Creative Sandbox Community - a lab for women's leadership through creative expression

Have you ever heard that you’re not fun to be around anymore?

Do you find yourself snapping at your kids or your partner?

Dreading going to work in the morning, procrastinating when you’re there.

You have an inbox that’s up to 1,001 emails.

You’re eating out and the scale is telling you that it’s not working.

You’re too tired to cook or exercise, because you’re not sleeping well.

You know that life shouldn’t be this way and feel this hard. But you feel stuck, and despite all your best intentions, night after night you find yourself watching TV, scrolling through Facebook, and wasting time until it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again tomorrow.

When did your life go off the rails?

What if I were to tell you that you don’t need to spend a lot of time, a lot of money, or make wholesale changes to your life, for things to be different?

The truth is, when you play in a Creative Sandbox, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Just a little bit is enough to make you look forward to your day, be more patient and kind to the people most important to you, and feel more like yourself again.

I'm Melissa Dinwiddie, and I invite you to enter the Creative Sandbox Community

Melissa Dinwiddie, founder of the Creative Sandbox Community, author of The Creative Sandbox Way™We are a community of open-hearted women, recovering our creativity together in the spirit of play.

We know that living our lives in shades of grey is not the only way to live. Making time and space — even just a little bit — for creative play turns up the saturation on our lives.

The Creative Sandbox Community exists to help women get creating, because when you give your creative spirit free rein (like she had when you were four!), it allows the True You, the Authentic You to come out.

It allows you to step into the biggest possible vision for yourself and for your life.

Why is giving your creative spirit free rein so powerful?

Because making space in your life for creative expression requires risk-taking.

Think about it: every time you write, paint, make music, sew, bead, or however you like to create, you have to:

  • Carve out the time (i.e., time-management and prioritizing!)
  • Set limits (which means learning to say “no” to anyone/anything impinging on that time)
  • Lean into fear and uncertainty (after all, if it’s not uncertain, then it’s been done before, which means it’s not truly creative!)
  • Tame your self-doubts (if the gremlins win, nothing gets done at all!)
  • Overcome all the temptations and distractions tugging at you (willpower is your friend here!)
  • Get back up when you stumble (which you will, so self-compassion is key!)

In other words, my dear, despite what you may have been told, doing the fun creative stuff you long to do isn’t frivolous self-indulgence.

Gimme a break — those are some badass leadership skills right there!

And the beautiful thing is that every time you do your creative thing you are strengthening those leadership muscles!

Not to mention modeling to others that creative expression is important, not frivolous.

Which is in itself important, because of course you and I both know that the world hasn’t caught on yet. If I were a gambler, I’d lay even odds that there are people in your life who don’t quite “get” your need to do creative stuff.

Friends, family, co-workers… Not everyone understands your hunger to create. They do think it’s frivolous. They look at people like us like we’re kinda weird. (And goodness knows if you don’t make money from it, Capitalist society sure isn’t gonna take you seriously!)

But you don’t have to make money from your creative thing for it to be really, really important.

Your creativity is important. Which is why we need to gather people like us together. Other women who “get” us, and can help keep us going, when the world feels cruel and unfeeling.

The Creative Sandbox Community - a lab for women's leadership through creative expressionOther women who can inspire us:

  • To think about something in a new way
  • To try a new creative technique (drawing, painting, writing, music…)
  • To apply for that job
  • To ask for that promotion
  • To step out onstage to speak
  • To finally clutterbust that Closet of Doom

That is the power of the Creative Sandbox Community. These kinds of changes, and more, are happening in the Sandbox every day, and we’d love for you to join us!

