Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Body Creative is launched!

Wow - what fun we had for the launching of The Body Creative, Creating from Vitality in Portland Maine this past Saturday May 23rd! The workshop took place at Aleksandra Townsend's Spiral Tree Yoga Studio on Brighton Ave in Portland. Big thanks to Aleksandra for her generous and adventurous spirit in welcoming this workshop.

My dear friend Cayce Lannon was the force behind bringing this workshop to Portland. I'm so grateful we got to talking about my February workshop earlier this year. It came so naturally to bring it up Portland way.

Loads of thanks to Jalen and Jo and Cayce for bringing their adventurous spirit and enthusiasm!!!

Here is a quote from Jo:
"So much fun, very positive, both energizing and relaxing: freeing my creative spirit. :)

Below are some pics from the workshop as we got into our afternoon of child's play and breaking out of our silly worries about being creative. No worries there you will see!

Looking forward to more as new things keep emerging about these workshops and our creativity!

Cayce getting into it

Jo absorbed in her free form

Cayce's wildness
Jalen unleashed

Jalen and Jo as we start to collaborate

Jo and Susan's first collaboration - each so different and bringing it together.

Responding to each other

Jalen showing off our step into the "ugly"

Cayce getting into it

What is this?!!

And now starting fresh using the remnants from the "ugly"

What will  happen now?

A new collage

And another - a detail

Susan and Cayce proudly displaying the whole piece

Working on a new one
from this earlier piece of Jo's
It becomes this

The three of us energized and glowing
All together now with Aleksandra's tree in the background

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IMAGINE! Come explore your creativity with The Body Creative, Creating from Vitality!

Imagine what it would be like spending the whole afternoon in unrestrained creativity - no requirements, no thoughts of time.

The art making is only a vehicle to get to that spontaneous place. 

Imagine moving and playing to the point where you forget to think!

Feel the freedom in that!

Imagine getting into the full swing of your vitality.

And finding a whole new level of inspiration.

Imagine feeling that space of possibility open within yourself. How would it feel to be that absorbed in what you're doing?

The way kids play. Completely in.

The Body Creative Workshop is offering just that. We will be playing as a way to get our energy moving and vibrant. From there we will dive into art making and discover how it feels to create from that vibrancy. 

This workshop is all about dedicating an afternoon to the playful interchange of energy and creativity and discovering something unexpected in the process. You may find a new pathway for your creativity while realizing that your energy and creative inspirations support each other. This is an amazing tool for unlocking new ideas and works.

I am inviting you to take a moment right now to ask yourself how would you be different if you could be more creative?

Come join us for the Body Creative in Portland, Saturday May 23rd!

Wow! I'm so looking forward to this next workshop! I will be running it at Aleksandra Townsend's Spiral Tree Yoga Studio at 570 Brighton Avenue, Portland. It will run from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. 

The prices are $40 for this 4 hour workshop. If you bring a friend it will be $75 for the two of you. 

Please contact either me at: or Aleksandra at

Look forward to seeing you!!

Here'e the blurb about the workshop on my flyer: 

I am so excited about this workshop! It's designed for those wanting to tap into their own unique creativity, in whatever form that takes, artist and non-artist alike. The space of the workshop is about supporting the spirit of creativity in a safe, non-judgmental and very playful way.

You will learn to cultivate an absorbing involvement in the creative process, much like children do as they play. This will happen through an emphasis on exploration as we combine awareness techniques with full body movement and art materials. Engaging the body in this process can bring a level of vitality that feeds the creative process. As we continue to play and discover, you will see that these tools can be called back again and again as a way to reengage and step out of stagnancy and into your deeply affirming creative nature.

So this means it's going to be loads of playful fun with practices made for the creative. Like learning to listen deeply to yourself and others and then moving into expressive movement and art making in paired and single practices. We'll use paints and other art materials on huge pieces of paper with lots of exploring and dropping all cares about the end product!! This workshop is all about abandoning the usual ways we think and limit ourselves and seeing what arises from that. And that is creativity!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Art Energy Workshop, unleashed Saturday!

