Imaginative. Bold. Genuine. Hopeful. Khari Wendell McClelland is an award-winning musician and creative facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Khari has worked with communities across Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
In a world with increasingly complex societal challenges, the need for values-based creative solutions is paramount.
Khari helps youth and adults explore core values and creativity as a means to self-actualization, community building and problem solving.
His approach is warm, insightful and engaging.
For Khari's music, visit khariwendellmcclelland.com
Create to Liberate:
An Empowerment Workshop
With Khari Wendell McClelland and Rebekka Goldsmith
August 27 - September 1, 2020
Cortes Island, BC
Explore nature, the arts, imaginative play, and personal/collective power for personal development, working with groups and developing facilitation skills. Expand your creativity to live a more meaningful, just, joyful, and connected life.
Khari creates a warm, welcoming environment through his facilitation. His techniques are forward and bold - but they are also exceptionally effective. These techniques enable him to build a truly honest and collaborative workspace, creating a memorable experience.
Ottawa, ON, CA
Khari worked with our band as part of our ‘dismantling white supremacy’ project. I can’t say enough good things about him. He made everyone feel comfortable, all the while challenging us to explore different ways of thinking and communicating about tough issues. Khari is an amazing facilitator; he not only leads the session but participates in a way that is sincere and thoughtful. Queer As Funk is so grateful to have gotten a chance to work with Khari.
Artist / Organizer
Vancouver, BC, CA
I have never before witnessed the transformational power of creativity in such a profound way in such a short period of time.
Photographer and Community Worker
My experience of Khari’s facilitation and leadership at Culture Jam was profound. I found him to be a skilled and present guide for both the youth and the adult mentors. He showed deep skill in holding a safe yet accountable space for the youth to learn and grow as individuals. Khari moved gracefully between the role of instructor and supporter, and I know myself and the youth were sincerely inspired by his presence and genuine commitment to community building. The role of lead facilitator is not an easy one and requires a diverse skill set and a lot of experience to do well. Khari is an outstanding example of the kind of leader I aspire to be.
Eugene, OR, USA
In his facilitation, Khari is able to blend compassion and kindness with strong vision. He helps folks to feel seen for who they are as individuals, and at once creates a sturdy emotional container for the group as a whole. When you're in a workshop with Khari, you're able to trust that whatever journey you're on, it's going to be transformational. Weaving in personal story and song, Khari is able to contextualize concepts ranging from oppressive societal structures, to personal growth and empowerment in a way that is concise, thoughtful, and deeply moving. I've seen folks of all ages- myself included- find courage, voice, and insight through working with Khari. Khari's facilitation style had a profound impact on me as a young person. His work helped me to discover my own sense of leadership, humility, and purpose. I'm am extremely grateful to have had him as a role model during a pivotal moment in my life.
Youth Participant and Adult Co-facilitator
Seattle, WA, USA
Do you work outside of Vancouver?
I work globally.
What kinds of groups do you work with?
I have worked with non-profit organizations, government agencies, private businesses, schools and community groups.
What creative methods do you use in your workshops?
Depending on the context I might use music, movement, writing, visual art or theatre.
Do I need any experience with creative expression to be a participant in a workshop?
No experience needed, just come as you are.
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