Honouring Our Story - FREE Gift
I recently participated in Honouring Our Story. WHAT a Feeling it was putting it down on paper! I am not an over-emotional person but telling my story brought tears to my eyes and sitting with Kassi who is a very empathic person, made it so much easier as we talked over what I had done/been through in my Life. It felt wonderful! I can't recommend telling your Story enough, you will see what a life you have had and Kassi will Honour your Life with her Loving and Caring ways.
Honouring Our Story - FREE Gift
"I recently took part in 'Honouring our Story' facilitated by the wonderful Kassi Martin. Yet again, the experience was more about the process than the end result. It was interesting to note that by focusing on something for 30 minutes on my own (with Kassi available if needed) helped me get in touch with my Feelings. Then being able to read through what I had written and talk with others about what had come up for me was really valuable. Although this session was via Zoom it was still possible to gain a connection with others. What i realised after the session endd was how some memories I had forgotten about came to the surface. This was unexpected however it made me think about people,l places and events I had not thought of in a long time. I enjoyed the experience and felt comfortable and supported. I would do it again. Well worth trying if you get the opportunity to."
Alan, Primary Care Counsellor
Lots of Kassi's Courses!
Kathy King, Expressive Art Psychotherapist,
Artist & Teacher, Providence, Rhode Island
Creative Discovery Conversation
"I've met with Kassi for two of the Creative Discovery Conversations and taken three of her online ecourses. I can honestly say that I've not ever met with such a high quality mix of expertise and compassionate kindness in any other teacher or counsellor. Kassi clearly knows her stuff and can communicate and instill confidence in her student with ease and grace. But it was when we were talking personally together that her gifts of active listening and deep, deep compassion came through so deeply. She listened and watched me carefully, noticing my responses and emotions and inviting me with great kindness to talk about them, or not. I felt completely free at all times to confide my deepest thoughts as well as free to just wait and keep quiet. It was comfortable to be quiet with Kassi. There was never any pressure to talk or to disclose anything, but an open invitation at all times to just truly be who I am in the moment. She would often check in to see how I was feeling and was humble enough to offer her input and then ask if that seemed to resonate with me. She was always deeply respectful. Her suggestions for follow up were very helpful. I never got the feeling that she was the one with the answers, but I did feel accompanied in some difficult emotions with such gentleness and kindness. Kassi also joined with me when I was having happy insights and much joy. I think Kassi is a treasure in this World and I sincerely hope that those who need a listening ear combined with guidance for next steps will find Kassi and work with her."
Cat Charissage, Writer, Artist and Educator, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
What Kind of Tree Am I?
Donna Donna, Life Coach, Retreat Host, Author of The Practical Goddess Course - Book Coming Soon
What Kind Of Tree Am I?
"This was an amazing experience for me. I really enjoyed the process of creating the Tree with the helpful support of Kassi. As well as being lots of fun it also gave me an opportunity to learn about myself. Kassi is a warm, respectful and patient facilitator. She is available when needed but lets you get on with it too. Kassi has created a wonderful, supportive and creative environment in which to explore yourself through art. Well worth doing. In fact I did this course twice!"
Alan, Counsellor & Artist
Intuitive Mixed Media
Liz Gow, Counsellor & Supervisor
Themed Intuitive Mixed Media
Dalila Bellometti, Counsellor, Supervisor
What Kind of Tree Am I?
"Who knew I could paint a picture, especially intuitively and from the heart! What a great experience. I have recently completed the 6 week What Kind Of Tree Am I? online group offered by Kassi. It was one of the most reflective and rewarding experiences I have had in a while, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a creative way to be introspective in an encouraging, safe and non-judgemental space. My creative outlet has been photography, I had never painted before I decided to sign up for this course. Though I was excited to try something new, I also felt quite anxious, my 'Inner Critic' tried very hard to convince me not to go through with it. I am so glad I decided to follow through. With Kas's gentle support and encouragement, I came to trust my intuition more and put aside my 'Inner critic' to explore some things from my past and look toward the future. The positive fedback from others in the group proved valuable as well and there was no pressure to paint at any given time or to share anything I didn't feel comfortable with. It was a process for sure, but one that turned out to be both exicitng and freeing! AND I have a painting I'm very proud of that has a lot of meaning to me! I feel inspired to paint more and to create more colour and discovery in my life. Thank you so much for the opportunity Kassi!"
