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MaxbyJerianneHello and Welcome!

I am Maxima Kahn, poet and writer, musician and dancer, soul guide, firekeeper and Empress of Play.

As a passionate lover of Beauty, Wonder, and Imagination, I have gotten messy, noisy or outlandish in countless acts of creative abandon.

My courses and one-on-one Creative Life Mentoring have helped hundreds of people to free their creativity, hone their unique gifts, and follow their heart path.

I am passionate about helping others to uncover their unique gifts and cultivate states of deep play, in which we experience the timeless flow and joyful self-forgetting of doing what we love. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

What You’ll Find Here

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Who Is Maxima Kahn?

I have been an artist all my life, including deep explorations in writing, music and dance, as well as working as a graphic designer, and dipping into numerous other art forms.

I have been obsessed with creativity and the creative process and have studied these in depth for decades. I have studied how creative people get stuck, how they free themselves, how we summon inspiration and keep our creativity flowing, how we recognize our true heart dreams and how we bring them to fruition step-by-step through processes both deeply practical and magical.

At the same time I have learned a wealth of powerful, contemporary, transformational modalities for personal healing, for realizing our dreams and for living full, healthy lives. I have been a devoted student and practitioner of ancient wisdom, working with indigenous teachers for decades.

Out of all this, I crafted my own unique IMAGINE Dreamtending process for unlocking your creativity, discovering your unique gifts, and co-creating with life to realize your heart’s true dreams. My students have called this system “revolutionary” and “life-changing.”


I am a writer of poetry, fiction and essays. My poems and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and been featured on popular blogs, such as Tiny Buddha, Awakening Women, Positively Positive and The Creative Penn. I have taught poetry and creative writing at the University of California, Davis Extension, been editor of the Omnium Gatherum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, received fellowships and scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Community of Writers, and worked as an editor and writing coach for writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. My first book of poems, Fierce Aria, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.


I am an award-winning composer and avant-garde violinist. I have performed with such groups as the Relentless Compassion Orchestra, the Tiny Monsters, and Sawbones.


As a dancer, my primary love is Contact Improvisation, which I have taught for many years. I studied dance-movement therapy at the Naropa Institute, as well as many forms of dance. I perform regularly with the dance-theater troupe Shadow Cabinet. An understanding of deep body-intelligence and whole body learning is vital to all of my teaching.


All of my work and play is deeply infused with ancient, heart-centered teachings. I am an initiated Firekeeper in the Sacred Fire Community and have been a student of the profound, practical wisdom of an authentic, indigenous path since 2000.

To learn more about my personal credo, read:

What I Know  &
3 Mantras To Live By

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