Art + Nature + Design
Healing - Centered Framework
Community Arts Workshops
Creative Program Development
Sierra Dew is a craftswoman, social-entrepreneur, and community worker, with over 20 years experience in teaching, coaching and collaborative healing work and design. She was born on Maui, Hawaiʻi and raised in her iconic family-owned grocery store, Mana Foods. Sierra is the Founder and Program Director of Wisdom Circles, an organization cultivating healthy, vibrant communities through creative expression and cultural connection. She is especially passionate about access to arts for youth and has developed numerous creative programs within organizations including Pāʻia Youth & Cultural Center, WorkNet Inc., 808 Urban, Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, Mana Maoli, and Kokua Kalihi Valley. Sierra currently resides in the Ko'olaupoko area.
“I’m a big picture person- the study of art & nature help me see connections between things. I feel + see in patterns & color. I experience creating as deep connection to remembering my true self. My art is a road map of healing- the deviant paths of learning to trust myself & the joy of releasing my truth without shame. It speaks to a common story of disconnection, mental health, finding wholeness, and healing. Making with my hands, finding that sense of flow- that is my sacred place of remembering.
From these experiences Iʻve become so passionate about others having access to art for healing too. I see so many who believe they arenʻt creative because of a society that only values logic + thinking. But everyone is innately creative because we are nature and nature is in constant expression of creating. I believe that each person, (especially those most impacted by oppression) being able to express their unique creative gifts is key to building healthy communities. I choose to use my gifts + resources + privileges to uplift my community.” - Sierra Dew
Polimoda School of Art & Design (Florence, Italy) - Fashion Design Degree
University of Hawai'i - Fiber Arts and Fashion Design
Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Ars Therapy Institute - Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate
Project NatureConnect - Eco-Art Therapy Certificate with Applied Ecopsychology
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching - Creativity Coaching Certificate
Greenpeace Virtual Art Action Training