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Below are the bios of the 21 talented teachers in 21 SECRETS emBODY.

Amanda Grace

Amanda Grace

Amanda Grace is a creative explorer and Pilgrim Soul. Engaging with the creative source for her is a sacred practice, the vehicle in which she explores and tends to her internal landscape of emotion and need.

Working through reflection, imagery and words, Amanda’s passion is to give expression to her experiences, most often on themes of self identity, attendance and care. She believes the creative process is a powerful medium for developing insight by engaging in an ongoing process of creative self enquiry. | WEBSITE 

April Miller McMurtry

April Miller McMurtry

April Miller McMurtry is a visual artist, educator and creative lunar coach. Her work reflects her passion for nature-based cycles, personal mythologies, and symbolism. April is drawn to all things lunar. Since 2014, she has designed and self-published the New Moon Calendar/Journal – a tool for transformation and self-discovery within the context of the phases of the moon.

April has fifteen years experience working in education as a classroom teacher, workshop facilitator and program coordinator at home and abroad. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Teaching from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a mother of two daughters. | WEBSITE

Connie Solera

Connie Solera is an Artist, the founder of 21 SECRETS, and a creative instigator with over 20 years experience teaching art professionally, a lifetime of slapping paint around, a fervent entrepreneurial spirit, and a burning devotion to all things creative, wild, and true. At DirtyFootprints-Studio.com Connie offers mentoring, resources, and retreats for artists on a heart guided path as well as an intimate peek into her own creative shenanigans. | WEBSITE

Deanna Jinjoe

Deanna Jinjoe

Deanna Jinjoe is a mixed media artist living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Her 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. | WEBSITE

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Deanne Olguin Williamson

DeAnne Olguin Williamson is a mixed media artist and art journaling teacher from Southern California. She spent many years as a graphic designer before focusing solely on her true love of fine art. She has found her unique artistic point of view by working in mixed media. DeAnne has showcased her fine art at many galleries around the country but has now added teaching to her list of passions. It’s become a way for her to dig deep about what inspires her and how she can use her art to connect with others. Most people want to live a life filled with passion and she believes that by getting in tune with our inner voices and our authentic selves, our life’s passions reveal themselves to us. They help us to live a life filled with purpose and allow us to dream big for the future. DeAnne now lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and two kids. | WEBSITE

Honorata Chorazy-Przybysz 1

Honorata Chorazy-Przybysz

I call myself rather “art listener” than an artist because I believe we all have a unique creative connection with ourselves. Once we tune into our art and let the expectations go then we hear art. Did you think you can only see and make art? Well…you can also listen to it and start the dialogue with your own creativity. Your creativity can tell you more than your mind. I mainly create art journals from printed books as well as make altered books. Occasionally I paint expressive portraits or more recently also started working with abstracts. I exist for art and art keeps me alive! | WEBSITE

Jennifer Berlingo

Jen Berlingo

Jen Berlingo, MA, LPCC, ATR is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California (LPCC 393,) a nationally registered art therapist (ATR 12-117,) a Reiki Master, a Hakomi practitioner, and an artist. In her local and virtual communities, Jen offers courses, ceremonies, psychotherapy, energy work, and she is the creator of her own self-published oracle deck – the SoulSpace Oracle. As a graduate of the transpersonal art psychotherapy masters program of Naropa University, a Buddhist university for contemplative and experiential education, Jen’s work melds the world’s spiritual traditions, modern psychology, and art-making to explore the human experience.

Jen shares her cozy home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her gracious husband, innovative daughter, and a very chatty calico companion. She is a popcorn lover, a crystal collector, a forest explorer, a beach comber, a rainbow chaser, and a star gazer. She makes art, meaning, magic, and ritual every day as a way to deepen her connection to herself and to spirit. | WEBSITE

Julie Canudo

Julie Canudo

Julie Canudo is a mixed media artist and art journaler who believes in cultivating a creative life through the act of curiosity, play, and lifelong learning. She calls the beautiful Bay Area, between San Francisco and Monterey, California her home, where she resides with her husband and two young girls, embracing a voracious commitment to the creative process. After receiving her BA in Art from San Jose State University in 2005 and her certificate in vocational nursing in 2008, she worked in the publishing field as a photographer/director of photography, as an after school arts program instructor, and as a pediatric nurse tending to medically fragile children in their homes and schools. Though she found fulfillment in those roles, reading The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood, by Lucy Pearce, helped her realize that a new role as mother to two young girls was challenging, and she needed to create as a necessary form of self care. Julie is inspired by day trips to the ocean and redwoods, childhood magic, God, the Divine Feminine, nature walks, golden hour, moody music and wanderlust. | WEBSITE

