Creativity is Spirituality
By April Kling Meyer
Creativity is SpiritualityJun 27, 2023
Following Dandelions Wherever They May Go with Jack Darling, Magician, Performer, & Storyteller
Jack Darling is an award winning writer, storyteller, actor and magician-- "an all around rascal and romantic." Jack is featured on the podcast "Strangers" in a two part series called "Jack Be Nimble" and is a five time "Best of Fest" Frontera Fest Winner. Jack won magician of the year in 2017 with the duo Turning Tricks with The Darlings and is currently finishing up a novel about "Hale" loosely based on Jack's childhood.
You can find Jack at:
Seeing the Unseen with Chioma Fanawopo, DEI Facilitator & Parent-Teen Coach
Chioma Fanawopo is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with 20 years’ experience in education, private, public and not-for-profit sectors and as a trustee and school governor. Having a knack for creating safe spaces for leadership as well as the talented people that support them, she facilitates and leads difficult conversations that act as a catalyst for change to transform behavior and get results. Chioma specializes in delivering training on all aspects of diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity. She is passionate about neurodiversity, intersectionality, menopause and gender gias as a facilitator, speaker, and teen/parent coach, and is a sincere woman of faith.
Chioma and her work can be found on:
...and please check out and join her "Parenting Power" FB group she mentions on the episode, here.
Infinite Words and Forms for a Limitless God with Heidi Carter, Money Mindset Coach
Caring for the Most Vulnerable with Rokea Jones, Birth Worker, Educator, and Community Advocate
Join us as we discuss all of this, along with the purpose of PURPOSE and the merits of global travel.
Rokea and her brilliant works can be found at:
Tubman Center for Health and Freedom
Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 Under 40"
Finding our Lost Legacy Within with Amy Torok, Co-Author and Producer of Missing Witches
She and Risa Dickens produce the Missing Witches podcast and zine and are the co-authors of New Moon Magic: 13 Anti-Capitalist Tools for Resistance and Re-Enchantment. (September 2023), and Missing Witches: Reclaiming True Histories of Feminist Magic (March 2021). BUST magazine wrote “Dickens and Torok teach us what it means to create art, engage in activism, and exist at the intersection of witchcraft and feminism.” Find their books, podcast, zine and coven at MissingWitches.com
Healing the Body with Curiosity and Creativity with Asal Shokati
Asal Shokati served a variety of roles in the arenas of finance, lending, and business consulting and have worked with hundreds of small businesses and startups as well as educational facilities. Over time, the stress of her career and the autoimmune condition she struggles to manage forced her to reevaluate her relationship with her body, which led her to not only the amazing creative healing power of Ayurveda, but also led her back to her roots and back into union with her body and her self.
Asal loves to paint, cycle, walk in nature and play the mystical Persian instrument of Setar and sometimes dance. A native of Tehran in Iran, Asal has lived in Texas for over 20 years and practices as an Ayurvedic practitioner and a certified yoga teacher with additional training from Restorative Yoga.
Asal Shokati can be found at:
@AsalShokati on YouTube
@mysticallly.asal on Instagram
The Nourishment of Your Inner Witch with Andrea Gomez, The Nourishing Witch
Andrea Gomez is a witch & creatrix, and her medicine comes from the intersection between self-discovery, creation & magic. She creates art to touch people’s hearts, experiences of transformation, spaces of liberation, and tools of self-honor. Through her one-on-one mentoring and group containers, she takes you on a journey to explore your inner landscape, recognize what makes you unique, honor your gifts, release your conditioning and find the courage to fully express the beauty of your soul.
Find her medicine over at: https://www.nourishingwitch.com/
Get her free offering: “Embrace your Creative Magic”
Listen to her podcast The Mess & The Magic
Find Andrea on IG @nourishingwitch
Exciting New Developments for Creativity is Spirituality
1. We have a new website! www.creativityisspirituality.com
2. I am releasing my first book available on that new website:
THE DEVOTION JOURNAL WORKBOOK: a 28 day writing journey through the process of self-love, starting from scratch with daily journaling prompts
3. Actually I am releasing TWO books, both available on that new website:
MAKE THE DREAM WORK 3-MONTH FILL-IN-THE-BLANK DREAM JOURNAL: a quick and easy method to record all that your subconscious is eager to communicate with you every morning when you wake up.
