In the years I've known Jill I have seen her in front of many different audiences. She is a master at telling a story. More importantly she connects that story to emotion, giving the audience something to think about, care about or even apply in their own life. Creativity is Jill's wheelhouse. Unbounded by rules, Jill takes you to a special place with a scenic ride along the way. I would not hesitate to hire Jill for any speaking function....from keynote to children's story...or entertaining talk to thought-provoking morality pieces. Get Jill on your

~Jim Taylor, Executive Coach


Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is an internationally recognized workshop leader and award-winning speaker. She is the founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, a training that has been teaching effective strategies to break through blocks and deepen creativity since 2004.

Jill is a performance poet, multimedia artist, and author/illustrator of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard), the award-winning The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder, and The Muse is In: An Owner’s Guide to Your Creativity.

Jill's background is in Education, Occupational Therapy, Expressive Therapies and Marketing. She’s a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since 1993.

Jill speaks to any organization or group interested in understanding more about how the creative process can bring more joy and prosperity to their lives.

Her emphasis includes how creativity and mindfulness work together to create a fulfilling life, breaking through blocks that commonly keep you from experiencing creative success, and innovation through novel and distinct creative tools.

Jill's presentations are refreshingly off-beat, inspiring, humorous, filled with experiences that keep audiences engaged and moved.

To schedule Jill Badonsky for a workshop,seminar, lecture or keynote address:

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Experience a deepened sense of creativity, resourcefulness, motivated imagination and reinforced confidence to express in your true potential. Based on her books The Muse is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity and The Nine Modern Day Muses and a Bodyguard: 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers and Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence, The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder and The Muse is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity.

"Jill is brilliant, dazzling, informative, and entertaining!" ~Dr. Michael Madden




past engagements

Ignite San Diego 2015

Creative-Mindfulness Workshops and Retreats:

  • Finding Uber Bliss January 2017 Delray Beach, Florida
  • Annual Retreats Taos New Mexico 2011-present
  • Annual Seaside Weekend Retreats
  • Religious Science Eastern Conference, Atlanta 2004
  • Religious Science Conference at Asilomar 2003

Sunday Message and Afternoon Workshop:

  • Religious Science Churches: Seaside, Encinitas, Long Lakes, Minnesota, Riverside, San Jose Center for Spiritual Living, Chatsworth, Cypress
    Unity Churches: Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Cedar Rapids, Melbourne, FL, Sierra Center for Positive Living, Nevada City, CA, Order of the Ascended Rose Fellowship, Encinitas, Two years at Unity of Cedar Rapids, Iowa


  • Clarion Call with Selina Maitreya and Jeanne Houston, March 2013
  • Wind-up Speaker for Jennifer Lee's Right Brain Business Summitt, March 2013
  • Superpower Success Telesummit, August 2012
  • Creative Soul Telesummit, August 2011


  • Romance Writers of America, Orange County Chapter, May 2017
  • Romance Writers of America, San Diego Chapter, November 2016
  • Romance Writers of American, San Diego Chapter, January 2013
  • Muses in Paradise, Paradise Island- San Diego, CA,  September  2010
  • ZNE Conference, Pleasanton, California, 2009
  • Pink Women's Day Conference, Hilton Head Island, January 2009
  • The Grove, Creativi-tea, San Diego, March 2008
  • Spirit Fire Retreat, Massachusetts, 2007
  • Women of the Golden Isle, St. Simons Island, GA 2007
  • Art Unraveled, Phoenix 2006
  • Sophia Mountain Center’s Women’s Retreat, Hot Springs, Montana 2006
  • National Expressive Therapy Association, St. Petersburg, FL  2006
  • Carlsbad Score Breakfast Conference, 2005
  • Artella Retreat, November 2004, October 2005
  • National Association of Women Writers, Dallas 2004
  • San Diego Creativity Club, 2004
  • National Organization of Team Spirit, San Diego 2003

