I’m taking an indefinite sabbatical from workshop leadership in 2018 to listen for guidance on how my work will unfold next.


With 25 years of workshop leadership experience, I joyfully offer soulful, engaging, and inspiring art & spirituality workshops.  I trust the creative spirit– alive in each of us– that emerges in the supportive, spiritual group atmosphere we create together.  Using simple yet meaningful art-making and writing activities, each of us discover fresh inner wisdom for the next step on our journey.  The process itself teaches our hearts!  Then we gain even more gifts from each other, as we share our stories in the circle.

These rich experiences require only an open heart, curious mind, and the desire to explore alongside fellow adventurers.  Expect a good dose of inspiring poetry, a few stories from my art and spiritual practice, supported opportunities for self-reflection, and the chance to enjoy art materials.  No art expertise necessary!  I’ll give just enough instruction to set you free– not telling you what to do– so you and creating get to discover each other.  You’ll be amazed by the nourishing insights that emerge.

Consider joining this deep, healing play in one of my workshops.  We’ll listen to the Divine and our true selves as we create.  I invite you to re-connect with your creative spirit, your authenticity, and your joy.

From Previous Participants:

“If you would like to meet yourself in a whole new way, and start to understand the wonder of your soul, attend Melanie’s workshop.”

“There is no need to feel art and creativity is about performance or technique.  This workshop help one reclaim the innate human capacity to create symbols and objects of meaning and beauty.”

“This program helped me integrate challenges into my life, sharpen my perspective, help me see what is truly important.”

“Melanie was the perfect facilitator– compassionate, astute, gentle and probing.” 

“A very deep, sacred art program that opens your soul.  Teacher is extremely compassionate, good listener, and open to your needs.”

“This program helped me learn more accessible ways to express myself, and to mine my inner wisdom and semi-hidden feelings.”

“This workshop was deeply moving.  The presenter was totally alive, in her element, and holding sacred space for the group.  The process was wonderful.  It broke my heart open.”

“I just wanted to say many thanks for your guidance and energy at Saturday’s creative workshop.  I had never done anything like this before and feel as though it has opened the floodgates for me. Thank you for pointing the way to bringing the joy back into my heart.”

“It was a glorious time of self-discovery and creativity.  I’m taking away seeds of a new me.”

“Melanie is a gifted artist and teacher.  Her gentle, accepting, and encouraging style was delightful.”

“Melanie is a genuinely intuitive artist and the way she offered her creative images and poetry was surprisingly authentic and inspiring.  I never felt threatened or put upon.”

“The workshop had so much depth and spaciousness.  Melanie has a gift for giving permission to explore the Sacred and she holds the space beautifully.”

“I simply loved the work you did with our church this summer.  It was a breath of fresh air and so rewarding.  You allowed me the chance to open my soul up and look deep inside it.  Thank you for that.”

“Just the right amount of creative prompts, discussion, and circle time, with lots of creative time and space.”

“I wanted to thank you for coming and working with the retreat this weekend.  The conversations I had with students on the trip back to the college reinforced just how much they got out of your presence.  It was wonderful to have a chance for experiential spirituality– especially for students who spend so much time dealing with the head-based world of academic religious study.”

“Melanie is a wise soul, inspiring and passionate about creativity and spirituality.  She creates a safe and exciting workshop with lots of magical moments and activities.”

“I just want to thank you for introducing me to journaling.  Spiritual journaling has done wonders for me.  I have a lot of things happening in my life right now and instead of turning to the bad things that can make you feel better, I have learned to pray through my Journal.  You have significantly changed my life.  Please keep up your wonderful and powerful ministry!”

“My friend and I attended your art seminar last Saturday and got a lot out of it.  It just felt good!  You’re a great facilitator, and my friend said he would really like to do another one– so I’m going to check your schedule.”

“I have a much clearer idea about my own next steps, nurturing my own creative gifts, and letting go of things that no longer serve.”

References available on request.

Prior workshop locations include: Pendle Hill Quaker Contemplative Study Center, Spiritual Directors International Annual Conference, Earlham School of Religion, Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center, Bethany Theological Seminary, Colorado College, Guilford College, Willamette University, Portland State University, Earlham College, Grinnell College, Lewis & Clark College, Wilmington College, The Labyrinth Society National Gathering, Franciscan Spiritual Center, Monastery of St Gertrude, Reedwood Center for Christian Studies, Friends General Conference Youth Retreat, Casa San Benito, Springwater Presbyterian Church, West Hills Friends Quaker Meeting, Melanie’s personally and co-hosted workshop events at Brave Joy Studio and other places, and more.