The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

Our Creative Spirit


Special Offer: Now bring a friend for FREE! 

Details below.

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert says, “If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”  So, this weekend of stories and workshops is for all of us. Come play and see what happens when we give ourselves space and time to be inspired, listen to our own creative spirits, and explore ways to express and celebrate our journeys.

We each have a story.  Sometimes it’s bursting to be expressed, while other times it lays deep in wait. As we breathe it into expression, we step into our own power.  We take our place in the human family story. We are somehow made more alive, more whole – and so are the people who listen and watch and share in it.

Come explore your creative spirit, be it through music, visual arts, dance, drama, comedy or writing. Exercise your creative muscles. Express your story. Enrich our lives and community. 

$65.00 Early-bird Package Price for Both Friday & Saturday Events includes morning refreshments and lunch on Saturday And now, bring a friend for FREE to one or both events.  

OR $25 for Friday night (bring a friend for FREE)

and $50 for Saturday workshops (bring a friend for FREE)

Either use the pull-down menu to the right to reserve your place OR mail your check to Our Creative Spirit c/o The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock, 12861 N. 8th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029.  Email to add your friend's name to our RSVP list --for FREE!

Our Creative Spirit: Stories and Song on Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm in Smith Hall 

($25 admission if purchased separately from the Saturday workshops) 

featuring The Cracks Are Where the Light Gets In with John Genette.  In this one-hour solo performance, John takes you on a heartfelt journey through the joys and sorrows of close relationships. In story and song, he relives seminal moments with his sprightly young daughter, industrious father, soldier brother, and artistic mother, who channeled her grief into poetry. Each episode reveals that our setbacks can be a source of healing and renewal—if we let the light come through the cracks.

and My Journey with Kituwah with Tom Gebler.  In 1981, sculptor Tom Gebler received a vision of a Native American man. It marked the beginning of a mysterious journey filled with unexplainable and seemingly unrelated events yet Tom held to a belief that it would all make sense someday. Thirty years would pass before he made a remarkable discovery of the true connection to the vision that spans eight generations and over two hundred years. The unexplainable and unrelated events were at once explained and related.

Our Creative Spirit Workshops on Saturday, September 26, 9 am-4 pm

($50 fee if purchased separately from Friday night's program)

Keynote: Bloodlines, Lifelines, Storylines: Why We Must Tell Stories by Liz Warren, director of the Storyteller Institute at South Mountain Community College, and partner in's Arizona Storyteller Project. In July 2014, Warren received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network, and in September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix. 

Three sessions of workshops will follow, offering participants a variety of ways to explore, express and celebrate their creativity, including options for Storytelling, Journaling, Singing for the Soul, Poetry & Songwriting, Soul Collage, Movement, Improvisation and Musical Expression. Workshop leaders include Liz Warren, Doug Bland, John Genette, Tom Gebler, Marilyn Rampley, Gail Giunta, Susan Bendix, Karen Richter, Judy Schwiebert, Deanne Hodgson, Lynne Haeseler and Renee Rivers. Here is a sampling. A complete list of session offerings can be found in the right column under More Information - Our Creative Spirit Schedule & Workshop Descriptions.

    Event Details

  • Friday, September 25 Performance 7 pm and Saturday, September 26 Workshop, 9 am-4 pm

  • See pricing options in pull down menu below

  • Shadow Rock UCC
    12861 N. 8th Avenue
    Smith Hall

Reserve Your Tickets Now

Online Orders are now closed. Please Purchase at the door.

You are encouraged to guarantee your place for Friday and/or Saturday in advance by using the Event Options/Buy Now menu above. Tickets will not be issued, but you will receive a confirmation email from us, and your name will be placed on our RSVP list. You may print your PayPal receipt to bring with you to the event, but it is not required.

Registered participants will receive an email on September 1, giving them first priority to sign up for individual workshops throughout the day on Saturday. If you have questions, contact