So shines a good deed in a weary world

Slow down. Pause. Breathe.

Creativity is a magical act.

It takes what was and turns it into something else. Something that wouldn't be the same without us.

It's a choice. Vulnerable, uncertain, and risky. But it's always worth it.


What do I need right now?


What am I letting go?


What is changing?

The Haven is Open

In The Kota During May

Haven Creativity Theme Kota Banner

You've probably heard of Impostor Syndrome; doubting one's own abilities and fearing exposure as an unworthy fraud despite evidence of competence and ability. People might experience it in workplaces, times of change, and certain social environments where they don't feel they are good enough to be there.

These feelings can be a messy tangle when it comes to our relationship with creativity. We might have had our creativity belittled or dismissed growing up, we might feel inadequate when we compare ourselves to others, or we might not have people around to encourage and help us grow.

In our Creativity Theme Kota, we will get into our personal experiences of impostor feelings, think about what gives rise to them, and consider ways we can get creative anyway.

Haven Creativity Open Kota (cold buckets + critics)

The Open Kota is an opportunity to visit any reflections and thoughts stimulated by our Theme Kota and forum discussions. It's also a chance to share about anything that's alive in us right now (challenges, projects, celebrations etc). Come as you are and bring what you have.

Whether you want to get actively involved in the conversation or quietly observe and absorb, you are so welcome to join us. We can also spend time reflecting on how to deal with unsolicited criticism, the impact of cold bucket comments on our confidence, and helpful ways to ask for a give feedback to others.

Kota sessions and workshops are recorded so if members are unable to make it live they can catch up later.

Creativity Archive

Browse the gallery of articles, interviews, and past events related to the theme of Creativity

Creative Wounds and Asking For Feedback [Haven Community Digest | May 12th 2023]

By Andy | May 12, 2023

Many of us drag creative wounds around with us. Scars from painful criticism, missed opportunities, and things not going to plan. They can cause us…

No Self, No Problem? (in Conversation with Chris Niebauer)

By Andy | February 3, 2023

I spoke with Dr Chris Niebauer, author of No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up To Buddhism. We chatted about differences between the…

When is it Safe To Share Your Creative Voice?

By Andy | January 24, 2023

Have you ever shared something you created? Whoa, it’s scary. I guess that’s what makes art so beautiful. It’s risky. Creativity carries an inherent sense…