Kara Bullock

Kara Bullock

Born and raised in Orange County, California, I took an interest to drawing at a very young age. Some of my happiest memories are of creating, whether it be my own language or a drawing. I just remember always being passionate about using my mind to create. I started taking art classes as a child, but really became involved in the arts in junior high. Any elective from junior high through high school was devoted to art. My plan was to go on to college and major in art. However, during my senior year in high school I lost my passion and dropped out of my art classes. This passion was reignited at various times over the last twenty years, but a career in teaching, and a growing family, left very little time for art. I never lost the need to create, though. In early 2014, I began creating art regularly and my life hasn’t been the same. My passion has been reignited and I feel as though I am exploding! I have found that I need art, and art needs me! Art provides me the outlet that I need to release the life emotions that I experience daily, whether they be happiness, sadness, disappointment, or celebration. I love that I can pour myself into my piece and forget about everything else that is going on around me. | WEBSITE

Kiala Givehand

Kiala Givehand

Kiala is a mixed-media book artist who makes handmade journals that she fills with watercolor, pen & ink doodles, sacred geometry, mandalas, artistic maps, poetry, and the stories that have been passed down from all the matriarchs in her life. Her body of work is a hodge podge of experimentation, exploration, and excavation. From photos to travel ephemera, she makes books and visual journals in hopes of leaving a legacy of wonder, beauty, and creative empowerment. She can’t remember what comes first — the words or the colors, but it all ends in growth, deeper self-knowing, and joy.

There are more fountain pens and handmade books in her house than clothes or shoes. In a former life, Kiala was a college English and Creative Writing professor and has taught at colleges and universities across the U.S., Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Now she prefers to teach online courses, in-person workshops, host small intimate creative retreats, and travel the world with her husband, Damon.

Kiala’s ultimate purpose is to empower others to find their purpose and passion so they can live a R.I.C.H. Life (Radically Intent on Cultivating Happiness). | WEBSITE

Lauren Rudolph

Lauren Rudolph

Creativity has been the purest connection to my inner and outer world for as long as I can remember. As a child I sat and drew constantly my favorite subject of choice, faces. There is something about a portrait that pulls me in. I am fascinated by emotions and the human experience. My desire is to feel a complete engagement with my subject and tell their story.

Being an art teacher combines both of my loves, creativity and connection. I have taught in both public and private schools and helped found two creative studios. Once was a home based studio for children called the Little Light Art Studio and the second studio is Circle on the Farm. I love to teach private lessons, courses online and in person. I am also so grateful to teach classes at ARC of Rockland that is an agency who’s mission is to support and provide many services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Art is my true life force expression. When I am in the zone and my energy is flowing, magical things happen. I feel at peace, open and whole. I feel very blessed to do this work and to be an artist. My life like my art is a work in progress, ever evolving. I look forward to where the path may lead. | WEBSITE

Melissa Fernandez

Melissa Fernandez

Melissa is an Intuitive Artist and Guide supporting creative women who yearn to explore their wild-untamed and tap into their creative essence. She shares her creative life to offer inspiration to the unique souls that are ready to own their powerful stories and sacred expressions. A brave explorer at heart, she offers gentle guidance as she journeys with you into the deep end of your soul and holds true your magic; your medicine. | WEBSITE

Nicole Edgecombe

Nicole Edgecombe

Nicole Edgecombe is an intuitive artist from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where she wears many hats as a mum, wife and Clinical Psychologist. As someone who has lived with chronic physical conditions for the past 4 years she views her art practice as a vehicle for healing. Through her art she transmutes fear into hope, pain into joy and despair into optimism. As a self-taught artist she revels in what she does not know, enjoying the freedom of discovery and the mystery in mistakes and she shares all that she is learning with students in small group workshops. In those moments where she is not actively engaged in her many roles she can be found singing raucously at the top of her voice or basking in the sun and sea of her beautiful island home. | WEBSITE

Olga Furman

Olga Furman

I’m a mixed media artist, and my passion is painting people, especially women. When I paint – I dream. I disconnect from reality and get into my own world, in which everything I couldn’t express with words comes flowing out of my brush.

I was born in Russia, enjoyed my early 20s in Israel and now live with my family in the US.

I earned a pedagogical degree in art and music, attended still life course in a fine art school and I continue taking online courses and workshops.

I enjoy to sharing my knowledge and experience in creating art through online classes and I love to be a part of an amazing online art community! | WEBSITE

Renata Loree

Renata Loree

I have painted all my life, I think as a teenager I would dream about being an artists, but for some reason, it did not work out that way. I think I had some strange ideas of what that would actually be like or look like, but when I took the career label out of it, I always just loved to paint, no matter if it payed money or not. After my son grew up and moved out of the house, I felt like the empty nesting gave me a nudge to finally plunge into my own, and I just started to paint constantly.

