Testimonials from Workshop Participants
"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
"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
"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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.