Workshops and Classes


Expressive Arts Well-Being PLAYshops and Classes

Have fun and explore in a safe space using powerful expressive arts tools!  No, you don’t have to be an artist–all you need is the willingness to play and enjoy yourself in a group of like-hearted people.

The workshops and classes are experiential, designed for rich self-discovery. My role is to create a safe, loving space and to guide you on your journey. Your role is to show up fully present, willing to participate, open to new insights, and of course, to have fun in the process. Who knows? You may even make a new friend!

2018 Schedule

Create Your Maori Mandala Soul Portraits

Participate in an ancient healing ritual of an indigenous tribe, the Maori of New Zealand. Journey into your unconscious and learn where to focus your energy during the following year for optimal health and well-being.

January 24th 10:00 – 11:30 am at a private residence. This is a Private Event for Rise up Women at Universal Spirit Center.

Create Your Soul Portraits

Discover your deepest desires for the New Year on this sacred journey. You will have an opportunity to express them in a collage and also through making a mandala. (Scroll down for more information).

January 11th  1-4 pm in Suzan’s art loft

Please check back as more playshops will be scheduled!

2017 Schedule

Small Group Public Program for Women (Intimate setting in a colorful, art loft with only 2 to 8 women). Offered in a private residence in Tierrasanta (near Hwy. 52 and 15) with beautiful views of Mission Trails Park.

Discover Your Body’s Wisdom for Well-Being                                                                         Tune in to the wisdom of your body and learn what it needs for you to heal and experience more joy! (scroll down for the full description of this workshop)                    

Friday, October 27th  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm                                                                                                                                                            Introductory Fee: $59.00 (normally $79.00). If you register by Sunday, October 15th: ONLY $49.00. Fee must be paid in advance. 

There are no programs scheduled in November and December. Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, August 23 – Event (open to public) at The Unity Center
Create, Be Well, and Calm Your Inner-Critic
$20.00 per person                       7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
For more information and/or to enroll (you can pay at this location):
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Friday, June 30 —- Small Group Public Program
Discover Your Body’s Wisdom for Well Being

Tuesday – Thursday May 23-25
Creative Wellness Programs for Resort Employees at seven locations
Create and Be Well, Making Peace with Your Inner-Critic

Saturday, May 13
Art Journaling for Wisdom Within

Sunday, April 9
Private Event at Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, CA
Reclaiming Your Power

Sunday,  January 8
Private Event at Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, CA
Discovering Your Body’s Wisdom for Healing


General Information about My Playshops and Classes

Length of Programs:

Full programs range from 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 hours. Mini-versions (30 or 45 minutes) are available for women’s groups and other community events.

Other Topics Available:

I collaborate with yoga teachers, nutritionists and other health/wellness professionals. We can create a special program for your group!


Private programs for your women’s groups or organizations can be scheduled. Please check-out scheduled events above for current offerings.


Please contact me directly to discuss pricing. The amount varies depending on the number of participants and the specific needs of the audience. Rates generally include expressive arts’ supplies.

Popular Programs


Create Your Soul Portraits

Join a group of like-hearted women for a sacred journey to your inner-wisdom. Clarify your vision for 2018 and learn where to focus your energy for optimal health and well-being. Meet your future self and discover your deepest desires for the New Year. Create a mini-collage around what you long for. Next, participate in an ancient healing ritual of an indigenous tribe, the Maori tribe of New Zealand. Make your Mandala Soul Portrait using universal life symbols. All art supplies are included and you do not have to clean up!

  I got a view of my future self which was so helpful because I was avoiding it. I most appreciated how Suzan kept the circle open for all of us to express ourselves.                  N Helgeson, LMFT, BCC

Something I took away from the experience was to trust and have the faith that all is in divine order for my life. I appreciated the connection with the other women and that the soul portrait and the mandala were all great and insightful. Marianna Pinto

I appreciated being invited to share and discover in a fresh and artistic way. I loved it all! Laurie Clements, Reiki Master, Registered Dental Hygenist and Somatic Therapist in Training


 Discover Your Body’s Wisdom for Well Being

Would you like more energy (more “pep” in your step)?
Do you want to feel healthier in your body, mind, and soul?
Would you like your life to have more ease and flow?

Join a group of like-hearted women as we learn powerful ways to listen to the wisdom of our bodies. Explore what you need  for your optimal well-being and also, learn life-enhancing techniques you can do on your own. The program is experiential and will utilize the transformative expressive arts including meditation, movement (dance), art making (a wide range of choices), and reflective writing. It is not necessary to be an artist to participate. With expressive arts we focus on the process, not the product. Creating art heals!

“I learned that I need to trust and open myself to possibilities and to take care of myself, not only give to others, but to give to myself as well.” Veronica Baker, Writer, Pages to the Past
“I reached a deep place within my body – a place I didn’t know existed. A wound that I had not touched before.” Susie B.
“I loved the movement exercises and the quality of the people who came. Your space is delightful and encourages creativity. Feels safe. I became more in touch with birth trauma and it feels like I met it with gentleness, grace, curiosity, and a new permission to be seen in my power in the world.” Gerise M. Pappas, Enneagram Facilitator, Intuitive Guide
“I appreciated this wonderful, unique, and special workshop and I became calm.” LB



Workshop at Asilomar Conference Center

  I took Suzan’s workshop on listening to the Body’s wisdom and literally that day the relentless pain in my feet left. I gave voice to my pain, I found compassion for my poor feet and I allowed the pain to just be, I honored it, I surrendered to it, I grieved it…and paradoxically it left. Thank you Suzan for giving my body, the pain a voice….and now it is quiet in my world….no pain.❤️ Jennifer

