Dr Kate Flaherty
Lecturer in English & Drama, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics, The Australian National University, Canberra
Suzanne Moss is unlike any other speaker I’ve ever encountered. She establishes a creative space with her table of stimulating books and objects; and a metaphorical space of acceptance and calm. She then invites her listeners to share the space with her. While bringing to bear a vast amount of research on creativity as a central capacity for efficacy in work and life in general, she never loses the personal dimension of her connection with her audience. In my workshop her contribution focused on academic research as a form of creative application. However, I could well imagine Suzanne gently provoking any audience to take better care of what they care about by fostering creativity within it and in their lives in general. Her presentations provide a much needed space adjacent to the problem or the challenge with which to reflect on it with new clarity. I would recommend her unreservedly to any work unit or individual who is beset by complex pressures and internal tensions. Her affect is both energising and liberating; as one participant put it: amazing! Changed my life!
…you beautifully provided a space and elegant process for me to have new things happen in my thinking as well as re-ignite neurones that have not fired since childhood. A wonderful example of small things having big impact!
Managing Director, Peak Performance Development, Author of best seller “Switch on your Brain” and “The Negotiators Toolkit”
Dear Suzanne, A few lines of thanks and praise for your recent workshop of Creativity. The workshop was nothing short of life-changing for me. Somehow you have managed a perfect balance between in-depth research, vibrant creativity and gentle wisdom. Your facility to listen to and hear the participants’ contributions and to then guide us to listen to ourselves is a remarkable and special gift. Thank you for the reading suggestions, the practical exercises, the encouragements and the challenges.
DR ROB CONKIE, Senior Lecturer Theatre & Drama, LaTrobe University, Victoria
Working with Suzanne has changed my life!! …
By working intensively with Suzanne everything has changed. She seems to not only have an immense depth of knowledge in art (far beyond anything I have seen or learnt from reading EVERY book and watching EVERY video I could) but is so gifted at relating what needs to happen for an individual student.
There is a freedom gained from the way that she works with you. With the only intention that you be the absolute best you can be, Suzanne informs, assists, guides, and coaches you to see the right way through, FOR YOU!… She is a treasure!
PETER GILCHRIST, CEO RTI Australis
Suzanne is a skilful, gifted and creative healing guide. I always feel a solid presence, attentiveness and clarity when I’m with her. My experience of Journey work with Suzanne is she walks with you every step of the way. I felt safe, reassured and in very capable hands. I liken her to a great climbing buddy, giving me just the right amount of rope, prompts and direction to embrace my inner wisdom and to harness the courage to dare to go where I have not been before. Her depth of experience in life and her work emanates from her. I’m touched by her gentle healing ways, compassionate spirit and the beauty of her realness.
SIMONE MISKIN, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach
Suzanne’s session was both empowering and interactive. I found it encouraging and engaging. It helped me to understand my creative abilities and to look beyond limitations. Personally I feel more aware of how I can overcome negative attitudes related to my creative practice. She offered insightful and positive information which was relevant to my creativity. Her words are powerful and will leave you impacted.
I love the invitation that the courses offer. It sounds compelling, and is something that would, I’m sure, allow big breakthroughs for a lot of people. Creative expression is an area that I so often see stifled in people who have buried issues, and this would be a great way to facilitate the uncovering of true freedom while allowing people to reach a creative goal.
KEVIN BILLETT, CEO The Journey, Wales, UK
Suzanne, You have helped me uncover a creative aspect of myself that has lain dormant for a long time…I now have a sense of purpose. Thanks for helping me look at things in a different way…You have helped me to broaden my outlook; to open my eyes to see things anew or to really see them completely differently and feed my imagination. I have a much greater appreciation of the behind-the-scenes testing out of ideas, exploration and experimentation that goes on well before the end project comes to life.
Suzanne, your Abstraction course was a remarkable surprise and so much more than I had expected. It has completely changed my way of seeing the world around me. I have a new and exciting understanding of abstract art. It was so satisfying not only on an intellectual or creative level, which I had naturally hoped for. It was the way I was touched personally and spiritually that amazes me.
