More about Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
Co-Editor of Writing & Poetry Therapy
Before entering the field of human potential development, Susan de Wardt was a research engineer. Her well-developed analytical skills make it possible for her to accurately follow a process and make necessary adjustments to improve the outcome. During her ten year adventure as an expatriate resident in Europe and the Far East, Susan learned that the most important process of all is the process people use to create life satisfaction and personal results. This discovery led to the creation of the Mindworks Coaching integrated coaching process.
From 1983 to 1993, Susan made five international moves and each time reinvented her life. In spite of being a successful engineer, mother and wife, she recognized over time that she had to express other parts of herself as well. Engaging with new languages and new cultures, she moved from engineer to childbirth educator to holistic psychotherapist, gathering experiential learning far beyond anything a textbook could provide. As she uncovered her own talents, she learned how to create a truly fulfilling life.
Today, with the addition of a four year internship in alternative psychotherapy (NLP, bioenergetics, meditation and visualization) and specialized training in journal writing and poetry facilitation, contemporary coaching practices and leadership, Susan puts all of her experience to work in the service of others. She combines her lifelong passion for writing and art with a keen attention to the story of others as she helps people find a place in a world of their own choosing.
Susan is an energetic speaker and experienced coach in the fields of awareness training, creativity and communication. As a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator, she combines the magic of poetic language with a keen understanding of human process to create unique learning situations that inspire creative breakthrough, increased self-awareness and personal growth. Drawing on her experience as a writer, mixed media artist and entrepreneur, Susan focuses on bringing out the best in people, helping them identify and detach from old patterns and the inner critics that inhibit the experience of full and joyful living.
As a Life Coach, Susan believes getting in touch with your deep creative resources is the first step to having the life you have only imagined possible. Insightful, courageous and compassionate, Susan excels at using journal writing techniques to build the bridge from "current reality" to the highest actualization of dreams and visions. Susan is a respected Certified Journal Facilitator, adept at showing others how to access creativity, enrich life experience and connect with inner wisdom through writing practice.
Susan is a member and frequent facilitator of the Steamboat Springs Writers Group and has moderated the Day for Writers annual conference for the past four years. Recognized for her expertise in the practice of reflective writing, she is certified to present the workshop Journal to the Self® (developed by author Kathleen Adams) and sits on the board of the National Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapists. A member of the Board of Trustees of the East Routt Library District and artist team member of the Community Collaborative Planning Process for the Arts, Susan is dedicated to bringing the power of language and art to the foreground of daily life.
Susan is available for individual and group coaching, both on site and via teleconference. She hosts a weekly journal writing teleclass and facilitates a number of exciting, creative workshops throughout the year. For more information about Mindworks Coaching services and available workshops or to schedule a custom workshop for your group at your location, visit www.mindworkscoaching.com.
Visit her website: www.mindworkscoaching.com
PO Box 881959
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80488 USA
More about Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony
Co-Editor of Writing & Poetry Therapy
Blaze is a fire-starter and mentor to women who want to light up the world. As a Certified Transformational Life and Business Coach, she is committed to helping professional women discover who they are and what they want to manifest in their lives.
Blaze, you may also know her as Barbara Lazarony, excelled for twenty years in the fast-paced world of a Fortune 100 company; where she created a ‘wildly successful’ career. In 2003 she found herself face-to-face with thyroid cancer. Using her illness as a catalyst, she “blazed” her own brilliant path to recovery and wholeness.
An avid poet and journal writer, Blaze transferred her diverse skills from the corporate environment to serve as an Executive Director for a non-profit dedicated to using writing to heal. So began the journey of merging her professional skills with her more creative gifts. She is the author of two books of poetry and is earning a certificate in journal facilitation to inspire others to use words for creative self-expression, healing and transformation.
Following her growing desire to mentor and empower others, Blaze earned life coaching certificates from Martha Beck and from the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. As a guest lecturer for the Ernst & Young Leadership Seminar at California State University, Northridge, she uses her highly intuitive, creative and sassy leadership style to assist others to discover their essence, outline their values and create a vision for their future as leaders in the world.
Blaze is passionate about coaching professional women to break free from the thoughts and actions that have kept them stuck by using creativity to help them become the person they’ve always wanted to be and inspiring them to step into their own personal fire. She believes that each person has the opportunity to change the world as they reconnect to their own brilliant passion, purpose and power.
She also hosts a bi-weekly writing group on California’s central coast. Contact Blaze for more information on her Ignite Your Fire workshops or classes and to begin your personal transformation.
Visit her website: www.BlazeABrilliantPath.com
Visit her on Facebook: Blaze A Brilliant Path
Pacific Grove, California USA
About Tomasz Czepaitis
Assistant Editor of Writing & Poetry Therapy
Tomasz Czepaitis is a poetry and book therapist, residing in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was born in Moscow and has mixed Russian-Ukrainian-Jewish-Lithuanian roots.
He acquired his Certified homme de lettres degree in Literature at the Moscow Literature Institute and is leading groups in creative writing, translation and poetry therapy. He has issued his poetry under the pseudonyms of Tadeusz Czerpa and Foma Grek in Russian and Lithuanian (translated to German, Hebrew, Finnish and Byelorussian), he writes esays and novels and has translated several novels, plays and verses (Th. Wilder, W. Saroyan, D. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, etc.).
Tomasz found poetry therapy during his student years by discovering articles about teaching older people to think in metaphors, but it was only in 1996 when on Healing Workshop in Parnu (Estonia) he met his future superviser Dr. Juhani Ihanus (Helsinki University), who is an author of anthologies and books on poetry therapy.
Since then... Tomasz has been researching poetry therapy, working with disabled and elder people, utilizing the the internet to advise and for personal sessions. While living in USA in 1999/2000 he attended poetry therapy courses and workshops at the Institute for the Arts in Psychotherapy in Chelsea, New York with Sherry Reiter. Tomasz also studies the arts, drama therapies, astrology and labyrinth making and is a member of Adler Individual Psychology Association.
Finally, he also works as a journalist (section editor for www.vilnews.com, essayist/translator for "Little Studio" Franciscan radio), he is a Chief Editor of a small community newspaper "Uzhupis Herald," which is issued in 7 languages and devoted to the needs of the community. And he is one of the founders of the Uzhupis Republic in the Old Town of Vilnius and co-author of its Constitution which is his most popular work (co-written with Romas Lileikis). To see the Art Center visit: www.umi.lt. One of his main tasks now is creating Uzhupis University.
Vilnius, Lithuania EUROPE