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Mandala: Path To Beauty

Another good read.

Have you been called to awaken to beauty? To see more deeply?  To cultivate practices of attentiveness? “Mandala: Path To Beauty” written by Joan Kellogg is an inspiring book thoughtfully written and perfect to support MARI® practitioners.

Let beauty penetrate your heart by creating more of the same in your own life and sharing the experience(s) with others.


Connect, Engage & Build New Pathways ~ It’s Fun!


Add more joy to your daily life by embracing creative activity.

Be curious and have fun connecting to your creative energy and spirit.

Build new pathways to express your life with rich and fulfilling experiences.

MARI® is just one of many ways to celebrate your creativity.

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Are You Living A Meaningful Life? Karina Is.

I know one young woman who’s living a meaningful life. Karina Bianca Scali. Karina recently fulfilled a lifelong dream, one she can now scratch off her bucket list.


Friday, March 31st I had the pleasure of meeting Karina. She joined our Harp Circle at Joshua Creek’s Heritage Art Centre.

Learning how to play the harp was on Karina’s bucket list. She realized this goal on Friday. The accomplishment enhanced not only her happiness, her well-being too. Achieving this goal is one of many sustainable core projects Karina’s aligned for herself this year. Her goals, all within reach, are full of personal meaning.

To read Karina’s story click here.

An inspiration to us all, Karina moves through life with grace and calm.

Do you ever take a moment to reflect on what matters most in your life? Karina did. Setting goals pulls us forward toward possibilities. With the odds against her at every corner, Karina’s risen above every challenge. Today she focuses on individual goals to enjoy living a meaningful life.

Let this be the beginning of a magical new adventure and harp journey for Karina. The possibilities of learning how to play the harp are endless.

Karina’s story is one I’m only too happy to share with others. Together let’s bring awareness to community about Williams syndrome.

Williams Syndrome has been Karina’s life challenge. And, it’s been through difficulties faced having Williams syndrome that’s shinned a light on Karina’s gifts and talents. Music is definitely a gift Karina’s blessed to share with others. She plays the guitar. Now she’s learning how to play the harp!

Karina’s personal development has grown tremendously since moving to Oakville in the late 90’s. Her personal accomplishments, too many to mention, are inspiring and it doesn’t stop there. I understand congratulations are in order. Karina’s accepted into the Sheridan College ECE program starting 2017. Wow!

After a great deal of disappointment, rejection and having many doors closed, Karina never gave up. She persevered allowing several new opportunities to unfold. Perhaps the lesson is about following your dreams and listening only to those who say, “You Can Do It.”

Karina lives everyday with wonder and surprise. She lives an authentic, meaningful life carrying out what needs doing to make her dreams come true. She certainly has courage.

Your community is right behind you, Karina. Every step of the way we will be here to support you in every way.

See you again soon at JCHAC. We can’t wait to have you join us again.💜

Come Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with HeART – HBHAS

Excited to share with you a project I’m working on to be showcased this summer, August 2017.

The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) will feature an exciting exhibition @ Halton Hills Cultural Centre from August 21st to September 2nd. Please join us.


Each artist will present their interpretation of the Colours of Ontario’s Four Seasons. We have a wonderful line up artists coming together for this event. Stay tuned for updates.

For the art admirer, aspiring collector, designer or connoisseur, this is your destination for discovering something new and exciting!!!  A dynamic opportunity to learn more about the artists and purchase works that are stunning and unique.

A truly fantastic day out, literally colour everywhere. Save the date and come visit. You’ll be absolutely delighted and thrilled you made the time.

For more information contact:

Francesca Durham
Vice-chair, HBHAS
Phone: 416.505.4014
Email: Francesca Durham

Or you may contact:

Judy Daley
Curator, Helson Gallery
Halton Hills Cultural Centre
Town of Halton Hills
9 Church St., Halton Hills ON L7G 2A3
Phone: 905.877.7915 x2536
Email: Judy Daley


A Wintery Morning To Warm The HeART

Here I stand with volunteer, Lisaura.

Here at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre I’m showing off details of what creative HeART and minds do regularly.

On this snowy morning a small group of volunteers, myself included, came together to assist the artists from Community Living Oakville.

Students gather around the communal table every Monday morning at 10:00AM sharp! The smell of a wood burning fireplace lingers.

We start with a cup of tea. Then we listen to Sybil outline class instructions. I was asked to read a book today and not just any book. It was a story about color by Dr. Seuss called, “My Many Colored Days.” Everyone listened, learned and shared their thoughts. Then it was time to get on with the assigned tasks in order for the artists to complete their projects from last week.

Today’s assignment was called, “The Sandwich.” As you can see the result was sensational.

This group of artists deserve to show off their work and the community deserves to see it.

My takeaway from today’s lesson was the simplicity of creating authentic HeART connections in community.

The truth is, a simple act of kindness empowers creative minds, supporting risk and experimentation. Today was a good day for all.

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Enrich Your Life With Creativity At Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Authentic Heart Connections In Your Community

FDPOSTMMI invite you to come out and have a little fun in the month of February. Try something new at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre.

February 24th join in our very 1st Harp Circle  from 6:30-8:00PM. Another MARI Workshop is scheduled for March 4th 10:00AM-12:00noon. There are too many wonderful activities to mention here so be sure to check their calendar of events.

The Riches Of Life Exhibition is a must see. As well, the 6th annual Art From The Heart.

Expressive arts is a multi-modal approach to healing and self development. In other words, a good way to relax, recharge and realign. MARI is perfect for this experience as well as learning how to play an instrument. What are you waiting for?

I’ll be presenting throughout the month of February at JCHAC. Come out and make authentic heart ❤️connections in your community. Strengthen your mental health and enrich your life with creativity. See you there!!!!

Why Wish Upon A Star When You Can Make A Wishing Candle ~ CJ Shelton.

altonworkshopWhat better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon than exploring the rolling hills of Caledon, winter driving conditions were good, and visiting the quaint historic village of Alton.

Visited Alton Mills Arts Centre yesterday to attend CJ Shelton’s, “Winter Solstice Wishing Candle Workshop.” So glad I did…what FUN! With little time to spare before class, I had quite the adventure touring all the studios seeing the artists immersed in their work. If you’re wondering who is CJ Shelton?  “Carol (“C.J.”) Shelton is best known for her highly detailed architectural renderings and portraitiure of heritage sites and private residences which she has been actively doing for over 30 years throughout York Region and now Dufferin/Peel.”

In her studio, hanging out and listening to CJ tell stories was a pleasure. It certainly was a moment to be inspired and present.  Appreciating the natural beauty of the surroundings felt peaceful while taking in her creative artwork placed all around.

If you get a chance to visit the artists be sure to stop in and say “hi” to CJ. Find out more about her:

C.J. Shelton – Dancing Moon Designs
“Illuminating the Creative Spirit”
Mandala Artist & Instructor –

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