Magical Workshop

.What an incredible way to spend a day! Courage, Creation & Connection Workshop brought more light, magic and gifts than I could have ever dreamed. Participants became students of their own life and gifts in a way that led many to tears and fabulous goosebumps.

Beginning Our Day

Beginning the day with a wonderful overview from Joy. She helped each of us understand the Ayurvedic rhythms of the day (Kapha, Pitta & Vata). She explained how we structured the workshop to follow what works best, energy-wise, for most. It felt like we could all relate, especially to the 2 pm “I need a nap.” That received quite a funny reaction!

We then moved in to heart-opening yoga and meditation with Candace. Wow! Did that help us find our stuck energy and areas that needed loosening up?! Heck, yeah! Joy then moved us into feeling energized and ready for the Pitta time of day (10 am to 2 pm). We were then ready to fire on all cylinders for our painting. It also prepared us for insightful times with intuitive guide, Joy.

Being Centered Moves to the Canvas

Painting from our heart space was such an incredible journey for the students. (I call them “students” because what I witnessed from each of them told that beautiful story of being in a place of learning about one’s self.) Moving the paint brush on the canvas with colors and movements that spoke to their current life circumstances was different for each. The burning off of old wounds and stories and into a place of observer really helped each of them see their voice and those that are speaking to them.

Beautiful Bodywork

It was also wonderful to see them work through tightness in their bodies with Michelle, who has such an intuitive way of understanding an individual’s energy. She finds areas that need a little extra help with opening and relaxation in order to be receptive to what the Universe has in store for them. Students walked away from her with a glowing light. So incredibly cool!

Hearing Their Truth

To also see students walk in to speak with Joy about their lives and the paths they hope to be on looking one way and coming out looking freed from what it was they didn’t need anymore; blazing a clear path to begin to follow was another bit of magic! It helped bring the workshop into an amazing full circle experience.

Upon receiving Joy’s words and coming back to the painting, it was goosebumps central how the painting spoke to what they discussed with her. I think I cried and had those bumps about 20 times!

Imparted Magic

All aspects of this day helped we, as instructors view what it was we had envisioned for this day and it was even great than that! For our students of life? Although I can’t speak for them, what I did witness was a peace and greater sense of direction and knowing. It was a magic that was powerful and palpable. We felt so honored for to not only partake in but to be a witness to.

Courage, Creation & Connection Workshop-Manifesting Intention

What is My Life’s Intention?

Live Your Manifested Intention
Set Your Intention

I often ask myself and the universe, “What is my purpose?” Many times I would feel a void when asking that. Now, I feel driven to fulfill what I know I currently am meant to do; live with intention. To be a light in this world that so sorely needs it. Being mindful enough that I live from a place of love and not fear. But what does that look like? I sat with that for a long time trying to see what shape the universe would have me make that. 

The Shape of My Purpose

My real ah-ha moment was when I thought, “Why is my husband so impatient? Why can’t he hear me?” Well, when I wasn’t hearing and honoring him, how could I have expected anything in return that I needed? I wasn’t serving his needs to be fully engaged with me. For my presence. For my compassion and empathy. But then I thought, “How can I give that when I have no idea how to be that for my self? When I feel shame and like I’m never enough?” Seems pretty sad when we all know deep down inside we truly are perfectly imperfect. That the universe has our back, even when we turn ours to it. That’s grace that can transcend all pain and fear. It’s what helped me to begin my journey to something I had only wished I could do and be. It’s easy to say you want to be a light but executing that in a mindful manner that is of service to others felt daunting. I began doing meditations that I found on Gabrielle Bernstein’s Facebook page  Gabby Bernstein Meditations. Her Light Worker Meditation shifted everything for me. I began to see a way for my artwork and love of my mindfulness practice to merge into an experience I could share with others; to create a multifaceted workshop! Allowing in guidance and space for growth to really set free ideas and shaping what I knew would bring others that same growth. 

I Dream In Color

Dreams began to come alive. Each night was a new vision that took shape within a few days. I called on those I knew could help me make this workshop a reality. Joy Dennis, my friend, life coach and amazing creative mind was the first I spoke with about how to turn this idea into a reality. My colorful dreams now had a real and defined purpose. I knew I needed intuitive painting to coincide with other mindful practices, especially self-care. 

Check out my recent blog, “Happy Summer!”  to read more about how my intentions have been coming into being.


Mindful Self-Care

For years, I have been practicing yoga, meditation, quiet, creative space and seeking out natural and holistic ways of caring for my health. Massage always centers me and helps me to free up to do my intuitive painting. It releases areas of tension and helps me to mindfully see how much stress I am carrying in my body (which, at times, shocked me that I was able to move at all!). Yoga, I have always found (since a back injury in 1991), can free me from my fear-based worry and bodily symptoms that inevitably accompany it. Life coaching and therapy helped guide me toward solutions that honored myself and those I loved. Ayurveda methods have also helped myself and so many others slow do, find a balance of my mind, body and spirit. So, I of course had to add that element to the day! (Here’s a great article from The Chopra Center on Ayurveda practices:  

Be Your Intention
Intention Through Ayurveda

A Beautiful Combo!

