Posts by Kristen Caven:

Whispers to Shouts

Year One of #45 was a year of whispered words being spoken, amplified, then shouted out loud. A year ago, I felt nervous calling the new Resident a BULLY. But on inauguration day (which was HUGE), we all came together and said PUSSY out loud on the streets. For months we watched this authoritarian authority […]

The Fountain of YOU…

Kick off your 2018 with inspiration and energy…Come check out my KEYNOTE speech for Wellness Week at The Bellevue Club this Sunday! 525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland CA 94610 KEYNOTE: Sunday, January 7th, 5:30p.m. $10 donation • No-Host Cocktails from 5:00 pm• Free Parking  The Fountain of Youth is a myth that spans centuries, cultures and […]

The Flourishing Artist

Greek philosophers defined happiness as the joy you feel when moving towards your highest potential. The Flourishing Artist Creative Growth Activator combines seminars, creative retreats, speakers & workshops, coaching & consulting, convivia, and creative partnerships in a community of art and wellness in an inspiring Oakland retreat. I created The Flourishing Artist to unite my artistic career with my work teaching […]

Mission Accomplished!

We have completed our giveaway of 3,000 copies of The Bullying Antidote! After two years connecting with dozens of Oakland organizations, we put the last 800 copies of the books directly into the hands of Oakland parents at a Back to School Rally. The word “Zorgos” was on everyone’s lips, thanks to a new acrostic that teaches positive parenting philosophy. […]

‘Revolting’ Cartoonist Kristen Caven

by Taylor Maurand for The Montclarion/East Bay Times Not every artist can say her career has had a truly revolting beginning and have that be a good thing. Dimond district resident Kristen Caven’s (rhymes with “cabin”) recently-released memoir, “Perfectly Revolting: My ‘Glamorous’ Cartooning Career” is a story that has its roots on the Mills College […]

What’s a Creative Convivium?

Why, I am SO glad you asked! An ancient Roman convivium was a special gathering to eat, drink, and hold conversation, with the host inviting interesting people to speak or perform. Kind of like a symposium but more convivial? I’m throwing one. Very soon. And it is going to be fabulous! The venue is the […]

The Flourishing Artist LAUNCH!

This summer, I am thrilled to present a new creative effort that goes to another level. It’s not theater, it’s not literature, it’s not a performance: it’s YOU. I woke up one morning and realized the people who are most attracted to my literary works and death-defying creative efforts are the coolest people in the world. […]

On Mack Trucks and Magical Thinking

It’s Earth Day 2017 and I’m not marching; I’m meditating. As President Twit and his handlers summarily and systematically dismantle decades of incremental progress forward, we have all been struck with a feeling of violent unreality. It’s been like being hit, in slow motion, by a Mack Truck. And I know, because that happened to me. […]

Join me for “Momedy Hour!” 5/5/17 

Motherhood elevates us to the loftiest heights… …And sinks us to depths we never imagined.  I’ve been wanting to host a comedy hour for moms to share their stories since I was schlepping toddlers around like so many sacks of sentient, happy-mouthed, farting potatoes. My friends and I would crack each other up on those life-saving […]

A Foolish, Fun, Flourishing April

Spring has definitely arrived… And the seeds that have been growing all winter are ready to burst bloom! In two weeks I’ll graduate from my certificate program, and to celebrate I’m diving back into my artistic life with a splash or two. I hope you can join me for some of these spring happenings, many […]