I have consciously cultivated creativity at various times in my life, but most specifically while leading Artist Way (a course for creative recovery by Julia Cameron) groups. I knew that I wasn’t alone in feeling blocked and creatively frustrated and I learned something new every time a retook the course. However, it wasn’t until I found Awakening Arts that I learned to get out of my head, get away from beliefs and judgements and just move. I learned, as I physically move my body, with or without music, I am moving energy and that same energy is either going to bounce around inside me or I can let it out! How I let it out may be color on paper, singing and movement, building a sculpture or any number of the billions of ways to express creativity. I am not the creator, simply a channel. My intent as a teacher of these Awakening Arts is to listen more than I speak, to be present and available to what the moment has to offer and keep my heart open.
My name is Amy, and I’m from the suburbs Portland, OR. I am married and have the coolest and smartest daughter in the world. It was during a month-long Artist in Residence and yoga retreat at the Ananda Center Laurelwood that I was introduced to Awakening Arts. I loved it so much that I flew to Italy 2 months later and stayed for 3 months taking the Awakening Arts Academy’s ‘Transformative Arts Certification’ program. I returned from Italy 6 months ago and am deeply honored to have the opportunity teach.
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