By Deborah Koff-Chapin
Through the immediacy of Touch Drawing, I am able to visually portray the content and feeling-tone of a lecture, poetry reading, meeting or musical performance. I create 6-9 drawings per hour. I love the collaborative nature of the experience. I have done this for over 500 different presenters. See a comprehensive list of where I have drawn. To purchase an original or receive permission to reproduce an image, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Drawings can be enhanced with color. You can order signed, archival fine art prints in a range of sizes. The recent galleries have an order link on each image. If not, write down the ID Code and order Fine Art Prints. All images © Deborah Koff-Chapin.
The 24th Annual Women of Wisdom Conference February 11-15
This landmark women’s spirituality conference has brought together internationally known and regionally loved presenters, cultivating a strong sense of community in the Northwest. I have been drawing for this conference since at least 1995, only missing a few years.
See a retrospective of many past years of Touch Drawing at Women of Wisdom
Parliament of the World’s Religions
The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. The first Parliament took place in 1893. Since, this historic event has taken place in Chicago, USA • Cape Town, South Africa • Barcelona, Spain • Melbourne, Australia – and now in Salt Lake City, Utah! It was such an honor to do Interpretive Touch Drawing throughout this inspiring and impactful event. Find out about the Parliament of the Worlds Religions. October 15 – 19, 2015 at Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
“Your work captures the human journey: joy, angst, sorrow, hope, doubt, faith, ecstasy, and much more. It serves to help us tap into our own intuition and deep knowing. Thank you!”
Justine Willis Toms, D.H.L.
Co-founder, Executive Director, Host New Dimensions Radio
After witnessing Deborah’s drawings from the Parliament
The Whidbey Winter Gathering
The Decisive Decade Series: Where Do We Go From Here?
The Winter Gathering brings together people from the Pacific Northwest who are working for positive change. It is an intercultural and intergenerational leadership conference based on a heart-centered sense of community, spirit, and service. When 100 passionate, bright, committed people spend four invigorating and relaxing days together, good things happen. January 29 – February 1, 2015 at Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington
New Story Summit at Findhorn Foundation in Scotland
From September 27 – October 3, 2014, the Findhorn Foundation and Community hosted its most ambitious event to-date, the week-long New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future – a multi-generational, multi-cultural, global dialogue into the co-creation of a coherent new story for humanity. Drawings Deborah created during the week were used as headings for each section of The New Story film.
Creative Transformation of Trauma: An Evening Of Story, Art, Music
Co-sponsored by The Expressive Therapies Summit and The Creative Arts Therapy Program of The New School This moving evening performance featured artists who have turned their experiences of trauma and those of others around the globe into works of art. It was part of a symposium entitled The Power of the Arts in Trauma Therapy, which was part of the Expressive Therapies Summit.
The 2013 US Systemic Constellations Conference
The theme for the 2013 US Systemic Constellations Conference, Courage at the Edge – Love in the Center, reflects the movements we are experiencing as individuals and as a collective at this unique moment in our evolution as humans. As we engage with Constellation Work, we engage in a spiraling movement from the Edge to the Center, and from the Center to the Edge. This movement reveals the different facets of Love: the Love that shows itself as Courage in the face of darkness, and the radiant, encompassing light of Love that is central to all things. As our Loves grows, we are pushed, en-couraged, to embrace our learning edges – our growth edges. As our Courage grows, we discover that Love exists even in the darkest places. A percentage of proceeds from sale of prints will be donated to a cause as yet to be chosen by the conference organizers. Find out more about the US Systemic Constellations Conference. October 10-13 in Bellevue, WA.