  • Dr. Angi Orobko
    I'm gaining so much just sharing with such wonderful women, and I can't imagine not being in this group!
    Dr. Angi Orobko
  • Leslie Coop
    The Creative Sandbox Community has helped me tremendously with accountability to help me get moving and keep going on my chosen work, with sharing daily (or at least frequent) creativity prompts to get the ideas moving, and with emotional support during a difficult time. I am immensely enjoying getting to know women from all over the world who share my love of art, writing, and all things creative. The resources, both human and informative, are priceless.
    Leslie Coop
  •  Kristine Boyle-Topee, Communications Professional
    Just wanted to let you know that in the short time I've been in the Sandbox already that I've been inspired, not only to move forward in my creative efforts, but have made the beginning steps in starting a business that I've been wanting to do (and talked myself out of) for several years. I have taken several leaps of faith in the last couple months, and it has led me to believe that the time is right to do this.
    Kristine Boyle-Topee, Communications Professional

What to Expect & Why You Should Join Us

Women's leadership development• Meet other creative, open-hearted, like-minded women

• Make better, more well-informed decisions

• Get answers to questions you can’t Google!

• Support, encourage, and learn from each other

• Find inspiration every day 

• Bathe in our drama-free, kindness-infused culture

 Practice sharing your unique contributions in a safe space — the ideal leadership training ground!

  • Omaste Witkowski, Photographer<br>owfotografik.com
    I love the sandbox because it is a great place to be creative with other like minded people. It is easy to feel disconnected and this group makes me feel connected 24/7. A special place to meet special people. :)
    Omaste Witkowski, Photographer
    owfotografik.com
  • Allison Culley, Accounting Professional
    I am enjoying the Creative Sandbox because of the vibrant community. I can honestly say two of my current creative passions, altered books and negative space, were directly inspired as a result of joining this group.
    Allison Culley, Accounting Professional

Here's What You Get Inside:

• 24/7 access on web & mobile to smart, generous, kind, open-hearted women like you, who get it that your creative side is essential to who you are — we are here to support you as you grow!

• Twice a Month Rally Calls — your most pressing issues, recorded so you can listen on your commute (plus you can even join live and connect in real time with other members!)

• Live ArtShares — these are NOT critiques, they're just having fun! Video gatherings where members share what we’ve been creating, share resources, and laugh a lot. Currently twice a month, with new Journaling sharing days starting soon!

• Studio Work Days — designated “parallel time” co-working days, to get work done together. Currently every MWF, plus one Saturday each month.

• Monthly member-hosted creative challenges — a different member volunteers to design and host each month’s challenge, so there’s always some creative inspiration if you need it!

• Weekly Accountability — check-ins and report-backs each Monday and Friday, to help keep you on track toward your big goals.

 Ongoing Accountability — monthly threads help keep you motivated with your workouts, clutterbusting, or anything else you need a little accountability on.

The Creative Sandbox WayParticipate in the "Studio Audience" on the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast — as a member, you'll have an exclusive invitation to live interviews with podcast guests. Or post your question in advance for me to ask in your stead. 

Hefty discounts on live Retreats and Playdays with me. (Over $378 value)

Creative Sandbox 101 — my flagship 7-day eCourse. ($40 value)

BONUS: A signed copy of my book, The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life. ($14.95 value)

 


 

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About Our Founder,
Melissa Dinwiddie

Melissa Dinwiddie, founder of the Creative Sandbox Community, author of The Creative Sandbox Way™A full-time freelance artist and calligrapher for 15 years, I developed a set of tools, based on the metaphor of a "creative sandbox," for pushing past creative block out of sheer desperation, to deal with my own decade-long crushing perfectionist paralysis.

Over time, I realized that the tools that worked to open up creative flow — for me and hundreds of my students and clients — transformed not just their creative lives, but all areas of of life, especially when the tools were used in the context of a supportive community.

I founded the Creative Sandbox Community as a women's leadership lab for practicing my Creative Sandbox philosophy in August of 2015. Then in 2016 I quite literally wrote the book on the subject, The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life. 

The Creative Sandbox WayI also host the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast, and am founder, CEO, chief instigator and lead facilitator of Creative Sandbox Solutions™, a creative consultancy that helps leaders, teams, and organizations step into their biggest possible visions, so they can achieve the biggest possible impact. All through the power of play. 

In other words, whether in the Creative Sandbox Community, on my podcast, or with my consultancy, my goal is to help you be you... only better! Using the tools of play and creativity.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the Creative Sandbox tools we learn and practice inside the Creative Sandbox Community! 

