Majio with Bella in Tuscany

Majio with Bella in Tuscany


Majio studied art in the California University system,  and painting in Madrid and Paris for several years. She expanded beyond the scope of her western art base in 1972 at Daitokuji, a Zen Buddhist temple complex in Kyoto Japan. There she studied traditional cultural arts including the chado (the art of the Japanese tea ceremony)calligraphy and sumi-e. Majio eventually spent twelve years in Japan, continuing to practice the various cultural arts while also completing  an apprenticeship in ceramics and in papermaking. During this time, Majio enjoyed teaching creative process to art students at Seika Art College in Kyoto which began her inquiry into the role of creative process in inner development and relatedness to community.

Majio has a master’s Degree in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University where her thesis she explored how the process of poetry making can leverage visual images and how visual image making can enhance poetry making. She trained with Jeremy Taylor at the Marin Institute for Projective Dreamwork and is a certified Clinical Transpersonal Hypnotherapist because of her interest in relationship to the subconscious and in recognizing and utilizing the trances of everyday life. Majio’s special concentration is the tending of Personal Mythology for Soul Evolution through Creative Process.

Majio lives in Santa Cruz and as director of Anavami Center teaches art and hosts extended seminars in dream work, metaphor work, and creative process. She offers regular retreats to New Mexico and Italy, as well as quarterly workshops and weekly Transformational Painting Circles.  Through various grants Majio has been able to extend her work and outreach to youth in the Juvenile Criminal Justice System, homeless teenagers and other marginalized groups using art as a means to support the re-creation of personal mythology. She is particularly interested in how art functions in individuals and in the collective. Her work is based on the assumption that in our authentic self we are all artist and the meaning making process is integrative and essential for everyone if we are to create a sustainable and healthy planetary community.