Powerful Spaces to Re-See, Re-Discover & Re-Create


 Individual Creativity

Human beings have an innately creative core which keeps us vital and alive, adaptable and thriving.

Today we are being asked to really embrace that creative core on a much deeper and more practical level so we are able to continue to evolve with the huge shifts going on in and around us.

Rather than wilfully pushing against events or new realities in life we now need to acknowledge what is and relate to it differently. We need to upgrade our operating system from push to pull; from transaction to relationship from manipulate to allow. If we can find ways to BE this every day, we can shift the dynamics which created the disconnect in the first place. What we then create will be beyond what our heads could imagine and far more beautiful, inclusive, creative and sustainable.

We can be powerhouses in service to the greater good, in creating new ways forward by aligning our innate creative capacities with new ways of being and interacting.

To boost our creative capacities we have to first learn to listen deeper and wider; to build a solid ground of trust so we can allow, be vulnerable, and open.

This is the container for the creative to grow in. This is when wonder and awe come to life!

So first we build the container for our creativity to grow. We develop this new way of being with (as opposed to merely ‘functioning’ or ‘operating’). We then integrate this learning and ‘do’ differently from much more expanded place. 

This is when our conversations, projects, and products become creations that are alive and truly aligned and empowering for everyone. 

We will work in the creative zone – the liminal space between forms where everything is flexible, changeable and fluid. You will learn to listen deeper and wider and break outside of the possible and play with the ‘impossible’. Our work has often been described as unexpected, and even seems magical at times.

It will bring your innate listening and intuitive capacities to life and build a solid, flexible foundation to keep creating and innovating from.


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Collective Creativity

Putting the individual creative parts together well can create a symphony. But how do you do that? How do you encourage, enhance, and harness the collective creativity in your teams and organisation?

How do you see the stories you are in?

How do you discover the hot hubs for breakthrough?

How can you see your blindspots?

How do you know what conversations you are not having?

And most importantly how do you create the container for creativity to be unleashed and for people and planet to thrive? 

Since 2004 my work has been all about essence. I see essence and work with it. It’s powerful because essence is at the centre of the pattern touching and affecting everything.

One ‘essential essence’ is the transformational power of conversations. 

I have listened to and drawn hundreds of them!

Conversations are a conduit or a channel for transformational communication to occur, but all too often conversations are relegated to the level of informational transfer and simply used to get things done. 

Broadening and deepening the level of conversation will revolutionise your creative potential and build the fertile ground for strong relationships and trust to grow.

I invite you into your own creative zone where your creative, adaptive systems come to life and deep creativity occurs.

I don’t have the answers to your “problems”, you do! My gift is that I SEE and HEAR your brilliance and draw, coach, mentor and facilitate it from you.

The conversational spaces I create go beyond the traditional paradigms of transactional conversation, of competition, of win (and therefore) lose. Our work enables deeper, more insightful generative conversation to occur within your collective. It taps into a (much) wider field of creativity where individual and collective awareness shifts.

The work lends well to visioning, conceptualising ideas, products and projects, organisational narrative/story development and more.

I work in companies on long and short-term projects and provide creative tools to maintain and support progress and development.

Since 2012 I have worked with The Vatican (Religions & the UN SDGs) Initiatives of Change, Teach for America, SingularityU, BBC, Oracle, TEDx, Shell, Aegon, Aramco Overseas Company, Repsol (Spain), Mundipharma. 

Explore my offers of Visual Facilitation, Generative Conversations,  and much more below. I am now based physically in New Zealand.



I am here to support the emergence of new ways of working. All my work whether individually or in groups cuts to the essence and revitalises.  

My visual working approach boosts and anchors the coaching or facilitation process. It brings you into yourself as a creative space and the resonance amplifies. It’s colourful, playful and profound.

I’m Vanessa Jane Smith, from New Zealand with a background in communications, organisational development, training, and coaching. I’ve lived and worked in Mexico, Spain and the Netherlands over the last 25 years. I focus my attentions on bringing a new way of communicating into the personal field (during coaching) as well as into the organisational field of culture development. I have developed a collection of creative tools to support that development with groups and individuals. 

But here’s the point of it all.

The change can only start, continue and end with us, with the creative human being at the heart of any organisation or entity.

This change is powerfully harnessed when we really utilise our uniquely human creative capacities to open up and to listen deeper and wider, to courageously step outside of our comfort zones and allow ourselves to break our own rules and play and be curious and doubt and not know always about outcomes. This is where true innovation begins.

And this is happening! I’m working globally with individuals and  organisations who are now opening up and bravely recognising and working with the much greater potential of their deeply human vulnerabilities and sensing capacities. 

Visual Facilitation

Visual Facilitation
“Vanessa has this unique ability to grasp and extract the core concept-idea from a presentation or a discussion then the incredible talent to translate it into images.

This is such a powerful process that allows the participants to “see” what they have “heard” and thus not only adds another dimension for the comprehension of what has been shared but also deepens the exploration for creative change”

Nathalie Bayol

Paris, France

“Vanessa’s work was gorgeous, informative and inspiring. The dynamic of a group changes when there is an artist working in the room. When a group’s words and thoughts serve as the source of a communal image, something shifts. A loop forms: people visit the image during breaks. They take ownership of what emerges. The images inspire conversations and the conversations show up as images. The resonance amplifies the possibilities. 

…The four walls of the conference centre were changed by Vanessa’s work; we no longer sat in a generic space but occupied a room specific to us, designed for and by us, a chronicle of our unique wisdom. The art transformed us. We were 35 people from 11 countries made one through our intention and the circle that the art invoked.”

David Robinson

United States, Center for Transformational Presence and Truly Powerful People

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