Nancy Cunningham, Canada
Angel, Goddess, Me
Angel Wings Constellation
"I had the great fortune to stumble across Kassi and her beautiful ecourses recently and immediately started with Angel Wings Constellation. Kassi's teaching method is wonderful, open, honest and informative. I've found following her videos to be really easy and the instructions are crystal clear while also being completely open to your own personal interpretation. There is no 'wrong' and Kassi makes sure to let you know that! When I finished my Collage I sent it over to her and we had the most amazing chat. Her insights were completely on the button and she shared them after asking if I would be happy for her to do so. Kassi is such a lovely soul, I've said it already but I feel so fortunate to have found her and her amazing courses. I've started on the Wildflowers one now and it's just lovely. If you're wondering if the courses are for you I recommend going ahead and trying one. You're worth it!"
Lara Lee, Women's Healing Circles, Reiki & Crystal Healer
Releasing Feelings in Colour & Conversation with Kassi
Amber Hughes, Art Teacher, Artist
Working With Kassi
Hazel Cleminson, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
How Participants describe what I do
"Kassi is supportive, empathic, full of encouragement, wise, respectful and non-judgmental. She is an ally who provides what is needed and allows you the space to explore and learn." Alan
"Kassi offers insightful, relaxing courses that give us a new perspective of ourselves." Dalila
"Kassi offers the guidance, encouragement & inspiration to explore your creativity in a safe and supportive space." Meggie Moon
Many of Kassi's Courses
"I've been a Youth Worker & Young Person's Counsellor for many years. I learned how to sit and be with another through Talking Therapy and some Psychodrama CPD. Art and Creativity however had always been missing for me. I wanted to include this in my work but always told myself I wasn't an Artist or remotely 'Arty' so I shied away from working this way. Then I met Kassi by chance, introduced by a colleague. Kassi totally opened up both my Inner world and my world of Work with young people through her art courses. I was so nervous and remembered a Teacher in School told me "You should avoid anything artistic when career choosing." and she laughed at my attempt to work with Clay. This was a painful and shameful experience for me as a 15 year old in a classroom full of others. This stopped me doing anything creative, even though I always longed to. So not only have I undertaken Kassi's courses for my own Personal Development it has given me the courage and support to introduce all of this in to my Practice as a Youth Worker and in my Counselling room. I look around today at all my 'Tools' and feel really happy to see colourful art materials around me. It's been an amazing journey so far Kassi thanks and I can't wait to start the next course!"
What Kind of Tree Am I? In Studio Painting Day
"I feel a little anxious at first; butterflies in my stomach. I’m drawn to a colour on the shelf, but I’m reluctant to start. Kassi notices my hands are behind my back and encourages me to open them out………. Immediately I grab the paint and go for it! Pat, pat, pat I create my background with a paintbrush. There’s no stopping me now! I’m drawn to striking tissue paper, wallpaper, ribbons and paints. I cut, rip, stick, dab and splatter onto to my background. Aspects within my creation evoke memories: A gentle eye - a precious friend from the past, Bones - family past and present Autumn leaves - old aspects of me falling away and nourishing new growth. Wavy oil pastels, roots form words, which are so pertinent to me. Wow! Bright spots – fruit pastels as a child Bold striking colours – 'feel too flamboyant', but that is me at my core. It has been hidden for a long time, but it’s still there, with nurturing it can grow again. ‘My Tree of New Beginnings’ is finished…….. for now. And I absolutely love it! I have a feeling there will be a lot of new growth to come! Thank you Kassi for an amazing experience at your studio. The day was chocked full of memories, interesting interpretations and aha moments. My friend and I enjoyed every minute. I’m booked onto another course already and I can’t wait!"
Lots of Kassi's Courses
"When I found Kassi I was feeling very downhearted and stressed. I felt I 'should' be happy and grateful to have such a good life; Car, Home, Married, Financial Security. My children were older which brought more stress. I felt I had to do everything to keep the family running smoothly and had a responsible role in a large organisation. I found it hard to say 'No' and was a People Pleaser. I've changed a lot. When Kassi suggested I paint, I thought it was a joke! How could painting help my Stress? But it helped hugely. I learned to relax and found I could think with clarity. I learned what Being Mindful really means. I began to really see how I pleased others and tried so hard to be perfect. I started to make changes with Kassi's help and began to find time for me which was a first since becoming a Mother. I also discovered I love painting and have a little art collection now but most importantly I have changed so much and I am very happy!"