In fact, I would describe it as not so much a ‘course’ but a life changing experience. When I went into my studio at the end of the week, and looked through the collection of materials, and the varying evidences of my practice over the years I suddenly and deeply realised “ I am an artist!
I find my self filled with awe and inspiration for the magic of light, form, space and colour, expressing feelings and abstract ideas that cannot be realised in representation work. I have a new insight into my practice and feel empowered by this beautiful discovery. Here is a way of playing with the materiality of paint that I find myself connecting with on a higher level. It has been a re-valuation that has transformed my vision of myself and my place in the world.
I am not sure words really express the magic I have discovered. Anyway, it happened at exactly the right time. How wonderful. I am so grateful that our paths crossed at this time.”
PARI GILMOUR, Artist & Art Educator
On the last weekend of January 2016 I attended the Workshop “Reclaim your Creativity” given by Dr Suzanne Moss in Canberra. I went with a certain amount of trepidation because, although I am a creative person in several fields including writing and music, I have never felt that I could be creative with my hands to create colourful and interesting images that I would not want to throw into the bin. I immediately felt in the right place when the workshop began…I experienced a wonderful sense of achievement and because of this I have been inspired to continue along the path using Suzanne’s unique techniques. I also found a great release as far as my writing was concerned and have felt able to write again…I can’t thank Suzanne enough for her teaching and the after effects that I have experienced.
TESSA BREMNER OAM, MCA, Dip. Lang. Theatre Director, Playwright, Author, Music & Voice Educator
Suzanne is energetically the gentlest lecturer with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. She quietly and methodically steps her students though a variety of media to expose them to the particular style of drawing they are to experience/deliver, that day. When showing them through a drawing exercise, on large format sheets, a moving white canvas sail as it was gradually unfurled throughout the multi-step drawing task, it was almost performance art. She was so delicate with the quite rugged sail, moving, unrolling, placing and replacing, almost posing it like a human model. Suzanne, an artist scholar, led with her own large format sail drawings which were breath-taking and awe-inspiring. She showed how she worked the medium, removed line and density with an eraser and worked to both build and remove simultaneously to get the captivating finished drawing. An incredibly challenging task, so gently introduced and scoped, that every student stepped up and gave their absolute best. The layout of her class, in a painting studio, is unlike any other class I have observed. I was transported to my time in art school, watching easels and ponies jostling for the best vantage point, and watching the subtle dynamics of confident, dominant, not so confident and emerging student artist, at play. And weaving her magic between the students, and between all the hard won best possies was Suzanne like the gentlest of learned spiders, weaving an invisible gossamer thread to bind them together, keep them on task and on time, and encourage them to step up and be bold. She is simply brilliant.
AMANDA BURRELL, Principal of ‘Captivus’, innovator and presenter of ‘Lecturing as Performance Programme’, The Australian National University, Canberra.
The work we did together seems to have opened up a level of motivation that wasn’t there before. I go to work more readily. I don’t have the blocks I had before – I do stuff rather than putting it off. At the time, I wouldn’t have noticed much difference but over a period of time something has changed and I’m getting more done. I’ve written two (epic bush ballads) poems and a song in the last year. I’ve had an offer to record my poetry and I’ve been working regularly and consistently on making mandolins (my fourth & fifth). Before your course, I’d not done any of this. I always wanted to do it and I’d dream about it, but when it came to actually doing it, there was always a block; there was a fear of commitment, success, failure, of sitting down in front of a blank page. Now the fears are just not there; there’s a gentle drive inside me to continue to do this stuff rather than fantasising about it… And I do it, on a daily basis. I attribute it to the work we did together, because I’d not done anything else that could have helped. …People keep telling me I have a way with words, and I can recognise now that I have – I accept that I can work with words, and with wood, and my life is good Suzanne.
