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to TEACH holistic artmaking, for personal and spiritual growth.

to BRING the arts to communities with little arts access. 

to SUPPORT individuals who are looking to live a more creative, authentic and balanced life. 

to CREATE inspiring arts-infused events.

to ENCOURAGE artists of all backgrounds to make their most authentic work. 

to  INTEGRATE "the split" through holistic awareness—

left & right brain,  darkness & light,  masculine & feminine,  heart & brain.



supports, encourages, heals, promotes, teaches  

the expressive arts

for all people, with all modalities, styles, disciplines, or lack there of. 



ART FOR LIFE policy: No one turned away for lack of funds.






In this class we will play with different styles of music and dance—this is not a technique class, instead we will take inspiration from ballet, modern dance, latin, electronic, disco, hip hop, and more… 

The goal is to expand our range of expressiveness—honoring what is authentic as it unfolds and transforms, we will explore the polarities of human expression, freedom and control.

Starting with a meditation, we will develop integrated awareness on all three levels—physical, mental and emotional. We dance what we feel and observe how what we feel changes as we move through different exercises and rhythms.

Each class will be a unique co-creation based on the combination of people, music and awareness of both the individual and the group.

Cost: Drop in rate: 140 pesos per class. 10 Class Cards are available for purchase for 900 pesos.

PLAYLIST includes songs from:


Pharrell Williams



Flight of the Conchords

Jimmi Cliff

Daft Punk

Gilberto Gil


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at Cuatro vientos

STARTING Wednesday, December 14th

EVERY Wednesday, 2-4 PM

Create meaning, awaken creativity, develop a compassionate & curious approach to life.

Keeping an art journal is a fun and creative way to make meaning of your life--exploring with both writing and visual art. A journal is a mirror, reflecting who we are now, and what we want to cultivate in ourselves and in our lives. With a journal as our companion, we can find threads, patterns, and create reminders of our dreams and values. 

Each week we focus on a theme and a technique.

Themes & Exercises:

  • passion timeline
  • working with the inner critic and creative blocks
  • accessing the unconscious for wisdom & inspiration
  • self care
  • exploring inner family of self
  • developing an arts practice
  • sources of inspiration 



  • collage
  • water color & gauche
  • graphic design & hand lettering
  • writing prompts & suggestions
  • various expressive arts exercises


Art journaling is about making space for both words and images. It is opening up the space of what a journal is to include both the linear, and the non-linear parts of our experience. Together, we will discover all the possibilities for what a journal can be, and how keeping one can help you to live your life with more purpose, fun, connection, mindfulness and creativity.


About Zoë Dearborn

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300 pesos per class. 1000 pesos for a package of 4.

Register for Art Journal Lab!




Hi, I am Zoë, and I am here to ignite your creative fire.


I have four main passions—the arts, psychology, education and spirituality—my life’s work is synthesizing these four fields into a unified whole by helping people wake up to the deepest truth of who they are and what they were brought into this world to do. 


I have worked as an expressive arts counselor, arts educator and creativity coach. I received my master’s in counseling psychology and expressive arts therapy in 2007 from California Institute of Integral Studies, moved to Mexico in 2008, gave birth to my son in 2009, and founded the organization ART FOR LIFE in 2011. I draw upon a lifetime of working in the arts as an artist/performer, designer and event organizer. I grew up in Brooklyn and worked and studied for many years as a professional actress in NYC. I received my BA from Oberlin College in Art and East Asian Studies. I am also a writer, blogger, musician and multimedia artist. I have a deep love of improvisation in all its forms.


My mission is to bring the lesser-known world of expressive arts therapy into the mainstream—to show that everyone needs, and anyone can—-make use of the arts in order to create a more balanced self, and therefore, balanced world. Humanity has a basic need to dance, sing, act, draw, and tell stories. This is what children do naturally—and creative expression should not stop when we enter elementary school—as it too often does. My mission is to return the arts from being limited to a group of highly specialized individuals to the realm of all people. The expressive arts are a vital accompaniment to the inner work we all need to do in order to access the fullness of our human potential. It is through our inner work that we can discover and develop the juiciest parts of ourselves—our creativity, imagination, passion, intuition, and compassion. 



If your desire is to light your inner fire, to heal and reclaim lost parts of your self, to create a more authentic life—one that reflects your core values and deepest passions—then creative growth sessions are for you. I believe that each of us was born into a unique destiny, and this destiny speaks to us in the language of the soul, and it is up to us to develop our intuitive and imaginative powers in order receive these vital messages. 

In our sessions, we will look deeply into the peak moments of your history in order to discover your callings. We will also take a compassionate look into your shadow selves—the forgotten gold of your personality—and discover how this forgotten link can recover your vitality. This process of discovering your callings and reclaiming your shadow will give us the materials we need to create the alchemy of change necessary for you to grow into your destiny.

For both my group classes and individual sessions, I have developed two styles of experiential exercises that are lovingly designed to either:


  • spontaneously pop you back into wholeness through access to presence (the source of our creativity)


  • initiate the more gradual process of creative growth—the inward journey towards your unique wholeness



I work intuitively and organically—weaving between different roles based on what is necessary to the work. 

I work as:

  • guide—making the journey into the gold of your inner truth (warts and all) as fun, engaging, aesthetic and inspiring as possible.
  • coach—encouraging you to trust your own intuitive voice and callings.
  • counselor—offering my intuitive skills you when you feel stuck or lost.
  • teacher—teaching the skills necessary to make positive changes in your life that support your soul’s needs and desires.
  • mentor—using personal examples of my own journey to help light up your own truths.



