Lisa Sonora is an American artist living in Mexico, who wants to live in a world where following your heart's desire is considered practical, and making a living from your gifts is a no-brainer.
Her first book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Guidebook to Making Business Ideas Real (Quarry, 2008) won two independent publisher awards and launched a movement that has helped thousands to make their creative business ideas real. The Creative Entrepreneur is used as a textbook in many business, entrepreneurship, and arts programs, including University of Madison School of Business.
A sought after facilitator, she's led international creativity workshops on five continents for the past 20 years: at schools in Africa, inside tech companies, coach training programs, churches and zendos, and at retreat centers and universities. She trains others to lead creativity workshops in her Creative Journey Facilitator Training, and has a Creative Entrepreneur School in the works.
Her 30 Day Journal Project brings together a global audience twice a year to celebrate the power and magic of creative journaling.
When she's not consulting or in the studio making stuff, you can find her journeying to foreign lands in search of textiles, trying to take better photos, and adding to her visual journal sketchbooks in cafes around the world.
Lisa lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with her partner Alex, where they host artist retreats and residencies. She blogs about creativity + travel + courage at lisasonora.com. Lisa's memoir, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice, is comprised of journals she kept during her move to Mexico.
Lisa is a graduate of DePaul University's School of Music, and has professional degrees in Music Therapy and an MBA from New College of California in Sustainable Enterprise.