• Kathie MacDuff - Biography
    Kathie MacDuff - Biography

    Kathie MacDuff is an artist, graphic designer, and journalist who captures her artistic passions within her signature program, Creative Journaling. For the past 27 years, she has been teaching creative journaling as well as courses in watercolour, mixed media, and a wide assortment of paper arts including book binding.

    She is the Expressive Arts Team Lead at Wellspring Alberta where she’s been a regular facilitator offering many and varied courses over the past fourteen years in person and on Zoom.

    She was a forerunner instructor with the Tom Baker Cancer Center leading to the establishment of their Medicine in Art initiative and was involved with a year-long research program with the Primary Care Network Pain Clinic studying the effects of creativity on pain and depression.

    She facilitated classes at the Good Shepherd Art Studio in Calgary since its inception in 2006 to 2022 and is a regular guest instructor and speaker at many retreat and conference centres throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Most recently, she relocated to Sorrento Conference and Retreat Centre in British Columbia where she is the Associate Director, overseeing Expressive Arts programming amongst other things. She was happy to discover the Blind Bay Painters and has become a member.

    Her vision is to facilitate creative experiences that encourage connections, validate emotions, and nourish the soul. She finds fulfillment of these goals thanks to the wonderful people she gets to hang out with!


Sunday - Saturday July 21 - 27, 2024


$325 program/activities

Creative Journaling: To Judge or Not to Judge

“I see everything outside of me through the lens of everything that is inside of me. Therefore, before I look at the world outside, I’d be wise to look at the lens inside.” Craig D. Lounsbrough

Do any of us know a single person who is proud because they are judgmental? Yet we know of no one who does not judge. In fact, evolutionary theory suggests that it is simply human nature to judge, to determine friend or foe, to categorize people or events, and then to determine how to proceed. But sometimes, we take it one step too far without even being aware that we have done so. By doing this, we limit ourselves and those people and things we pass judgement on.

Come and explore this interesting, often hidden, facet of ourselves with Kathie MacDuff, artist, graphic designer, and journalist. We will slow down, connect with ourselves and others and intentionally examine the judgements we jump to. These are accepted self-nourishing actions and we will end the week with some new insights.

Participants are required to bring their own supplies: [Supply List]

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