Soul Food's A.B.C


Buy yourself some fun art magnets and display your art and photos on the fridge where you can see your work every day. Put your goals up there as well. Magnets make it so easy to change the display and no work will be damaged.

A Room of Your Own
Advent Calendar 2003
AdventCalendar 2004
Advent Calendar 2005
Allies - A Gathering
Alter a Book and Set Goals
Anchorage and Harbours


Bad Girl on the Block
Basket Making


Community is important here at Soul Food and Riversleigh is the place where you will find lot of long term residents.

Cathartic Writing
Ceremony of the Mirror
Chocolate Box
Coco Pop Days
Creative Armoury
Crime Baron's Table


Dionysus Speaks
Dodona Sactuary
Dragon Colouring Story



The Faraway Tree is in the Lemurian Golden Grove, quite close to Riversleigh Manor. If you climb the tree you will find lots of fascinating characters like Silky, Moonface, Dame Washalot, the Saucepan Man and Mr ChangeAbout.

Fairy Story Writing
Fantasy Story Writing
Footprints in the Sand
Fractured Fairy Stories
Fishing for Words
Flight of Imagination


Did you realise that you can run away from home and join a gypsy caravan simply by joining the Gypsy Camp at Soul Food?

Genie in the Canteen
Guided Imageries  


Hands and Puppet Fingers
Hiss-tory Snakes


Indian War Bonnet
Inner Ear
Invoke the Muse


Join the Circus


Kingdom of Imagination


With le Enchanteur by your side you cannot help but be inspired. These unique coffee cups, with illustrations by Heather Blakey are wickedly insane.

Lemurian Hermitage
List Making
Lunch Box Spies



Monster Doodle Book
for Writer's and Artists

The Monster Doodle Book for Writer's and Artist's is chock full of activities which will keep an individual or group, who likes some direction, who appreciates stimuli, busy for at least a year.

Buy yourself a new unique, Soul Food journal and commit yourself to following The Soul Food Way. Make writing and art a daily practice.

Online Blogging

Have you read Zen and the Art of Team Blogging and learned about the creative transformation that can take place in within a team blogger?

Enquire about the Salon du Soul and use it as an online forum to test run these exercises and hone your craft. Contact heatherblakey at dailywriting dot net dot au for more details

Soul Food Hermitage Shop - Exclusive Soul Food Products

Monika Roleff has joined forces with Heather Blakey to open the Soul Food Hermitage Art Store. Please help to keep Soul Food a free site by supporting her work at the Soul Food Hermitage.

Advent Calendar 2005

A highlight of 2005 was the creation of the Silk Road. A group of hardy travelers snapped up the opportunity to head off with le Enchanteur in search of the Amazon Queen's camp and the journey proved remarkable. It culminated with the creation of the 2005 Advent Calendar which was a joy to make.

Magic Writing Tram

To participate in the primary school writing program clamber aboard the Magic Writing Tram, designed by Greg Blakey, and do some of the exercises that you will find on board.

Send Soul Food Chocolates

Chocolate Box

If you have an artist, a dreamer, a dancer, a mythologist, an imagineer, a writer amidst your clan, make sure to nourish their creative spirit by sending them a box of Chocolates from the Soul Food Cafe. But be cautioned! These hand filled chocolates are totally addictive and may change lives.

Childhood is a state or phase of imaginative existence, the phase in which the world of imagination is still a brave new world and yet reassuring and intelligible.

The strictly non-fat chocolate from the Soul Food Chocolate Box is full of projects and material to help us return to that wondrous kingdom where imagination and creativity rule. The special fillings focus on celebrating childhood joy, spontaneity and imagination.

Shine - Anthology

Download a free copy of Shine. This Anthology was compliled to showcase student writing at LaTrobe Secondary College during 2004

This anthology features samples of LaTrobe student responses to activities that are on this page at Soul Food, together with other pieces of their writing from their English classes.


Feel free to use the ideas but please acknowledge your sources and do not reprint any of the exercises without asking permission or making a donation to Soul Food.


Heather Blakey is the sole operator of the Soul Food Cafe. You can reach her at heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm for any information. Please make sure to use a subject specific heading so that your mail is not missed.

Weekly Salon Challenge

Each week you will find a special exercise that you can do in the Salon du Soul or in your Visual Journals.

This week explore The Gift of Solitude and having a Room of Your Own.


Consider buying a Soul Food Mousepad so that you will be reminded, each time you use your computer, to sustain the practice

Mad Hatter Party Room
Make a Muse Box
Make Retablos
Manhole Cover Project
Map of the Heart
Mapping Your Dreams
Making a Medicine Bag
Mini Mizer Masterpiece

Muse Giving


Soul Food's Newsletters have some hidden gems tucked within them. Make sure to check the old archives that are listed on each newsletter.

Nourishing the Muse



When I hold my journal in my hand I feel pregnant with possibility. Choose a product from the Pregnant With Possibility series to remind you to nourish the creative seed that grows within. Be pregnant with possiblity.

Pavements and Portals
Personality of a Door
Peeling Onions
Photography Project
Pick up Sticks
Pitbulls I Have Known

Poems for my Pocket
Pop Fiction Project




Raven Writing Project
Rear Vision Mirror

Red Death
Renovate a Vinyl
Romancing the Ruins


There is a snail mail group at Soul Food and these postage pieces were designed with them in mind. Identify yourself as a foodie by using Soul Food stickers on your snail mail

Sacred Cartography
Sand Painting
Self Portraiture
Sensorian Gymnasium
Sensoria Solarium
Stepping Out
Stream of Mnemosyne
Story Starters
Suitcase Project


Tarot Narrative
Tapping Dionysian Energy
The Deserted Farm House
Tholos Dreaming
Through Tourist Eyes


Using Avatars to Define Self
Ulitmate Lunch Order
Urban Myths


Pack your Tote Bag with supplies and take it wherever you go. Pick up free brochures and art cards and other ephemera and store them here for later use

Visual Journal Lounge
Voice Dialogue


Wacky Writing Sprints

Weighing Words
Werewolf Project
Wicked Midnight Garden
Writing Notebook