In addition to having taught a weekly course entitled "Creating the Life You Want," she has studied with some of the most prominent teachers of our time, including Marion Woodman, James Hillman, Stan Grof, Wayne Dyer, Brian Weiss, Robert Bly, Barbara Brennan, Thomas Moore, Jean Houston, Gay Hendricks, and John Welwood. For more information about Melanie's practice, for free articles, advice column, and more, please see http://www.MelanieVotaw.com. YOU MAY ALSO SIGN UP FOR HER FREE QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER, "RAPTUROUS LIVING," ON THE WEBSITE. Melanie's personal growth articles also appear on OfSpirit.com and SelfGrowth.com.
In October 2001, Melanie was the featured guest on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's half hour "Woman of the Week" television program, discussing her counseling and hypnotherapy work. In 1997, she was a guest on the Sony Worldwide Radio Network program "The Edge of Reality," on which she performed a past life regression on the host and answered caller questions from across the country.
Melanie is the author of five non-fiction books, including "Hummingbirds: Jewels On Air," which contains eight of her photographs, and "52 Weeks of Passionate Sex," endorsed by the Sinclair Intimacy Institute. Melanie has also published poetry in nearly 50 literary magazines in six countries and has taught poetry writing seminars. For more information about Melanie's writing, please see her website, http://www.RuletheWord.com.
An avid world traveler, Melanie has visited 27 countries on four continents. A nature and wildlife photographer, she has launched a line of greeting cards featuring her photographs, and sells her fine art prints online at http://www.VotawPhotography.com. Her photographs have won awards, have been displayed at Wolf Camera in New York, and have appeared on various websites and books. Because of her love of the natural world, Melanie has also devoted considerable volunteer time to The Rainforest Foundation, founded by popular musician Sting. Some of her images of Brazil have graced the Foundation's office walls. FREE E-CARDS OF EIGHT OF HER PHOTOS CAN BE OBTAINED AT:
Melanie has been a guest lecturer on the subject of creativity for the Mensa Society in Los Angeles, and has frequently lectured at various expos throughout New York. She has also produced and recorded several lectures and meditations on CD and audiocassette, including "The Creative Impulse" and "Discovering Your Life Purpose," and is currently writing books on creativity and the art of living fully.
Melanie is especially devoted to helping others express their creativity, especially through her Creative Impulse workshops. As a long-time volunteer for Free Arts for Abused Children, Melanie has helped children throughout New York City gain self-esteem through creativity, culminating in the planning and production of a benefit show for Free Arts held on October 23, 2001. Chaired by internationally-renowned singer Phoebe Snow, the benefit earned several thousand dollars for Free Arts.
Melanie's dance training began at age 4, and her acting career led her directly to the healing arts, as she considers theatre to be an extremely therapeutic tool. She was one of the founders of the first bicoastal theater company in the U.S., The American New Theater, under the artistic direction of Eric Morris, the author of No Acting, Please. In the last few years, Melanie has combined her love of theatre and children to become a professional clown, painting faces and sculpting balloon animals throughout New York City.
All of these interests and accomplishments come together in Melanie's passionate commitment to helping adults and children discover their unique gifts and expressing them in the world.
Melanie may be contacted at MelanieVotaw1@aol.com for information about speaking engagements, classes, and private counseling in via telephone, email, or mail. Visit her websites at:
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