A sat down with the three ladies that will be my fellow instructors, Joy Dennis, Michelle Mottshaw and Candace Piccirilli to see how we could make this a workshop of real intention. One that is based in light and love. By morning’s end, we had a winner! Each of us really enhance one another’s gifts, which in turn will do the same for our participants. Courage, Creation & Connection Workshop is a combination of intuitive painting, acrylic and mixed media techniques (me), intuitive guidance, mini life coaching, Ayurveda practices, and oracle card readings (Joy), chair massage, acupressure & reflexology (Michelle) and yoga, meditation, mindful eating & breathing practices (Candace). This workshop is power packed and gives you various ways to set that life intention!

What This Day Intends to Impart

My vision for Courage, Creation & Connection Workshop is for the participants to set an intention or seed of positive change that will be nurtured as we begin to go into our winter season. This time of year asks of us to slow down and begin to find ways that we can give ourselves a loving kindness practice of “just being.” The practices you will begin to hone on that day will allow you to become a light. Be who you are meant to be. We will grow this practice each season and watch one another go forth a model for others how to live from a place of love. I can’t wait to see not only this workshop grow and serve others but to watch our participants develop their lives into ones that fully honor their spirit and bring forth change in the world that brings light and love to the forefront. What is your daily intention for your life? You can help find that through this workshop. We wish that for you! Begin your beautiful transformation. Register Today for Our CCC Workshop!


Our Workshop Schedule:

  • Sunday, October 21st (Lisa’s studio; 25o N. Goodman Street, Studio 212, Rochester, NY 14607)
  • 8-8:30am      Sign In Begins
  • 8:30am       Introductions & Workshop Overview
  • 8:45-9:30am  Yoga & Meditation
  • 9:30-11:45am    Painting
  • 12-12:30pm        Lunch
  • 12:30-1pm          Walking Meditation
  • 1-2pm                   Painting*
  • 2:40-3pm           Closing Meditation


Seed of Intention
Plant the Seed of Your Own Intention

Welcome to Summer!!!

Welcome to Summer!!!

My peony underpainting that is a current work in progress!

Summer, for me is a time of recharging my batteries and also stoking my creativity. Maybe it’s the soaking up of that Vitamin D or just getting to see nature explode with sounds, colors, wildlife, joy and communion with one another. No matter what the secret sauce of summer is, it always gets my creative mind whirling about how I’d like to see my life take shape throughout the rest of the year and how it will look one year from now. How do want to be living my life in a higher space? What can I do to be of service to others that fits my given path? How should my work and my everyday life reflect that?

It’s always a lot of contemplation and then meditating on and exploring the best ways to do this while still being in a position of letting go. To surrender it to the universe and know that all the answers to life’s burning questions lie there.

Currently, I am really exploring how to make my work and my upcoming fall workshop something that nourishes all our souls and calms our minds. My current painting of the Thousand Island Park pavilion that will hang at Bella’s in Clayton, NY next year (so exciting that I was invited to be a part of their beautiful space!), is a juxtaposition of control and looseness. It’s a fun challenge and it seems to be working out in a way that surprises me but actually gets me electrified as I work, or even as I step back and see how my choices are panning out.

I am also exploring how best to incorporate intuition into the workshop in October and how to insure that the idea is one that has room for beautiful growth. By that, it feels like I not only mean the workshop itself, but also for those of us teaching it and those of you who attend. When I am breathing into what it looks like, I come away feeling as though, at day’s end, we will all walk away more centered and have a feeling of growing self-love and compassion. That abundant feeling is really amazing.

Watch some of my @lisawagnerart IG stories that I have saved so that you can get an idea of what the workshop will be for all of you and hopefully you’ll want to dive into feeling a sense of well-being through a creative, mindful way of being. Also be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so that you can check out the early bird special! Having it run during the fall, we like to think of it as a means of planting seeds that we can nurture throughout the winter nesting months to enable it to grow into a well-nourished and loved energy for you to share with the world. Doesn’t that sound beautiful? We also plan to have seasonal follow-up workshops to enhance your continued journey.

Great summer plan! If you happen to be in the NNY, Adirondack area this August, be sure to stop by The View Art Center for the #ANEAW show in Old Forge. My piece, Red Right Returning was chosen as one of the accepted pieces. Still over the moon about that. I have my fingers crossed but a neutral expectation about receiving an award. (It never hurts to have a little recognition for a work you’re so still in awe that you yourself actually produced something someone else likes, too! That always gets me extra motivated to continue on on hard, non-creative days.) 🙂 I will definitely keep you posted, though. The show opening is August 3rd and runs through September 30th. It’s always beautifully curated.

Enjoy your long summer days and warm nights (ahhhhh) and be sure to take lots of time for some self-love and creativity. It makes your summer a memory you can hold onto with such joy and fondness!
Be love and be kind! Xoxo