Presenters 2021 Loving Healing Creating Summit
Alisha Wielfaert is a creativity, transitions, and resiliency coach who lives by the motto “We rise by lifting others”. She is the creator of the Yoke and Abundance Wise Women Wednesday interviews, panels and 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 founded 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. She is a certified Positive Psychology Practitioner and recently named one of the Triad Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Alisha is an avid traveler, writer and speaker who enjoys working with anyone who has a propensity to take action towards their dreams.
Over the last four years, I’ve worked hard at perfecting and improving my art techniques, my self-care routine, and how to use art to improve my mental health. Here's a quick backstory. In 2016 I was admitted on a suicide watch because I was in the depths of a nasty postpartum depression. While I was admitted, I found a natural love and talent for art. That was the first time I realized I could use art to help me heal.
Since then, I've never stopped painting and drawing. In August 2020, I became a Therapeutic Art Life Coach and I'm currently completing my Bachelors degree in Fine Art Education, with the plan to get my masters in Art Therapy to become a licensed art therapist.
Amanda a Mixed Media Artist uses a variety of materials – paint, clay, fabric, stitch, book making, natural and recycled fibers creating art telling stories using colour, texture and layers. She explores the use of art and creativity on health & mental well-being including its use with dementia & caring. She has spoken at various conferences and seminars on benefits of creative activities on health in London, Barbados and Montserrat.
She curates an Arts in Health Network, writes for her website and blogs and produces weekly episodes for her podcast and Art YouTube Channel sharing art tutorials, insights, interviews and reviews.
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.
A twenty-five year love affair with watercolor has taught Angela Fehr that it is the heart that gives life to our art.
Since 2013, Angela has empowered watercolor lovers all over the world with her gentle, open and authentic approach to teaching loose watercolor; an approach that allows painters to make peace with the learning process, creating paintings that don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Angela’s online courses have inspired thousands of students and can be found at learn.angelafehr.com. Her extensive course list includes ‘Learn Watercolor the Heart Led Way’ and ‘Heart-Led Landscapes in Watercolor’ as well as a comprehensive ‘Watercolor Mastery’ course designed to help students focus on principles and quickly level up their skills. Her Fearless Artist Community is full of students exploring heart-led expression, posting their experiments and discussing ways to break out of fear as they become their own favorite artists.
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.
Cherie Phillips is a self tautght artist and therapeutic art coach helping woman to find healing, hope and faith through the process of art.
She combines the ancient practice of Reiki with heaing art projects to help women heal from past traumas and present hurts.
Cherie's love is to host healing art retreats where women (and girls) are pampered and provided a safe place to open up and rediscover their true authentic self.
My name is Christina. I have been dabbling in the art field since I was quite young. My first love has always been photography and will always be my first love. Married to the same awesome sailor (hence, me being the mermaid) since 1982! We have 2 wonderful young men, both living their own adventures. I learned a lot of stuff from my dad, mainly that no matter if something was broke..we always figured a way to fix it. I was like a second son. Always in the garage working on the jeep. I even learned how to paint it, twice! I did some pin striping and painted the logo on it.. It was a race jeep, but was also street legal (I think). I painted my first car mostly by myself and it was super fun! Guess you can say I got a taste for making a huge mess when I was young!
Today, I consider myself a mixed media artist. I strongly believe we can have more than one love of the arts. My style is forever changing, but for the best, I think.
Christine is a mixed media artist and teacher who guides others to find self expression through art and who enjoys finding creativity in the little things. Chris works intuitively through her art journals, paintings and mixed media pieces, letting feeling and emotion guide her. She enjoys making layers using a variety of materials including paint, paper, fabric and metal. Chris lives near Victoria, BC where she loves to walk in the rain forests with her dog, Indie.
Consie Sindet is Creativity Coach and teacher. She believes that we should always be learning, growing, trying, failing and embracing the process. She's been teaching creativity in many forms for 13+ years and before online classes were even a thing, she taught in-person art classes to hundreds of women. Consie finds that art journaling is the most freeing way to express herself. She wants us all to know that we can find freedom, playfulness, and joy by slapping down some paint, gluing magazine pages to a piece of paper, adding doodling & marks, finding a quote that screams...'THIS IS HOW I FEEL TODAY!"...and calling it good enough.
