I needed this workshop. I felt disconnected and unsatisfied. I never believed I was a good writer, so I was hesitant to sign up. But after the workshops I am more confident, grounded by the connection with these dynamic women and happy that I didn’t let fear guide my choice. I am more comfortable expressing and forgiving myself. My perspective enjoyed this spiritual and artistic makeover!
The Butterfly workshop series is simply fabulous. Through guided meditations, art and writing exercises, Maria helped me identify the things I need to create and inspired a fulfilling life. And, I couldn’t have done it without the guidance and support of Maria and the fabulous women I met through this workshop.
Butterfly Series offered just what I needed as I start to think about what I want for my ‘third act’ – the next phase of my work and personal life. Maria created a space for us to get out of the analytical ‘pros and cons’ list approach to decisions and help us activate our creative minds to reveal what we are really feeling and what we really want. She also brought together an amazing group of women. It was fun, it was nurturing, creative, thoughtful and surprising to me how powerful it was. I left each session energized and grateful.
I joined The Butterfly Series thinking that it would be a nice opportunity to be with other women in a creative space. I did not expect that it would be as life changing and powerful as it was. Maria is a skilled facilitator who balances creative expression and pragmatism. She is intelligent and supportive and attracted a truly awe-inspiring group of women. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
I just finished Maria Ramos-Chertok’s creative arts work shop, The Butterflies Series. I highly recommend this life changing experience. Maria provides a safe, nonjudgmental space for self-discovery through journal writing, mediation and creative projects. You will explore where you are and where you want to be. Her easy going nature creates a friendly environment in which participants support one another and work toward achieving their personal goals. I discovered that my fears were holding me back and was able to move forward toward achieving my goals. I hope you take the time to invest in yourself and join this 6-month journey.
Butterfly Series enabled me to get on the balcony of my own life and see what’s really been going on. I’m much clearer in my awareness of what matters most to me in my life. I’ve connected with the inner strength necessary to more fully live.
The Butterfly Series is the greatest gift a female caterpillar can give herself. No one else can give it, she has to have the courage of readiness to take flight. Maria doesn’t only create butterflies, she nurtures and inspires wonderflies!
Dr. Cio Hernandez
The Butterfly Series turned out to be so much more than I expected! Maria was such a kind and generous workshop leader and hostess. She created a welcoming and non-judgmental space for my fellow Butterflies and I. Through writing, introspection, group activities, art, movement, and food, we grew together and individually. Never did I feel rushed to complete a free write or pushed to share if I didn’t feel comfortable, which helped me to be more open and enjoy the time I spent at the series.
The butterfly series came, magically, just at a time when I was taking some big risks in my life- including leaving an organization after 15 years. Maria, and the other butterflies, created a generative space to explore, play and witness the transition and what is emerging.
Co-founder, formerly of the Movement Strategy Center
Maria graciously opened a space for us to safely explore who we are and who we might become. Through her gentle questions and activities we learned to trust the voice inside guiding us toward the lives we want to live.
Maria has a lovely presence – both energetic and calm that allowed me to be fully present myself. The Butterfly Series helped me transition into work that better reflects my values. I found space to reflect and to just “be” during the series, and also had a wonderful experience of being in community.
Julie Absey, Ph.D., Absey Consulting
Amazing facilitator, Amazing group of women.
I feel like I’ve gained insights by simply ‘playing’ with words, art and meditation. I let Maria ‘drive the bus’ and see what arises (and I am an over-thinker and over-planner).
Virada Chatikul, Program Manager
I appreciate the close-knit group that was developed thorough The Butterfly Series and know that I will stay connected with these women as we continue our journeys.
Claudine Nagamura, Choreographer