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“This is all I need to get started. You really have no idea how valuable and important [A Year of Painting] is to me. You feel like an angel to me.” – Carolyn Emery

“I’ve done so many online courses but I am just LOVING yours so so much, my art is growing exponentially. I’ve only been painting for a year and I’m so excited about the paintings I’ve been able to do. I just love your lessons, and somehow you manage to have the most wonderful community of people that are so happy and willing to share and take the time to comment on other peoples paintings, it’s the most uplifting thing I’ve ever done. Thank you.” -Angela Brisbane

“Thank you for this wonderful course and all its gifts. As always you conduct your classes with such grace that to participate feels effortless. I love soaking in all the wisdom and experience and sitting with it – percolating the ideas through my own consciousness. We are lucky ladies indeed. Thank you dear Alena.” -Laura Metzer

“Your [last lesson] made me cry. Your words touch me right where I am. Finding balance between self care and working on my dreams. Thank you so much for your honesty, for your guidance and for just giving you so much. It’s really rare that I see people who give so abundantly. I feel you are just not holding anything back for your students, and this has inspired me so much in all the classes I took with you.” -Ingrid Lois

“Thank you so much for such a magical weekend, Alena! It was such a gift to create in the gallery with you and the other amazing women. I learned so much and am still floating on a cloud of creativity!” – Julie Hulley

“Alena’s “Make Your Own Oracle Deck” course has been life-changing.  Not only is she an incredible artist, but more importantly, she is a relatable human with a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and willingness to share her secrets on how to successfully publish an oracle deck.  Her classes are suitable for creatives at any stage in their art journey.  She helps pace the class with 5 modules, both in written and video format, as well, she hosts a supportive FB community.  She guides her students from the “channel and create” stage, right through to design, printing and marketing. I was blown away by her one on one support that she offers once the student demonstrates readiness prior to the print phase.  Her resources and recommendations were both generous and the reason I have published a successful oracle deck.  This is a unique gift of service/product that artists can enjoy as passive income for as long as they choose.  This is the best gift I could have given myself and highly recommend this course.” – Allison Dawrant “Art Poetry for Insights and Inspiration” Oracle Deck

“I  just wanted to take a moment to say hi & tell you how *over the moon excited* I am about your Make Your Own Oracle Deck course!!! It’s EXACTLY what I needed to kick me into gear to pull my deck together. Your generosity in sharing your experience, artistic sensibilities, spiritual gifts & all that goes into creating & producing a deck is delivered with such genuine kindness & integrity. Everything you talk about hits all the marks for me as an artist & spiritual being, and encompasses just what I want my deck to be. I’ve been building up to this for a very long time, longer than I even realized, and it’s so wonderful to “see” things finally culminating. My mind is swirling with ideas & I’m thrilled that I can bring together elements of my spirituality, love for Italy, my ancestry & astrology & incorporate them into my paintings & collage for my oracle cards. So, thank you! You’re such a sweet soul and I’m grateful to have found you.” –Judy Landredi

I’m absolutely loving the Oracle Class. It’s just so incredibly kind of you to create this offering for us. 
I’m very grateful for you. Over the years of doing your courses you have brought an anchor to my creative heart. Kindest regards, Xx.” -Melinda Kennings

“My Bali and India experience (retreat experiences with Alena) are still the best moments in my life.” – Dolphin S Yip

“This was the best weekend of my life. For real.” -Molly C.

“This was one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Alena Hennessy!” -Kim S.

For the first time in years I really felt fun and joy and freedom in the process. I know your gentle and quick-fire teaching helped with this …it gave me permission to just play. I’ve had lots of other teachers talk about play …but suddenly I’m there!!! I’m now officially addicted to this style!!! It takes me home to my love of bright clashing colours, lots of detail, texture and playful imagery. I see know how I can combine my love of making faces with everything else I love. Anyway, I just wanted to share that your course landed SO right for me. I  see myself now–my creative vibe and heart and I feel so grateful that you’ve been the catalyst for this!!! Thank you so much Alena. Can’t tell you what a blessing it’s been on my creative resurrection!!! –Samantha Jenkins