Saranne, Snr Nurse Practitioner, NHS
How I feel better after Counselling with you Kas:
"The empty and painful feeling inside has gone... My cheeks and throat don’t hurt anymore... I think the key is: You listened... You accepted... You didn’t belittle... You didn’t put me down... You didn’t laugh at me... And most importantly you noticed and didn’t ignore me... And you helped me to really see how it’s important not to ignore myself... Lessen my own feelings... NOT be angry at myself for feeling my feelings... And the thing you said about my love of Singing, Dancing and Acting, made me see how Judgmental I am of my own interests, because I heard someone being criticised for having those interests by influential others! I am learning to Mother myself - it is so useful. Thank you Kas x"
Rosie, Bereavement Counsellor, NHS
Angel, Goddess, Me
"I was immediately drawn to this course by its name & keen to get started, as I felt in need of some some time & healing for me. I chose a small board & reflected how much smaller I felt now, compared to my youth. My left hand formed a circle on the canvas & wrote ‘Old’..... I chose my paints without hesitation & realised later they are the colours that remind me of my late parents. I got ‘stuck’ on a couple of occasions, unable to take my Angel forwards. Kassi’s kind & gentle nudges helped me understand what was blocking my progress, acknowledge it & then let it go.
Tree of Letting Go
"Brilliant, fun, thought provoking... a 'Letting Go' of old thoughts and beliefs, and an opportunity to create new ones. The realisation that my Past is simply a chapter (or two) in the story that is my life. It doesn’t have to define the Future and New Decisions can be made anytime. It was interesting to notice my inner battles and how I felt about the Trunk and my Curly Branches. The multi coloured foliage was so much fun to create and so liberating. This course and Kassi’s input taught me a lot about Accepting myself and things, just as they are."
Wildflowers Free Gift
Magic Squares Free Gift
-key words; hope, support, freedom
Tree of Letting Go
Magic Squares FREE Gift
Wild Flowers FREE Gift
Coupled with this, Kassi provides continual, non-judgemental, support. This was priceless. I felt supported & cared for. I got to a road block in the Letting Go course; I discovered that I wasn’t ready to let go of some aspects of me. And that’s OK. There is plenty of time and I will return to it when I am ready. Meanwhile I had rediscovered my love of art & was hungry for more. Kassi has many courses & all of them sounded appealing to me. I was struggling to choose, so again I played safe & opted for a free course; ‘WILDflowers’. I felt excited to start & immediately watched it through from start to finish. I jumped straight in with the paints & found it hard to leave it long enough to let the paint dry! I had it finished in a few days! This enthusiasm & energy in itself, is quite something for me at the moment. It felt like a breath of fresh air.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process; the Wildflowers course, the self reflection in my journal, Kassi’s positive feedback & suggestions for further thought, and the optional Facebook group of like minded people. It has provided me with opportunities to reflect on my beliefs, strengthened my understanding & acceptance of myself & enlightened me to the affect that colour has on me.
It certainly stirred something up, as I had a good shop in Gateway Village afterwards, for lots of colour! That in itself is interesting as I hate shopping & rarely buy anything for myself. I am looking forward to seeing Kassi again and enjoying more of her wonderful courses. And my journey with Wildflowers is not yet complete. I feel the need to create another, bigger painting! I’m off to start it now.
Intuitive Mixed Media
Jacqui Du Rocher, Reverend, former Hospital Chaplain, Spiritual Accompaniment Facilitator
What Kind Of Tree Am I?
Magic Squares Free Gift
"This was so easy to do because it was completely up to me what I did after drawing out the squares. I filled in squares at random, using oil pastels, with no worry about the outcome. It was so enjoyable and I then completed the squares and they were so colourful and vibrant and I felt proud of the outcome. Concentrating on the process removed any anxiety about the finished piece. I never realised how much I had been thinking previously, about a finished painting/drawing. This activity freed me from prior expectations."
Magic Squares FREE eCourse
"Letting Go has been a truly inspiring experience. I am in amazement at just how many of my life processes have emerged during Kassi's Creative Process and the learning and awareness that has opened up for me as a result ... what a journey. I opted to have a Process Discovery Conversation with Kassi which was supportive and insightful! Kassi is warm and empathic, and I've really valued her support and gentle encouragement."
In The Words of A Song
In The Words Of A Song is a wonderful, rich combination of music, art and reflective writing which fits together beautifully. With Kassi’s gentle support and encouragement as a compassionate “Witness”, and through the idea of taking a song, creating art intuitively, then writing about it, I was able to delve deeply into the memories, feelings and experiences of my past as they came alive in my art and writing.
They were then ‘let go’ as I created a new layer on top ... moving forward with a different level of awareness and acceptance. There were challenges, resistance and tears along the way, but also smiles, amazing discoveries and acceptance. Through this process I have been introduced to new parts of my Self and seen old ‘forgotten’ parts develop in strength and resilience. This course offers total control and freedom, both through song choices and the depth of exploration. I feel very attached to my final ‘image’ as it seems to be a very powerful, accurate reflection of where I find myself now and yet is built on all the previous, sometimes ‘rocky’ layers of my memories and experiences.
