I am Maxima Kahn, Empress of Play, poet and writer, musician and dancer, soul guide, way-shower, firekeeper.
As a passionate lover of Beauty, Wonder, and Imagination, I have gotten messy, noisy or outlandish in countless acts of creative abandon.
We need the voices of all the artists.
We need you to follow your heart path and believe in the beauty and power of your dreams.
I believe we each come to this life with unique gifts that the world needs. In the giving of these gifts, we find a life that is rich, joyful and deeply fulfilling. I help my students to find and cultivate these gifts in ways that bring them the greatest joy and contribute to our world.
I am passionate about helping others to cultivate states of deep play, in which we are experiencing the timeless flow and joyful self-forgetting of doing what we love.
I am here to guide, inspire, encourage and incite you on that journey.
I do that through:
- My weekly Creative Sparks e-newsletter and blog
- Classes and Workshops offered both in-person and online
- Creative Life Coaching & Creativity Mentoring
- E-books and other resources I share with you
What You’ll Find Here
About once a week, Creative Sparks provides soul nourishment, creative exercises, and practical, hands-on tools and steps for big-hearted artists and dreamers to create passionate, fulfilling lives.
Creative Sparks is the place to get the latest and greatest direct from me to you.
I’ll show you how to:
- Ignite and sustain your creative fire over a lifetime
- Hone and deepen your art and craft
- Release what holds you back from living as all that you are
- Realize big dreams one do-able step at a time
- Create an extraordinary life of passion, purpose and deep play
And I’ll share with you how I navigate this crazy world as a creative, sensitive, heart-centered being.
Artists need creative community, ongoing inspiration and support in order to live their best, most creative lives. That’s what we provide.
We are soul-crafting here.
“Since taking the class I am able to verbalize my dreams and then create concrete steps to fulfilling them. I allow myself to have impossible dreams and see how I can actually achieve them. It makes me happier because I am moving forward and making things possible. I also allow myself to take the time to pursue my dreams and give them great weight and significance. Amazing things are happening in my life. Thank you Max!”
More About Me
I combine deep knowledge of the creative process with a wealth of contemporary tranformational modalities and ancient wisdom. Out of this, I’ve created a one-of-a-kind treasure trove of tools and teachings to enable us to live from our innate creativity, freedom and joy.
I crafted my own unique, powerhouse IMAGINE Dreamtending system for unlocking your creativity, following your heart path, and co-creating with life to have your big life dreams come true. My students have called this system “revolutionary” and, as they love to say, “This really works!”
A writer of poetry, fiction and essays, my poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. I have taught poetry and creative writing both privately and at the University of California, Davis Extension.
I am an award-winning composer and an avant-garde violinist, and have performed with such groups as the Relentless Compassion Orchestra, the Tiny Monsters, and Sawbones.
As a dancer, my primary love is Contact Improvisation, which I have taught for many years. I have also studied dance-movement therapy at the Naropa Institute. I perform regularly with the dance troupe Shadow Cabinet, and I bring an understanding of deep body-intelligence and whole body learning to all of my teaching.
All of my work and play is deeply infused with ancient, heart-centered teachings. I am an initiated Firekeeper in the Sacred Fire Community and have been a student of the profound, practical wisdom of an authentic, indigenous path since 2000.