Meryl Cook, artist, author, speaker and facilitator specializes in connecting people with their creativity. Her corporate work focuses on engagement and well-being. Recent corporate clients include Nova Scotia Department of Environment Water Branch, Service Nova Scotia & Internal Services and Argyle Fine Art.
She is a sought after teacher in the journal writing and fibre arts community. As an artist, colour, texture, joy and self-compassion are the key features of Meryl’s beautifully crafted hooked rugs and her books about her journey from homeopath to artist and journal writer. Meryl’s home studio is in Dartmouth, where she hooks and spins looking out at the Halifax Harbour.
A former homeopath, Meryl reinvented herself at age 60 following treatment for breast cancer. She stepped aside from her practice of homeopathy as she wanted to have a wider impact beyond the one to one patient care. Meryl also holds a Masters of Science in Applied Clinical and Industrial Psychology. Since 2016 she has taught creativity workshops across Canada and in the US.
Meryl’s first book One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity, (December 2016) is the story of her reinvention through creativity. Her second book One Loop at a Time, The Creativity Workbook (November 2017), shares tools for beginning the process of reinvention through journaling and sketching.
Meryl teaches her self care framework through her popular and often sold out creativity workshops such as Journaling to Reignite Your Business Creativity, Hook a Healing Mat, Chakra Colour Love, Hooking from the Inside Out – Inspired Design for Healing Energy, and The Creativity Workbook Toolkit – Looking inside for Answers (this is a writing and sketching journaling workshop). She works at the individual, group and corporate level.
Meryl travels and speaks widely about how to use creativity as a vehicle for self care and fostering innovation. Her main messages are that small steps can have a massive impact if we take it One Loop at a Time, and that we all have a wisdom and a capacity within us. We can turn inside for answers. Her message is as practical as it is inspiring.
Meryl’s mats have found homes in corporations and individual homes. To purchase her one-of-a-kind healing mats, or to have her custom design a mat just for you, contact Meryl at email@example.com. Meryl’s books, notecards and mats are also available online at the Nova Scotia Maker’s Marketplace.
About Meryl’s reinvention
Meryl worked in the healing arts as a Homeopath and Bowen Therapist for over 20 years, stepping aside from patient care in January 2016 to devote herself to helping others empower and reinvent themselves.
As the first steps in her successful reinvention, Meryl began journaling and designing a line of healing mats. These mats document the dragonfly process of healing as an opportunity to transform, adapt, find joy and dig deeper into her emotions. Meryl has developed a unique process of writing on the linen around her design to highlight the inspiration for each mat. She chooses colours for her mats based on the Chakra colour theory. As well, she has developed a design process that follows the energy of the emotion or quality she is trying to convey in the piece. Meryl offers this Abstract Design for Healing Energy as a rug hooking workshop and also as a one-on-one service. Meryl and her healing mats have been traveling and being shown across Canada and internationally.
Meryl enjoys an active lifestyle. She is a walker, sometimes runner, cyclist, dragon boat paddler, rug hooker, community volunteer and mother of three adult sons.
- Council member of the International Association for Journal Writing.
- Registered member of the Writers’ Union of Canada.
- Member of Writers’ Council of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
- Juried member of Craft Nova Scotia.
- MSc in Applied Clinical & Industrial Psychology (Saint Mary’s University) 1983
- DHom (Diploma of Homeopathy) (Devon School of Homeopathy in the United Kingdom) 2001
- PDHom (Practitioner’s Diploma of Homeopathy) (Devon School of Homeopathy in the United Kingdom) 2003
- Registered with Bowtech International (highest level of advanced training, former instructor in the Bowen Technique) since 1996
- Canadian Society of Homeopaths (CSHom) registered member (2001 – 2016)