Delightfully Freeing

"Aviva Gold is a truly gifted teacher in a multitude of ways.  She is an extremely knowledgeable, talented, kind and loving Spiritual Art Medicine Woman who will help guide you to new places in your heart and soul, and then you get the pleasure of transferring your insights and feelings using paint to paper the way you see it!" Read more

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Nourishing Experience

"I felt so carried away by the painting process and it brought such joy and contentment. When that happens I know I have touched source and connected with spirit. Such a grounding, nourishing experience. And It's so cool to let the process lead you instead of leading the process." Read more

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Touching the Core

"I am impressed by the fact that humans have been painting for at least 40,000 years - probably longer than they have been meditating - and I certainly feel that painting from the source is a very original human activity that allows a person to become aware of themselves in a truly fundamental manner, touching the core of what it means to be human". Read More.

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New Horizons from Men

"Uninhibited painting without any skill or training that brought back an unexpected release of issues I didn't really want to face, but they just kept reappearing -- I couldn't run any longer." Jerry

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The Source

Under the tutelage of noted teacher AVIVA GOLD, utilizing a philosophy of art, movement, and complete release of ego, The Source completes the line from idea to execution. Gould learned to paint from this "vibration" -- to invest the canvas surface with something deeper than a portrait, or landscape: he had acquired the sensitivity to meaning beneath form; emotion in gesture; character in composition. Read More.

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Joy & Contentment

Just wanted to check in with you and let you know how grateful I am for the space you held at the Esalen workshop.  I felt so carried away by the painting process and it brought such joy and contentment.  When that happens I know I have touched source and connected with spirit.  Such a grounding, nourishing experience.  Thank you for providing that opportunity.  Read more.

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Letter of Thanks

Driving home on Sunday, and on Monday, and even today, my mind has been filled with images, memories, and appreciation of the gifts each of you gave, to the group and to me. I've been to personal growth workshops, yoga workshops, shamanic circles, Buddhist groups, you name it!, for years and years, and I've never experienced the degree of COMFORT, trust, and intimacy that WE created, together, in just a few days, with Aviva's guidance, of course. Read more.

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Beautiful, Sensitive

Last night, in a dream, I was surrounded by beautiful Art and a beautiful, sensitive teacher who didn't "cut off" my energy with judgement.  We were discussing how there have been quite a few teachers I couldn't even do Art in front of and I never knew why! Read more.

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Birth of the New

Aviva, Aviva… Aviva – means spring
And spring to the people around you bring 
The birth of the new, transformation of old 
The magical cycles of life thus unfold.

Through sadness and sorrow, through rage and despair 
You stood so strong with no doubt or fear 
Like babies we frolicked and tantrumed and yelled 
While you our madness so lovingly held. Read More.

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Many Voices

"I lived and died and live again to go forth in the world with the courage to lead, to love, and to create. I have rediscovered the source of my creativity, laughter, and affection." - Participant

".... I feel empowered, creative, loved, nurtured, healed." - Participant
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Wonderful Work

Oh Aviva, never doubt the wonderful work you have done over the years which has helped countless people go to a deep place within themselves . I first found you years ago at the Open Center in N.Y. when they were on Spring St. The reason we (I) can go deep is because of the safe space you provide us. As a 59 yr. old  woman, I cant become my 5 yr old self just anywhere. That freedom only happens in the setting you give us.  I truly appreciate you and your work over the years.

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Courageous Leaps

Working with such a large group took a lot of courage ..
It definitely was a challenge .
Thanks to you I felt  that I could make that leap.
Once I broke thru the frustration & the headaches, I feel like I found the part of me that was lost after the abuse happened. Read More

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