I am an author, artist and keynote speaker. I am passionate about nature and creativity - it connects me to my soul. In all the creative work I do - my goal is to celebrate Beauty, connect to spirit and inspire others to weave a personal commitment to what they love, bringing purpose and meaning into each day.
I am thrilled to introduce my new book: Living Life in Full Bloom: 120 Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity and Relationships. You will cultivate the paths of the Gardener, Artist, Lover and Spirit-Weaver in yourself, get inspired by other Full Bloomer stories and create your own Life Map. Books may be purchased at your local independent book store or online.
I am perhaps best known for my work helping to restore Monet’s gardens and photographing them for 30 years. My photos have traveled with Monet’s paintings to eight museums, and are published annually in calendars and the award winning Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter’s Gardens. My passion for nature and appreciation for beauty has inspired my dedication to diverse projects around the world from remote African villages, the Amazon rain forest, and Japan to permanent installments in corporate collections.
As a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader, I use the beauty of my photographic images, personal stories, garden metaphors, and humor to inspire the imagination of my audience to connect with what has heart and meaning for them, and to express their own creativity in their work and personal lives.
“I love this!” It’s beautiful, amazing and life-changing. The title says it all: Living Life in Full Bloom is like an owner’s manual of the spirit, soul, body, senses and life.”
–Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Operating Instructions
“This bright and life-enhancing book opens our eyes to the beauty that is there for us to both receive and give. Good medicine for the spiritual fatigue engendered by our consumer society, its invitation to live “in full bloom” wakes us up to our own creativity and love for life.”
–Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope
“Elizabeth Murray understands what it truly means to THRIVE. Her special gift as an artist, photographer and writer are on full display in this very evocative, inspiring, and useful guide. She offers an authentic voice of encouragement, while showing the reader how to cultivate a creative and meaningful life to it’s fullest.”
-William Rosenzweig, coauthor of The Republic of Tea and recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award
“Elizabeth Murray reminds us of how near spirit is in our everyday lives – as close as our alignment with all that blesses us daily from peaches to earth, from trees to individual flowers, from justice-making to healing through community. Her practices are down to earth and useful for the greatest practice of all – acknowledging the artist and creator in each of us so we become the beauty-makers we are all called to be.”
–Matthew Fox, Author of Original Blessing; Christian Mystics; The Hidden Spirituality of Men; Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet.
“Living Life in Full Bloom is simply beautiful! Elizabeth Murray has created this book with the love and beauty that are gifts of Aphrodite.”
–Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, author of Goddesses in Everywoman
"A wise, passionate, and profoundly inspiring roadmap for anyone seeking to love and live with more joy, deeper faith, and greater clarity of purpose- which is to say, all of us. This gorgeous book is a precious offering, filled with insight, shared from soul to soul."
- Katrina Kenison, author of Magical Journey
"Elizabeth Murray invites the reader to find their way forward as she identifies creative pathways for life's journey. No doubt you will discover a new gateway to your own inner garden. As a means of self-cultivation, I recommend this book with delight and joy!"
- Mary Evelyn Tucker, The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University
"Murray is a true gardener and her work blossoms with wise stories, insights, and practices that refresh the spirit. This gem of a book draws from deep wells of beauty and inspiration. Read and be renewed."
- Pavitha Mehta, coauthor of Infinite Vision