Creative Events

If there’s an opportunity to help people rediscover and explore their creativity (and their identity, and value)… count me in.

I’m based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and run regular creative workshops and events. If you’re local and interested in opportunities to explore your unique creative expression, follow me on Facebook or Instagram for the latest offerings.


recreate events new zealand

A free public event designed to spark creativity and enhance wellbeing in a community. The event concept was developed in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle which struck New Zealand in February 2023. The storm had a devastating impact on the Hawke’s Bay region and its people, who were still reeling from the disruption of the pandemic. The inaugural RECREATE took place in August 2023, in Hastings, in two parts: RECREATE PLAY at the Hastings Sports Centre & RECREATE PEACE at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre. These grant-funded events were free to the public and attended by over 700 people. Two ‘small hall’ versions of the RECREATE PLAY event were held recently proving the event’s adaptability to different communities.

The arts and play have a powerful, positive impact on mental health & wellbeing. This event is a unique opportunity to draw a community together to connect and also offer inspiration for ongoing creative pursuit at an individual, whānau, and community level. There are no barriers to participation, all ages and abilities welcome. RECREATE utilises existing community venues, local artists and resources where possible. Reach out if you’re interested in hosting a RECREATE event in your community. Highlights from past events can be found at

priceless workshop

Free, monthly creative workshops held at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre with funding from CreativeNZ Creative Communities Scheme. Each month we explore a different creative activity – past workshops have included floral art, jewellery making, clay sculpting, textured art, drawing, pastels, still life painting and more. Each new experience is a chance to discover how unlocking your creativity opens up a world of possibility. Numbers are limited, bookings essential through the Heretaunga Women’s Centre, phone 878 5401.

unmake up your mind

Feeling stuck? It’s time to get creative…

This programme helps you uncover, unravel and unlearn the beliefs that are keeping you stuck and small and scared. Through a series of six creative workshops and one-to-one coaching, this unique framework guides you through a beautiful journey of exploration into your personal value, power, and potential. I have NZ Government Level 4 Social Sector Accreditation and run this programme locally for the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), eligibility criteria apply.

Here’s what people have said about past events

We all loved it!!!! So well organised, great activities, loads of fun. Well done.

– Recreate Play, Te Pōhue

Sharleen is great, so much knowledge. Every time she unlocks something creative in me and makes me get out of my comfort zone with my drawing, realising that I am a very creative person.

– Priceless workshop participant

I was already taking a few small steps on my own, but Sharleen helped me make confident strides towards my best self and future.

– UUYM participant

creative online course

Meet Sharleen


Hey, I’m Sharleen. For years I lived frustrated, stuck in bad habits, and struggling with toxic mindsets. I’d faded into the background of my own life. When I started seeing a counsellor at 39, I just wanted to be fixed. Instead, I developed a new compulsion. To paint.

The value I found in art and creativity had nothing to do with ability, it was about expression. Through it I discovered courage to try new things, overcome perfectionism and my fear of failure. Challenging my mindsets and reconnecting with my innate creativity has changed everything for me. And now I help others do the same.


Interested in hosting a future event?

Get in touch if you’re interested in hosting a creativity event in your NZ community.