Last Saturday February 7th, the Art Energy Workshop: Unleash Your Creative Flow was launched. What a blast as we managed to make it work despite all the snow storms!

Yohanna Jessup, my workshop partner, started us off with some key points about life force, creativity and how cultivating this wellspring can bring a level of engaging vitality and awareness not usually found in our daily lives. She asked why we would care about our creativity, how we felt about our own creative lives and how different we might feel if we were able to deeply engage in that creative force.

She then led us through some energetic/meditation  practices to bring everyone to a quiet place of feeling their flow of life force. We also learned to listen deeply to each other and to ourselves as a way to simply feel what was going on as we approached our art making. Did we feel uncomfortable, energized, scared, expansive or joyful? She asked us to keep tuning in as we moved into the next art making phase, which I lead.

The projects in the art making phase were about movement and the body and how they related to the very large pieces of paper we had spread on the floor. I wanted people to uninhibitedly and unselfconsciously experience creativity by working in pairs, moving big, making big gestures in paint and all around getting their whole body involved.

Keeping it simple and fun, I gave them easy starting points by having them trace their feet and bodies many times over the paper.  There was no sense of making "good" art or "bad" art. Working big on the paper and around the paper, totally absorbed like kids was it! We had some flowing, beat music at various times to help with the fun and get out of the mind.

I also had them work REALLY quickly. Like trace around your partners body in three different positions in five minutes! Start, stop!! And then from there take off with paints and pastels and markers and crayons, in only fifteen minutes! Time to stop, even if it doesn't feel "finished"!

I wanted them to feel the fullness and freedom of working this way, how invigorating it can be, how their life force and energy responded. I'd ask them to check in from time to time; were they feeling energized or tired? Was there a part that felt stuck while other parts felt okay? Did they feel conflicted and uncomfortable or expansive and playful? It was about having the experience of being more aware during the process, bringing consciousness into their creativity, however they felt.

When we were done with the last project, we cleaned up a bit and then came back together to share: how their energy was feeling, what some of their experiences were, what felt different, what felt the same, what they saw and realized about their creativity. Working in this way can bring a variety of experiences. For some  it felt immensely playful, freeing and energizing. For other's, discomfort came with realizing how they'd been pushing away their creativity.

Below you'll see the pics. Funny thing is that most of them are out of focus...low light with so much movement and sometimes music that we simply couldn't take still photos! Feels perfect.

Feet taking off.

Completely focused-images emerging.

Collaboration - building the project together.
Totally there.

Homage to a favorite pup.

No holding back!

Seriously focused - letting it flow.

The final stage - taking apart the earlier work....

and building the new.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

February's Art Energy Workshop!

I'm so excited about the Art Energy Workshop my friend Yohanna Jessup and I are putting together for Saturday February, 7th. Here is the flyer Yohanna designed for it. 

Come join us for an afternoon of creative abandon and ignite the New Year!!

About the workshop:
This is a workshop designed to bring out your innate relationship to the creative life waiting inside of you. It is about finding the thread back to a more deeply lived life through the process of wholeheartedly making things.

With an emphasis on exploration, we will look at what it means to combine meditative techniques with movement and art materials. See what it means to step out of stagnancy and back into your creative flow! You will come away with a renewed sense of the spontaneous possibilities of art making and how creativity can improve vitality in your daily life. 

About Susan:
Susan Clark develops images through an intuitive, playful process as she seeks to reflect deep experiences of life's creative flow and brilliance in her art, which has been exhibited in several recent art shows. She also loves to share this depth and inspiration with others when teaching her art classes. Susan helps people get in touch with their deepest creative nature as an IST practitioner and an entity clearer.

To find out more about Susan and her work go to her blog:

About Yohanna;
Yohanna Jessup is the creator of Painting Sacred Spaces – an intuitive process that combines wall painting techniques with meditative awareness. Yohanna painted her first wall at age 13 and went on to study art formally, earning her BFA from MICA. Yohanna is an IST practitioner, Entity Clearer and specializes in working with clients who want to take their work and life to the next level.

You can learn more at: or                   
Be sure and contact me at my email: with any questions or to register.