The course helped me connect to my deeper expression, and go with the flow. I gained skills to paint and draw – different techniques I haven’t tried before. It helped me be more open. I now look at my work with different eyes and mindset. What helped the most were the meditations and ‘the method’ you took us through. I recommend this course because it opens different parts of yourself and your mind; expands your skills and the way you perceive. It’s a beautiful process to take yourself through as it is gentle and inspirational. Loved it!
ALANA LYONS (re the programme now titled ‘Replenish’)
The course helped me relax and forget my worries. It taught me all creations are positive. What helped most was the wide range of knowledge presented and the soft, positive, encouraging approach. The course is a cure for stress with an empathetic teacher, and will expand your view of art and creativity beyond your imagining.
TED EDWARDS, Scientist
These would to have to be two of the best weeks of my life so far! Living in a casa in Firenze with like-minded people, learning Italian every morning, followed by creativity classes in the afternoon (3 days a week and exploring Florence’s abundance of art on the others). I have learnt so much, on so many different levels, about myself, my abilities, my passions, and how to tap into that effortlessly… This would definitely be the best investment I’ve made in myself to date and I feel the benefits will flow forward into my future as I follow the paths that have been opened to me…I am so keen to follow these exciting opportunities that have been so gracefully shown to me – ways to access my innate creativity. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone interested in developing their creativity in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This comes from the heart of someone with no artistic training. Suzanne instills such trust (which is well-deserved) that the whole process just happened without me having to “know” anything.
…I required assistance to re-establish my art practice. I attended individual and group classes with Suzanne. My aim was to be able to return to art in a new way, not so driven and be more spontaneous. As a psychotherapist and artist I am committed to lifelong learning and this includes ongoing mentoring, skills development and guidance. Engaging with Suzanne as a mentor and guide was not a new practice for me but essential in my life journey. I think we all require an outside perspective, and to connect with other human beings to assist with objectivity and guidance. Suzanne assisted me to practice and improve a broad range of skills such as use of colour, drawing, mark making, collage and the application of paint. She encouraged me to face my ‘blocks’ and to be gentle and less judgmental of my artistic efforts. Suzanne has been a wise guide who has gently encouraged and supported my work. I have expanded my skills and have been able to develop a conceptual plan for my art that is uplifting and satisfying.
Your Level 1 course helped my gain confidence in my ability to be creative again. It reminded me of the joy and peace I feel when I am immersed in creating something… I love how you discussed the theoretical and philosophical foundations behind what we were doing. I was so impressed at the breadth and depth of your knowledge. Wow… I especially loved the visualisation exercise to help us choose our colours, it was so powerful and in some ways the choices were surprising… I really enjoyed the small and intimate class size. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. I am very grateful for it.
FLEUR ADCOCK PhD, Scientist
Suzanne is a patient and insightful teacher… For me, I was trying to rekindle my creativity. The course allows you the access and reflective space to gain your own insights and inspiration.
DAMIAN SMITH, Draughtsman, Photographer
I stand behind my arts more than ever and people also feel it. I get confirmation from it. When I’m painting I diminish stress… Or I’m searching for solutions on situations or problems. It calms me down… I try out more courageous things. Painting is fun and work at the same time. The white empty sheet of paper is no more a ghost. Suddenly people are interested in what I do and also in my pictures. I try out new painting technologies and colours. Light and shade. Effects. … I have painted with my children in their Christmas holidays. It was great for them and for me. We sat on the floor and painted with acrylic colours and our hands. … The surprise has been big. Great paintings! And they were really sunk for 2 hours in their work. Painting has become necessary, alive and important in my life again. Thank you very much, Suzanne!
IRENE KOTULLA, Germany
Suzanne’s clear feedback motivated me to make an immediate change in my life – a change that means the difference between health and illness, fulfillment and frustration. Suzanne also led me on an inner journey that brought healing to one of the most challenging aspects of my past. She has an amazing gift in terms of creating a completely safe space where deep transformation can happen gently and effectively. I warmly recommend Suzanne’s work to anyone who wants to connect deeper with their creative source!
