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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

Come play with us!
These workshops are about self-discovery and focus on the experience rather than the product.
No previous painting experience is needed. All supplies are included.

To maximize results each workshop is formatted to include activities stimulating both sides of the brain: creative ones to engage the right side, along with thinking and organizing queries engaging the left side.

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Chakras: Painting the Beauty Within

Chakras metaphors can be used as guideposts to navigate us to solutions and behaviour we want to nurture.

Using a variety of simple techniques and exercises we will explore each chakra and its themes.

Making art is a wonderful way to discover ourselves and develop self-compassion. Following descriptions of the chakras you will be guided us through a meditation and writing from the heart exercises and art-making. Music and gentle movement will be incorporated throughout. As colour and shapes emerge you will discover unique reference points that hold personal power and insights.



These simple intuitive paintings may include words and collages to become your private visual reference, or emblem, that crystallize inspired goals to support a value-centered life.

Thematic examples are:

Base: Solidity/Frailty, earth, security, red
Sacral: Boundlessness/Restriction, creativity, joyfulness, orange
Solar Plexus: Growth/Yielding, power, assumptions, yellow
Heart: Harshness/Softness, compassion, sensitivity, green
Throat: Expression/Suppression, communication, freedom, blue
Third Eye: Inner/Outer, perception, clarity, purple
Crown: Unity/Dissonance, bliss, harmony, gold/white

“Thank you again for an enjoyable creative evening last Wednesday. You were wonderful and inspiring!”

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Blueprints in motion: Life as a map

Building our life is like building a home or planning a city. While playing with metaphors and painting our life stories and plans will emerge on canvas.

The first step is to recognize what is there, what works, what is temporarily blocked off, the U-turns and dead ends. The next step is to visualize what kind of place we want to live in: its spaciousness, its tightly organized areas, the structured zones and naturally flowing ones, as well as the roads, paths, bridges and round-abouts connecting them.

As we assess the existing parameters and access various concepts, we will plan a layout to build a good foundation toward our new projects. Discover how your body holds clues and visions of the life you dream of.

“Thank you so much for your guidance and resources. It really makes me feel like you believe in me. That means A LOT.”

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Art Journaling

Workshop description to follow shortly.
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Body Mapping

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The Artist’s Way: Creating Life as Art

This course is based on “The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,” a book by Julia Cameron which has been translated in 34 languages and sold over two million copies.

A groundbreaking book, it has helped more than a million people access their creativity and realize their dreams.  The Artist’s Way shows us that increased creativity is a teachable, trackable process and that increased creativity makes us happier, healthier, more productive, and more authentic in everything we do.

The Artist Way program is intended for all who want to honestly learn something about themselves and others, and to transform their current situation with creativity and compassion. It is not about teaching artistic techniques but rather is much closer to a step-by-step personal development course.

Rooted in state-of-the-art concepts on creativity theory, behaviour and group dynamics, this process is quite modern, yet can seem timeless as it blends methods of personal reflection that are thousands of years old with 21st-century behavioural science.

Unlocking old patterns and limited thinking, it deals with the building blocks and essence of careers, family and personal interests.

WEEK-BY-WEEK COURSE OUTLINE
1. Recognizing and dealing with criticism; feeling about a chosen path
2. Self-doubt to self-assertion
3. Anger and shame as messengers; the sense of "Yes, I Can!"
4. Reviewing beliefs, desires and how we spend our time
5. Recognizing our limits, virtue traps and joy of dreams
6. Money and sources of luxury and wealth; relationship with Source
7. Inner awareness; risk taking; desire indicators; inspiration
8. Ways of ‘survival’; gains disguised as loss
9. Compassion for self and others, fear, creative U-turns, self-care
10. Personal potential; limits; addictions
11. Following and planning a vision; acceptance; success
12. Leading from the heart, mind and spirit; mystery; trust

WHO ATTENDS
This workshop purposely attracts an eclectic mix of participants, many who wish they were more creative - or richer, healthier, happier. Workshop members have included business professionals, health care providers and educators, as well as accomplished and amateur artists.
Regardless of their background they often desire forward movement in one or more of the following areas:

