An ongoing group to fuel your creative expression, personal growth & radiant wholeness, led by Kerri Lowe.
what is creative spring?!
Creative Spring is an ongoing monthly membership for creative, spiritually-minded women who desire a deeper engagement with their creative expression, and thus, a deeper engagement with self.
In a supportive atmosphere, we will travel our creative journeys together, experimenting with schedules that work for us, ways of creating and expressing that work for us, as well as mindsets and embodiments that support living in the paradoxical flow and structure that is a creative existence.
This group is not about getting famous, or even being a full-time artist, necessarily, but in getting to the heart of it, this desire to create and share in a bigger way, a more deliberate way, for the long-haul. Women who are soul-devoted to the unfolding of their lives via creative works are the women that will find support, inspiration and community in Creative Spring.
There is nothing in particular you have to believe to be a part of this group, it is simply about having a yearning and willingness to explore yourself and your creativity on a deeper level, in pursuit of living and creating in the wholeness, harmony and radiance that is your true nature.
I will facilitate and hold space for your highest creative potential and well-being, gently guiding you to the richness of life you know you are meant to experience. You will learn creative resilience and discipline, as well as tap deeper into your joy, fulfillment and confidence as a creative woman.
This isn't about being told "one right way" to do it. Though I can offer guidance and principles that have stood the test of time, you are your own creator. Everything we do will be led by your own inner guidance of the next best step in your creative unfolding. I am here and the group is here to support that inner guidance to it's full expression.
The Four Goals/Intentions
It can be hard to put into language, some of the pursuits I've described above, so I created four goals and intentions that this group will be focused on. If any (or all) of these things are your goals, you will receive value and support from participating in Creative Spring in both the short and the long term.
1. Developing a Creative Mindset
When confronted with life's challenges, the day-to-day, and the big, it's desirable to have a creative mindset. In the creative mindset, we let go of rigidity and focus on exploration, pleasure and experimentation. What might be possible for us in our relationships, work, art, business, home life, etc.? The activities we do and Universal Health Principles™ sessions will reinforce creative thinking in all aspects of our lives.
2.Right Relationship to Technology
We live in a wild and wonderful new world when it comes to technology and creative communication. We have the world in our pockets, and for some of us, a lot of distraction. It has never been more difficult to have focused creative time as the addiction of constant newness and voyeurism is always there to distract. Many of us know we need to set boundaries around technology, but have trouble doing so. On the other hand, some of us are blocked around technology and sharing on social media, not expressing ourselves in the ways we would like or using it for the amazing opportunities and connection it can bring. A goal and intention of creative spring is to find your right balance of boundaries around technology and social media and also using it to it's full potential. We will be setting up experiments for ourselves in both of these aspects to test the waters of more and less technology in our lives.
3. Personal Evolution via the Completion of Creative Projects
Completing creative projects and putting them out into the world has so many life-affirming ramifications. When we complete creative projects and release them, we are literally changing the story we can tell about ourselves. From the person who wants to write a book/start a blog/make videos/start a podcast/do a performance, etc. to the person who has actually done it. Personal growth work, writing morning pages, all of those things are wonderful - but the biggest personal evolution happens when you complete a creative project. You become someone new, and then the cycle starts again so that you are challenged to live up to your next idea and self. It is a most beautiful way of becoming who you are. In Creative Spring we will focus on finding the right-size projects for you, in relation to the support you have, so that you can build confidence and transform your identity into greater and greater presence and expansion over time as you complete them.
4. Ever-Increasing Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance through GUMPTION and Universal Health Principles™.
Pairing my GUMPTION framework, which is all about embodiment, with the increased communication within the mind-body that Universal Health Principles™(UHP) facilitates leads to powerful shifts in our presence. Western culture focuses so much on the intellect, but that is just one aspect of our ability and consciousness as humans. GUMPTION and UHP work on a physical and energetic level, to bring our wholeness, harmony and radiance into it's full expression. GUMPTION awareness and embodiment exercises, mixed with the shifts that occur in processing stuck emotions and old belief systems through UHP is the missing link that creative people need to get out of their heads and into their wholeness. In Creative Spring, I will offer UHP sessions (I am a Pre-certified practitioner) as well as ways to apply the GUMPTION framework to your day-to-day in service of creativity and general well-being.
