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 created. 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.
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 nationally.
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.
Client experience of a 3 day 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.”
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-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.”
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.com/
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).
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.
To contact Stina, please email her: stina at stinabrown.com, call 604-612-8563 or fill out the form below.