Creativity, artistry, and the ability for unique personal expression exists within all of us. Creative thought, expression, and enjoyment is essential in the lives of everybody and is present in everything we do. Creativity is not simply the purview of the “artists” and the “gifted few.” In fact, we can all develop and expand our creativity given the right conditions, mindset, and approach. The creative process can be a rich, magical, and often mysterious alchemy. At times it sweeps us away in its inertia and movement and at other times it can feel difficult, if not impossible, for us to enter its stream. Some days it invites us in and embraces us, and other days it bars the doors and alienates us. With my help as your creativity coach you can learn to open new doors to creativity, unlock old doors, and find rooms you never knew existed.
how can I benefit?
who is this for
Established artists and creatives
Are you a seasoned artist and/or creator? Have you been running into creative blocks, persistent periods of unproductiveness, creative frustrations, and/or concerns about your current trajectory? Are you looking for ways to infuse your career with new energy and fresh ideas? Do you feel like inspiration is close, but you are unable to quite get a hold on it? At The Creative Garden, we will explore your creative concerns and challenges, as well as your hopes and dreams. We will implement a broad scope of creative interventions that utilize and build upon your inner strengths, resources and skills, to help you get back on the path toward achieving your creative goals!
Budding artists, creatives and “the creatively curious”
Have you always wanted to try your hand at an artistic pursuit, but never knew where to start? Do you have ideas in your head about that play you want to write, the painting you’d like to create, or the song you’ve always wanted to share with the world, but don’t even know where to begin? At The Creative Garden, my holistic approach to cultivating the creative process can not only give you a starting point for your artistic endeavors, but also help you to create a consistent creative practice to help flesh out, and achieve, your goals.
Those interested in personal and professional growth
Do you want to make some big changes in your life and forge new paths for yourself? Are you hoping to bring fresh and creative ideas to your work projects? Creativity is the foundation of all personal growth- it determines how we respond to life’s challenges and obstacles. The more creativity you can access, the more options, perspectives, and directions will be at your disposal! At The Creative Garden, I can help you develop a creative mindset that will help you achieve your goals.
What can I
At The Creative Garden, I utilize a holistic, creativity-centric approach, using the skills acquired through my counseling career, my movement and yoga training, as well as my extensive formal and informal background in the arts to work with you to unlock your inherent creative capabilities (everyone has them!). Through this process, you will unearth and develop insights that will help you better pursue all your artistic goals and dreams as well as enhance your overall well being.
Benefits you may see with regard to your creative pursuits, include:
- improve motivation
- find new sources and renewed inspiration
- reduce “noise” and self criticism
- better workflow
- strengthened ability to start and finish projects
- improved relationship to external criticism
- break stagnant habits and infuse your work with fresh ideas
Strengthening, expanding, and fine tuning your creative process improves not only your ability to express yourself through the arts, but also:
- creative problem solving
- relationship building and communication
- mental flexibility
- intuitive processes
- personal understanding, self-awareness, and growth - happiness, overall life harmony and satisfaction.
“The act of creation is an attempt to enter a mysterious realm. A longing to transcend. What we create allows us to share glimpses of an inner landscape, one that is beyond our understanding. Art is our portal to the unseen world.”
― Rick Rubin, The Creative Act: A Way of Being
how this works
At The Creative Garden, I will collaborate with you, using creative tools to help
individuals and groups overcome obstacles to their creativity and offer ways of being, tools and methods that help to spark new pathways and inspiration.
I use a variety of methods and modalities to inspire, motivate, and nurture your passion, and creative joy!
- cognitive reframing
- creative cross-pollination
- self compassion
- curiosity and play
- engagement with nature
*Sessions typically take place at my studio space in Spencerport NY, though online Zoom sessions are also available.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton