Bo Mackison * Contemplative Creative * Word * Vision * Place

“I believe the arts offer opportunity for self-expression, nature offers opportunity for connection, and the every-day ordinary offers opportunity to see, engage and interact with the world that is never-ending and always available.”
~ Bo Mackison

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Welcome. Look around. Explore. Get to know me and my creative work.

I am a lover of words, a writer, a poet.

I connect to the world, community, and self using words. I play with words, explore words, include words in art, connect nature and place with words.

I am a naturalist.

I connect with the earth as a resource to be respected, not a commodity to be exploited. I find comfort, consolation, connection, and a sense of belonging in the natural world. I believe I am a part of the whole and the whole is a part of me. I share my love of the natural world through my photography, my writings, my art.

I am a photographer.

Photography gives me the tools to find connections in nature, beauty in the minute, abstraction in botanicals. I have a profound relationship to the desert that you will see in much of my work. I enjoy and respect all natural environments from the sands of each sea to the sands of my desert home.

I am a book artist.

I hand create books featuring creativity-as-a-life-practice, using nature as my theme and guide. I also focus on social justice themes and diversity issues. My books include November’s Child, a book on the arts and healing, and Desert Wisdom, a set of cards that combine the wisdom of the desert with the arts, writing, and nature.

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“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

I am a curator.

I collect stories, words, nuances, experiences, quotes, anecdotes, and talismans. I am a writer and a poet. I am a lifelong learner and lover of all things involving place and travel. In my work, I combine nature, the arts and writing, spirituality, travel, photography and creativity.

I am a creative.

I see the creative experience in all of life: in the morning rituals of meditation, reading, soulful walking in nature, and conversation;  in a daily creative practice (mine is photography, book making, journal writing); in simple activities such as a walk through a neighborhood or a trip to the grocery store while mindfully aware of the sights and sounds.  I wholly believe all people are creative and that creativity is not limited to the arts, music, dance, etc. — creativity is a WAY OF LIFE.

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Hold the lantern high and illuminate this creative journey called life.
Explore, contemplate, and celebrate the uncommon in the ordinary.
~ Bo Mackison

I am a creativity coach and workshop facilitator.

I combine my training as a Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, and my life experiences in healing, the expressive arts, and the natural world to help others seeking guidance in self discovery and transformation.

I focus exclusively on the practices that most uphold my values and I share these practices with those walking their own journey. I offer those seeking wholehearted and creative lives experiential workshops that guide, instruct and encourage.