About Us

Through the necessity of their own health and peace of mind Jennifer MacIsaac and Dorothy Verbick,  have teamed up to teach mindfulness and creative play.

Even if you feel you can't meditate, if you feel you are not creative, if you feel you just cannot sit still long enough to take the time for yourself. WE WANT YOU.

Creating Mindfulness is about merging your innate creativity with a practice in mindfulness. We use a variety of techniques to practice mindfulness including guided mindfulness meditations, journaling, and creative play. For our purposes we consider meditation as anything we reflect on and art as anything we create. It is our belief that all humans are innately creative beings who derive energy, joy, and peace from the creative process.


"But, I don't have a creative bone in my body!"

We know that many people do not consider themselves to be creative, but if you stop to take notice you will find that you are engaged in creative activity on a daily basis, whether it is doodling on your notes from a meeting, or finding a unique resolution to a problem at work. We also believe that your creative juices can be fed and nourished with purposeful and mindful activity. It is our mission to help you to connect with you own inner creative energy and to reflect mindfully on all the many blessings that fill your day.

"What if I have never meditated before?"

Our guided meditations are very gentle. We begin by focusing on your breath. The guide will gently call your attention to different areas of focus depending on the particular meditation theme. Don't worry if your mind wanders, simply acknowledge it and move forward focusing back on your breath. Most of our meditations relitivly short, anywhere from 5-20 min. in length depending on the class.
We are not affiliated with any religion but we welcome each and every person to bring their own beliefs and spirituality with them to their practice. We encourage you to come to our classes and retreats with an open heart and mind, ready to focus on you!

Meet your class and retreat leaders

You can read all about our mission Here. Don't forget to visit our Online Store  to see upcoming classes!

Jennifer MacIsaac


Jennifer is the managing director of the Basement Community Art Studio located in Knoxville's Historic Old City. She has a background in art and human sciences, and a passion for helping people discover their own inner creativity. She is a believer in the innate creativity within every human being and loves to facilitate process-based art experiences, which help people to foster that creativity from within.





Dorothy Verbick


Dorothy is in her 7th year teaching and is currently an art teacher at Vine Middle Magnet School. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts and a Masters in art education from The University of Tennessee. In 2011 she was introduced to Transcendental Meditation and since then has come to believe that art and meditation truly can heal. She has started to develop mindfullness art classes with her students but hopes to share these beautiful techniques outside her classroom. 




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