Navé is a soulful human being. He listens deeply and he asks questions that can lead one gently into the uncharted and essential territories of their ownbeing. He is kind, warm, and incredibly intelligent, with the presence of a mountain, a bear, and a wise elder and he will steer you to clearer waters and wider plains.
Before I could become a best-selling author, I had to become an author. And there is no better coach/advisor/shaman for ‘becoming’ than Navé. I grew with his encouragement, guidance and funnelingmy fog into focus. Nave’s help is practical, unique and gets to the psychological core, removing the clutter in the path to your thoughts. Navé is encouraging in that most helpful sense: he shows you how to find your courage. He has guided me on how to present myself both on the page and on the stage. He’ll remind you that writing is primal fun, going back to that feeling of playing with blocks on the kindergarten floor. Navé is now helping me adopt my poetry for the stage.
James Navé’s poetry bathes the reader in light. It is luminous, tender, and fierce. He is a passionate traveler and a compassionate companion to those he meets. His work as a writer, storyteller, teacher, and exemplar is an important force for change.
Not only is Navé a superb poet, he is a unique individual full of soul and wisdom: that rare kind you don’t come across very often and when you do, you want to hang around and listen to all they have to say. Above all, Nave is a highly creative and deeply inspiring mentor with whom to embark on the artistic journey. He gave me the keys to unlock the doors I didn’t dare open, and with his guiding light, both painfully harsh and blinding in its brilliance, I found my way through the darkness. I have a lot to thank him for and anyone who gets an opportunity to work with him should seize it. You will be amazed where the journey with Navé will take you.
Being a poet is not just about speaking your truth, but also being a fully engaged listener. I have learned this through working with James Navé in various workshops, on stage, and in collaborations. With his guidance, I’ve learned that it is important to tell your story with honesty and vulnerability. He provided tools that you can use to hone in on the essential aspects of your writing and then how to perform with clarity. His insights always bend toward the heart. James takes the time to listen and deeply reflect on others work. He will remind you of your own individual voice and he will help you harness it to its full potential.
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