Raves for Alena

Raves from the Spring Session of Abundant Wild Life


"Alena's workshop was my first Squam workshop and it was a great first impression, let me tell you why: Alena's sweet way of teaching and her art inspired me in so many ways. I am truly grateful. So many of us creatives are moving around online and offline, trying to find a connection, new friends, inspiration, something that will speak to our hearts in a deeper level. But I think what we all want is to collect light, like little kids gather fireflies in a glass jar. We want little moments of beauty, tenderness and love, that helps us feel alive and know that we are making a difference in someone's life, by spreading those same moments . And connecting with other artists through art is one of the most delicious way of doing that. Thank you for helping me fill up my glass jar ;) 

I would also like to share my Artist's Manifesto, that I shared with our group while taking her workshop. My dream had been hiding in a drawer for so many years... when it came up to the surface it did it full force! Here it is: http://theartofgreatness.com/the-artists-manifesto/- Sandra Belegi (also created the piece in the photo above)

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"The thing I loved the most was actually reading the assignments and figuring out what I was going to do. As a high school English teacher I loved the integration of quotes and poetry and reading others' ideas and interpretations and seeing these bloom visually. For me an essential self-discovery moment was 'aha... maybe I can do this... and there are others like me in the universe who will try also' ... that validation piece was primary, necessary. The class pointed my little art bow into the wind and I'm sailing still! Whooo hoooo" - Lynda Creed

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"Thank you all at Squam for the opportunity to participate in your first online art workshop! I was attracted to the class by the holistic nature of it....and I was not disappointed. Alena shared so many fun and interesting ideas....some new to me...and some wonderful reminders!!!  I also enjoyed the experience of the Facebook group....it was so encouraging and fun to share this experience with others...even if not in the same room!  Thank you so much!" - Janet Melton

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"Alena is so soulful, kind, and inspiring, and she manages to convey all of over the net, which is a rare gift. This was my first foray into the world of online courses, and I can't say enough about it. What a treat." - Kate Albus

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"Alena's class was a wonderful experience for me.  Not only did I learn new art techniques that I never would have imagined before, but just learning so many ways to better my life in general. Alena's class isn't just an "art" class - it's a whole life class, encompassing the spirit that creates the art as well as the creativity that results. In the first week, when we were encouraged to go on a nature walk, it challenged me to find a place in my small hometown where I could connect with the earth, and even more importantly to do so within my busy schedule. As a result, I have made those walks in the park a part of my daily routine, something I would not have been inspired to incorporate otherwise. That alone has made me happier and healthier, and I could not be more grateful to Alena for the gentle nudge to connect with nature and with my own spirit. Thank you so much, to Squam and to Alena for such an amazing course that has helped me in my life transformation." - Amanda Jennings 


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More Raves from Alena's Teaching...

“Alena, I love her! One of the most personable teachers I've had. I loved her class and learned more than the techniques she taught us in there. I learned more about myself, my worth, and that we are all in the same boat when it comes to needing a safe place and a sense of validation. She's an angel in every sense of the word" - P Ridley

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" I continue to reap the benefits of your workshop. Since meeting you, I have been finally getting a solid direction for my arts-related (and non related too for that matter) passions. I had been feeling really stuck for what seemed like ages, and I am so grateful that we met when we did because I am feeling so much more focused and inspired."
- J London

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"Thank you for creating a space to connect and ground...the meditation time was life changing for me. I am now living daily that my tribe is attracted to this time and space."  -J Bequette

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"I have been meaning to thank you again for your wisdom and kind words during your class. I will never forget what you told me about holding our sadness like a baby... Sigh.. Such a beautiful idea. I am so grateful for meeting you and taking your class." - A Rice

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"The beauty of Alena's class is that it's about intention, not merely craft, so everything I wrote and painted and glued and glazed surprised me with my own history and direction. . . . It's a rare teacher who can make her students feel safe enough to conjure that kind of magic in their own lives. That class is still going on in my head and heart, four months later." -M Skluzacek Drew

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"I have spoken fondly of your class at Squam many, many times. Now you will be able to touch so many and share the beauty of your art through your new book! Can't wait to see it!" -B Huddleston

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"With gratitude to Alena Hennessy for the creative, soulful and loving weekend of art. You are truly a divine teacher with much wisdom, kindness, beauty and guidance. May the universe always give back to you what ever you wish." - C Alvarez

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"I've been meaning to tell you how much I appreciated the workshop. It was the first time I have had people give me feedback on my art (other than friends and family) in about 15 years... it was also the first time in my life that I actually felt like I could call myself an "artist" (for some reason I had always felt unworthy). So thank you. I LOVED it!" - A Arden-Copper

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"You are an incredible being--- I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with you. Thank you for creating such a safe sweet place for us to open up into.... For taking us on a heartfelt journey... You are a sweet gentle wise soul." -EM Glendenning

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"If you ever get a chance to take a class with Alena Hennessy, you should jump right on it! 

I had a great experience...

I’m grateful to Alena and her process for helping me set this intention.  She really has a lovely spirit about her and you can feel that she genuinely wants to help you.”  
T Davenport, editor at North Light Books