Spirit Medicine- A Creativity and Art Journal Course

Discover what nourishes your spirit and create your own beautiful set of medicine cards.

Spirit Medicine online art class

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With many expectations on our time in life, it can be challenging to remain grounded and focused on the real priorities of life. Engaging in a creative activity is an effective way to bring balance, feel energized and restored.

Hello creative friends,

I am so very excited to be offering this mini online art class!! In my Coast Salish culture, I have been taught that everything is medicine. Some medicines are directly beneficial like a traditional plant that has a healing property and is used to treat an ailment. Medicine can also come in the form of an experience that teaches us something.

In this class, I’ll show you step by step how to create your own set of medicine cards. You can select words that have meaning to you and through a guided writing exercise, I’ll help you identify what feeds your spirit and restores you.

We will also take our medicine words to an art journal page and bring to life a front facing face. I’ll leave you with tips on how to use your cards as a daily reminder of how you can bring medicine to your spirit.

Would love for you to join me for the live run of this class!



Class Overview:

In this class, you will learn…

  • Teachings on what ‘medicine’ means from Squamish First Nation traditions

  • How to use the supplies (and alternative ideas for how to create your cards)

  • Guided writing exercise to identify your ‘medicine’ words

  • Step by step video on how to create your own beautiful set of medicine cards

  • How to use your cards as a daily tool to bring more medicine and balance into your life

  • Taking your medicine cards to your art journal and create a front facing portrait


This Class includes…

  • 7 videos +

  • Bonus video where I create a second set of medicine cards using a different colour scheme

  • 2.5 hours of video 

  • Downloadable ‘medicine’ words to print and add to your cards

  • Downloadable step-by-step PDF

  • Private Facebook group for support and encouragement


Video Sneak Peak


Medicine is… a ritual that nurtures the spirit

Medicine is…a teaching or lesson that we learn to better ourselves

Medicine is…a quality of another being or object that we can apply to our own life

Medicine is…an activity or food that helps strengthen our bodies

Melanie is such a gentle soul with so much to give. She is very inspiring to a healthy practice involving mind/body/spirit in an artful way.
— Lynn Roberts
Melanie is REAL and amazing. She truly understands the human spirit and the need to become part of nature and life even in this challenging time. I feel so happy to take her Spirit Medicine course, and I look forward to many more of her classes and teachings.
— Mariana


Here are the supplies I used. Please feel free to adapt to what you have already.

  • Patterned paper and text pages

  • Art journal

  • Washi tape (assorted colours)

  • Wood business cards: I ordered mine from Lee Valley Tools (alternative is to use mixed media paper or water colour paper 140lbs).

  • 1-2 colours of acrylic paint

  • Black micron felt pen

  • White gel pen

  • White gesso

  • Acrylic matte gel

  • Brayer

  • 1” flat brush

  • Scissors

  • Palette knife

  • Old credit card

  • Small fabric bag or box (optional)

About Me


I am an Indigenous mixed media artist who teaches online art classes to women around the world. I help women build a joyful and self-compassionate art practice. 

Creating art brings me into the present moment, into stillness. In this space I am not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In stillness, I find myself. I find peace, clarity and connection with my real emotions. 

I am from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, Canada. I live in my community with my wonderful husband of 19 years (and our sweet cat) and I draw from my traditional ancestry and teachings in my art practice. 

In my art, I depict the strength, realness and vulnerability of women. Art has many medicines to share with us—stillness, joy, connection-- and by building a self- compassionate art practice, we can experience these medicines on a regular basis.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning. You were very precise with your instructions. You gave unstintingly of your self and of your knowledge. Your videos were full of details and information. I also liked the pace with which you explained and approached the class. I liked the two projects. I didn’t feel overwhelmed trying to do them nor felt burdened that I had to “get” it. I came across your mini-class by pure accident. I was and are very pleased that I signed up. I learned a lot. Thank you for your care. I look forward to your next class.
— Anne-Marie Dekker