Dawn of Interspirituality Conference 2013
A seminal international conference exploring the common core truths of all faiths, newly emerging forms of spirituality, and the fruits of 30 years of the Snowmass Conferences with religious leaders from all over the world. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of prints and original will be donated to the sponsoring organization, Satyana Institute to support the development an Interspirituality Association. September 29-October 4, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Washington
Fairy and Human Relations Congress June 2011
The Fairy & Human Relations Congress is an annual event that attracts about 300 people in the North Central Cascades in Washington State. The Congress is Dedicated to Promoting Communication and Co-Creation with Nature Spirits, Devas and the Faery Realms. See deborah at the drawing board and read her description of her experience with all the images she created. Deborah will be at the 2012 conference and will offer a Touch Drawing workshop ‘Bringing Subtle Beings into Form Through Touch Drawing. Find Out More here
A Celebration of the Tree of Life in the Time of the Great Turning
More than 650 people gathered at Saint Mark’s on the evening of November 6, 2010 to share in this celebration of Earth Community. With ritual art, visual art, music, dance, storytelling and spoken word we created a spiritual container strong enough to hold our sorrows for the suffering of our world and our yearnings for a new way to live in relation to the Tree of Life. Presenters included Joanna Macy, Michael Meade, Gina Sala, Betsey Beckman, Char Sundust, April Sotura and many others. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of prints will be donated to Tree of Life Project
Kaiser Institute’s Two Worlds Wisdom Gathering
A Journey Into the Laws of AbundanceThese drawings were created during the third annual gathering of Kaiser Institute’s Two Worlds Wisdom School. Kaiser Institute integrates deep spiritual education into their organizational development work with hospitals all over the country. October 27-29, 2008
Engaging the Other; The Power of Compassion ‘08
This is an international, multidisciplinary, multicultural conference examining concepts of “The OTHER” from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of “Us and Them”. 20% of proceeds from the sale of prints and originals will be donated to Common Bond Institute. September 4-7, 2008 San Mateo, California
The Seeds of Compassion
with His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Anchored by the deep wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this community–focused event celebrated and explored the relationships, programs and tools that nurture and empower children, families and communities to be compassionate members of society. A percentage of proceeds from sale of prints and originals will be donated to Seeds of Compassion Seattle, WA April 11-15, 2008
Women of Wisdom Conference Retrospective – 1995 to 2008
I have been doing Interpretive Touch Drawing at this annual conference for 14 years now! This has created an archive of images inspired by many major women thinkers and cultural leaders. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of prints or originals will go to Women of Wisdom Foundation. Thirty-three drawings created during these conferences are included in the anthology Women of Wisdom by Kris Steinnes 2009
Engaging the Other; The Power of Compassion ’07
This is an international, multidisciplinary, multicultural conference examining concepts of “The OTHER” from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of “Us and Them”. 20% of proceeds from the sale of prints and originals will be donated to Common Bond Institute. October 25-28 2007, Dearborn, Michigan
Resurgence of Hope & The Powers of the Universe
Cosmologists Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker’s thinking grows out of the legacy of Thomas Berry’s Great Work. On these two days they shared some of their current thoughts and experiences, putting our lives in perspective in relation to the universe. Hosted by the Spirit of Legacy Program, Whidbey Institute. October 15 & 20, 2007, Whidbey island, WA
International Expressive Art Therapy Association Conference
Drawings were created during plenary sessions of the conference entitled Expressive Arts and the Earth: Ancient Mountains, Whispering Waters, Sacred Stones. The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association serves as a non-profit professional organization to inspire, stimulate and support the creative and artistic spirit of its community and provides an on-going local and global information exchange within the Expressive Arts field for Artists, Educators, Therapists and Other Creative-Minded Individuals. I served on the board for for four years. 20% of proceeds from the sale of prints and originals will be donated to IEATA. May 23-27 2007, Boone North Carolina
Two Worlds Wisdom Gathering
These drawings were created during the first gathering of Kaiser Institute’s Two Worlds Wisdom School. Kaiser Institute integrates deep spiritual education into their organizational development work with hospitals all over the country. November 6-8, 2006, La Jolla, CA
International Conference on Engaging the Other; The Power of Compassion ’06
