Student feedback

Creativity & Music workshop THAMES June 2017

I love the way anything is possible in Karen’s workshops, how intuitively and expertly she is able to hold space, how safe I/we feel to allow what is… and from that allowing comes creation/creativity.  Like how we can create music from a picture. Kate.

What I loved was the coming together of a group of unknowns and the creation of some joyous synergy. 

I loved the way (Karen is) able to mastermind or direct the process; that she can hear all of the participants and when they should join in. The way that she is able to abstract a segment of the words written and take them to a new place, which suggests there is a richness in the material we created in such a short time, and this richness is still untapped material for development. 

What I really want is to be able to play musically with other people … and this is what we did.  Heidi

Loved the painting exercise,  but was surprised I had very few words to put on it. Delighted to  discover  it was an instrumental piece I was painting, haha! The freedom i felt playing harmonica with accompaniment from the other participants was magic. Really enjoyed seeing the joy as the others brought their paintings to sound. Heather.

Creativity & Music Workshop  April 2nd 2017

I loved the different elements of CREATIVITY we engaged in. The creative process was accessed through many forms, inspiring us to look and open other doors within our creative capacity. To allow for new and exciting ways for self expression.

Karena’s open, energetic, loving passion for her creativity is infectious and through listening participating and creating sound together, her love and passion is directed straight into me. Brooke.

Thank you so much for this wonderful gift you have – gentle – encouraging – inspiring – Safe place to explore that special part of ourselves – that loves to express and create.
Felt empowered and connected during this workshop and feel this will continue to flow in my life. Tea.

Karena, you are a fabulous musician and teacher. You make it very easy to find a voice. You found a place for every workshop participant to find a safe place within themselves from which to express themselves. Arjan.

You created an environment in which everybody was at ease and felt free and uninhibited to step beyond their boundaries. You skilfully and with great insight guided everybody to get the most out of their presence. Alistair.


Private students:

Kāren is highly tuned in to the creative potential of a person, the blocks that might be in the way and the mood of the day. In her unique, gentle and wise way she is able to facilitate a shift that allows me to be in the space where I can connect to my creativity and give voice to the things that want to come forth. She supports expression of self in ways that keep surprising me and that have made me grow, not only in regards to my original intention of wanting to learn to sing.

Kāren and I have worked together face to face and also on Skype. I highly enjoy coming to visit Karen in her little creative hub, with all her tools and instruments that allow playing and improvising etc. But I also love the flexibility that Skype classes offer and sometimes it is nice to be physically in your own space while working on something. Kath.

Kāren and I have been working together since July 2016, starting with singing and then adding learning the bass guitar. I find Kāren’s style to be relaxed and relaxing, which leads me to discovering just what I can do. It is an encouraging style, just for the joy of music. Inspiring.

We have lessons both in person and via Skype, the latter being relatively new to me, but working well nevertheless. The lessons work well for me, and open up the experience of music that works. We have good fun singing and playing, and who could ask for anything more. Peter.

I am presently teaching regularly in Kapiti, Auckland, Thames, Taupo and Skype. Additional locations within New Zealand are possible as I travel the country continually.

 

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