As a bonus, when you sign up for Creative Spring 2018 you'll get a free GUMPTION Goddess workshop and daily warm-up video!
In other words - our goals aren't small!
They move from the super practical, to the super intangible and everything in-between. This is why Creative Spring is an ongoing program with no end date. It is there for your evolution and definitely NOT about perfection. Creative Spring is about the unfolding of your Self in this world in a gentle, vibrant, enjoyable way. Everyone has their own process and journey in relation to that.
What's Included in Your Membership:
At least three weeks of every month, we meet for a 60-minute live video session on Zoom. Zoom is an easy-to-use, free video platform. In these calls, I will lead you through creative check-ins, free-writing exercises that help you tap into your own inner guidance, and GUMPTION (my signature method) embodiment practices that I have found helpful and transformative in developing my creativity, personal power and well-being. I will also take requests from the group and create the call content based on what YOU need.
Our meetings will also include Universal Health Principles™ sessions, an amazing alternative healing modality that gently shifts old belief systems and allows you to step into the next level of ease and communication in your body, mind and heart. This is the special magic sauce of moving past creative blocks and I can't wait to share it with you!
Meetings occur at 12pm EST on Tuesdays. A recording will be sent out within 24 hours if you can't make it live.
Private facebook group
Our Creative Spring private Facebook group is a place to connect with what I like to call your like-minded compatriots!
The group will be comprised of women all across the world who will be on the weekly calls (or catching the recordings week-to-week) and pursuing their own version of creative expression and radiant wholeness. The women that I attract are heart-centered and wise (or getting there! as I suppose we all are), are often introverted, or at least need time alone to recharge and for their creative selves to flourish.
I encourage sharing via video within the group so that we can really feel one another. (It's also great practice to get on video with a group you trust, if you ever want to put performance or leadership work out into the world on a larger scale!)
My style is that you never have to do anything, but I will gently push and encourage you to do what your heart or your creativity is calling you to do that your mind is afraid of.
PRIVATE ZOOM ROOM
You can use our private Zoom link to set creative co-working dates with fellow members. I am committing to showing up for an hour twice a week, generally on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am EST. You are free to come join me (we'll wave hello and then put ourselves on mute) and write. If that isn't a good time for you, you can use the Facebook group to set up partnerships or small groups with schedules that coincide for a weekly writing date. Or you can propose a one-off session to get a specific piece of your project completed. You'll be amazed at how much you get done in an hour just knowing your women are there working beside you.
Discounts on Future Groups, Products and Workshops:
Creative Spring members (of at least 3 months) get a 15% discount on all future online groups, products, workshops and individual UHP sessions. From my GUMPTION Catalyst Circle to things not yet created, (like daily practice warm up videos and more) you are now part of the family!
Monthly Behind-the-Scenes Audio Diary of my Creative Life and Business That I Don't Share Anywhere Else:
Each month, I'll record an intimate, behind-the-scenes audio diary about everything I'm thinking about that month related to art + business. From my personal creative projects, learnings that come from working with clients, and where I'm headed next in business and art. This audio will be the kind of things I wouldn't necessarily share publicly (even though, as you know, I'm a pretty open book!) including the financial realities of creativity, what makes money, what doesn't, what I'm investing in and why and other learnings about making money and finding fulfillment and self-actualization through creative work.
GUMPTION Goddess Pre-recorded Workshop!
Because I would like everyone to have a foundation in my GUMPTION framework, I will be gifting each member of Creative Spring a free GUMPTION Goddess Workshop. This is a 90-minute online workshop that will take you through the GUMPTION Goddess daily warm-up. This warm up is the best way I've found to activate your whole self, mind-body-voice-spirit, and is my go-to for knowing I'm going to have a powerful day. Going up the chakra system through the letters of GUMPTION (Get Grounded, Up, Muscle, Play/Pleasure, Truth, Inspiration, Om and Now) you will keep your energies humming, connecting to each aspect of self that leads to confidence, clarity, and radiant wholeness.
