To enable you to move through creative blocks, and express your dream, whether it be to write a book, express yourself through music, acting or dance, exhibit your art work or create an event — or something completely different. Creativity mentoring will also help you to complete your PhD, Masters thesis or other projects, to let go of struggle and proceed with ease.
My career as an artist began with a blank piece of cloth. I was learning batik for the first time, and had no idea how to make a design. It was painful confronting such a block, and to have no help. I learned the hard way, finding my own ways through, and eventually became an exhibiting artist. Later, as a writer I found even more ease and pleasure in expressing my creativity.
In the 1980s I began teaching creative process classes, working with people who had never considered themselves artists. My firm belief is that everyone is born creative, and with the right guidance can access the joy of the creative flow. I’ve seen it happen year after year, with individuals as well as groups of up to 100, making collaborative art. It is a delight and a passion of mine to help clients make creative breakthroughs and freely express their essence.
Having written a PhD thesis in the 1960s, I am familiar with the challenges and the loneliness of this endeavour. I have worked successfully with a number of clients to release their blocks and enter a creative flow with their academic writing. It’s a special pleasure to see students let go of the pain, enjoy their writing and complete their projects with great satisfaction.
There are different stages in developing a creative project. If you’d like to check out what stage you might be at, take a look at the Creativity Self-Assessment.
‘I had written the first draft of my book, and was feeling the need for regular mentoring and guidance as I dug deeper into my story to fully understand and express what I’d learnt. Juliet’s gentle, wise and perceptive presence was enormously supportive, both on a personal level, and also with feedback and suggestions about the writing content and structure itself. She created a reflective and nurturing space which helped me articulate and stay aligned with my purpose. Juliet knows the writing process in her spirit and her bones, and was a skilled and much appreciated mentor as I developed and refined the writing into a publishable book.’
— Robin Allison, Cohousing advocate, educator and writer
— Founder & Development Coordinator of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood
‘I was ready to give up on my Master’s thesis when I first visited Juliet in the middle of 2017. I couldn’t even venture into my office because my relationship with my study had become so abominable. Juliet created what felt like a unique environment specific to just ‘me’ – ultimately guiding my process and enabling me to see the light on the other side.
She helped me adjust my lens and understand my situation from a more realistic viewpoint. Juliet has natural intuition and a very keen ear; this lovely mix helped me reignite the fire in my belly and jump-start me into action. This combination of gifts is what allows Juliet’s mentoring to shift someone from mediocrity to success. I am extremely happy to report that I have been awarded an ‘A’ for my thesis and have accepted a very prestigious role offshore. I feel privileged in recommending Juliet to others who are attempting to navigate a tricky part of their life.’
— Ree Stansfield, Executive Director, Indonesian Eco-Resort and Hospitality School
‘Hi Juliet, Just wanted to drop you a short note of thanks for the sessions leading up to my writing sabbatical in late 2018. You gave me a helpful steer by challenging me to ‘practice what I preach,’ which is a key value for me but one I was falling short of. In particular, I was not rigorously applying my ritual design strategy to my own writing rituals. This idea prompted me to add a morning, preparatory writing ritual to my sabbatical – a “ritual design ritual” that evolved over the balance of my research and writing period. This continues to be the key ritual through which I reflect and progress my practices.’
— Mars Lewis, Ritual Design Strategist
‘If you are at a time in your life where you are struggling to realise a dream that you feel very committed to but need a steady, wise, compassionate and experienced mentor to guide you, then you will never regret contacting Juliet Batten to explore what she can offer, either through personal mentoring or through joining the Spirited Mentoring group. If you do, be ready to grow personally and spiritually.’
— Richard Jacob-Hoff, Manager of Conservation Science & Research, Auckland Zoo
Mid-life, spirited ageing, and spiritual emergence:
In midlife you are asked to commit to your greatest potential and make empowering choices about how you wish to age. Integrating the shadow and working with creativity and spirituality are keys to this work.
After midlife you are challenged to draw on greater resources as you age. By embracing spirited ageing you can grow older with positivity and confidence.
Often creativity emerges strongly after midlife. I am here to guide you through the transition and help you express yourself fully, including all those parts which you may have been holding back.
BA in English, French, Anthropology, Psychology and Art History. MA in English, PhD in English, Diploma Counselling (Psychosynthesis); Diploma Psychotherapy (Psychosynthesis), plus years of experience working with individuals and groups since the 1980s.
How a mentoring consultation works
I offer you fifty minutes of quality time, deep listening and experienced guidance.
At our first consultation we will agree on how many sessions might be needed. To guide you I will use a range of approaches drawn from my training as a psychotherapist as well as years of experience exploring personal growth and spiritual practices.
My fee for a mentoring consultation is $160.
I first went to see Juliet with writer’s block that persisted even as my PhD supervisors were reading the riot act. She helped me distinguish the difference between it all being a grind, and being in the slipstream of intuitive writing and thinking. Working with Juliet got me to slow down, identify the mechanisms that paralysed me, and ‘see’ who I am as an integrated, holistic person. She knows about the process of bringing a thesis into being, and the discipline of writing. Her knowledge of academia and her considerable skills as a psychotherapist were a potent mix that was exactly what I needed to pull myself out of the mire. Come see her if you want to get that PhD back on track, I can’t recommend her highly enough.
—Jane Horan PhD
I contacted Juliet for help with a dire case of writer’s block which was causing me to seriously doubt whether to continue with my PhD in Creative Writing. I would sit at the keyboard and be crushed by feelings of self-doubt before I finished a page of writing — actually, I felt lucky if I could write that much.
Her sessions helped me to recognise my Inner Critic and create strategies to deal with it. Then, she helped me to find hope and rediscover the joy of crafting stories. Another part of the process was establishing a ritual which helped me to create a safe space for myself to write.
I really recommend contacting Juliet if you are in a similar situation – she can help guide you back on track.
—Athena, PhD student
Thank you for your consistent warmth and kindness. It has been a genuine pleasure to have met you and I can see why the therapeutic community holds you in such high esteem. Amongst other things, I take with me a beautiful model of what I hope to grow into and embody as I grow older.
—Gaylene Jakicevich, psychotherapist.