

I experienced a life-changing weekend as I co-facilitated Creativity and Connection Retreat October 17-19, 2014 on Bowen Island with Laura Mack at Xenia Retreat.  Here are some journal excerpts so you can get a small glimpse as to how powerful the experience was for me. Recall: PART 1 October 17, 2014 FRIDAY INTO SILENCE PART 2 October…

My retreat journal Part 3 of 6: The Cyclops Goddess

I experienced a life-changing weekend as I co-facilitated Creativity and Connection Retreat October 17-19, 2014 on Bowen Island with Laura Mack at Xenia Retreat.  Here are some journal excerpts so you can get a small glimpse as to how powerful the experience was for me. Recall: PART 1 October 17, 2014 FRIDAY INTO SILENCE PART 2 October…

My retreat journal Part 2 of 6: Into the labyrinth

I experienced a life-changing weekend as I co-facilitated Creativity and Connection Retreat October 17-19, 2014 on Bowen Island with Laura Mack at Xenia Retreat.  Here are some journal excerpts so you can get a small glimpse as to how powerful the experience was for me. Recall: PART 1 October 17, 2014 FRIDAY INTO SILENCE — Part 2 October…

My retreat journal Part 1 of 6: INTO SILENCE

I experienced a life-changing weekend as I co-facilitated Creativity and Connection Retreat October 17-19, 2014 on Bowen Island with Laura Mack at Xenia Retreat.  A HUGE THANK YOU TO LAURA FOR PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR ME. SPECIAL THANK YOU Saria, and to Angelyn, Loretta, Fran and Lorena — Here are some journal excerpts so you…

“I am wandering awed… gnawed trees breathe a delicate air.” Creativity & Connection Retreat Oct 17-19, 2014

CREATIVITY AND CONNECTION RETREAT WITH LAURA AND KAT Retreat Flyer We will provide you with tools for gaining insight and shifting perspective using inspiring themes such as archetype symbology and shadow-work.  Self-reflection activities will take you deeper into your own journey while group experiences expand your mindset. Laura will share authentic leadership exercises to assist…

Human Connection, Creativity and Health- @bridge4health free workshop with @parentasleader and @KatThorsen

Would you like to spend an evening exploring the healing power of human connection through a gentle introduction to netweaving and creative expression? Bridge for Health and the Burnaby Public Library present this free workshop by an authentic leader and facilitator Laura Mack, and therapeutic art facilitator Kat Thorsen. Laura Mack is a business consultant, facilitator and writer.  She…

Losing heart… Fix or accept?

So— things haven’t gone as planned.  It’s not working out as I hoped.  My mom’s shattered dove and pot above tell the story.  When they broke, I cried.  I cried yesterday— alot. Broken-heartened, dis-heartened… But I found myself surrounded by love and support from my kids (Anna and Julian) and together we dug deep into our…

She netweaves a tapestry of connections and we are all the better for it: Laura

I am so blessed to have Laura Mack in my life. She’s my mentor, my friend, my special guide.  Her ability to netweave connections in her local and global community is truly a profound gift.  She often refers to netweaving as threads building a tapestry.  I am lucky to find myself woven into it. Destiny itself is…

Did something unexpected happen? Laura asked. #sfo #reflection

I had a wonderful conversation about my San Francisco trip today with my incredible friend, Laura Mack.  As always, she managed to ask powerful questions that nudge me to reflect.  Did anything happen during the trip that was unexpected?  Hmmm… The art event was amazing- and not unexpected. The street art filled my soul with…

Gather your abundance… journal ramblings.

What’s the one thing missing in your life?  In mine- that’s easy.  I have passion, I have my art, I love being myself, and being by myself, I am happily divorced, I have no unfinished business with my mother who passed, nor with my father now, I have an extraordinary family and friends who lend…

Approaching fruition: my weekend with @InspireABook and Influence Publishing

I just spent an intensive and fabulous weekend with Julie Salisbury of Influence Publishing at her Inspire A Book Mastermind class!  Incredible!  I am working on the book that showcases my Dad’s art and our journey together. Julie has a brilliant way of facilitating a group to support each other in the creative process and…

Conception, gestation- a movement begins. #women

A movement is only composed of people moving. To feel its warmth and motion around us is the end as well as the means. – Gloria Steinhem An idea is building and I thank the women I met with last night for our initial brainstorm.  Stay tuned as we move from the concept to the concrete!…

Journaling at WOW- the Women of Worth Conference

It was a pleasure connecting with Christine Awram, founder of Women of Worth, and listening to Yvonne Evans last night at The Granville Island Hotel. Theme: An Empowered CEO on A New Business Culture & Currency I look forward to processing the lessons that I chicken-scratched in my journal and building on the concepts I…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 6 PORTRAIT COFFEE DATE #Picasso #arttherapy

WEEK 2 PART 6: Picasso Last part before we move onto our third artist, Lisa Larson! Invite your journal and a friend out for coffee and draw while you chat.  In Picasso-esque style. I had the luxury of spending an hour and a half with my mentor and my dear friend, Laura Mack: Self-portrait: See…

Part 18 daily journal workshop. SURVIVOR #arttherapy @Kris_Carr

A survivor is a triumphant person who lives with, after, or in spite of a diagnosis or traumatic event.  Survivors refuse to assume the identity of their adversity.  They are not imprisoned by the constructs of a label.  Instead, survivors use their brush with mortality as a catalyst for creating a better self.  We transform…

My vision board is started. Perfect way to process this heavy day.

Woke up this AM feeling like my heart weighed a thousand pounds.  Today is the 3rd anniversary of Mom passing away. I was lucky enough to spend the morning creating vision boards with Laura Mack, giving me a place and safe space to just be. I’m excited to watch the board develop and to reflect…

BIRTHDAY ART: calm in the storm- gifts from a friend @parentasleader

My friend Laura treated me to the most beautiful messages today in her generous birthday gifts.  In the midst of the mayhem at school, with kids needing me right, left and centre, she popped in and thrust wisdom in my arms!  I adore this woman for so many reasons; I am also acutely aware that…