Working With Kassi:
Each course/experience has been illuminating and provided wonderful new awareness. I have been able to see and ‘interact’ with so many different parts of Self that previously I didn’t even know existed! I always learn something new.
Working with Kassi in such a creative, reflective way has allowed me to experience myself and connection with another from a new perspective. No matter the depths I have travelled, Kassi has been supportive, unwavering and totally accepting and her presence has been invaluable ...a very precious thing to be able to offer.
Honouring Your Inner Child
"Intuitive Collage was so much more than I expected. I took my time to gather items to play with for the collage which was so much fun. I did not realise that I was collecting a number of images of me as a child that I did not have until about 2 years ago (now 57) and as I was gathering these items I was tapping into memories, fun, some not so fun so was being transported. I did a little journalling alongside. When I finally came to collage I was ready and in no time I had an amazing layered collage, which meant so much to me in terms of being more integrated with the different Parts of me. I loved the process and what I have created. I chose to have the Process Discovery Conversation with Kassi which was incredible. As I journeyed I got to witness my Inner Child in such a proud, wonderful way, and got to honour her and my life's journey to date without even thinking too much about it. The Process was so Intuitive. I feel more whole and Integrated somehow. I want to do another. I loved it. Thank you so much Kassi."
Liz Gow, Counsellor, Supervisor, Yoga Teacher
Tree of 'Letting Go'
Intuitive Collage for Healing & Well Being
I enjoy all of Kassi’s courses and this was no exception. My intuitive collage unfolded very naturally through a very well guided set of prompts and questions and demonstration videos. I found myself being totally committed to the production of my collage and to the messages that arose as a result of delving deep into the layers of images and colours. I couldn’t stay away from my collage too long and each time I re-connected with it, I became totally absorbed in the process. It was a very healing experience. I opted to have Kassi alongside me as I created in the interpretation of my collage, especially where areas of the collage had trouble speaking to me. Kassi uses a variety of strategies which enable you to interpret your visual work in a non-threatening, non-judgemental way that supports your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Both laughter and crying (the latter I am particularly working on) are allowed to be welcomed. I am always interested in Kassi’s courses as I know that I will further deepen my awareness of my sense of self and grow in ways that not only I will benefit from but also the people and the world with whom I engage with will too.
What Kind Of Tree Am I?
Thank you Kas
Paint The Tree of Your Life
Paint The Tree of YOUR Life
All of the courses I have done with You!
Themed Intuitive Mixed Media
Kassi is a great Teacher who makes beautiful art. She doesn’t push you, or judge. Kassi gently guides you and teaches you to be yourself by being present and kind. Painting with Kassi has helped me process and express my feelings. I couldn’t communicate what I felt very well until I started painting. I feel it slows me down so I have time to listen to my thoughts and feel my intuition. I am proud of taking Part in this course, and I am grateful.
Wildflowers Free Gift
Intuitive Collage Day - in Studio
Paint The Tree of YOUR Life
Angel, Goddess, Me
This may be my favourite of Kassi's courses so far ...I cried and laughed, struggled and celebrated my way through this, but I’ve loved it all. Kassi’s way of working, her Support and Acceptance is powerful and affirming. She encouraged me to find my own way of working which increased my confidence in trusting and following my own impulses - when I did this my Angel appeared easily. My finished image means a lot and is a constant reminder to embrace the me that I am and to allow all of myself to emerge, especially my creative side. It also reminds me to trust myself and follow my instincts.
Kassi's Studio Workshops
I've changed because of these workshops. I value myself and my time so much more. I've changed my working practices to include self care. I was very burnt out with a demanding job as a Nurse Practitioner and spent time looking after everyone else. What I didn't realise was how much I neglected myself and this made me very tired, irritable & resentful. I value myself, and in doing so I now feel able to be there more fully for my family and my patients. I've created my own special space at home with treasured things around me in colours that make me feel good. I play music again. If I'm struggling I look at the paintings and remember what I learned. I'm so glad that I found Kassi and her studio it truly has changed my life for the better.
