2022 Loving Healing Creating Summit
This years summit has now ended
Larissa is an Entrepreneur, International Best Selling Author, Speaker, Artist, Coach and Healer. She is the Founder of Creative U, an online coaching and learning platform that helps women step into their authenticity with the help of creativity.
Larissa has authored books such as ‘Gratitude: How to Live with Joy and Gratefulness’, ‘A Happier You: In 5 Minutes a Day’, as well as 2 creativity journals ‘Have an Amazingly Creative Day!’ and ‘How Do I Have an Amazingly Creative Day?’, and she co-authored the International best seller ‘The Power of Why’.
Larissa is blessed to work with women who are ready to make change in their lives. As a master of change, through her life adventures, Larissa has a unique perspective that helps women learn and feel comfortable with their boundaries, as well as what they really want from their lives.
Iris Fritschi-Cussens isa Dutch mixed media artist, teacher & vlogger based in London, UK where she lives with her husband, 2 kids and many pets.
Iris is passionate about art and art journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. Her art style is raw and colorful and in it, she seeks to express her feelings. Her hope is that others will see, share and feel understood in the emotions that she expresses in her paintings.
Online she loves to share her art, her outlook, and her creative life through pictures, writing & videos. She certainly doesn’t have it all together, she's just figuring things out and sharing the process as she does and hoping she can inspire those on a similar journey along the way!
Joyce van der Lely
Joyce van der Lely is an Empowerment Guide + Dream Creator for multi-passionate Changemakers and Magical Misfits.
She helps multi-passionate changemakers and Magical Misfits to make their mark + achieve more of their dreams and desires.
Born in the Netherlands Joyce moved to the opposite side of the globe, to New Zealand, and has been living there since 1995. She had a really big awakening moment after losing almost all in the 2010/2011 earthquakes in Christchurch. It transformed her life and how she chose to work from then on. She knows first hand how to go from Chaos to Calm and how to rise back up like the mythical Phoenix. She uses her personal magic + medicine every single day so she can follow her dreams.
Joyce also has a thing for Angels and Wings ('cause wings can make you FLY and she dreamt of flying ever since she was a little girl.
She's also a mum to two highly creative teenagers and her soul mate is always in the wings or backstage supporting her wild wanderings.
Some fun facts: Joyce loves stories, liquorice and avocados. Spicy food, blue cheese and black coffee (not necessarily in that order)
Ildikó Karsay, from Hungary, Budapest is a Mother of 3 children.
Loving creativity comes from her childhood, she was curious and tried everything she met.
Ildy feels at home in acryl, watercolour, silk, batik and oil too. She loves to explore new mediums and materials.
Ildy knows that art heals and she teaches that the road is important not the result. She gets inspiration nowadays from nature.
Julia Ostara, aka Jules, is an artist, author, explorer, farm girl, imperfectionist, mystic, mountain momma, playful painter, reverent, sweet spirit, and thrivivalist. Jules is the author of The Girl Who Dances With Delight. She also created the Heart of Life and Soul Songs inspirational oracle card decks. She found that making art helped to heal a broken heart after her mom lost her body to ovarian cancer in 2010. Her hope is to make something beautiful from the broken and carry on a legacy of love.
When a consulting company she was working for went bankrupt, Jules chose to leave the profession. Her salary plummeted, yet her heart opened when she took a position at a Montessori school. She did that until giving birth to twin boys 3 months before their due date! Her world changed in an instant to revolve around the NICU schedule and hoping her babies would survive. Thankfully, they are thriving teen boys now and having kids gave her an excuse to play with art supplies again. She’s been painting a more colorful life ever since and loves to encourage others to explore the medicine and magic of their own creativity!
Megan Wagner creates watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media pieces of art and helps people discover their own natural creativity.
She used to suffer from stress and anxiety during her time working in a toxic corporate environment until she took on the challenge of learning how to paint with watercolors. The beauty of painting helped her take back control over her mental health, which is something that has always been important for her because it's what drives her creativity as an artist.
Nowadays, she teaches others how they can tap into their own natural creativity and alleviate stress or anxiety through art-based activities like painting or drawing so they can be more empowered in their work and personal life.
Sue is a mixed media artist based in beautiful Cornwall, UK (deep in Poldark country for those of you who watch the show!) She trained in both Fashion/Textiles and Fine Art and I has had a long and varied career, including work as a glass engraver and also designing and making headdresses and accessories for a small bridal house. She has been running face-to-face workshops and sharing art skills and practices for many years now, has organized a number of successful joint exhibitions and delighted in bringing creative inspiration to all! As a proud single mum of two amazing daughters, she can't pretend it wasn't a struggle at times, and although she never stopped learning and creating she also worked a LOT of hard, rubbish jobs on the side to get to where she wanted to be and keep a roof over their heads! She still works long hours, but she now works out of her studio in the back of her own little gallery/gift shop and offers online lessons and courses sharing her skills and experience with others at all stages of their creative paths. It brings her so much joy to share and encourage creativity in others and she believes it is vital to us as humans to be able to express ourselves.