🥳 You can celebrate by buying as many copies of the books as you can, ok? 🎉
Poke around the website and see what you think.
Now... LET'S CELEBRATE!!! Go buy some books! 📚📖
An Alchemical Cocktail of Spiritual & Cultural Influences with Hrisstina Hasamova
"I am here to dream and weave the dream of walking back home-together."
Hrisstina's weekly videos and updates about offerings can be found on her Instagram at @hriss_ti.
Her website is hrissti.com.
Liberating the Creative Mind with Maria Bowler, Creative Coach and Influencer
Anyone on TikTok & Instagram knows Maria Bowler as one of the brightest stars out there telling us the truth about our creative minds and how vital our personal creativity is to our lives in a world where we are pressured to merely produce and consume. On this episode, we have the unique honor to dive into Maria's own personal bio to hear about her own journey through her upbringing and coming-of-age as an academic, and through her intriguing story of inner resistance as she endeavored to freely converse about what was emerging from her heart within the spiritual spaces she inhabited.
Maria Bowler is a creative coach who describes herself as "a marriage counselor for you and your highest creativity," combining neurobiology, positive psychology, philosophy, craft theory, and contemplative practice. She is a proud Canadian who is a certified Life Coach, Enneagram Applications Professional, and Spiritual Director who sews her own clothes and holds an MFA from Yale and is an MFA candidate at University of Minnesota.
SNEAK PREVIEW: Maria Bowler kicking off Season FOUR!
Mind-Body Spirituality Through Sports and Athleticism with Alexander Meyer, UX Designer and Archery Coach
Here's the TEDx talk referenced in the episode with Tim Harford.
Alexander can be found at:
A Dream Can Reveal Your Future, featuring Meghan Rauker, Community Organizer
For more information about the organizations Meghan mentions in this episode, you can visit:
Go Austin Vamos Austin (GAVA)
GroundWork Music Project
Harness the Power of Silence with Jude-Martin, Mindfulness and Wellbeing Practitioner and Coach
Jude-Martin is a people and organisational development professional with 15+ years’ specialism in Leadership, Culture Change, and Personal Development. He has worked with public, private & not-for-profit organisations in education, insurance, transport, healthcare, professional services, and consulting sectors in the UK and Australia. His mission is to use social media to bring mindfulness practices to as many as possible, particularly those in the workplace, so they can be at their best and move with confidence by applying simple mindfulness practices, including learning to harness the power of silence.
Connect with Jude-Martin here:
- Website: www.jude-martin.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @judemartinetuka
- Twitter: Jude_MEtuka
Visit https://jude-martin.groovepages.com/corporatemeditation for more info on how to book Jude-Martin for yourself or your organization.
Look out for: Jude’s new online Masterclass – Total Self Transformation, currently in production and scheduled for release December 2021.
Storytelling and the (Super) Hero's Journey with James Prescott, Author and Podcaster
James Prescott has hosted the Poema Podcast since 2015, where he curates conversations with international authors, speakers and advocates on topics of spirituality, faith, mental health, grief and identity. He’s contributed to Huffington Post, Thrive Global and many other publications. You can find James online at jamesprescott.co.uk and follow him on Twitter & Instagram at @JamesPrescott7.
The Negotiation Process of Peace Building, with Cassandra Lawrence, Racial Justice Community Organizer and Interfaith Dialogue Facilitator
Cassandra Lawrence works engaging faith communities to address anti-Muslim discrimination. She is a trained mediator, dialogue facilitator, and interfaith and racial justice community organizer. She also teaches negotiation and conflict transformation primarily to faith communities. She has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in comparative ethnic conflict from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2021 she completed a master of divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary with honors, specializing in Public Theology, and received the Excellence in Public Theology Award.
She can be found on Twitter at @casslawrence.
An Intimate Spiritual Relationship to Nature with Sophie Strand, Author and Visionary
And you can continue to follow her work and poetry on Facebook or Instagram: @cosmogyny.
Having Faith in Good Humor with Brooke Preston, Humorist, Storyteller, and Writer
Follow her on Twitter at @bigu.
