Do you love creating?

Do you love kids?

Cool.  Then help us co-create something amazing for our creative youth.

See we have this very cool toolbox of workshops that can help kids learn:

  • Self-compassion (ability to be happy in your own skin and kindly honour your frustrations)
  • Emotional fluency (ability to identify needs and emotions and stay present with them)
  • Creative resilience (ability to stick with a project even when it gets hard - developing self-confidence + creative Mana - becoming bully-proof)
  • Creative community development (learning to give as well as gracefully receive help on your ideas)
  • Authentic storytelling of your creative vision (how to engage an audience with your passion)
  • Creative Problem solving- turning down the volume of your critical voice and dialing up the volume of your logical+creative abilities  (effective project management of your ideas)
  • Connecting with your muse (techniques for idea generation and discernment)

But what we lack is local knowledge and depth in the community.  So lets trade.  We will teach you what we know.  You can teach us what you know about your communities culture and your own creative practice and together we can widen and deepen the support that exists for our creative kids.


Mandi Lynn

Who is the course designed for?

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers
  • Artists
  • Social Workers / Counselors / Arts + Music Therapists
  • Volunteers keen to mentor youth or support Every Body is a Treasure Trust
  • Ages 18+
Mandi Lynn

Our Why of this Mentorship Pilot Project

  • We have the highest suicide stats in the world - What if we could crowdsource a way to drop our suicide rates to the lowest in the world?  It would be worth investigating wouldn't it.
  • Self-compassion is shown to help with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation yet it is not taught in schools and most adult women struggle to raise levels of it in themselves so how are our kids supposed to learn it?
  • The schools are struggling to catch up with the rapidly changing needs of the future workforce under the weight of NCEA responsibilities.
  • Creativity, resilience, and a learning mindset is estimated to be the most important skill set a future employee will possess.
  • Teachers are now expected to teach "wellness" but many of them question where they were supposed to have magically developed this "wellness" knowledge.

Our Big Vision:

The closer you are to the thing you loved to do when you were a tween (8-12ish) the happier you probably are as an adult.  This is Mandi Lynn's observation in her years of working with people both as a holistic nurse and an artist.   So what would happen if around the country there were programs set up to support tween creatives to keep their creative spark shining bright through the rocky roads of adolecence?  We need community support to make this a reality which is one of the primary reasons for this training.


Mandi Lynn

Our Laser Vision: An Artists Rep League

You know how athletes have Rep teams.  The most talented kids are given extra training and great gear so that they can develop their skills.  This is brilliant for our young talented athletes but nothing like this exists for young artists except Hip Hop crews for the most part.

So here is what we imagine.  A Rep league of kids shoulder tapped by their Arts teachers that meets weekly and gets extra support from artists in the community to develop their creative superpowers.  A mixed bag of visual artists, digital artists, performing artists, and craftspeople.  This mentor training program will help us to develop community support for our creative tamariki.

Mandi Lynn

The HeArtivists Roots workshop dates

Wellington - Monday Evenings from 6-8:30 - 11 Nov - 16December

What does it cost?

This is where it gets interesting.

It is a pay it forward course.

We don't charge for it but the expectation is that if you take a spot you will take responsibility to pay it forward into the community somehow.

Ways to pay it forward

  • Become a youth mentor for a local young artist (requires further training + police vetting)
  • Become a facilitator of the program (requires further training + vetting)
  • Volunteer to help Every Body is a Treasure Charitable Trust
    • Project managers - organizing events
    • Grant writers helping us source money to expand our programs
    • Volunteers at the events
    • Fundraising
  • Or if time poor and just want the knowledge for your own whanau please make a financial donation to our trust to match the value that you would pay for a similar program. ($30 per class)

How can I join?

We have room for up to 20 people. If we get more than that applying we will put you on a waiting list.

If you are interested and commit to attending at least 6 of the 7 classes then please put your details below.