Manifesto 

To live a life activated, deepened and softened by creativity.

Art is a place to recall and work with your creative instincts. 

Art is a hearth to enter and grow as an artist and as a human being. The courses, art and books offered by ANSoA inspire deep living, deep feeling, connection and transformation through art making. To be human is to be creative. We welcome all art forms and emerging forms. 

Art is one big permission slip for creative exploration for all people. What you write, sing or make is up to you and your spirit.

We work with principles of aliveness, honesty, alchemy, intimacy and courageous creativity.

Art is a pathway to creative rehabilitation. You don’t have to be ‘good’ in fact, we remove that word from our vocabulary. We invite much more beautiful words and questions into our inquiries for creation.

Here we celebrate realness, beauty, depth and freedom, whilst also seeing that initiation is likely to include some stripping away of old ideas, grudges and assumptions too.

I see art as part of life rather than reflections on life. In this way creation as initiation is the guiding principle. Art is a vehicle for positive change, catharsis, healing and visioning.   

Part of my mission is to restore what has been deliberately stolen from people: confidence, singing, sounding, play, sovereign artistry, spirited creativity and the knowledge that you are more than enough.

Art is a pathway to imagination, expression, emotional honesty and connection. I see that all human beings can choose to live creative, expressive lives and that this serves the individual, the community and culture.

 

Together we explore:  

– poetic intimacy – singing and sounding – confidence – creative initiations – willingness to be weird – wildness – meeting your edge – authentic expression – making beauty – the alchemical potential of art – the art of vulnerability – embodying your voice – honing creative instinct – creative devotion – visions – dreams – storytelling – approaches to performance – possibilities in art and life