The Connective Tissue of the Spirit with Johanna Bell, Yoga Instructor and Spiritual Counselor
Johanna is the director of Illumina Yoga and is known as a teacher of teachers and an inspiration fairy who mentors countless yoga instructors on their ever expanding journeys. She is a sequencing specialist devoted to the infinite creative and connective stream of each individual’s truth and is the founder of the Full Spectrum Sequencing Approach. Her classes incorporate poetry, moving metaphor and music in a rich orchestral way that guides the student on a soulful, sweaty journey into the heart of what it means to be human. As a spiritual counselor, she is recognized for her ability to see the light, wholeness and infinite potential within everyone she meets.
The Appreciation and Archival of Beauty with Cheryl O'Meara, Owner of Print Pattern Archive
Cheryl O’Meara is a designer and owner of an antique textile and wallpaper archive. Cheryl and her archive are resident at The Monastery, Manchester where she is creative consultant as well as studying (with April!) to be a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister.
As a designer she works with many well known brands from high street to haute couture, as well as creating magical interiors for hotels, homes and now a Monastery!
Her constant creativity is grounded in daily spiritual practice and a love of nature.
You Are What You Pretend to Be with Eileen Keller, Social Physicist, and Media Investment Strategist
"Eileen is a Social Physicist and Media Investment Strategist with an empathetic heart centered in a casing of imagination and the Founder/CEO of ideality.com and Blitz Media Labs. In the 1980's Eileen authored a college text book on advertising called, Blitz: You Are What You Pretend To Be, a hands-on book to help students become proficient in media buying. She taught classes at Southwest Texas State University and has instructed many advertising professionals around the country with Media Buying Academy. She has been the visionary force in presidential campaigns, global advertising campaigns, internet strategies, and creating reality platforms. Eileen is a past president of the Austin Advertising Federation. In 1995-96 she was awarded The American Advertising Federation's District's Member of the Year for her work." (from her website, www.ideality.com)
Her work at ideality.com has earned the UK's prestigious Content Creation Award, along with earning her a Best of the Best award and placement in 2020's Who's Who in the US.
Repurposing and Real Purpose with Maria Jordan O’Reilly, Artist and Community Leader
A Very Special Conversation on Sacred Creativity with Andrew Harvey, Mystic, Author, and World-Renowned Spiritual Teacher
Andrew Harvey is Founder & Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.
Andrew Andrew was born in south India, where he lived until he was nine years old. He left India to attend private school in England and entered Oxford University. Harvey had become disillusioned with life at Oxford and returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey. Over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices.
He has since lived in London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco, and has continued to study (and teach the wisdom of) a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. He has written and edited over 30 books.
(Bio excerpts taken from his website, https://www.andrewharvey.net/meet-andrew)
A Personal Evolution in Political Vision with Steve Kling, Software Architect, Army Veteran, and... My Older Brother
Capturing the Dark Elements of Memory with Suella Holland, Photographer
Putting Everything Together Around the Table with Karen Knight, Community Leader and Sustainability Expert
Karen Knight is an experienced community leader, sustainability expert, project manager and entrepreneur. In her 30+ year career, Karen has served as an active International Living Future Institute (ILFI) ambassador, has lead multi-disciplinary teams in environmental and health intervention, and has trained as a practitioner of both Creative Alchemy™ and Mobius Method™ as a professional facilitator. She and her partner Graham have been working these past few years to create and expand 67-acre Ardor Wood Farm in Red Rock, Texas--a regenerative wildlife and human habitat, available for private and corporate events.
More info: www.ardorwoodfarm.com
A Global Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles with Heather Bache, Fashion Designer, Multimedia Artist, and Planetary Citizen
Heather Bache was Born in Melbourne, Australia where she began what was to become a lifelong love affair with textiles. At 23 Heather left Melbourne with a backpack and headed north. Without access to a sewing machine, she started to make her clothes with hand stitches. After doing a few fashion shows in her home country in Australia, she moved to South India and worked extensively with one of then local tailors for the next seven years, while sometimes being involved with a local Reforestation and Village Development project there. At 37 Heather then moved to the USA, married her longterm partner, and reinvented herself as a dressmaker to make a living. They moved to Central Texas where she rediscovered her love of design and started working in the fashion industries, creating garments and costumes for fashion and film. Heather launched her own brand OTSU in 2015, an archaic Japanese word, that means, "witty, romantic, quirky, odd and tasty." When Covid hit, she went to work making masks for family and friends, and eventually decided to start using some of the fabrics and yarns she had collected over a lifetime from her world travels. Currently she is focusing her design work on knit and crochet wear.