‘The other’ often conjures up images of strange faces, practices and beliefs, usually in faraway places. At the same time that it challenges our understanding, our sense of normalcy and sometimes even our sense of security, it is a label we all share. This conference explored our understanding of ‘the other’ from multi-cultural perspectives. 20% of proceeds from sale of prints will be donated to Common Bond Institute. October 26-29 2006 Kalamazoo, Michigan
Patient-Family Centered Care: Body, Mind, Spirit
Serving with Compassion and Intention St Joseph Hospital System Summit 2006
This retreat of ‘Champions’ from every hospital in the system focused on their sharing powerful stories of bringing the spirit of compassion into the everyday life of their hospitals. Participants also had the experience of doing Touch Drawing during my afternoon workshop. Keynote speaker Erie Chapman. September 12-14, 2006
World Peace Forum – International Panel
Parliamentarians Supporting Departments of Peace in Their CountriesI was honored to draw at this seminal gathering of government representatives who are working to integrate structures supportive of peace into their governmental systems. In support of this vital cause, I have embellished most of the drawings with color. 20% of proceeds from the sale of prints will go to the Canadian Peace Alliance The international organization is Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace. June 25, 2006 Vancouver BC, Canada
Finding a New Political Compass for AmericaAt the core of this conference were discussions concerning the new political compass that is emerging in America and how each of us can contribute to shifting the direction of our country toward values that are aligned with a new sense of civic responsibility, that protect the earth, and that would bring our country into a new relationship with the community of nations. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of prints and originals will go to Wisdom University May 11 – 14, 2006 Seattle, Washington
Burning Word 06
The Festival of Poetic Fire!A dynamic, all-day celebration of poetry, music, performance, and workshops, featuring more than 45 talented poets and musicians, ranging from renowned award-winning poets to hot new talents. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of prints and originals will go to Washington Poets Association. April 29, 2006 Whidbey Island, Washington
Peace Works Conference
Cultivating a Just and Enduring Peace for the People of Palestine and Israel. Deborah drew during the keynote presentation by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. His talk was entitled Building a Culture of Peace in our Families, our Community and our World. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of prints and originals will go to Rachel Corrie Foundation. Olympia, Washington
David Spangler – The Soul of America
I find David Spangler’s thoughts to hold an essential understanding of what it is to be human from the perspective of a greater universe. I embellished these drawings with color after, and donated the originals to a fundraising auction for Lorian. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of prints will go to Lorian Association. February 2005
Deborah often partners with Kaiser Institute at visioning retreats for hospital executives, managers and consultants. This is an example of one such project. Many of the drawings created during the PSI retreat were used to weave a mythic story for their medical consultation work. See the whole sequence with the mythic story here.
Chan Center, UBC, Vancouver BC Canada
I was invited by my dear friends Kolin Lymworth and Lizanne Fisher to draw at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of Banyen Books. A star studded evening included recitations of Rumi by poet/translators Robert Bly and Coleman Barks. Some of the most acclaimed Persian musicians performed, along with an ecstatic dancer and whirling dervishes. What a sublime evening! I plan to embellish some of the drawings with color in the coming weeks.
Poetry Robert Bly and Coleman Barks recited their translations of Rumi and others. These are images evoked by the poems.
Music The musicians were Rumi Slide Show Hossein Behroozinia, Pejman Haddadi,Behnam Samani and Reza Samani.
Dancers Persian ecstatic dancer Banafsheh Sayyad, whirling dervishes Raqib Burke and his daughter Mira Burke. This group is combined with photographs by Ross Chapin.
This series was created during a talk at by Yehezkel Landau on Israeli/Palestinian relations. This presentation includes notes on what he was saying while I drew each image. Find out more about his work here www.friendsofopenhouse.org. I embellished the drawings with color afterwards. 20% of proceeds from the sale of prints will be donated to Friends of Open House.
Gather the Women Conference
Gather the Women is much more than a single event or a single day to focus on women — it is a global movement and a structure that can support and connect women worldwide. I created these drawings during their first Congress in October, 2003.
Spiritual Warrior with James Twyman
Spiritual Warrior Class December 12, 2002
Spiritual Warrior Class December 19, 2002
Spiritual Warrior Class January 2, 2003
These drawings were created during a live tele-class with James Twyman. Class members can view the images to help them integrate the verbal sessions. For more information on the class go to www.emissaryoflight.com.
A single selection from Touch Drawings done during the presentations of various authors: Gabrielle Roth, Isabel Allende, Angeles Arrien, Joanna Macy, Stephen Levine