"The world needs your contributions! Come practice them here. See you in the Sandbox!"
- Melissa Dinwiddie, Founder of the Creative Sandbox Community

  • Laureen Marchand, Artist <br>laureenmarchand.com
    Has anyone noticed how so many people in this group are artistically focused and producing? But all of us became group members because sometime in the past we felt unfocused or stuck or unworthy to create. Then we worked with Melissa Dinwiddie and something changed. Thank you Melissa!
    Laureen Marchand, Artist
    laureenmarchand.com
  • Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist<br>slightlytwistedstudios.com
    Invaluable and worth every penny.
    Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist
    slightlytwistedstudios.com

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Creative Sandbox Community

 A Lab for Women's Leadership through Creative Expression

For a limited time, Charter Membership
is just $400 $300/year

Charter Membership
$300/year

Lock in current member pricing and your price will never go up for as long as you retain your membership.

24/7 access on web & mobile to smart, generous, kind, open-hearted women like you, who get it that your creative side is essential to who you are — we are here to support you as you grow!

Twice-Monthly Rally Calls — your most pressing issues, recorded, so you can listen on your commute (or join live and connect in real time with other members!)

Live ArtShares — these are NOT critiques, they're just having fun! Video gatherings where members share what we’ve been creating, share resources, and laugh a lot.

Studio Work Days — designated “parallel time” co-working days, to get work done together.

Monthly member-hosted creative challenges — a different member volunteers to design and host each month’s challenge, so there’s always some creative inspiration if you need it!

Weekly Accountability — check-ins and report-backs each Monday and Friday, to help keep you on track toward your big goals.

Ongoing Accountability — monthly threads help keep you motivated with your workouts, clutterbusting, or anything else you need a little accountability on.

Participate in the Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast — ask questions of the guests, live or in advance!

Hefty Discounts on live Retreats and Playdays with Melissa. [$378+ value]

Creative Sandbox 101 — Melissa's flagship 7-day eCourse. [$40 value]

BONUS: A signed copy of Melissa's book, The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life. [$14.95 value]

What Members Say

  • Vicki Gierach, Aesthetician/Fine Artist<br>soulfulvisions.weebly.com
    The Creative Sandbox has helped me stay connected with other people who are also struggling with inner gremlins and finding the time to be creative. Knowing that I'm not alone has led to a small miracle: I PICKED UP A PAINTBRUSH AND STARTED PAINTING AGAIN! I would recommend the Creative Sandbox to anyone who wants to dive deeply into their own journey of self-exploration and creativity. I am so thankful for this group.
    Vicki Gierach, Aesthetician/Fine Artist
    soulfulvisions.weebly.com
  • Cathy Duffy, Entrepreneur
    I love the Creative Sandbox. I was initially hesitant to join, fearful that the “comparison trap” would just add to the gremlin voices in my head, but I have found quite the opposite - a group of incredibly talented and supportive people who encourage and inspire me. As I see kindness modeled, I am learning to speak kindness to myself. No matter the level of talent or ability, we all struggle with the same issues at one time or another. Being part of the Creative Sandbox keeps my toe, so to speak, in the flow of creativity - which makes it so much easier to just jump in and play. After a long, difficult and dry season of my life, it feels really good to discover the joy of creative play again. Thank you, Melissa!
    Cathy Duffy, Entrepreneur
  • Nana Campana, Speaker/Educator<br>nanacampana.com
    You've been the catalyst for everything great in my life. Thanks to you, I became AWAKENED and empowered to finally DREAM BIG and know that I could actually reach what I placed before me. I will forever be grateful to you for having reawakened my heart and my passions. It is something I will forever owe you.
    Nana Campana, Speaker/Educator
    nanacampana.com
  • Petrea Tomko, Calligrapher/Artist
    Whatever Melissa offers, I want to be a part of. Inside the Creative Sandbox I found weapons to fight the gremlins. You have people giving you honest helpful feedback for your work. You get to explore new media without damaging repercussions. You get courage. You get hope. When you get down, you get help getting back up. You make friends you long to live near. It's a win-win for all.
    Petrea Tomko, Calligrapher/Artist

FAQs

When will the live calls be?