Alisha Wielfaert is a coach who helps creatives, entrepreneurs, and seekers, going through transitions, align with inner wisdom to create flourishing businesses and lives in 6 weeks. She lives by the motto “We rise by lifting others”. She is the creator of the Yoke and Abundance Wise Women Podcast. Alisha spent 11 years as an award-winning internal wholesaler in the life insurance industry. Early in her career in corporate America Alisha became a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and went on to open her own yoga studio, Greensboro Downtown Yoga. While juggling a successful full-time job and running her own business Alisha discovered the tools she used to spark creative endeavors and bring mindfulness into her days were the very tools that made her most successful in all other aspects of her life. Alisha has been an entrepreneur for 8 years founding two successful businesses. She was recently awarded 40 under 40 by the Triad Business Journal. Alisha is currently studying "Failure as a Sacred Rite" and working on a book to help us navigate failure as a holy experience in the process of creating significance in our lives and businesses. She enjoys working with anyone who has a propensity to take action towards their dreams.
Tamara is a South African artist, living in Poland. In the journey towards her Inner Parts, Art is her ever-faithful Guide. She uses art to unearth her hidden self, sit with it/them/feelings; understand their shapes, purposes, and truest intentions. This process isn’t always easy, or forthcoming, but she has yet to feel it isn’t worth it. Tamara's style is weird and whimsical, and she uses mixed media. Her favorite things to do, are to use unusual characters or moving mechanisms to tell her stories through her art.
Amber Fife lives on 4 wooded acres in South Jersey with her professor husband and homeschools her 4 children. With degrees in math and art, Amber found photography the marriage of the two.
After a decade of being in business and moving across the country, Amber felt something was missing, and she wanted to not feel crippled by anxiety. Her healing began in 2016 as she returned to her artistic roots and made time for creating on a regular basis.
Finding so much success in her own life, Amber began Women Create Weekly in 2018, a blog and online membership to help women find themselves again through watercolor painting. She enjoys running both businesses and finding life balance on a daily basis.
Amanda is a London Born Mixed Media Artist and has been creating and collaborating with a variety of artists around the world in group as well as solo exhibitions in London UK, Barbados, Montserrat. She has received Awards for her sculptures in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), and the Central Bank Crop Over Visual Arts Festival, Barbados for her sculptural art and textile wall hanging. Amanda also has her work published in 3 books - Zen Doodles – Tons of Tangles, Zen Doodles – Oodles of Doodles, and 1000 Dog Portraits.
Amanda loves creating and uses a variety of materials such as clay, fabric, recycled materials and collage, natural fibers, and dyes to create the art and tell a story that impacts the viewer through the use of color and texture. She is a firm believer in the positive impact that art and creativity can have on our health and wellbeing.
Amanda curates an Arts in Health Network alongside writing for her website and blogs. She also produces weekly episodes for her Podcast and YouTube sharing aspects of art, creativity, interviews and reviews.
Elizabeth's true passion is health and wellness through connecting the power of body, mind, and soul. For over 25 years she has enjoyed seeing life transformations with individuals seeking inner peace, confidence, health, and wellness. Elizabeth helps individuals identify the best tools and techniques to unlock the life they most desire.
She offers her clients and audience the tools to implement into everyday lives to attract great experiences, build strong healthy relationships, find more joy, health, and happiness with a renewed passion for life by shifting the focus on desires rather than on what they don't want. As a holistic life coach, energy practitioner, and business consultant some of the core foundations she incorporates into a session are a combination of life & success strategies, essential oils, crystals, meditation, Reiki, spiritual guidance, and Energy medicine bringing balance to the body, mind, and soul.
Christina has been dabbling in the art field since she was quite young. Her first love has always been photography and will always be her first love. Married to the same awesome sailor (hence, her being the mermaid) since 1982! They have 2 wonderful young men, both living their own adventures. Christina learned a lot of stuff from her dad, mainly that no matter if something was broke..they always figured a way to fix it. She was like a second son. Always in the garage working on the jeep. She even learned how to paint it, twice! She did some pinstriping and painted the logo on it. It was a racing jeep but was also street legal (she thinks). She painted her first car mostly by herself and it was super fun! Guess you can say she got a taste for making a huge mess when she was young!
Today, she considers herself a mixed media artist. She strongly believes we can have more than one love of the arts. Christina's style is forever changing, but for the best, she thinks.
Effy ‘Bird’ Wild, (she/her, INFJ, Libra with Libra rising and a Cap moon, soul number 9, in case you were curious) is an artist, writer, and teacher. She believes she was put on this earth to hold space for the part of you that yearns to be creative, and through creativity, come into alignment with your best, most healed most authentic self.