The warm up is flexible and can take anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour. I will teach you the foundation so that you can explore your own expression of GUMPTION. Workshop comes with a warm up video you can use to follow along until you get comfortable improvising your own warm up.
- Getting over your perfectionism and finally doing the creative work that you've been too scared to start.
- Feeling energized and encouraged by the people around you (and yourself!) instead of stuck in a loop of doom and gloom about everything that's wrong with you and in the world.
- Setting aside time each week for self-reflection and connection to self through writing, seeing that over time, things you once only dreamed about in your notebook have come to life.
- Putting your self-care, health and creativity first in your life instead of last.
- Knowing the deep satisfaction that comes from discipline begun out of true passion. Forgetting all the projects you think you "should" be doing and working deeply, joyfully on the projects you know you MUST complete.
- Trusting that who you are is enough. Your ideas, your point of view, your presence.
- Completing the creative projects you've always wanted to complete and sharing them with the world, when you used to keep them locked inside you.
- Having a community of women that know your story, your journey, your goals and dreams - and sincerely want to see you succeed in achieving all that your heart desires.
Ready to join?
Creative Spring Membership is $60/month. Registration is open from June 20 - July 9th.
Membership opens quarterly. If we have spoken already, you can go ahead and sign up here. If we haven't, sign up for a quick get-to-know you/interest call where we can learn more about one another and make sure it's a good fit for everyone! Sign up here.
Remind me, when are the weekly calls again?
Our meetings are at 12pm EST on Tuesdays. We meet every week except for holidays and occasional travel/vacations (I can guarantee we will meet at least 3x/month, usually 4x, and you will receive the schedule quarterly so you know what to expect!) Calls in the 3rd quarter of 2018 will be 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25.
What if 12pm EST doesn't work for me?
I totally understand, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't join if you feel like this is right for you. 1) You will always be sent a full recording of every class within 24 hours. 2) A lot of interaction will be happening in the Facebook group. 3) You can set up a time that works for you with another member for creative co-working through our private Zoom room.
Also, if you have a day job, you may be able to take your lunch break or just tune in via audio while you work. Just saying ;)
Do I have to be an artist? What's the deal?
Creative Spring is for writers, poets, songwriters, storytellers, performance artists, dancers, choreographers, musicians, visual artists, creative business builders, aspiring or current coaches and ANY woman, whether she considers herself an artist or not, who would like to claim or reclaim her creative energy and expression. Women who join range from being in their mid-twenties to their mid-sixties.
I'm afraid I won't be able to commit. Or I won't get my money's worth. Or...something! Help!
One of the things I noticed when I was doing the first round of Creative Spring and also my other free experience, Returning Home, was that "It's not a good time" or "I want to give it my full attention" was something that held people back from joining. And while that's understandable, I couldn't help but think...it's never a good time. Right? This magical "good time" to be creative, to self-reflect, to increase our personal power...hardly exists at all. What I'm interested in is that now is always the best time....AND....when you have an ongoing group, that it always there for you - you don't have to make it be a good time. You can be heavy on the calls one month and need to step away a bit another month when things get busy. But in the background, you always have that community, that way to connect, and that regular reminder of who you are and what you're here to do. Who you are here to become, and keep becoming. I want you to have that kind of consistent support. It's like paying for a monthly gym membership, but even better, because it isn't just the treadmills that are calling - it's me and all the other real live inspiring, flawed, searching, celebrating women who will bring you back to yourself again and again.
What if I want to cancel? How does that work?
Creative Spring Membership is month-to-month. All you have to do is cancel your recurring payment through PayPal, which you can do at anytime. You have nothing to lose - try it and if it's not for you, that's totally cool - just cancel your recurring payment and you won't be billed for the following month.