HALINA GOLDSTEIN, Coach & Teacher, Denmark
Experiencing Suzanne’s work was profoundly healing for me. I did not know what to expect, but I trusted her expertise. What followed was a deeply transformative journey. Suzanne guided me gently and lovingly while helping me release outdated beliefs, let go of old patterns and reframe painful memories that were unknowingly coloring my present decisions and life choices…Working with Suzanne opened up space for new awareness of what is possible for me. I bow in gratitude to this magic woman and skillful practitioner.
GINA BREZINI, Therapist, NY
I am very……..GRATEFUL. I recommend this course absolutely! I relaxed, had lots of fun when working on the creative part, and I had ideas about my future activity. It doesn’t even matter whether these ideas will turn into reality right away, I feel that that there will be a creative change of direction in my professional life.
6 months later: ‘My creative practice helps me stay sane. I feel inspired to bring my vision to my workplace. My quality of life is better and I would like to continue this creative outpouring!
GRAZIA MICCICHE’, Senior Lecturer, Turin, Italy
The chance to have a whole weekend of creativity was enjoyable, helpful and is already useful. The simple act of turning on to a shut-down part of me made me realise what was missing or what could be important, once again, in my Life. Choosing colours is like choosing Life!… I definitely recommend the course. It was part of a constant that has been missing in my Life for quite some time. Go for it! It just might be the encouragement and stimulation you need to open or re-open some area of your true being like a ‘Yes, I can!’ It was so good to have expert instruction…A real integration of creative spirit performed in the company of like minds. Thanks Suzanne.
MARILYN POWELL, Forensic Archaeologist, Ceramicist, Photographer, Writer
Since your training in 2015, I have an appreciation of how important it is to sit and make; to reconnect with the present moment has been quite profound for me, while also being less judgmental of creative processes…I’m much more aware of the need for creative expression. Both my parents were very creative but it was a luxury for them and they stopped themselves. I still colour, and can do it without thinking it’s a luxury. I don’t have to justify any more, I just know I need to nourish myself.
MAUREEN FLANAGAN, Teacher, Counsellor & Guide
I found the ease of the course beneficial. There was no expectation, and no having to do. Just a gentle ease which was awesome. Yes, I recommend this course – you would be surprised at how creative you really are.
JAN HENDERSON, Presenter and Senior Accredited Practitioner of The Journey Method, Australia
Well, it slowly creeps up on you without you knowing it, and there you are creating the most amazing things you would never have imagined you were capable of doing. I couldn’t believe what I drew. I never knew I could make something that beautiful! …I got closer to who I am and I feel better about myself.”
STEENUS von STEENSON
If you are interested in restoration, personal growth and unlocking your self-imposed barriers to creative expression, Suzanne can help.
DR DEB CLELLAND
When I heard that Suzanne Moss was going to be my supervisor during my final year of my visual arts degree, I was absolutely delighted because I knew I was going to be in good hands. Suzanne’s broad knowledge of art theory is impressive, but even more so her ability to apply it to her classes in a creative, refreshing manner. As a teacher and mentor she is encouraging, patient, and giving; she fully understands that being an attentive listener is vital to her students’ learning and growth. Her approach to teaching constantly reminds us that much of art begins from the body and soul’s desire to engage with and benefit the world in which it resides.
FIFI WONG, BVA (Hons), PHD (Philosophy)
Suzanne Moss’s role as a mentor coach, artist and educator in the area of creative development is distinguished not only by experience and professionalism, but also her innate sense of empathy for others. In addition to helping me address negative experiences that were the cause of personal issues, she taught me how to navigate future situations in order to achieve creative fulfilment…Developing my creativity and helping my art practice, also extended to other areas of my life, such as home, relationships, and family. Suzanne’s guidance has given me the confidence to unleash my creative potential… I have no hesitation in recommending her!
JANET ANGUS, Creative: Graphic Design & Visual Arts