“Again thank you so much, not only just for connecting to the student but for everything that you have offered in both [of your e-courses]. I have been creating more then I have been in a long time and have a new sense of inspiration…I went to become a school teacher and since then I have found it tricky to balance art making and working, but have a new sense of creativity now. What you are doing and how you are helping is beyond what I can express in words.–Michelle Langille

“A Year Of Painting has kept me inspired, enthused, and productively creating throughout the year with Alena’s fresh monthly lessons and techniques. I’ve enjoyed A Year Of Painting so immensely that I’ve taken it three times! Alena stretches me to take her ideas and put my own twist on them, yet she offers enough support to take on new challenges, good for all levels of experience. Her bonus, live online talks are enriching, and she’s very generous in sharing her artwork and thought process. I have definitely grown in my confidence and persistence in creating art regularly through my participation. I’ve found such a lovely, supportive and encouraging tribe through her private group. I whole heartedly recommend her class. You will love her!” – Jill Turner

“Still glowing after such a magical weekend. Thanks, Alena, for creating this sacred space for us! I feel revived and renewed, and ready to create more!” Anita Breach

“I feel so free and daring from taking this course–all my fears of using bright colours is gone. This is my 2nd course and it is always new and refreshing again. Also the videos of Alena and the sharing of the group efforts on the Facebook site are wonderful. I just love it. Alena is a genius with exceptional creative power and shares with us also lots of love. – Marleen Osman

Once again thank you for your classes. They mean the world to me. I never had an art teacher that spoke to me and could bring out my soul like you do. Its priceless.” -Ida Glad

“I  will always remember the retreat I attended as one of the highlights of my artist journey.” -Susan Stott Miller

“Thank you so much for all that you have given to us in this class, Alena. It has been SO unbelievably helpful and has saved me perhaps a few years worth of time struggling through trying to learn all of these things slowly. I have read some art business strategy type books lately (like The Creative Entrepreneur) which was great for making goals and figuring out what I want to do… But your course helped me close the gaps that existed between my dreams and goals and the knowledge to execute. Thank you, thank you. 
Many wonderful blessings to you.” -C Mojica

“I received two of Alena’s paintings in the mail today. They are both so beautiful…I cried. Thank you Alena for sharing your creative life with us.” –Becca Grace French

“Any experience with Alena Hennessy is always magical.” –Amy Litteral

Oh my God I’m learning so much and having so much fun. Thank you so much for this class. It’s incredible.  Thank you for sharing yourself so freely.” – Janelle Lucinda

Thank you Alena, for sharing your experiences and wisdom – I’ve really loved watching each of the lessons and adore your uninhibited coaching style (although I’m still catching up on videos!) but this has been so very magical and insightful.” – Riddhi Banani

“I want to thank you so much… It’s like you have let the genie out of the bottle or something!! I have been searching for my own personal style…and you have really helped me to loosen up and let go!! I’ve been on fire since your lesson.” – Pate Buss

“Hi Alena…OMG…I figured out how to submit my work and permission paperwork.  You have provided such a safe space for me to grow!!  My confidence in myself can be so low and overwhelming.  I believe you sent positive mojo in order for me to figure out how to upload my documents. With tears in my eyes and wonderment in my heart I THANK YOU!! Much love and gratitude.” -Kay Tentle

“Deepest thanks with a song dedication to Alena Hennessy for giving what you are, being one who brings the dawn… a mentor and mirror for what is possible. Thank you for sharing so intimately.”- Jules Ostara

“New eyes is what my reading with Alena has given to me. And for this, like a prayer granted, I am reverently grateful.” -Bev Cardina

“I cannot tell you how much the Year of Painting course has meant to me. The group is amazing, the warmth you create… the projects and what I am learning and how it is changing my life. I have so much gratitude for you and everyone in this class.” -Keri Robbins