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Meet Kerri, your facilitator
"If there has been one consistent thing in my life, it has been the desire to ideate, explore, and challenge myself to put creative projects into the world. What has changed over the years, is my reason for doing so. Ambition and perfectionism used to rule my creative life, but now my ambition sits side-by-side with healing, truth and the messy glory of being in a body, of being alive."
When I was 22, my world got flipped upside-down. I was a folk singer/songwriter with an acting degree and had just recorded my first full-length album. I was about to start touring with my songs and build an audience organically, when suddenly, I lost my voice. For two years, I was unable to sing without pain.
Why did this happen to me? It was the combination of two issues that far too many women face.
1) I had a history of bulimia (and other eating disorders) that gave me acid reflux, which damaged my vocal cords.
2) I was sexually assaulted and didn't tell anyone about it.
These two things caused a crisis in my voice that meant I had nowhere to go. I got a job in a Brooklyn coffeeshop and prayed to whatever might be listening for the strength to keep going now that I was basically career-less and lost. A straight-A student and general perfectionist, I had no idea how I would survive the humiliation and guilt of what had happened to me.
Looking back, that crisis led to everything important to me.
It sent me on a journey of healing that involved writing a one-woman show of stories and songs called The Only Thing You'll Lose, meeting my mentor Tanya Taylor Rubinstein in the process and learning about narrative medicine/practice, which is about the power of stories to heal us physically. I went on to become a StoryHealers Transformational Monologue facilitator as well as earn a certificate in Narrative Practice.
It forced me to write poetry instead of lyrics, which turned into the next art form I would truly love and be recognized for - invited to perform at several prestigious women's conferences with my poem "When I Have Gumption" and write and record "For Girls Who Had Eating Disorders Not 'Bad Enough' For Treatment," which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, shared via Upworthy and Everyday Feminism and most importantly, helped more than one young woman seek treatment when she wouldn't have otherwise.
It led to meeting the voice coach who got me my first copywriting job and hired me to help her create courses for independent musicians. It led to me meeting Shannon DeJong, my co-collaborator on ArtistCEO podcast. It led me to meeting my husband.
It led to me seeing that my passion is equally balanced between making creative projects myself and facilitating the creative projects of others.
It led me to learning about the energetics of health and how our emotional and mental lives affect us physically, leading me to my Universal Health Principles™ certification.
It also led me to you. You the woman who is reading this and wanting to more deliberately claim her creative life and expression in this world.
Creating this group is important to me because I believe that women's voices and stories and leadership are so desperately needed right now to change the world.
By developing ourselves - our confidence, our discipline, our creativity, our JOY - and sharing our creations with the world, we will heal it. We will heal ourselves, our sisters and the planet with our work.
Creating this group is important to me because I know how easy it is to get lost in self-doubt or stuckness around putting your work out there. I know what it's like to lose your ability to do the art you love and become demoralized by it. I know what it's like to feel so deeply lonely, like no one understands you and that you'll never be able to match your ambition.
And I also know the joy of sharing my words and work, getting deep feedback and literally changing lives because I decided to share it. I know what it's like to break through the depression of chronic illness and find a way to create no matter what. I know what it's like to feel energized by the creative women around me, like I am part of something, knowing that every moment I have ever lived is perfect. Knowing that every day is a chance to become a vessel for beauty and truth, and that there is no rush to the finish line, only savoring the process of discovery.
I know what it's like to wake up every day thankful, so f'ing thankful for the work I get paid to do, knowing that I co-created that too - and that there is always, always more to create.
There is never "a good time" to build your creative practice. Life will always show up and get in the way (Julia Cameron says to pretend like you will never have an entire free day for your creativity again in your life - and work from there). This is the practice of doing things imperfectly, of starting "before you're ready." And it's one of THE keys to actually showing up for yourself and your brilliance.
Ready to join?
Creative Spring Membership is $60/month. Registration is open from June 20th - July 9th, 2018.
Membership opens quarterly.