• Kathie MacDuff
    Kathie MacDuff

    Kathie MacDuff is an artist, graphic designer and journalist who captures her artistic passions within her signature program, Creative Journaling. For the past 26 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 Calgary 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 British Columbia where she works as Associate Director of the Sorrento Conference and Retreat Centre overseeing Expressive Arts programming amongst other things.

    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!

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Sunday - Saturday July 16 - 22, 2023



Creative Journaling: What’s in a Word?

$400/week. Course fee $150 plus the $250 Activity fee

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power.
Words can light fires in minds. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

Patrick Rothfuss

Our words are important. They are how we communicate with others and with ourselves. They form our narratives which become our lives. Let’s connect to some personal and powerful words and recognize those we’d be better off releasing.

In Creative Journaling, a theme is offered and participants use words, imagery and a variety of mixed media techniques to unearth, explore and record their unique responses, thoughts and emotions. Participants are united in hope, support and camaraderie as they return home to their inherent creativity. A safe and caring space is born where negativity is banished leaving only room for meaningful connection, self-expression and healing.

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