Struggling with Difficult Emotions with Juliet Whyte, Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner, and Transformational Coach
Juliet Whyte is an accredited and certified Cognitive Hypnotherapist, EFT & NLP Practitioner and Transformational Coach. She is the founder of Wellbeing upon Thames, supporting women who are struggling with difficult emotions and patterns of behaviour to restore their wellbeing & worthiness and discover their innate potential. Her integrative, tailored approach facilitates positive and transformational change.
Connecting People and Ideas... and Pets! with Rachel Toburen, Dog Rescuer, Ballet Dancer, and Marketing Expert
Rachel lives in Denver, Colorado with three full time dogs, along with the occasional foster, along with two cats, all of them rescues. She volunteers for a local dog rescue, dances with other adult ballerinas at a local ballet studio, and loves to paint, color, embroider, read books... anything she finds entertaining. She is a deeply spiritual person with a keen interest in connecting both ideas and people.
To get to know Rachel better, visit https://metasynchronic.com/wp/
To support My Fairy Dawg Mother Rescue, go to https://dogrescuecolorado.org/
Roving Reverence with Em Ryan, Therapist, Shamanic Practitioner, Healer, and Celebrant
Em Ryan is a Holistic Psychotherapist and Shamanic Sound Healer and Wedding Celebrant. She has been counseling teens and adults since 2003. She moved to Ireland from America in 2016 and has recently permanently settled in County Cavan.
Innovating, Inventing, and Improvising with Valerie Ward, Entrepreneur, Improv Instructor, Seamstress
Navigating the Intersections of Intersectionality with Zafira Vrba, Artist, Educator, Interfaith Minister-in-Training
Zafira Vrba is a Swedish-Czech artist and educator based in Stockholm, Sweden. Zafira works with digital media, performance, video, textiles and pedagogy. In their art they work with trans visibility, queer ancestry, radical mourning and anti-racist feminism. To meet and connect with Zafira, visit: www.zafirevrba.com
(NOTE: The original recording of this podcast and its description refer to the former spelling and pronunciation of Zafira's name with their express permission.)
The Management of Lifelong Interdisciplinary Expertise with Lars Wolfshield, Band Manager, Studio Owner, Designer, Artist, and Activist
Outside of the music business, Lars designs and renovates residential spaces and manages a short-term rental business. Lars also enjoys singing, songwriting, sewing, drawing, painting, and crafting with resin, and has kept journals from a very young age.
Follow Lars on Instagram:
Sobriety and Creative Recovery with Sondra Primeaux, Artist, Maker, Creativity Expert
For more information about Sondra and her work, visit: www.theunruffled.com
For more information about Austin Creative Reuse, visit: www.austincreativereuse.org
Finding Balance Among Multiple Talents with Les Weiler, Writer, Podcaster, Artist, Actor, and Tech Support
Les' work as "The Unstuck Creative" can be found here: theunstuckcreative.com/
Filmmaking from the Heart with Layton Blaylock, Director and Filmmaker
Layton Blaylock is an award-winning filmmaker, director, cinematographer, and producer who has worked across a wide spectrum of the film industry including feature films, network television, commercials, and documentaries. Blaylock has made two feature documentaries focusing on unique programs for helping the homeless. Layton’s most recent documentary, Community First, A Home for the Homeless, had its world premiere at SXSW in 2019 and will be making its PBS broadcast debut in February 2021. Layton lives in Austin, TX and is a graduate of the University of Texas.
More about Community First Village can be found here: https://mlf.org/community-first/
More about Art From the Streets can be found here: https://artfromthestreets.org/
...and here is Layton's film about it, by the same name: https://www.artfromthestreets-themovie.com/
Facing Our History in Spiritual Awareness with Sarah Blunkosky, Education Consultant and Slavery Historian
For more information about Set Learning Free, visit setlearningfree.com.