“I  just wanted to say that I have never forgotten all the encouragement you’ve given me and I am feeling really centred and crystal clear with my Art biz now.I am getting back into my Art teaching offerings again and have a 7 lesson Expressive Painting E-course almost complete, ready to share.This time, it feels really good, and not a burden.I have tweaked it to share my clearest truth and it feels like a beautiful channel of Spirit now. I’m not afraid anymore.I feel so much has fallen into place for me and it’s time for me to shine … and I feel from this centred space, much wonder will happen for me. Thanks for everything Alena, you shining star!” – C F Kranich

“Because of this wonderful class – which is so gloriously rich and so realistically paced – I have created my first series of paintings, something I never thought I would do. Five smaller paintings inspired by elements of a larger piece (not yet complete), with more to come. Thank you Alena Hennessy for helping me to achieve this (in between full time work and being a mama). Anything is possible.” –Lyn Metcalf

“Can’t recommend this course enough. It will change your entire world view.” –Rachel Michelson

The best e-course I have ever taken.” –Suki Kapinao

“Just wanted to write and say thank you to you, Alena, for everything. I just want you to know how much the work you have done means… It means so, so much. I have, on occasion, unfortunately experienced teachers who lack the ability for the simplest – I think – of gestures, toward their beginning students. And that’s encouragement. The reason I will basically follow you anywhere – – is because of your…I’m going to go with….je ne sais quoi …because it’s just a bunch of things, all positive, all inspiring. All equaling to an amazing teacher. A true teacher. Thank you.” –T Francesca

“Jus a lil’ note to let you know I’m weepy over here in gratitude for being blessed with Lucky Deer. I had a little ceremony opening the package (it had to be the right moment after clearing some moving clutter) and he is just gorgeous. Those eyes… such a spirit animal for me.  Thank you for creating him. Thank you for ending up in my home forever. And thank you for the beautiful cards of art.” – C. Wieboldt

“Thank you, thank you for being such a bright light in my life. The lessons have been such a gift to me. I am so happy about your wonderful news. You deserve all the love and happiness your gentle, loving heart can hold. Thank you also for reminding me to take a breath and look within….So excited I get your guidance for another year!”  –Diane Dilworth

“Alena, I bought your book at the Portland workshop and wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it.  It is so much more than an art book.  I like having the space to write and create.  I also liked your description of yourself as a person known in the online world of art and craft, because that has helped me place myself in what I enjoy doing.  Not in the “known” category, but in the “doing” part.  I realize it is all right for me to be a person who paints in the art and craft world.  As an untrained artist, I am encouraged when a real artist gives value to the type of thing I like.  Of all the things I have painted, my husband says he likes what I did in your class the best.–Jayne Garrison

“I also wanted to say that I am thoroughly enjoying and embracing the “Year of Painting,” course and I have signed up for next year too. So I just really wanted to say thank you very much for sharing all of your beautiful expression with us in such a nurturing way.”
Kelly Zarb

“Our session was so inspiring and energizing. Thank you!!!!! I’ve been feeling great ever since.” -Lori Visgellia

“I’m taking your [e-course] and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your inner beauty and bountiful wisdom.  I have a history with ailments like seasonal affective disorder and anxiety, so it can be hard to function at school, especially with the insane amounts of pressure high school students experience nowadays.  Chakra meditation has been my go-to for when I need to calm down, and I try to paint as often as possible and think and write about grace in all its forms.  I’m now noticing how grace seems to manifest itself in our everyday lives, something I never would have taken note of if not for your lessons.  I can’t tell you how much YOU have contributed to my mental stability.  I’m filled with motivation and a renewed determination to enjoy life, and I can’t thank you enough.  This class has been cure I needed that no doctor could prescribe.” –A. Monroe

It’s rare to encounter someone with such strong intuitive abilities. Alena has a deep sense of knowing and powerful understanding of connection that enables her to see clearly that which might be otherwise obscured or concealed. By providing a gentle mirror she enables others to tap into that clarity of vision in a way that enables them to see the points of necessary action for the path ahead. She has, graciously through her own gifts, helped me to have more confidence in seeking out and listening to my own intuition.”  –Melissa Rothman

“Udaipur India (SoulPainting retreat) was such a magical experience, I absolutely adore everything your soul brings to this Earth. Thank you for being such an inspiration for many!” -Riddhi Benani