Weekend Workshops & Retreats

  • Annual Creativity Renewal Retreats, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM. July 2011-2017 February and July
  • Agelessness Retreat, October 2007 and 2008, Lehman, MA
  • Dreamboard Workshop, Ramona, CA  2006
  • Society for Arts in Health Care Annual International Conferences, Chicago, 2006 and Alexandria VA 2004
  • Prairie Woods Retreat Center, Hiawatha, Iowa 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012
  • Lee Art Center, Arlington, VA  2005
  • Art Unraveled Conference, Phoenix, AZ 2005

Guest Lecturer:

  • Golden Fleece Storytelling, Washington, DC 2005
  • American Business Women’s Association, Escondido
  • Unnamed Writer’s Group, Reno, NV
  • Learning Annex, San Diego
  • National Speakers Association, Palm Springs
  • Orange County For You Women's Networking Group
  • Silicon Valley Singles Group, Mountain View, CA
  • Romance Writers of America, San Diego 2003
  • National University, San Diego 2003
  • Team Building: County of San Diego Mental Health Services
  • St Elizabeth Hospice
  • Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum
  • Fallbrook Writers Conference
  • Psychiatric Institutes of America Team Building: Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago, Washington D.C, San Diego, Ontario, CA
  • Shand's Teaching Hospital: Gainesville,
  • The Golden Door Health Spa, Escondido, CA
  • Ongoing San Diego Girls , Newcomers, and La Jolla Garden Club


Bookstore Workshops:

  • Eagle Harbor Bookstore, Bainbridge Island, WA, April 2013
  • New Renaissance Bookstore, Portland, April 2013
  • Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe. AZ, March 2013
  • Beachview Books, St. Simon Island, GA, March 2013
  • BookPeople, Austin, TX, February 2013
  • Warwicks Bookshop, La Jolla, CA  January 2013
  • Monthly Third Thursdays Writing Workshops Book Works, Del Mar 6 years
  • The Grove, San Diego
  • Barnes and Nobles ,Minneapolis, St. Louis, Irvine, Long Beach, L.A.
  • Peppertree Bookstore, Palm Springs
  • Piece of Mind Bookstore Edwardsville, Ill.
  • Transitions, Chicago
  • Changing Hands, Phoenix
  • Earth Song, Del Mar
  • Heaven on Earth and Bridge Way Book Encinitas
  • The Grove San Diego, L.A.
  • Pioneer Bookstore Carmel, CA,
  • Orlando
  • Great Southern Occupational Therapy Conference

Improv/Comedy Workshops

  • Taos, New Mexico 2011 - present
  • Encinitas 2003- 2009
  • Seaside Church, Encinidas 2004


2016 Winner Humorous Speech Contect Area and District - San Diego

1994 Best Speaker in Southern California International Speech Contest

Best Inspirational Book San Diego: The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder


"Jill's keynote presentation at the Artella Retreat absolutely dazzled and delighted me. One of Jill's many unique gifts is her uncanny ability to dynamically handle the energy of an entire group, yet also create meaningful individual connections with each and every person in the audience. Because of those connections, the participants are still talking about her presentation and what it meant to them on a deeply personal level. Motivation and movement, performance and poetry, wisdom and wit—Jill expertly combined them all, drawing us into a world where we are all geniuses. When I typically see a skilled speaker, I walk away thinking how talented the speaker is. But with Jill there's something more . . . she makes you walk away thinking about how talented you are."
—Marney K. Makridakis, Artella Magazine and Creativity Network

"She creates the magic in speaking. When she speaks, people listen—her creative ideas are beyond belief."
—Rita Kahn, International Speaker and Former TV Host


" do have a way of bringing out more of the eccentric in me, as you have worked diligently to express you own uniqueness, and thus, without effort or even consciousness, you instantly give permission to everyone in front of you to dare to be creative. I wish you a Happy book, and a happy you."
—Scott Kalechstein, International Song Writer and Musician


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