Tap Your Truth

My mission is to honor your creative well-spring, to encourage you to believe that it is sacred, to help you experience it as your best resource, and to then provide you with a platform to share the gifts that will rise forth as a result of you honoring it in return.

POWDER KEG WRITING WORKSHOP

at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, MA

with Suzi Banks Baum

Fall sessions resume Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

No registration necessary (free)!

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:55 PM

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Backyard art camp

Backyard Art Camp interrupts adulthood and infuses your summer with new ways to make friends and stand intimately in sacred space with other creatives. Even if you’ve never made a hand bound book before, you will find all you need here to fuel your creative spirit and air out your soul with outside the lines art-making in the butterfly busy of deep summer.

August 8 -11, 2020 (Great Barrington, MA)

Enrollment Opens March 2020!

Other Teachings & Events

Great Barrington Library (Mason branch)

What Is Lost, Is Found: Discarded Books as Page-Sized Canvases for Collage and Found Word Poetry

In this workshop we will use discarded books to create individual works of art. We will explore a variety of mixed media art including frottage and basic transfer techniques to make found word collages with stencils & acrylic & watercolor paints. When we work with old pages in this way, new stories emerge.

Please bring an apron and water bottle. This workshop is open to all aged 13 and up. No previous experience necessary. There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30pm. This workshop is FREE and limited to 12 participants.

How to Register:

Click here: Great Barrington Libraries

On the calendar page, scroll to September.

Click on Suzi’s workshop What is Lost, Is Found on September 21, 2019.

Complete registration by clicking on the white Register Now button

Advent Dark Journal

Join me for 6 weeks of soft, luminous writing, ritual, and art making that draws you up close to the darkening season. Let your eyes adjust to the twilight, and be accompanied through the holiday season with a group of women who gather in-person and online from November 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

Registration opens November 1st!

*Bonus session for first 20 registrations (Sunday, November 24th at 7:30 PM EST included in all levels of registration)

Suzi is like nourishing food for the writing soul. She made me feel like I can build a writing practice and be creative, and showed clear, tangible examples of how to do this. I had figured that since I wasn’t coming up with creative ideas as I sat in front of the computer, that maybe writing fiction or creative nonfiction just wasn’t going to happen for me. But I learned that there are ways to build that creativity and that it’s an essential part of the process if you want to have a successful writing life.

-Anonymous

More about Suzi

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, Easy Street Magazine, Story of Mum, Asbarez, Creative Mothers at Megan Gray Arts, Manifest Station, and as a contributor to Berkshire Family Focus and Crispina. Her fiction appears in the Walloon Writers ReviewThe Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory.

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 has a long history in theater in New York City.

A multi-talented creative, Suzi has run her own couturier business, sewing 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. She teaches for the International Women’s Writing Guild and conducts a yearly artist residency in Gyumri, Armenia.

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.

POWDER KEG WRITING WORKSHOP

at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, MA.

How often have you heard someone say, “I’d like to write but I have no idea where to start?” The Powder Keg Writing Workshops introduce creative writing techniques to new writers and advanced practices to established writers, which tap inner resources. We draw on our own stories and personal history for original material to craft personal narrative works. Called by one participant, “like yoga for writers”, Suzi creates a captivating space for women to experiment with their writing voices, to share writing and to learn tools that will carry their work forward. Activities in the Children’s Room will be planned for those wishing to bring their children.

The writing workshop series take place
Wednesdays from 6:30-7:55 PM
at the Ramsdell Public Library in Housatonic, MA
at 1087 Main Street, Housatonic, MA.

This workshop is free, thanks to the support of the Great Barrington Public Libraries.

Fall 2019

We resume Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

September 11/18/25

October 2

November 13/20

December 4/11/18

(On Dec. 11th special event: Author interview with Katey Schultz)

Come see what Powder Keg is all about!

“The gift of Powder Keg is honoring my writing, my voice, and bringing me into your safe space, at your table to share in the company of US- our fullness revealed. Could you ask for more? I think not.”

-Safara Fisher

Backyard Art Camp – Berkshires

Come make slow art outside under my oak tree.

If the weather turns wet, we’ll scoot under a canopy.

live, real time, hard copy event in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts

in my backyard, August 8-11, 2020

This workshop of open-air art making in a circle of community will inspire you in ways you may have forgotten. Working intuitively in paste paper for a whole day, you will make papers to serve as covers for Davey book board. Paste paper also makes one-of-a-kind note cards and envelopes.