Cynthia Hauk (MFA), the founder of Mindful Creative Muse, is passionate about sharing simple, calming, and inspiring Mindful Art activities to help busy creatives de-stress and express themselves. Many of Cynthia's signature Mindful Art activities can be done in as little as 5 minutes and can help creatives move through blocks or feelings of Imposter Syndrome. Her Mindful Creative Muse YouTube Channel art videos have inspired creatives globally in more than 49 countries. You can find Cynthia's free resources, online Mindful Art workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings.
Deanna is a mixed media artist living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. A few years ago she was dealing with some serious, chronic health issues. She was having migraines almost daily and intense back pain that made life very difficult. Her doctor’s solution was to prescribe Tylenol 3’s by the hundreds. She was driven by this pain to seek a solution other than her doctor’s. One of the solutions turned out to be art.
Deanna started playing and dabbling, taking a few online courses and what she quickly realized is that no matter how much physical pain she woke up with, she didn’t feel any pain once she sat down at her easel. Now, a few years later, pain is no longer a significant part of her life. It was the release from the pain while she played with her art that gave her hope that she could move beyond that pain. Deanna has heard so many stories about how people have used art for healing and changed lives that she is moved to get this message out to anyone who will care to listen.
Deanna's mission is to help people understand how a creative practice can change their lives and that ANYONE can create. You don’t have to be a Picasso to create work that is meaningful and beautiful to YOU. It is about the process and what the process gives you more so than the finished product.
Deborah Epstein, LMT is the founder and CEO of Oasis Healing Arts, LLC.
She is a visionary artist, shamanic practitioner and Myofascial Release Therapist.
She received her art education from Rhode Island School of Design and studied art and healing facilitation at Salve Regina.
She is a Reiki Master, Studied Theta Healing, Craniosacral therapy, is an initiate in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Cross Cultural Shamanism taught by don Oscar Miro Quesada and is a licensed massage therapist. She has studied and practices the art of Myofascial Release, founded by John F. Barnes, PT. After some time as an instructor for Myofascial Release Seminars, Deborah was invited to work at Therapy on The Rocks, one of John Barnes’ two clinics in the country. Deborah sold her private practice in Massachusetts and moved to Sedona, AZ. After working at TOR for three years, she followed her dream: to blend Artistic expression, shamanic ceremony and Myofascial Release, and founded Oasis Healing Arts, LLC.
Lee Clements is a mixed media artist and teacher living in Melbourne Australia, who is dedicated to sharing her passion for creativity as an essential part of our self-care and wellbeing toolkit. Lee works intuitively in her art journals and paintings, expressing feelings and emotions, interpreting what she sees around her by building up layers of paints, pen, pencil, and collage materials. In her art classes her mission is to inspire and encourage others to find their voice through reflection, creative exploration and expression, regardless of experience or artistic ability.
Christa is a full-time artist specializing in pastel, oil, acrylic and mixed media art. After spending 20 years in a finance career, she decided to follow her true passion and become a full-time artist. Christa spends her time sharing her passion with others, teaching others to be creative and exploring the world's landscape recreating it onto canvas. Her work is a mixture of realism, exploration, experimentation and pure fun.
She recently began creating a detailed and expressive Goddess series where she incorporates the divine feminine and illustrates the strength many women struggle to connect with in their daily lives. “We remember to nourish our bodies with food and water but seem to forget to remember to nourish our souls.” Why do we find our inner selves starving and yearning for something more? Christa hopes to encourage everyone to unleash their inner Goddess through her artwork. A current project is in the works to help others unleash their creative soul through art, music and creative expression. Helping creatives learn to nourish the soul, Creative Souls Art will explore creating from within and intuitively without the pressure of perfection and judgement.
April lives to empower women and has been doing so for over two decades. As a midwife, she has empowered women through one of the biggest transformations of their lives, their transition to motherhood. April is also an experienced coach and large group facilitator who inspires her community. She's committed to a continuous process of leveling up, and she's built her entire life around this principle. April has embraced and studied extensively the magical side of her sexuality for over 20 years and is now combining all of her talents into the Sacred Sisterhood of Sexuality, an online community of female identified people to witness and encourage each other to embrace their authentic sexual selves.
Maureen has been using Creativity as a pathway for healing and transformation for years.
She is a full-time mixed media Artist, Art & Meditation Teacher, Mother of two grown girls, and a Woman in Recovery living in North Carolina.
She makes art as a way to connect to the divine within, to pause to reflect, to honor the sacred.
Her passion is to guide women in connecting to their own innate sense of being through the creative process.
She helps her students to find & explore their unique creative path
She is a believer in intuitive wisdom, creative magic, and soul exploration.
Maureen's number one belief for her business The Soulful Creative, is that creativity is for everyone!
When she is not making art or teaching creative workshops, you’ll find her in the garden, worshiping the moon, or playing with her cat and sipping coffee with friends.