Nature Inspired Xmas Gifts

Lockdown had some positive naturally creative outcomes for me.  Its all written up here

And now, I have made some prints and cards of my nature inspired watercolour paintings.

The cards are blank and are $40 for ten, including postage. You can order a mix or just the ones you want. Just drop me an email or message me @liana.stupples. They feature icons of the town I live in, Paekakariki. And the Pohutakawa, Harekeke and Kakariki have a nice red and green xmasy vibe.

You can check out my instagram to see some more of the art works, most of which are available as high quality prints from $20-50.





Liana’s Lounge Painting Show

In response to many requests Liana has stuck her recent watercolour paintings on her lounge walls and will be throwing open the doors at selected times (Please check below). Paintings are there to just look at or you can buy. (Just in time for christmas!) Cash or bank transfer only. You can also order prints and cards. This will be a Covid safe event with limited numbers inside, scanning in and masks required.
Wed 3 November 4-8pm
Thurs 4 November 4-8pm
Fri-Sun 5-7 November 11-7pm

more details about prints and cards for sale will be uploaded soon.

Extraordinary Facilitation Training Wellington November 2020

Back in person for 2020 the popular Extraordinary Facilitation 2 day training.


5-6 November

A Two day Bootcamp for emerging facilitators and leaders interested in broadening their people and meeting skills.  Master techniques outside the ordinary: from Outdoor Adventure, Community Building, Creative Innovation, Eco-psychology and more.  This intense and dynamic training course is a fantastic way to develop extraordinary skills in effective facilitation and leadership so that you can be more engaging and bring about deeper change for the people you work with.


Who is it for?

The course is for people who have already started facilitating or leading groups of people and who are hungry to branch out and try more effective techniques and ideas from outside the box.  This course will expose you to dozens of new tactics and give you are chance to hone your skills in a fun and supportive setting.

..Here’s what previous participants said:


“Amazing “

“Great modelling of facilitation – experience it before you try it”

“Very practical experiential learning – heaps of fun – gets you thinking outside the box”

“Come with an open mind – I’ve discovered for example, that I can be more creative than I thought and I can facilitate this for others too”

“Really great for a wide range of previous experiences from novice to experienced.  I learned so much and would definitely come back for a part II”

Learning Outcomes

  • Deepen their understanding of the ideas behind facilitation and participatory leadership
  • Develop a bigger tool kit of practical techniques and skills and the strategies to collate them to make facilitation more effective
  • Experience dozens of common and uncommon facilitation techniques including:
    • Working in non-office settings to achieve more impact
    • Honing skills in supporting innovation and creativity
    • Developing greater self-mastery in tricky or challenging situations
    • Dealing with controversial issues and divergent perspectives
    • Developing a wider repertoire non-verbal communication skills
  • Try out new techniques for themselves and receive feedback
  • Reflect on your own personal strengths and receive coaching to boost your unique and effective style
  • Develop your own follow up action plan


Who runs it?

Your guide is Liana Stupples a facilitator with over 20 years international experience.  Liana has drawn from her diverse work co-ordinating everything from international human rights campaigns, community engagement for controversial resource management issues, national social innovation projects, youth going on outdoor adventures to community singing and distilled the most powerful and extraordinary facilitation techniques for you.

She has worked for all sectors including business, government and not for profit and understands the challenges of good leadership and facilitation in each.  She has trained an equally wide range of people from international diplomats, to woman in prison.

Liana somehow helps you feel relaxed and open to new experiences; she will stick beside you as you challenge yourself. She can find the playful side of most things and she commits to bringing an engaging energy as well as sensitive facilitation skills to every event she runs.  Despite the fun she is serious about building the capacity of people and organisations to tackle the real and the tough stuff. That is why she has been curious all her life about how to better facilitate and lead and wants you to practically benefit from this insight.

What you get for your money

  • Two days training in a fantastic central venue including time outside
  • Fully catered lunch and refreshments
  • Full handbook of techniques and tips
  • Free follow up coaching session and peer support forum


Your Investment

  • Waged/for profit or government organisations $650
  • students/unwaged/not for profits $400
  • early bird discount $50 off if book by September 30th 2020


The Venue

We will be in the Wellington  CBD or the Kapiti Coast – the final venue will be confirmed once Covid levels are clear for November

Great! How do I book?

Send an email to A 50% deposit will secure your place. For more information see or call 021 154 6034.

Sketch Night Club

Sketch Night Club is a group of people who meet on line live once to month to sketch and play with visual thinking.  And we share insights and ideas throughout the month as well. Each session and notes are available after the event.

Hosted by Liana’s visual thinking we cover a different topic each 90 minute session. We share ideas, struggles and laughs.

Sketch Night club complements Extraordinary Visual Thinking Training – we cover other topics and the important ones in more depth.

The price is that you metaphorically “Buy Liana Lunch”. (kind of a nice Welly one ;-))


1 session $25 (gst inc)

6 sessions for 2020 ($125 gst inc)


The next session is Tuesday 20th October 2020 at 7.30


To book your place:

Email Liana at and transfer the fee to 38-9022-0015538-00

That will unlock all the supporting info 🙂

Extraordinary visual thinking training 7 Aug 2020

To book your place

Email Liana at and pay your fee by bank transfer to 38-9022-0015538-00

(invoices and receipts available on request).

You will receive confirmation and further details once your payment has cleared.

Extraordinary Visual Thinking
A one day introduction to the power of visual tools for life and work
“To all non-artists, do this course, it’ll give you confidence to be more visual with your work”
Visual thinking is a fast track to clearer thinking, deeper engagement, better recall and so much more. This one day course is for people who want to get started on working visually and come away with powerful easy to master tools.
Participants will come away with:
• Knowledge about the benefits of visual thinking
• Greater confidence to make and draw without having to be an artist
• Top techniques to work with 8 key elements of visual work:
• Objects and positions
• Lines and dots
• Scale
• Text
• Shade and colour
• Themes and Templates
• Icons (build your own library of 50 icons!)
• Characters (top tips to draw Easy Peasy People in your own style)
• Tips and a chance to try (or buy) the best tools
• Ideas for how to apply your new skills;
• Idea for participative visuals when working as a group
• Ideas for Sketch notes for yourself to record and recall
• Ideas to clearly communicate with and engage others
• Create your own course book and take it home to continue your practice
• Have access to a coach and the community of course participants to continue your learning
Here is more of what previous participants have said:
“I loved learning techniques that look amazing but are actually quite simple”
“I definitely recommend this course, it’s amazing value for your time and money, with lots of inspiration and tools/skills you can implement immediately in a range of ways.”
“Go for it! One of the best days you’ll invest in your self”
For profit/govt $450 inc GST
Not for profit/student $280 inc GST
Pay it forward place $150 inc GST

Life After Lockdown

Envirohub Bay of Plenty asked their community: “What social and environmental and social benefits have you loved about Lockdown?” and the people answered.  I worked with Envirohub to express the answers in a series of visuals that show  action we can take now to create social wellbeing – inspired by the best of lockdown.