About Stina

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Stina Brown she/her

I acknowledge that I write from the location of a non-Indigenous, cisgendered, white, lesbian woman living on the unsurrendered territories of the Syilx Okanagan Nation peoples. I acknowledge that they are the first and rightful inhabitants of the lands and waters that are now called the Okanagan Valley since the land was formed. I acknowledge that historical and ongoing colonization has devastated many Indigenous communities in what amounts to genocide. I also acknowledge the strength, resilience and wisdom of Syilx people and I am grateful to have been born on this land. If you are interested in supporting Indigenous leadership development in this region, please consider checking out the work of IndigenEYEZ and if you’re interested in learning about taking real steps (as non-Indigenous people) toward healing and right relationships, consider this training as a step on the path – September 2021 (it’s excellent): kinSHIFT: Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation.

I work with with clients in Vancouver, BC (unceded territory of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations), across the country and internationally.

Who is Stina Brown?
Stina Brown (she/hers) is an accomplished meeting and retreat designer, facilitator, trainer, visual practitioner and consultant. Stina has been a business consultant designing and leading retreats, meetings and teams for the past 15 years. She has an extensive background in systems and process design, strategic planning, visioning, skills training and group, team and organizational development.

I orient my work around soul-purpose led projects that can help us answer the biggest questions of our time: “What does it mean to be a human being, NOW? What is our relationship with this Earth, now and going forward?” My role may involve designing and leading transformative processes for groups and individuals: leadership retreats, strategic planning, learning journeys, visioning, communities of practice, trainings, and individual and group coaching. Projects often focus on culture creation, wellbeing and equity in many forms. Clients willing to go deep, reach high and move forward, enjoy working hand in hand with me.

How do we “get together” in groups, now?

Stina is here to support your virtual group work through calls, Zoom meetings, written correspondence and process design for what can happen “offline”. Whether it’s a group check-in, an important decision-making meeting or leadership and team development – sometimes you as a leader need to participate. Stina can help.

Stina’s Virtual Design and Facilitation Services:

  • Online Retreat/Strategic Planning Design and Facilitation
  • Organizational Development Strategy and Facilitation: Culture, Team Building
  • Consultation: Change Management, Process, Wellbeing, Planning
  • Coaching: Executive, Team, Individual

Virtual “Retreats” or Online Strategic Meetings, 2020:
Stina and her team helped make the ideas put forward by our members into a reality. They designed a session in a very limited amount of time to cover a great deal – and somehow still made it feel unrushed, reflective and learning-based (which is key for this group). Despite the never-ending barrage of online calls during Covid, this series actually did feel different. And that’s the greatest value. It was a great pleasure Stina – thank you!”

“Stina and her team took on the challenge of transforming a three-day in-person meeting for a philanthropic learning collaborative into a compelling, highly-engaging virtual meeting. The ease, the co-creation of an environment for authentic connection and learning, and the use of beautiful, real-time scribing was just what our over-ZOOMED nervous systems needed. Wonderful to work you and your incredibly talented team!” 2020

Client experience of a 3 day in-person strategic issue gathering, Summer 2019:
“Stina was amazing. There is no way the group would have had such focused, productive conversations without her. Her ability to synthesize information and tease insights out of conversations was essential to keeping us on track and making sure we didn’t get too lost in the weeds.

Perhaps most importantly, Stina was so good at putting us immediately at ease and making us feel comfortable in the space, allowing us to make the most of the retreat from the first night through the end of the third day.”

LaVaca Indipendiente Main Courtyard, Mexico City, Mexico

Publishing and Fine Arts

Stina is also a writer and fine artist.
One recent project focuses on the life and personal work of Frida Kahlo. Stina was a collaborator on the project, workshop co-designer/co-facilitator of the initial prototype and “proof reader” on the English version of this new book. “To work “with” Frida Kahlo and Claudia Madrazo is one of the honours of my life.”

Intimate Notebook, inspired by Frida Kahlo

With the sensitivity and genius of an artist, in her personal diary, Frida manages to build for herself a path of self-knowledge and liberation, using images and words, and integrating multiple forms of expression: free association of ideas, doodles, collages drawings, paintings , poems, letters, narrations and stories – realistic and fantastic – of his own life.

Inspired by her diary we created this intimate Notebook, with the intention of offering a meeting space with oneself through art. This book is not intended to be a technical book for making art, it is an invitation to reflection, to creativity and to personal renewal.

Stina loves figure drawing, plein air painting and pastel and large-scale drawing. She illustrated The Day The Zoo Came To Visit and authored a chapter on “Connecting the Self to the Planet” in the anthology: Drawn Together Through Visual Practice: https://visualpracticebook.co

In this anthology, 27 contributors share experience-based methods and insights. Leading professionals in visual practice, alongside cross-disciplinary practitioners in other fields, delve into deep and resonant questions at the core of connection and communication. Purchase Drawn Together here, through Amazon.com (USA).

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Acrylic on board, Ventura, CA USA
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Pastel on Whole Foods Bag, Galisteo Basin, New Mexico, USA

Stina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Art from the University of Calgary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Stina is a proud member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. Stina has volunteered with QMUNITY and is passionate about LGBT issues, especially involving youth. Stina is committed to working on issues around privilege, healing and peace-making as a white person in Canada and recognizes her government attempted genocide against the Indigenous of this land. She supports Out on Screen/Out in Schools, Canopy Planet, RAVEN, Georgia Straight Alliance, ArtStarts, numerous young social change agents and local economy/food movements.  She is an avid nature lover, originally from the South Okanagan and based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Blog: https://stinabrown.wordpress.com
Twitter: @stinabrown
LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/stinabrown

To contact Stina, please email her: stina at stinabrown.com, call 604-612-8563 or fill out the form below.

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Watercolour, Argeliers, France

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