- Initiate and complete a creative project in business, science or art
- Work through emotions that block insight and creative expression
- Gain understanding into current personal or business relationships
- Uncover their unique voice and personal values
- Plan transition from one career or life phase into another
- Overcome burnout or find new meaning in work
- Increase levels of optimism, joy and productivity

Louise Lalande, of coCreations, is one of only two accredited ‘Artist Way’ facilitators in Canada since 2008.
For scientific research findings please click here.
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Yoga: Dropping Into Creative States

As we combine yoga, meditation and simple art-making the surface chatter of cogitation and judgment will quiet to tune into a place of calm, clarity and inspiration.

Whether you’re a gardener, chef, summer knitter, or weekend woodworker, hobbies and art-making often give the feeling of being completely present, awake, and alive.

Join us as we tap into higher inspiration and innate skills with yogic tools and teachings that align body, mind and spirit to fuel and your expressive abilities and experience a lasting sense of interconnectedness and harmony.

Take time to connect with your inner-self and energy source; you’ll find that your natural abilities and wisdom will flow better. You don’t need to know how to paint, draw, or practice yoga to join us.
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Louise has been a yogini since 1994, for the first ten years she studied with Joyce Lagasse who combined iyengar and hatha yoga. The first, detail-oriented about anatomy, movement and form; the second, slower and breath oriented. Combined, great for strength and endurance with gentleness and awareness.

Starting a regular meditation practice in 2004, she later studied Yin yoga with Dave Jewitt and others. In Yin yoga the meditative poses are held for several minutes at a time to calm and balance the body.
Practising Dahn yoga since 2015, she finds this holistic Korean system profoundly healing and strengthening. It blends yoga, tai chi, and breath work with meditation which combined increase flexibility, creativity and conscious awareness.
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Colourful Creative Self-Care Strategies

Using a variety of simple techniques, exercises and proven step-by-step methods, the visual language of colour shapes and textures emerge, providing unique reference points that hold power and insights. 

We will review some of the latest scientific findings that reveal the intricate connection of body mind spirit. Music, sound, collage, movement, visualizations and other explorations are incorporated throughout as you reflect on how your creative expression leads to reduced stress, better health, increased life enjoyment and success.

Take a break from your normal schedule to discover natural ways to increase your optimism and productivity. Join us to playfully investigate how your unique talents and knowledge can be applied to create tailor-made self-care solutions in simple daily or weekly practices that will embellish your life.

“ I would like to tell you that I very much enjoyed your event and that I wouldn’t change a thing. I felt it was a great woman bonding experience and it was empowering.... I feel the more I will use my creativity and let my boundaries down that good things will come. Let me know if there will be similar events in the future I would gladly attend.”

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Mandala Magic and Mindfulness

Explore the ancient wisdom of the sacred art and science of mandalas to safely connect or effectively awaken your soul. Using the expressive art of the mandala, meditation and intentionality, you will investigate unique ways to surmount challenges of life, open to expanding creativity, and increase your experience of joy, love and wholeness.

As we turn inward to investigate the mind, we discover our essential nature and innate wisdom. Mandalas access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious and the source of creativity. Representing wholeness, mandala’s circular designs suggest the notion that life is cyclical.

Using a variety of simple techniques and exercises we will work with themes to discover individual reference points of power, inspiration and dreams. Music and visualizations will be incorporated throughout our explorations. Join us to relax and reflect as you slow down to find inner peace.

“I really felt the workshop was excellent.
You helped us build on our creativity, it was a real pleasure.”

”She subtly and skillfully led the group through a therapeutic process of reflection, self-expression, and discovery, while introducing us to various art forms and media.
Her approach was philosophical and intellectual, but non-threatening, relaxed and inclusive.
I would highly recommend Louise to groups or individuals interested in exploring new strategies to better understand underlying emotions, needs and goals.
She has inspired me to adopt a practice of art journaling in order to continue my own journey."
- Susan Josselyn, Partner, Management Audit & Investigation Services