In addition to that I took any art classes available that resonated with me, there were so many wonderful classes, and eventually, I was able to find my own voice. I started to realize what I gravitated towards and tried to support it more, and also started to realize that maybe some things I can admire, but they my not be my style. I could also see that some things will just improve in time. I also thought that maybe it is good that I have become an artist later on in life, because I have so much more to thank to for inspiration.

Through my career of teaching yoga and seeing my own journey how I learned to paint and continue to learn, I am constantly trying to find ways to help others to do so. It is another completely different experience, and I am feeling very blessed to be able to share it. | WEBSITE

Shamsi Charlotte Pettus

Shamsi Charlotte Pettus

Hello, My name is Shamsi, and I am an embodiment specialist. I seek to offer Humans new ways of perceiving the world and expanding awareness through art, dance, meditation, and more. I’ve been an rabble rouser, an athlete, an artist, a healer, a dancer, a writer, and a general lover&hater-of-life. I can be found in New Orleans, Louisiana, although Lafayette, LA will always be my hometown. I believe that Life is meant to be lived, and people are meant to be loved. But most of all I believe in the power of Humans to love one another, and so I work to help make sure we can see ourselves and others with as much compassion as possible. | WEBSITE

Shauna Meiri

Shauna Meiri

My name is Shauna Meiri and I am a visual artist living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am inspired by and work with themes connected to the Divine Feminine, the magical connections found in Nature, and the power of emotional expression both light and dark.

In my studio, art is about more than just paint and canvas (although who doesn’t love art supplies!) Making art is my mission of remembrance and healing made visible. Some of my most meaningful creative tools are my fierce heart, a willingness to tear it all down and begin again, and above all, my intention to create inspired art for a world in need of hope. | WEBSITE

Suki Ka’Pinao White

Suki Ka’Pinao White

I’m an art teacher and shamanic art coach.I teach art to teens and adults with disabilities and elders. I like to bring color, laughter and healing through the creative process wherever I am teaching. I’ve been an artist from a very young age and it is how I show up in this world~ whether I am cooking, dancing, painting or sewing ..I enjoy making art in many mediums and I work with people of all abilities as a path to healing + joy.I truly believe that working with color itself has the ability to heal us all.I was trained as a hat designer and adore making hats.

I like to think of my work as homage to the mystery of this amazing life and I am inspired by the natural world ~ especially the mountains and the sea. I make art that celebrates the fertile mystery of this life all around us, and in the inner magical realms of the dreamtime.”

I facilitate shamanic art journeywork, soul retrieval, and healing sessions for people who are delving into the nature of their existence and life path.I like helping others to heal from past traumas and to move closer to finding their true soul purpose. But mostly I like to bring color, laughter and healing through the creative process wherever I am teaching and love making art with people for healing + soul feeding and retrieving. | WEBSITE

Tiare Smith

Tiare Smith

Tiare Smith is a self-taught mixed media, art journal artist and instructor.

Born with art in her heart she lost her way from her art for 18 years. It came back to her life in a burst of emotion and anxiety. By practicing techniques of love, positive self talk, thoughts and action which have helped her to overcome other areas of struggle, she now enjoys her art in a free and inspiring way.

She inspires creatives to embrace their inner artist while also nurturing their hearts and memories.

She has not only been featured on HGTV but has had numerous works published in a variety of crafting magazines and blogs.

You can find her teaching at her local paper crafting store, online or in her private studio.

She aims to help women to embrace the artist within through lessons infused with love, happiness, confidence and creativity, empowering them to experience and express their art more freely. It is her mission to touch one million hearts in such a powerful and significant way. | WEBSITE

Tracy Scott

Tracy Scott

My name is Tracy Scott and I am a Mixed Media artist from East London in the United Kingdom. When I am not at the ‘day job’ as a Finance Officer’ I love nothing better than to get inky and painty. A self confessed ‘colourholic’ you will always be guaranteed a little colour fix when I’m around !!! I’m fortunate and blessed to be able to teach mixed media and art journalling in my spare time and can’t wait for us to share this journey together. | WEBSITE

Valentina Castro Silva

Valentina Castro Silva

As a Mexican, my millenary culture (colors, textures, flavors, etc.) has been a significant influence in my life. Though, in 2010 my family and I moved to Houston, Texas — I can not deny my roots!

Growing up as an only child, in my first 13 years of life I found myself spending hours in solitude…I had two options: stare at the ceiling and be horribly bored or “create stuff” and set free my imagination… I decided to be creative. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think about it; it was already there in my soul.

From a very young age I ¨discovered¨ that my intuition was my strength. I have always trusted myself and have possessed a great determination to meet my goals (personal and professional) no matter what. As a young woman I decided to study Industrial Design attracted by the creative path that this career offered. While working on my bachelors degree, I found my passion for creativity and psychology (art as therapy) to help myself and my clients cope with their issues. I felt ¨the call¨ of studying psychopedagogy and neuropsychology, and found this mixture a perfect way to address the balance between intellect and spirit. | WEBSITE