Join us for our Virtual Salons!
We're excited to be offering virtual salons for the first time this year. We hosted the first one in July 2023 and the next is coming up on October 23, 2023. They're another way to gather in community with TLArtists from all over the world and experience the ways people are changemaking with their words. Join us live if you can. If not, catch the video replay on our YouTube channel.
Global Virtual Salon
October 23, 2023
Participating Transformational Language Artists
Jon Kohl: Jon, Costa Rican/American, has participated in heritage interpretation as a planner, trainer, writer, blogger, tour operator, professor, and theorist but has always seen interpretation as a part of something greater, whether protected area management, community development, or spirituality and wellbeing. He has two books on interpretation and scores of academic, trade, and popular articles. He earned his Masters at Yale University and his undergraduate at Dartmouth College. He lives in Costa Rica. For more information, visit Jon Kohl's ResearchGate profile and follow Jon on LinkedIn.
Robbyn Layne McGill: Robbyn is a freelance writer and transformative teaching artist who helps individuals and organizations embrace their creative power. She is the author of The Magical Art of Kissing Your Muse (an online creative mentorship course) and creator of The Messy, Magical Muse Deck - Illuminate Your Creative Path to Happiness (available December 2023). She lives in Amsterdam with her British love and Dutch cat and works at Kissing the Muse. For more information, visit Robbyn Layne McGill's website, and follow Robbyn on Facebook. You can also find Robbyn onTwitter.
Angela Pfenninger: Angela is an author and costumed live interpreter living in Speyer, Germany. She works mainly for museums, heritage sites and archives, for whom she devises, writes, directs, and sometimes performs scripts about historical topics and personalities, spanning from the 1500s to the present day. She also teaches courses for interpreters and writes scripts for audio guides and comic books. Her agency also offers English-speaking programmes and courses for heritage institutions abroad. For more information about Angela Pfenninger, visit the Museum Theater website and follow Angela on LinkedIn.
Jennifer Ramsay: Jennifer is a Scottish storyteller living in Spain. She is a Gestalt therapist specialized in art therapy, ecotherapy, and psychodrama. Jennifer facilitates creative workshops exploring fairy tales with her Story Arte toolbox. She has a degree in Biological Sciences and follows the rhythms of nature and the Celtic wheel of the year. She is the founder of Story Arte, a centre for Creativity and Personal Development. Learn more about Jennifer Ramsay and Story Arte at Storyarte.com. You can also follow Story Arte on Facebook and stay connected with Jennifer and Story Arte on Instagram.
Yanina Shatvoryan: Yanina is an author and journalist. She was born in Armenia, lived in Moscow, studied in New York, and moved to Spain, where she currently lives. She has published several books, including Micellar Tales: Fairy Tales that Help Women Fight their Fears. She writes personalised therapeutic fairy tales for everyone who wants to add some magic to their real world. For more information visit Yanina Shatvoryan on Instagram.
Centa Therese: Centa Therese is a poet, teaching artist and writer, and trauma-informed learning, literacy, creativity, and neuroresilience specialist. She’s also a photographer, printmaker, and essayist. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals. Her publications include a poetry collection, a lyric memoir, and “Becoming Athena,” a collection of poetic reflections from a writing circle she facilitated in a women’s recovery home. In addition to her own creative work, Centa offers creativity coaching and educational workshops for mental health professionals. Learn more by visiting Centa Therese at her website. and check out Centa's art website.
Inaugural Virtual Salon
June 25, 2023
Participating Transformational Language Artists
Judy Fort Brenneman: Judy is an award-winning author and playwright, occasional poet, and long-time writing coach with expertise in helping writers who have interesting neurologies. Her short work has appeared in everything from literary magazines to wayside signs and museum exhibits. For more information, visit her website.
Elizabeth Chesla: Elizabeth Chesla's forthcoming debut work of fiction, You Cannot Forbid the Flower (Tolsun Books, August 2023), is based on her father's experience in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Co-founder of an embodied writing group for women, she facilitates writing and yoga workshops, develops humanities content for educational publishers, and serves as an editor for emerging authors. Learn more at her website and follow her on Instagram: @lizchesla.
John L. Swainston started writing poetry to cope with feelings of isolation during COVID. He is a Member of the Mystic Poet Society, The Writers Place, and The Kansas City Writers Group. He has published widely, including in Veterans’ Voices, where he received Editor’s Choice Award. His first book of poems, Memory Box, was published spring 2022. John is aretired Finance Executive, College Adjunct Professor, and Army Veteran.
Ronda Miller: Ronda is a poet and Life Coach who specializes in giving voice to trauma. She has five books of published poetry and teaches The Importance of Voice for Trauma Transformation in concert with The Johnson County Ks., Library, School of Trades and Department of Corrections. Follow her on Facebook.
Kierra Perry: Kierra is an administrative professional by day, writer, artist and student by night (depends on the night). Follow her on Instagram: @oddballbizarro.
Oyah Beverly Reed Scott: Oyah is a woman that has known pain intimately and lived to tell the tales through story, poetry and monologue. Follow her on Instagram: @wrytyrwomyn
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