Carine, originally from Belgium, lives in Gibsons, BC. She teaches classes that connect people with creativity, imagination and play.
Her texts have appeared in The New Quarterly and Contact Magazine (Belgium). Her stories have been long-listed for ELQ/Exile’s Carter V Cooper Short Fiction Competition as well as for the Writers Union’s Short Prose Competition.
In her classes she brings together experience and knowledge from different fields: writing, embodied healing and expressive arts, mindfulness and meditation, and an understanding of the creative process. She believes in the power of imagination to transform life and regain wholeness.
Embodied healing and Expressive Arts: Carine is a certified expressive arts therapist, with experience working wit adults, seniors, children and youth. She also studied embodied healing with renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman.
Mindfulness and Meditation: She’s a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher and has taught over a thousand classes in the last twenty years, as well as practiced yoga and meditation.
Understanding of the Creative Process: She has an MA in architecture and taught design studio at the University of Brussels, Belgium, and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand before moving to Canada where she focused on her own practice.
In 2011 she discontinued her architectural design career to pursue expressive arts therapy and creative writing. Her ability to imagine a building’s shape, structure and spatial experience, as well as the creative problem solving needed in construction and design, have been useful skills she has transferred to these new fields.
Carine is committed to continuous learning, both through her own art-making, writing practice, meditation discipline as well as by attending professional workshops.
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