We’ve taken the most powerful elements from our own creative journeys, and weaved them into a program to cultivate the creative mindset. When creativity is dormant it may feel like there’s a lack of courage, motivation, or creative action. This is sometimes referred to as a creative block. Instead, we see this as creative stillness; a moment of gathering momentum. To unleash that momentum and use it toward creative action, we need to feel supported, capable, and worthy of taking creative risks. This is where our lifelong practices intersected. Sandy’s experience with teaching breathwork and Gianna’s with teaching art both aligned with a mutual passion for mindfulness to create our Align, Breathe, Create program.
In building the fundamentals of our method, we delved into the skills and practices that allowed us to launch and sustain our dream careers as entrepreneurs. We examined our greatest challenges, failures, and risks, and of course the wonderful triumphs we’ve had as women entrepreneurs and mothers. This self discovery process is the foundation of our unique recipe for resilience in overcoming creative obstacles and harnessing the creative mindset.
In 2021, we stepped into a quiet space in the redwood forests of northern California to launch our first program. After a long pause of pandemic lockdown, we stepped back into nature and spent time gathering momentum (and fallen leaves), hugging trees (and each other), and selecting sacred spaces across the globe, as we shared our nurturing method for unleashing the innate creativity each of us possesses. We offer Align, Breathe, Create workshops and retreats from the USA to Europe. In addition to art and breathwork, Align, Breathe, Create includes principles from neuroscience, mindfulness, and fine art. The intention of our program is to open minds and hearts, and lead you into true creative freedom in all aspects of life.
PAST PROGRAMS – July 22, 2021
WHEN BREATH & ART ALIGN WITH THE HEART
July 22, 2021 7pm EDT (4pm PST) Bring only a pen, a sheet of paper, and an open heart! Join entrepreneurs Sandy Abrams/Breathwork advocate, and Gianna Vallefuoco/Artist, live from Canyon Ranch Woodside. They’ll teach you to breathe and inhabit your own creative space. This 75 minute session includes Q & A as needed by participants. You’ll learn methods for breathing with intention, opening your heart space, and learning to draw free-flowing spontaneous patterns. This unleashing process is a means for creating opportunities, relationships, intrinsic joy, or anything that makes your heart sing! Micron 0.5mm felt tip permanent pen recommended for art aficionados, but for the rest of us, any old pen will do!
PAST PROGRAMS – July 22-26, 2021
CANYON RANCH WOODSIDE RETREAT – REDEFINING CREATIVITY
July 22-26, 2021 Awaken your dormant creative energy and find the intuitive artist within. No artistic training required! Embrace the trifecta of breathwork, nature, and intuitive art concepts to unleash your unique power to create something meaningful … whatever it is that you need most right now. As you open your mind and heart, you’ll reveal your abundant inner resources. Join your retreat guides Sandy Abrams and Gianna Vallefuoco in the beautiful redwoods to learn specific breath and art principles to access your intuition, and move from creative intention into strategic action. You’ll also learn how to create intentional spaces you can bring back into your home to cultivate specific energy; a place for connection, respite, creativity, self-care, healing, and equanimity. This beautiful, empowering event is the perfect complement to your Woodside retreat experience.
PAST PROGRAMS – April 20-26, 2022
April 20-26, 2022 Join us for the RETREAT OF A LIFETIME in Tuscany, Italy. Spend 7 life-changing days (6 nights) learning to manifest your ideal life in Montepulciano, Italy at the renowned Relais Ortaglia, with Sandy Ferretti, Gianna Vallefuoco, Sandy Abrams, and Elia Nichols. Get ready to learn concrete ways to optimize your life through breath, voice, posture, intuition, and creativity. In addition to improving our lives, our extraordinary agenda includes a variety of unforgettable experiences.