Flower Fairy Fun

One of my favourite artists is the late Cicely Barker, the creator of the magical and enchanting flower fairies. Today we were exploring the flower fairies of Spring. Here in the Okanagan, we patiently await the birth of the first native sunflowers – the golden Balsamic Arrowroot. While we wait, we search for other little alpine flowers, buttercups and dandelions. …

Grateful for the Bird Song

Sunday was grey, the clouds hung low over the mountain – there was a heaviness in the air then I spotted several mountain blue birds and heard the sweet angelic bird song which filled my heart with so much love and appreciation – colour seemed to fill the sky – bird song always makes me smile…they also remind me of …

We Are All Beautiful – The Power of Storytelling

I believe we can all be storytellers and Mother Nature is the best storyteller of all. She also provides us with the most wonderful natural materials to explore, play with and help create our very own stories. It’s through nature play that I discover more about myself, the environment in which I live and it’s where stories find me. WATCH …

Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …

A New Day Unfolds

The wild native Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers (Balsamorhiza sagittata), also known as the Okanagan Sunflower, have me spellbound as they dance majestically in the early morning breeze. Their golden smiles light up the forest, bees arrive and butterflies too. Witnessing the birth of a new day unfold before me gifts immense joy, filling my heart and soul with deep love and …

Interbeing Wall Hanging

Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.     Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step. Here is an excerpt …

Soulful Art – Spring Awakening

Spring is playing with my soul – the colourful birds have arrived gifting immense joy and their song has my spirit dancing. The buds on the bare trees are tempted to to burst forth with new life, yet holding back, knowing the frost is still looming..but I cannot wait, my whole being is bursting with excitement of the birth of …

Monday Morning Gratitude – Sacred Moments

Yesterday I was gifted the presence of this magnificent being. I have no idea how old this eagle was but his presence felt ancient. Looking into his eyes… there was all the wisdom of the world. For a moment I was one with the eagle and felt the strength and power to fly high, higher than I have ever flown, wild and …

Illuminating Beauty

Her peaceful smile speaks to my heart – whispers of love have my spirit dancing. As I gaze in awe at this mystical beauty, seeing the moon as if it were the first time, my heart fills up with love and appreciation and a warm glow floats around my awakening body. Spellbound by her illuminating beauty, I am reminded of our …