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.
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.
Hali Karla is an artist, creative practice guide, transformation coach, and practicing contemplative. Passionate about the intersection of art, healing and spirituality, she offers courses and encouragement in intuitive painting, creative practice development, art+soul connections, and holistic perspectives that are grounded in presence, inspired with freedom, and infused with a sense of sacred joy+purpose.
Jess Malli Mercier
I am a long time creative soul, a mixed media artist, as well as a graphic designer. My goal is to inspire others to be free in their creative process. When creating an art journal, the end result isn't the most important part, it is the time that we take to make art, and the telling of our stories that should take precedent. It is a special place to express emotions, fears, joys, and things that we love. It is an opportunity to document your life, a safe haven for your inner thoughts and feelings, and the time that we take to free ourselves in the creation process can be very powerful. This form of art is open to so much experimentation and passion. It is a brilliant exercise for people and artists trying to find their style, and are just beginning or are unsure of their level of talent. Art journaling has been such an important part of my life as a woman and as an artist simultaneously, and I love to share things that I have learned in my own journey through this medium.
I help people connect with themselves in ways they never knew possible, break personal barriers, and live their free-est most bada$$ lives - and I do it all through epic dance parties (=
I'm Jordan, professional dancer, movement and fitness coach and founder and hype-woman at MyMovementality. Seeking to lead the best quality of life and continue to evolve into the best version of myself, I became obsessed with figuring out how to merge all things healthy with all things fun. I started with what I knew best: DANCE. Once I figured out how to harmoniously pair the joy of movement with the art of play, BOOM - MyMovementality was born.
MyMovementality is a platform dedicated to helping everyone lead their happiest, healthiest, most kick ass lives through movement. We post tons of free dance and fitness videos, health and wellness workshops, self love and self care content and so much more!
I truly believe in changing the world through movement, and (of course) the biggest, best dance party ever!
Kate is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a community health researcher. She has spent almost 30 years as a professional Health Promoter and health educator. Along the journey, Kate has advocated for the importance of how physical health impacts our mental health and how movement can maximize our learning and creativity. She helps women feel strong and capable in their bodies, regardless of age or functional level, by integrating movement, exercise, mindfulness and self-compassion.
Kimberly Crowe is an Everyday Mystic
Kimberly is an internationally known visionary teacher, artist and transformational healer with 30 years' experience. She’s a Code activator and is the Sacred Witness to the Inner Awakened Mastery ("I Am") Retonements.
Guided by your authentic power Kimberly can tap directly into your soul to help you achieve your purpose and passions in life. With precise inner vision and loving compassion, Kimberly will work with you to identify and release energetic blocks and imbalances that have kept you limited. She can assist you in letting go of fear and negative thought patterns so you can truly live your most passionate and successful life!
Kimberly witnesses the matrices of the Divine (and not so Divine). She uses this awareness to transmit multidimensional healing frequencies infused in Light Codes. She assists the awakening of your Mastery purpose for its highest expression, bypassing the mind strongholds and clearing obstacles to destiny embodiment.
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.
Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers, and The INFJ Revolution, as well as the West Coast Trilogy, an autobiographical fiction series. She is also a writing coach for writers of the INFJ and INFP personality type and blogs about writing, creativity and personality theory at laurensapala.com.
Lisa McGrath is a National Board Certified Teacher, Personal Coach, International Bestselling Author and Speaker who offers inspirational, practical, and spiritual guidance. She teaches women to find clarity, purpose, and direction with the intentional acts that help them achieve their goals and live their Intentional Life with her monthly online coaching program, A Pilgrimage to Self and private coaching practice at www.lisamcgrath.me.