CLASS: Create, Be Well, and Calm Your Inner-Critic


An adaptation was presented to Welk Resort Employees in San Diego County.
I brought Suzan into my company to teach a class called, Create and Be Well: Making Peace with Your Inner Critic. The class was inspiring and well received by our team members. During Suzan’s class, I recalled two circumstances of shaming that occurred while doing creative activities. One as a child singing and the second was in my first year of college in a dance class. I don’t sing today, just chant. I don’t do formal dance steps. Rock ‘n roll is my preference for dancing, and I do qigong to move into the flow. Although I have found workarounds, these shaming incidents were connected to creativity and being in front of a group of people.
Suzan’s gentle approach to working with the Inner Critic prompted me to clear these traumas. I now choose to be ‘positively’ singled out for success and to express my unique creativity!
I recommend her classes and workshops for all those who wish to Create and Be Well.
Jannine Oberg, M.S., Welk Resorts Corporate Wellbeing Coordinator

 This class is ideal for corporate employees, especially sales teams. It is also excellent for women’s groups and retreats, spiritual and wellness centers, and active senior communities.

Class Benefits:

  • To better understand the numerous positive health benefits associated with creative expression.
  • To be more aware of the inner critic and learn ways to overcome his/her critical  voice. An art activity is included to help participants externalize the inner-critic as this takes his/her power away.
  • To identify ways for participants to bring creativity into their work and other aspects of their lives. They will leave with a next step toward a creative pursuit.
  • This class can help active retired seniors to adapt more easily to life without “work.” Participants can rediscover creative passions and/or align with something new while learning to calm the inner-critic.

Art Journaling for Wisdom Within

IMG_3798At private residence in Rancho Santa Fe for Like Minded Women’s Semi-Annual Retreat
Thank you Suzan for a truly magical and inspiring session! Karen Henken, Founder

Workshop Benefits:

  • Learn about the positive health benefits associated with creating art and indulge in art making for the sheer pleasure of it. Being an artist is not necessary!
  • Anyone can do this – whether you haven’t done any art since Kindergarten or  you’re a professional artist.
  • Learn to listen to your inner-wisdom as your body communicates what it really needs from you to heal (health ailments/physical symptoms and other situations affecting your wellbeing).
  • Develop this practice as a ritual for your health and well-being. Increase your overall awareness, alleviate stress, and experience more joy!

 Playshops at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa

Creating Maori Mandala Soul Portraits

Participate in an ancient healing ritual of an indigenous tribe, the Maori of New Zealand. Maori Medicine Men began making these drawings around 950-1130 AD as sacred portraits of their work for the upcoming year. The late Dr. Angeles Arrien, a Cultural Anthropologist, lived with a Maori tribe and learned this diagnostic tool. She presented it at an Institute of Noetic Sciences Convention and gave permission for the dissemination of this information to promote wellness and peace for all. Journey into your unconscious and learn where to focus your energy during the following year for optimal health and well-being.

“Your workshop was enlightening and fun!! You were awesome!!!” ~Donna P – Grant Writer



Journey to Your Future Self

Experience a guided visualization, a sacred journey to your future self to explore and re-discover your inner-wisdom. Gain clarity and a renewed sense of purpose. Recapture your passion and sense of playfulness as you are gently led to the truth of who you are. The program includes an opportunity to journal, along with rich discussions to further reveal your authentic nature.

img_0767A private program for a women’s professional group

Energy = My Care Squared (E= MC²)-Igniting Your Passion, Purpose, and Playfulness

This thought-provoking, interactive program offers your group strategies to reduce stress and increase positive energy. Your group will have opportunities to reconnect with their creativity (the heartbeat of play), understand their current values (the foundation of their passion and purpose), and ignite their 3 P’s which are the cornerstones for self-care.

“Wonderful offering tonight!! Thank you for reminding me to PLAY!! You sure LOVE what you do! It shows.” Tami Walsh, M.A. President, Teen Wisdom Inc.


A Women’s Day of Wellness

“Thank you so very much for coming on Saturday and giving a wonderful presentation. So many of the women who attended have shared how helpful your talk was for them. You inspired and helped reignite passion for many women.” ~Candice Roditi, Organizer for Women’s Day of Wellness – OCCC
“Thanks for being genuine and caring for the group’s success! You have a bright light.” ~Theresa Brandt, Ph. D., Association for Women in Science

Igniting Your Passion, Purpose, and Playfulness after 50


Presenting at Libraries in San Diego County

Got an Attraction to Distraction? How to Have Fun AND Get Your Work Done!

Join us for a playful way to learn what you truly value at this time of your life. You will rekindle your passion while also learning about what can get in the way of your having what you want. Through a number of insightful exercises and creative games you’ll engage in ‘greater possibility thinking.’ You’ll have an opportunity to identify your core values and sharpen your life focus through the awareness and release of personal distractions. Learn to attract what you want for your life in the company of like-hearted women in a nurturing environment.

“It helped me focus on my goals – it was absolutely life changing!” ~Margy B., Grant Writer
“These past few weeks have helped me define who I am. I feel more in touch with myself. It made me look at some demons that have been running my life for the past 50 years. I’m closer to letting go of one of my biggest demons, I’m not good enough.” ~Sandy L., Sales Trainer
“The commitment turned into me being more organized and determined to set my goals and to achieve them. Which I did!” ~Ruth S., Loan Officer
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