I  am flexible in how I work with you in creative growth sessions. I understand that it is not always possible to commit to a long term process, though I do recommend that you commit to at least six weeks of sessions, especially if you are new to this kind of work. We can do our sessions via video Skype or if you live in Southern Baja, I will meet with you in person either at your home or in my art camper.




I love working with artists of all types—musicians, writers, visual artists, performers—helping you accomplish a specific creative goal, such as: developing your artistic authenticity, or a specific project, such as: completing your novel, or embarking on a new art career. This work is similar to creative growth, the main difference being the focus of the work. I work intuitively and improvisationally—responding to what needs come up spontaneously, and drawing on my vast experience in the realm of the arts.



In our sessions we will identify, explore, and develop: goals, themes in your work, and working habits that will help you make better use of your own wellspring of inspiration, creativity and artistic integrity.


When you sign up for art coaching with me—whether long term or short term, you will also receive:


  • techniques to work through stuck places
  • stimulating take home assignments—designed to further the work we do in our sessions. 
  • support system via email in between sessions—where you can check in, ask me questions, or share your revelations. 
  • free subscription to the Creative Ignition Blog where you will receive weekly doses of inspiration and advice.



If your creative project is long-term, 3 months or longer, together we will co-create a schedule of  regular sessions until your project is completed to your satisfaction. This will most likely include weekly or bi-weekly hour-long sessions, where we talk via video Skype or on the phone or (if you live in Southern Baja) I will meet you in your work space. If your creative goal is more short term—your creative fire needs re-ignition—I recommend a package of 6 weekly sessions where we will do focused work to return you to your most authentic and productive creative mode.



I love working with people of all ages, walks of life, and levels of creative experience. I am sensitive to cross-cultural dynamics, LGBTQI issues, and have a special interest in working with creative moms to achieve the balance between the demands of motherhood and your personal or artistic callings.


Whether you are an artist, looking to deepen your commitment to your work and support in sharing it with the world, or a person looking to reclaim your passion in order to have a deeper and fuller experience of yourself—the work we will do together will be creative, fun and inspiring. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.



I offer a free 20 minute consultation via Skype or in person (if you live in Southern Baja) to see if art coaching or creative growth work is for you. After all, this is an important relationship, and it is of utmost importance that we click as we will be working together co-creating some of the most important work of your life. Send me an email today, to see if creative ignition is what you need to start living the life of your dreams.




When you take an ART FOR LIFE workshop, you are making a contribution to the volunteer programs. 

Graduation Ceremony, with arts presentation.

Graduation Ceremony, with arts presentation.

Zoë has been doing volunteer community arts outreach for children in Southern Baja.

Zoë teaches ART & ENGLISH at the preschool in Elias Calles, where her son Emilio also attends.

Last year the children made a snowman piñata for their Christmas Party, as well as many other art projects. This year they will be working on a garden-themed mural.

The kids working on a papier maché snowman for their Posada (Christmas party.)

The kids working on a papier maché snowman for their Posada (Christmas party.)

Preescolar de Elias Calles (before the hurricane). 

Preescolar de Elias Calles (before the hurricane). 

This is the school after the hurricane. One wall and the roof were destroyed.

This is the school after the hurricane. One wall and the roof were destroyed.

Zoë also brings expressive arts therapy projects to the children at the Hogar Del Niños in Todos Santos.

The kids wearing their circle card necklaces that they creatively decorated with their names.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, money or resources to these outreach programs, please contact us, we would love your help!





ART FOR LIFE will be hosting art & creativity infused retreats in beautiful Southern Baja starting in 2015. If you are interested, please send us an email and we will contact you when the first one is scheduled.

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Hello, my name is Zoë Dearborn, and I am a creativity enthusiast. Human creativity is our greatest natural resource and the key to our evolution. All people are innately creative, and I have dedicated my life to helping others live their creative dreams and fullest potential, while also realizing my own. I founded ART FOR LIFE in 2011 in Southern Baja, which promotes the arts and creativity through workshops, classes, personal coaching, community projects and events. Drawing on techniques, exercises and trainings from my diverse artistic and professional background, I create inspiring and supportive frameworks that allow for holistic experience and optimum creative flow. I bring compassion, presence and playfulness to my work.

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Studio Art and East Asian Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco.  For the past ten years I have taught filmmaking, creative writing, acting, improvisation and visual art to adults and children. I have also worked as an expressive arts therapist with groups, couples and individuals in the Bay Area.

I spent my first thirty years in New York City engaged with many art forms, including years of training and working as an actress. In 2004, I discovered my musical voice, and formed Social Service, an all-female rock band, where I played guitar and sang my songs. In Oakland, California I was a performing member with the improv troupe Awkward Face at Pan Theater.

Last year, with ZOELAB 365 (, I created an intense creative challenge for myself with my first blog. I committed to one year of posting every day with both words and images. The multimedia blog weaves together stories of my urban past with trials and tribulations of motherhood and a do-it-yourself, off the grid, life-as-art in the desert. I write on philosophy, parenting, psychology, the arts and the spiritual path. I continue to create photography, poetry, essays, videos, and songs and I am also developing an improv-based sit-com to be shot on location in Baja. I have a particular passion for supporting creative moms and am currently developing a book on the topic.

I live with my husband and five year old son in our house-in-progress, off the grid, in Elias Calles, Baja California Sur. I collaborate with my family with drawing, music, and video.