Authentic Branding Workshop with Satsuki Shibuya

Satsuki Shibuya
Authentic Branding Workshop with Satsuki Shibuya

"Who you are is the gift that awaits to be infused into the being, work, and life." — Satsuki Shibuya

Satsuki Shibuya is an artist whom I've long admired. Not only do I find her visual art practice beautiful and thought provoking, but I also find her spiritual practice incredibly inspiring.

I've learned so much by studying Satsuki's graceful, thoughtful approach to running her business, and I'm pleased to share that she is teaching a course on Authentic Branding next month where we all have the opportunity to learn from her in a more concentrated way.

We've partnered with Satsuki to offer a free ticket to her workshop for one member of the Bossladies community. To enter to win, please fill in your contact information here and jot down the details below. We'll be announcing the winner on Thursday, September 7th. 


Authentic Branding Workshop
September 16. 2017   /   10:00am - 4:00pm
Parachute Hotel, Venice CA
Guest Speaker: Ted Vadakan of Poketo
Sponsors: Canyon CoffeeLeaves & FlowersPulp Pantry
Tickets: available here

Authentic Branding is a way to bring authenticity into ones' life by figuring out who you are, what matters to you, what it means, and connecting the dots to communicate this to others.

By journeying into the inner self through personal work, group discussion, guest speaker guidance, and real-world application, we will be able to piece together our individual stories. By figuring out who we are and being honest with oneself, we begin the journey of truly living our lives to the fullest.


This workshop is for you if…

  • You want deeper insight into what you want to do and how to align the self with these ideas.
  • You have a vision or product you want to share with the world, but don’t know how to tell your story in an authentic way.
  • You feel disconnected from the business/project you’ve started, and want it to better reflect who you are.
  • Whether you're a business owner, a creative, or an individual simply seeking to connect with your true self, this workshop is a safe place to explore and learn. 

This Course Includes...

  • Featured guest speaker Ted Vadakan of Poketo with valuable insight for your journey
  • Guidance from Satsuki on how to tap into and extract your unique story
  • An introduction to practices and exercises (group and individual) that will help you tune into and communicate your inner self
  • A packet featuring exercises and resources, a notebook + pen, and a customized, hand-painted tote bag
  • Delicious snacks and refreshments provided by Canyon CoffeeLeaves & FlowersPulp Pantry


A bit more about Satsuki from Issue 01 of Bossladies

In 2012, Satsuki decided to begin wholesaling her kitchen textile designs to retailers. Her business began moving faster, and she was constantly busy and stressed. “Going to sleep was stressful, and waking up was stressful,” Satsuki told us. “But it seemed like being stressed and busy was good. You feel like you’re worthy because you’re busy.”

This lifestyle, however, wasn’t sustainable. “Things around me were moving so quickly. I couldn’t keep up.” Then, inevitably, things crashed. Satsuki got sick and she wasn’t able to continue working.

“For a long time I wondered what would have happened if I had never gotten sick, but now I see I needed it, and I’m so thankful for it.” It was this non-negotiable break that allowed Satsuki to slow down and reevaluate her priorities. She began delving into her spiritual practice and discovered a peace and clarity that shifted her perspective. Inspired and mindfully calm, Satsuki began experimenting with watercolor.

Today, Satsuki’s spiritual practice is still deeply interwoven with her art. “If I’m not aligned mentally, spiritually, and physically, the painting process isn’t as intuitive. Too much of what I think shows up in the painting instead of allowing it to breathe by itself,” she told us.

In the past two years, Satsuki has had more than 12 exhibitions across 6 different countries. She has collaborated with Kinfolk, Madewell, and Poketo, and this year her artwork will be featured in An Ounce Copenhagen’s upcoming apparel collection. But Satsuki is not allowing the success to affect her. She maintains her humility and is grateful for every moment.  

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