Creative Practice: Gathering Inspiration through Intuitive Wandering


In the second of episode of Your Creative Spirit, Flora Bowley shares how to gather inspiration through intuitive wandering.

This practice is moving through the world guided by intuition and experiencing the world around you through the eyes of an artist always seeking fresh inspiration.

This practice can be done with a sketchbook, a camera, or with the intention of gathering natural items. It can also be done with nothing but a curious mind and heart.


  • Sketchbook and pens
  • Camera
  • Basket for gathering


Intuitive Wandering is simple. It’s about letting go of a plan and allowing intuition be your main source of navigation. The key is to let go of any plans or rational thoughts about where you “should” be going, and allow your heart and gut to lead the way instead.

To begin your wander, close your eyes, place your hands on your heart and belly, take a deep breath, and notice what direction your body is feeling pulled. This pull might be very subtle, so listen closely. Allow yourself to head in that direction, noticing what sites, sounds, and smells you encounter along the way. Remember, everything you see can be fuel for your creative fire, so take note of the images, color combinations, textures, and lines that really catch your eye.

When you get to an intersection, pause again and feel into your next move.

Flora Bowley in her art studio

Flora Bowley is a painter, creative pioneer and author of two books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.  Her soulful approach to the creative process has inspired thousands of people to pick up a paintbrush for the first time. Flora lives and creates in Portland, OR.

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