With the support of Suzi and her assistants, you will be guided to sew your journal in the Coptic Stitch style, an ancient practice that lets your book open flat.
Every day in Backyard Art Camp we will write.

Every day we will add to a group created mandala.

Every day we will sing, eat outside, and share in circle.

Every day we will take a step to slow the mayhem in our lives by sinking in to the colorful, textural, and sensual delight of summertime art making.

On Sunday night, we make S’mores around the fire bowl.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

  • 12 years old on up
  • happy in all weather
  • want to visit the cultural Berkshires in summer
  • at ease working outside all day long. Naps in the hammock are always an option!
  • are ready to replace those nasty messages you got about how messy or wild your art making is.
  • if you are ready to fine-tune your book artistry by learning to cut frames, weave paper images, and articulately feather a grand nest for your journal practice.
  • breathing more fully at the thought of finding a creative community and sanctuary where your creative expression will be valued above all else.

Berkshires BYAC is August 8-11, 2020

Enrollment opens March 2020

“Suzi does a fabulous job of creating a circle of creativity that nourishes and inspires my soul to express its joy through making paste paper and then stitching the pages into books. She also inspires me to continue living into my journal daily.”

-Sarah Nicholson

Advent dark Journal

Don’t travel the holiday season alone.  Let your creative practice Keep you warm.
Advent Dark Journal begins Sunday, November 30, 2019 and ends Sunday, January 5, 2020.

*Bonus session for first 20 registrations. Sunday, November 24th at 7:30 PM EST

Join me for 6 weeks of soft, luminous writing, ritual, and art making that draws you up close to the darkening season. Let your eyes adjust to the twilight, and be accompanied through the holiday season with a group of women who gather in-person and online starting November 30, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Option 1:

Starting November 30, 2019, receive one luscious email every Saturday morning for 6 weeks that guides your journaling and handwork for the Advent season. Non-secular and nature-based inquiries urge you to step outside the fray of holiday chaos. You set your own pace. It is possible to stir joy during the holiday season in a way that softens the glare and lets your senses dance. The final email arrives Sunday, January 5, 2020. What would it feel like to enter the New Year full and ready?

Option 2:

The above 6 luscious emails plus two online gatherings. Join me for two Sunday evening online gatherings on Zoom, the first is December 1st. We will work in sweet creative communion. Writing and art instruction will be given. We will do a centering meditation and have some time for sharing. You get to be in the comfort of your own space.

Option 3:

The above 6 luscious emails and online gatherings, plus (2) day long live sessions in Great Barrington (more info to follow). We will work in sweet creative communion. Writing and art instruction will be given. We will do a centering meditation and have some time for sharing. You get to be in the comfort of your own space.

 

Please chose the one that feels like velvet in your pocket, something that quickens your heart, but not overwhelm. I will meet you with an open heart for the dark.

The Advent Dark Journal was a journey to stillness to restore, reflect, and rekindle the creative spark that so often gets blown out by the rush of my own and others’ expectations during the year-end holidays. Suzi’s letters, mediations, rituals, as well as her writing and art prompts, were engagingly appealing. This course helped me to enjoy rather the endure the holidays. She helps her students sow seeds of new projects and tend to the cultivation of the soul. I highly recommend this course to any woman needing to reframe her holiday experience from one of chaos into one of joyful expectation.

-Anonymous

Other Teaching & Events

Great Barrington Library (Mason branch)

What Is Lost, Is Found: Discarded Books as Page-Sized Canvases for Collage and Found Word Poetry

In this workshop we will use discarded books to create individual works of art. We will explore a variety of mixed media art including frottage and basic transfer techniques to make found word collages with stencils & acrylic & watercolor paints. When we work with old pages in this way, new stories emerge.

Please bring an apron and water bottle. This workshop is open to all aged 13 and up. No previous experience necessary. There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30pm. This workshop is FREE and limited to 12 participants.

How to Register:

Click here: Great Barrington Libraries

On the calendar page, scroll to September.

Click on Suzi’s workshop What is Lost, Is Found on September 21, 2019.

Complete registration by clicking on the white Register Now button

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