Creativity is like a fire. What makes it spark and how do we keep the flames burning? Our imaginations are mysterious things and sometimes require a handful of varied methods to ignite. Whether you’re a professional creative with burnout or a person who’s never picked up an artistic tool in your life, I hope to guide you back to your inherently creative self. Art classes, one-on-one mentorships, reiki sessions, and support for those dealing with loss are my main offerings. You can learn more about them below:

art classes

I host small workshops (in-person or Zoom) and teach one-on-one art classes to both children and adults. Before working with each student, I discuss specific needs and tailor a personalized class for a desired result, whether it’s:

• breaking through creative blocks
• emotional healing
• learning artistic techniques
• just getting messy & having fun

*60-minute classes are $100 and 4-packs can be purchased for $375.

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one-on-one mentorships

My approach to mentorship is holistic: incorporating practices and tools that I’ve used successfully on myself.  The methods below have helped me generate a large & wide-ranging body of work and I’m confident that they can guide you to a more creative place:

 
hands-on

art-making through:
intutive painting
hand-building with clay
collage
focused workshops

 
sensory

meditation
reiki I & II
journaling exercises
creative visualization
breathwork

voice

 branding + design

20 years of experience

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work samples

reiki sessions

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing technique developed in Japan which promotes relaxation and relieves blockages within the body, mind, and emotions. Reiki practitioners use their hands to transmit energy to the body, improving energetic flow to support self-healing. The practitioner is the conduit and the patient becomes their own healer. It’s soothing and a bit like acupuncture (but without the needles)! You can learn more about the details of this gentle process here.

I was first introduced to Reiki as a child while watching one of my favorite movies at the time, The Karate Kid. After the scrawny protagonist is injured in a karate match while fighting his bully, his teacher rubs his hands together and places them over the boy’s injured leg. As if by magic, he gets up and defeats his opponent. “How did he do that?” I wondered.

In 2016, I had my first Reiki session with my now teacher Sharon Bykerk-Lonergan. I was having mystery body pains, was creatively stifled and felt overall blah. I was skeptical about “reiki” but decided to give it a try because nothing else was working. During the first session, I felt immediate physical sensations as she hovered her hands over me and left a changed person. In the months that followed, I experienced a vigorous creative unblocking and began making artwork with a fury for the first time in over 15 years.

I could write a book about all the amazing things this modality has healed within me. I love sharing it with others, and in 2017, began studying Jikiden Reiki I & II. Note: While there are many forms of Reiki, Jikiden Reiki is from the original Japanese lineage. It is very simple, yet effective.

I’ve worked with people from all walks of life: from medical doctors and artists to people with chronic medical issues. If you’re curious about Reiki, I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have.*Typical sessions usually run 60-90 minutes and range from $85-$125. I currently work with women only and, on a case-by-case basis, offer costs on a sliding scale for those with financial difficulties.

Some things can only be experienced first-hand:

“My reiki session with Shamona was insightful and healing, she was accommodating and made sure that I felt comfortable. She shared what came through and gave me some tips to help with certain blockages. Shamona, also being an artist and being surrounded by her work during the session, added a colorful wonder that was uniquely enjoyable. I would highly recommend getting a reiki session with her!”

—Kiki, Artist

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death and endings

If we can face death than we can truly live…

Until recently, talking about death in our society has been taboo. But everything has an endpoint, so shouldn’t we be able to talk about it openly?

In my life, I’ve experienced my share of loss and have used these experiences to help people who are facing endings themselves. I’m a patient & empathetic listener and, although I’m not a therapist*, I do have certification in hospice care.

I’ve experienced how creativity can be used as a tool to help people navigate through transitions of all kinds: the end of a life, a marriage, a job, or even a dream. Making a piece of art can offer healing in a tangible way. For instance, the rabbits below are made from clay that I hand-foraged from Whidbey Island–their peaceful expressions have become tokens of remembrance for those wh0’ve lost loved ones:

The pandemic has forced us to look at death head-on, highlighting the need to help those who are processing unprecedented amounts of grief:

“I’m an ER Doctor in New York City and have encountered my share of crises, especially due to Covid. I’ve experienced the healing effects of both Shamona’s reiki sessions and her artwork. Her sculptures are intentionally placed throughout my apartment, creating a peaceful oasis for me away from the emergency room.”

—Sonya, Doctor

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*I am not a psychiatrist or physician. If you are suffering from a serious mental/health condition, please contact a medical professional.

“Art is a wound turned into light.” —Georges Braque