Michael Walker and Ellen Johansen have been working with
individuals, couples and groups for fifteen years, both in the US and
the UK. They share with others a love of the arts, a commitment to their
own artistic practice, and an understanding of the power of the artistic
process to facilitate insight and change. Ellen and Michael communicate
their passion for the creative process in a supportive manner that empowers
others to discover their own creative resources, and inspires them to
integrate the creative spirit more fully in their lives.
||Ellen studied painting at the University of Washington (BFA)
and taught fine art in London. She also completed an MA in psychology
with an emphasis in career development. In her role as career counsellor,
Ellen facilitated career change workshops drawing on the arts to
help individuals clarify new directions in life and career.
||Michael attended the University of London, Goldsmiths College
(BA, Fine Art, painting) and Wimbledon School of Art (MA, Fine Art,
printmaking) in the UK. He taught fine art in India and exhibited
prints and drawings in the UK and Australia. Later, Michael completed
a Ph.D. in psychology, and worked as a psychologist in California.
Bridget’s training in Fine Art at St Martins School of
Art, and theatre studies at Guildford School of Acting
in the UK have given her a breadth of training
in the expressive arts. Bridget brings a depth of experience from 25 years of
arts practice. As an arts facilitator and art therapist, Bridget has developed
an original style of working with clients using intuition and freedom of expression
Bridget has exhibited her paintings internationally and
her work is in private
collections in England, America, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
What is The Creativity Space?
The Creativity Space is:
Time set aside to experience the freedom to express yourself with
A quiet environment in which to discover, through painting, the
power intuition has to inform our experience.
A retreat in which to allow creative expression for pure enjoyment.
An opportunity to remember to be the artist of your own life.
Who will want to come to The Creativity Space?
Individuals or groups should come to The Creativity Space who
A unique experience in a studio designed to bring out
your creative spirit
To spend a weekend
with friends or work colleagues de-stressing from daily demands
A sense of creative
To seek an opportunity
to move through “blocks” in
creativity by painting in an intensive, uninterrupted format
An in-depth right-brain
To try their
hand at painting for the first time.
When can I come to The Creativity Space?
The Creativity Space designs workshops and retreats to meet a group’s
creativity goals and objectives. The workshops are held at venues
suitable to the needs of each group.
Workshops and retreats are also offered throughout the year on
Waiheke Island, home of The Creativity Space.
Details of upcoming workshops are posted regularly on The Creativity
Space web site under Workshops and Retreats