Hi, my name is Denise Daffara. I am an artist, soulful seeker, wild wonderer, deep listener, sacred space holder, Creativitea Time inspirer & private priestess
Painting has been a large piece of my life since the late 90's, mixed media and art journaling are newer loves, they have taken up residence in my soul for life I feel certain.
My passion is to connect with others in ways that leave us both feeling nurtured, energised, validated, and liberated.
One way I do this is by encouraging Creativitea time : a space & practice where playfulness, courage and creativity meet radical self acceptance for tea. A sacred space is made to meet ourselves on the page. I find that meeting yourself right where you are is a powerful medicine in these troubled times.
I believe when we are seen and heard we can heal. Using art journaling, intentional creativity and painting as a self healing modality has been extremely helpful for me in my personal quest, especially through times of grief, depression, and awakenings. In recent years I have begun to overflow that offering to begin to share some experiences and discoveries. May they be of service and support, uplift and inspire others to creatively express and lovingly nurture themselves too.
I live on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia, born in New Zealand I was drawn to this vast land by it’s warmer climate and stunningly beautiful pale sandy beaches. I love how we are no longer limited by our physical location and can connect with like minded hearts across lands and seas via the online communities. Perhaps we’ll meet ‘virtually’ for tea some day, I hope so.
Kindnesses received :
“I feel so grateful in my heart to have experienced Denise Daffara as a guide to accessing some inner knowings I didn't even know needed attention. I was lucky enough to be gifted an online class by the gracious lady herself. It gave me a forum for thoughts and feelings and validated my soul nourishing my inner innocent. I can't say enough good things about the group of women that came together in the name of intentional creativity to create something beautiful. A racing success story.”
“Denise's beauty, grace, and authentic heART work has touched me deeply. Her generous open and welcoming presence provided a safe space for me to explore, discover and share.”
“Denise was one of my first teachers when I started to venture into art. I was wounded and felt dis-empowered. Denise provided me and other like minded women with a platform in which to be ourselves; to explore our deepest selves; to bathe in the richness and authenticity that art brings out in you. Denise is loving and kind and so real. She doesn't mind putting herself out there and that in turn, helps you to have more courage. Though I have strayed from painting and have gone into miniature and polymer clay art, Denise will remain forever in my heart as the person who helped me get started on the path of my artistic self. Without her classes, I doubt I would have ventured this far.”
“I truly believe that without your class, I wouldn't have ventured as far as I have. I think anything you put out there in class form is going to benefit people, because you do things from the heart. When it's so real and authentic, people will always come away with something that has enriched their lives. What you do has tremendous value “
“Denise finds the words you find difficult to, with heart and patience she guides you into you again.”
“Denise is a creative and loving adventurer who guides others to seek the new and rediscover the old. A brave and beautiful soul who by sharing her words, art and authentic self creates a sacred space for others to do so too. Thank you for showing me the path again.”
"At the deepest level the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer. A wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and it's integrity."
Dr Rachel Naomi Remen