Lisa has earned degrees in English Literature, Art History, Education, and has a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies. After studying in Europe, she became a college humanities instructor for twelve years and then a high school English Language Arts teacher for over twenty years. With an interest in healing, she continued her education in Neuro-linguistic programming, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reiki (Level 1), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Life Coaching.
Malva Gasowski is an international business trainer, coach, and speaker for corporate soft HR skills. She is an international best-selling author and summit host. She is also a parenting coach and couples counsellor working with parents and couples from all walks of life implementing the positive parenting approach to build closeness in the family.
She helps women become happy moms, with a positive home and balanced work-life.
She helps dads be fulfilled in their parenting roles as well as helping them manage their team at work.
She helps couples find their spark and resolve their issues to build a passionate and loving partnership.
She helps single people grow a loving relationship with themselves to feel fulfilled in their life.
As an international business trainer and coach, She helps people achieve success in their companies (top international corporations).
My name is Nikol Wikman I live in Victoria, BC Canada with my husband and two children. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I loved art class in school and spent hours upon hours sketching. As I grew up I experimented with different creative avenues. I tried sewing, sculpting, took a stained glass course, beaded, made jewelry. Anything to feed the creative yearning in my soul. In my 20's I decided to try painting again (which I hadn't done since high school). I painted simple pieces for my apartment and loved it! It was so fun to grab a canvas, throw some paint on it and have my own unique piece of art! For a few years I painted here and there but nothing too serious. After my son was born I was struggling a little bit, lonely as a new mom. I decided to make a point of painting (almost) daily. It was one of the best decisions I ever made! In the studio(aka my dining room) I felt like I found myself again! I loved it so much I couldn't stop. The process of playing with pure liquid colour does something to my heart that nothing else does. I never get bored of it. When I paint I feel joyful and free!
Sage Adderley-Knox is masterful at helping people on their writing journey. She has over 16 years of self-publishing and book marketing experience. She travels throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond to lead zine and writing workshops at various high schools, colleges, and universities. Sage is super passionate about writing, teaching, and networking with other creative people.
Sage resides in the magical land of Olympia, Washington, where she swoons over the breathtaking view of Mount Rainier. As well as being a writing coach and published author, she's a single mom of three, a coffee lover, and a vintage typewriter collector. Sage is passionate about kindness and snail-mail.
Serena is an Alcohol Ink & Mixed Media artist and teacher. Originally from Montreal, she currently calls Edmonton, Alberta home.
In addition to teaching in-person workshops, she also teaches e-courses and regularly presents at online conferences. In 2018 she launched the popular YouTube channel, "Alcohol Inks: A-Z"
Serena is also a Registered Nurse who has worked as a CPR and First Aid instructor for several years. She has taught thousands of students from all walks of life; her experience as an adult educator has given her the ability to share her love of art with others by inspiring them and nurturing their love of art.
Serena is currently a contributor for the Alcohol Ink Art Society. She is known for her water-inspired work, and for her love of blue.
I am a mixed media artist, based in Cornwall, UK. I trained in both textiles and fine art and both disciplines lead me to a very experimental approach in my artwork. Living here in Cornwall I am surrounded by amazing scenery and the magic of the ocean and Cornish history is filled with mystery and legends of mermaids and smugglers-not to mention tales of King Arthur! All of this feeds my soul with imagination! I'm inspired by fantasy and whimsy and I'm fascinated by expressive faces and story art. My work is often accompanied by tales or poems. I believe creativity is in everyone, there is no 'wrong' way to create-just enjoy the process!
Susan is a printmaker, online art tutor, author and also a yoga teacher. She has published a number of books on art and creativity as well as delivering online courses and a special ‘Inspire’ membership group that helps to keep people inspired on a regular basis. Susan loves to combine mindfulness and yoga with sketching and believes that art can have a wonderful power to heal and to help us to relax and enjoy life a little more. One of her BIG projects is an annual sketchbook challenge (01 Jan each year) that invites absolutely anyone and everyone to join in and sketch every day for 30 days in a row on a set prompt. Susan sells her own prints and work via her website an teaches all her techniques (and specialisms in Linocut) online as well.