Handwashing & Heartmath

Before you read this…take a moment and breathe. Place your hand over your chest area, near your heart. Breathe slowly into the area for about a minute, focusing on a sense of ease entering your mind and body.  By the end of this article you’ll know why I suggest this… Back in January, when the […]

“This changed my life” —Oprah learns about ACEs and Trauma-informed care

Re-posted from ACEs Connection & ACES Too High… “Don’t ask ‘what’s wrong with you.’ Ask, ‘what happened to you.’”  I watched the Oprah segment with my mother, Dr. Louise Hart, who heard Dr. Vincent Felitti speak about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study ten years ago. At that time, she asked him, “What is being done […]

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 […]

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. […]

Everyone Loves a Bully!

Americans are mystified at how “this” could possibly be happening in America. At how one blustering, irresponsible name-caller could be so loved and revered by his supporters, much less embraced by a major political party that is now feeling sick to its stomach. But we shouldn’t be so surprised. I recently posted this on the Zorgos Reader: […]

“Writing to Zorgos” Workshop @ Liminal

Writing is Healing ~ Writing is Power Writing workshop with Kristen Caven We’ve all experienced bullying in our lives, from the personal to the political. This 6-week workshop at The Liminal Center in Oakland provides a structure for both writing through our experiences and learning new ways of being.  Zorgos is esperanto for “I will take […]