I thought there was something physically wrong with me a few years ago - I felt nervous - and when I spoke, I felt like I wasn’t making any sense. Half way through a sentence, I’d lose my confidence and want to stop talking. In fact, I didn’t even feel sure of what was coming out of my mouth and worried I was developing Alzheimer’s. Working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, I knew only too well how the NHS works, and how a story like mine may be viewed - I would be judged by them all. I did not want to admit to anyone in the medical or nursing profession that I was struggling. I knew I would be viewed as weak. It was my job to Help others - not the other way round! I was never off sick. Never complained. Listened endlessly to the struggles of others. Problems, illnesses, at work, socially and at home. Kassi pointed out that I wasn’t weak. In fact I was very Strong and being so strong all these years had worn me out. This helped me consider what was happening to me. Kassi shed light on a lot of things over the sessions. She taught me a lot about Stress and Trauma and the Body which I didn't know. This helped me to join up the dots and make a more complete picture of the problem. I was so close to burn out at the time. I know lots of people say they feel overwhelmed but I didn't know what it was physically to feel this way. Kassi said it sounded like my Brain was stuffed full of cotton wool in all the crevices. It Did! Exactly that! That was part of the Overwhelm. Unable to think clearly, process or feel very 'there'. Sort of distantly there. The techniques Kassi gave me to use were instantly useful! I passed these on to my patients and it felt so good to do so, because I knew they really worked. I rarely spoke about my difficulties to anyone. Very occasionally over a drink or two to a close friend. I was very ashamed back then. Although I was nervous, never seen a therapist before, I was absolutely astounded at how Kassi helped me to see that these symptoms were stress related. After one session the nervous feelings when speaking, started to ease. I felt so heard. Really heard. The pressure began to ease off as I met with Kassi and I felt a bit better and a bit clearer as the weeks passed. Kassi has an amazing ability to see things in me that I couldn’t see. It did at times feel like magic. I have had lots of sessions with Kassi. Sometimes it’s talking. Sometimes using her art materials. She has all sorts of other tools up her sleeves which she brings out as and when she feels I will benefit from them. She just seems to know what will work best for me and now I trust her, I go with her ideas and they are so effective. When I first began seeing Kassi she sensed I found it hard to say “No”. One of the first things she did was encourage me to say No to her. It was so hard to try to say No even when it was “arranged” between us. This made me realise how powerful the family 'rules' I'd learned when growing up were. She helped me to process it, all of it, from simply preparing to say 'No' and all that happened in my body, so I could finally say 'No' and not feel anxious or go bright red.
Then I actually began to say 'No' at work. Whist working with Kassi I always felt cared for and respected. Like I really mattered. My feelings mattered. They were 'allowed'. For a very long time Feelings had been treated as if they were 'bad' and to be avoided, not just at work but at home and when I was a young girl too. I just did what I was told to do because I was a good girl and liked to please everyone. I never caused a fuss even when I was being walked all over. As my Feelings were now “allowed”, they seemed to gain perspective for me. Through working with Kassi I really learnt to look after myself. I learnt that looking after myself was okay. In fact it was essential. I was able to allow others to have their feelings too. In fact, I now LOVE Feelings! It didn’t make me any less kind, considerate or empathic. It didn’t make me a worst parent or a worse partner or a worse Nurse. In fact, it made me better at all of those things because I now had something of me to Give. My children, now grown ups, are doing very well for themselves. They learnt and mirrored my behaviour. I’m so proud of them. We all support each other. They are amazing young women. I look back at how I was at their age with sorrow. I was a 'yes' person that everyone liked. I never put myself first. Kassi asked me where I was on my 'list' but sadly I wasn't even on my list back then. I can't believe how badly I treated myself.
My girls are high up on their own lists. I'm so proud. They speak up and speak out, ask questions and challenge. They astound me! The challenge of their teenage years was difficult. Kassi helped me to manage and find my way through, staying boundaried which I think Really helped my girls most. It wasn't easy, you have to be prepared to put the work in yourself if you want your life to change for the better. However, Kassi is an enlightening, knowledgeable and strong guide for me. Never faltering - it’s very do-able. I really have never looked back. I feel better. I sleep better. I enjoy life much more. The difficult times are so much easier to cope with and process.
In the beginning I had quite a few sessions. Latterly they reduced as I felt better. I still have occasional sessions when I feel I need one. It’s much better than a shopping trip or a new handbag. I love working with Kassi in her studio. The best money I have ever spent. I am eternally grateful to her for literally changing my life. I can hear Kassi's voice saying “No, you changed your own life, I witnessed it! I’ve got more confidence. My self esteem has improved. I’ve lost weight because I actually enjoy taking care of myself. I’m mentally and physically fitter than I've ever been. I’ve loved writing this testimonial Kassi - it’s been a great reminder for me of just how far I’ve come with you beside me, sometimes in that roller coaster car - thank you!
Lots of love and gratitude, Rosie xx
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Kassi when you share your process, imagery and story it helps bring your whole process to life. I've seen many of my own stories expressed in my Art and is very empowering. Having permission to own my stories and vulnerability with my art has allowed me to find the place where I am now, which is about giving myself permission to find out more about me and for this experience, I am really grateful.