About Suzi

Here is what I want for you.

I want you to use your voice.

I want you to use your hands.

To express your deepest truth.

The personal is political.

I create soul-nourishing, wildly fun opportunities for women to engage with their interior treasures for the benefit of all.

 

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Here is what I believe.

A woman is valuable no matter what she is making – art, money, kids, or dinner.

You don’t have to leave your life to engage in creative practices. Live your life from the space of creative spirit and you’ll feel your own value being generated like heat.

YOU are your own best resource.

Your presence will change the world.

You do amazing work. Thanks for shining out that glorious lighthouse beam and holding the door for the rest of us.

– Brenna Layne

 

“It is total joy to have Suzi hold the space for creativity & art to flow from your heart through your hands in this beautiful, spirit filled, slowed down setting, a true gift to self!”

– Amejo Ameyot

Suzi is an artist, actress, writer, teacher, community organizer, and mom. She’s devoted to illuminating the gifts within each woman she meets and providing a sacred space for those gifts to be experienced and shared.

She is the editor and publisher of An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice, and has written for Literary Mama, Rebelle Society, Studio Mothers, Mother Writer Mentor, Asbarez, Story of Mum, Creative Mothers at Megan Gray Arts, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and she is a monthly contributor to Berkshire Family Focus.

Suzi is also the producer of Out of the Mouths of Babes for the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She has written for and performed in Motherhood Outloud at the Unicorn Theater and for Boston production of Expressing Motherhood, and has a long history in theater in New York City.

A multi-talented creative, Suzi has run her own couturier business, sewn for the Martha Graham Dance Company and the creative team of the Muppets, and served as a garden instructor for the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.

Today, Suzi inspires hundreds of women every year into creative practices that connect them with their truth toward a joyful and nourishing sense of service to one another, their families, and their communities. Learn more about her offerings HERE. We’re stronger together.

In addition to being a practicing yogi and a long-time student of meditation, mindfulness, and non-violent communication, she is a devoted wife and mom to two big kids and lives with her family in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

A definition of myself:

I’m sprinkled with stars.
Look at my skin, I’m freckled by time.

Every book, billboard, poem, song on the radio, Om at the end of class, my babies’ cries and vee’s of geese flying over the laundry line are still within me, echoing. Even my father’s voice calling my name in reprimand and the sound of car tires in snow at the lake are still murmuring within me.

I dream of snow and people and plans and I can still taste my dream in my mouth, like Nehi Root Beer. I’m a woman who has come upon roadblocks, barriers, abuse, withholding tax, and diverted momentum and still, I don’t feel stoppable.

I am uncontainable joy.

“Creative inquiry is an inside job. We are often inspired by the beauty of nature, art, and craft, color and materials. But it is in taking time, taking stock, and valuing or own sensations, perceptions, experiences that reveals to each of us our own voice, our own purpose. When we recognize, reclaim, integrate our orphaned experiences, we re-establish broken inner connections in ways that restore us to wholeness.

Suzi’s work speaks to the power of this recognition. Holding space for people to tap into their creativity, to see that space as sacred, to experience it as their best resource, and to then form communities for the sharing of the gifts from that resource has become her life’s work.”

– Sara Eisenberg, Healer and Founder of A Life of Practice

“Suzi, thank you for your essence. I have been so inspired by the time I spent with you and the group. You taught me that I can make the time to write, and that it is okay to use to my journal to pen the noise in my head. Each time I pick up my pencil, my goal doesn’t have to be to write a masterpiece. The goal is to write and let the stories and poems claw their way out of the words on those pages.”

– W. Hope Player

“Suzi’s Mapping Motherhood class reached my head, my heart, my hands. It drenched me with creative stimulation and permission to be artistic and imperfect and honor and express my deepest self.”

– Kelly DuMar

“This class was beyond my expectations. Suzi’s presence is enough to create a space where I want to be! Excellent materials and guidance. Fun too, loved singing, stretching and being silent.”

– IWWG Summer Conference Participant

“Not only has Suzi and the Ramsdell/Powder Keg partnership changed our lives in so many ways and helped us develop as writers, but that it is still such a crucial and rare thing for women to have a private, safe space to cultivate their voices in community with each other. Also, that we frequently have attendees from Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, and New York!”

– Deirdre

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