Right now Q&A calls are held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 1pm PT and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11am PT. These calls are always recorded, so you can listen to the discussion of your question later.

ArtShare calls are currently the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm PT and 7:30am PT, but new ArtShares will be added as member demand for them increases.

Studio Work Days are currently every MWF with check-in calls at 8am, 10am, and 12pm PT, and generally the 3rd Saturday of the month, with check-in calls at 9am, 11am and 1pm PT.

Live Podcast Interviews are scheduled at various times, depending on what works for the guest.

What if the call times aren’t good for me?

For Rally Calls, there is a special place to leave your question or issue, so you'll get to hear the recorded discussion of it later.

If you'd like additional Studio Work Day check-ins, as long as the virtual room isn't in use for something else, we'll be happy to add them! And if you'd like to create a new kind of event entirely, the sky's the limit.

Are the calls recorded?

Rally Calls and podcast interviews are always recorded. We'll post the recording as soon as it's processed, usually within about 24 hours of the call. Other calls are live experiences and not recorded.

 

Do I have to attend the live calls?

Nope. Come to as many or as few as you like. Easy, peasy.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

Nope, the Creative Sandbox Community membership is a non-refundable investment, and here’s why:

Part of the reason we struggle with creating (and sharing) creative work is because of the emotions tied to it. This community will, by its nature, bring stuff up. That’s one of the reasons a membership in the Creative Sandbox can change your life!

The Creative Sandbox is a container to work on that stuff. It would be irresponsible of me as a teacher and changemaker to offer you an easy out anytime you get the tiniest bit uncomfortable.

In other words, please do not click that buy button unless you’re sure you want this!

I have more questions…

Shoot me an email. Or phone me at 866-538-8268. I’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you’ve got!

  • Jessica Sanders, Artist & Teacher<br>colormecreativeart.com
    I've been following Melissa for quite some time now. So, when she opened up the Creative Sandbox, I was interested. With my busy schedule, I wasn't sure I would have time to participate. I signed up at the last minute with just because I wanted to be involved with the group. The community Melissa has created is so amazing. There's no pressure, yet there is accountability. We're all here to learn, to grow creatively, and to support each other. We face many of the same challenges -- it's so nice to have the support and friendship I have found here. :)
    Jessica Sanders, Artist & Teacher
    colormecreativeart.com
  • Claudia Tammen, Photographer<br>claudiatammenimages.com
    I am learning 2 things from the Creative Sandbox with Melissa. First I notice it is becoming much easier to sit down and make art. Melissa has given us the tools to deal with fear, perfectionistic tendencies, and comparison to others. Now I just sit down and play -- and ideas come all the time. Secondly, I am becomming more compassionate with myself. The permission to "make crap" is so positive. And the group is so supportive with each other. I enjoy posting what I've done and seeing posts from others. Thanks, Melissa!
    Claudia Tammen, Photographer
    claudiatammenimages.com
  • Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist<br>slightlytwistedstudios.com

    Hi Melissa,

    I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your programs and how much I've gotten out of them.

    As you know, I've done a variety of them now, and I keep coming back because your groups have a really special blend of enthusiasm and energy. I never fail to make true friendships that have continued on outside of the groups, and deeply relish the special connections within the groups that I make with fellow artists or folks in the process of discovering their creativity. We all have different starting points, but it's wonderful to walk together.

    Beyond the connections, there is something about the blend of energy and focus in the groups that gives me that little extra push when working on my own goals, whether it be clutterbusting, creative exploration, or playing in the sandbox.

    Invaluable and worth every penny.

    Thanks for all that you do, your vision and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of your programs!

    Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist
    slightlytwistedstudios.com
  • Sharon Wildwind, Author<br>wildwindauthor.com
    I love to see the variety of projects that people work on. Gives me great ideas. And it feels like such a safe place to show things and to ask questions.
    Sharon Wildwind, Author
    wildwindauthor.com

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