"Gwen helped me identify what I wanted and to say it out loud.... We talked through strategies on how to clear some space for this goal and made a short-term and a long-term plan...." A.C.
"I found (Gwen's) suggestions and hints to be just what I needed to go forward with the ideas that were incubating in my subconscious. Without leading me off my path, she offered ideas and experiences from her own life that reflected issues I have been having in mine. I would strongly recommend her as a coach to anyone who wants more clarity in their lives and could use some guidelines offered by a long time professional to find it." N.B
"I have reached out to Gwen for one on one life coaching a few times. She has an uncanny ability to see into my soul and has always been able to help guide, and also ground me. I think Gwen has a wealth of wisdom and experience, and inspires me with her continuous desire to grow and learn. I have really appreciated the way Gwen makes me feel seen, and heard, while not letting me close my eyes to my own shadows. She has been very patient and compassionate as she has been more of a mentor than I could have imagined! I think Gwen has the ability to guide anyone, especially musicians, to not only realize, but accept their true potential. Her gentle, yet strong ways along with her keen intuition and empathy, make her an excellent choice for anyone looking for coaching to help guide them to their path, or stay on the one they have chosen!" LR
Group Cohort Coaching
"The classes gave me the opportunity to slow down once a week and check in on my physical and mental health. It also brought more intention and meaning into my daily practice that I didn't have before. Providing a space to talk about important and vulnerable issues in music and life, and challenging me to dive deeper and ask questions about who I am and why I make music." Anonymous
"...Gwen consistently led classes with her infallible sense of humour and an honest perspective from the eyes of an accomplished professional musician.... I always knew that the morning class would bring laughter and insightfulness....Gwen excels at teaching people to recognize and appreciate the people around them....Gwen created the friendly, encouraging, and supportive environment....” S.M.
"One of the many blessing of the pandemic for me, was Gwen’s initiatives with online MWL classes and group cohorts. I have participated in many classes, with one of the recent highlights being the Circle for Womxn in Classical music with Carolyn Christie and Dr. Betty Pries. I feel incredibly grateful to be part of the diverse and international MWL community that Gwen has created over the years. It is a community of trust and mutual respect, where everyone has a voice. Gwen has a gracious and patient way within group sessions and I believe she inspires growth and healing for everyone in attendance. Gwen is able to combine the stories and the science of life into a balance that helps guide me to be a better teacher, performer and human being! Gwen’s coaching honours the whole person, there are no grounds that go uncovered. I have always found that Gwen creates a safe space for this to happen. I admire that Gwen is very open to learning and dedicated to her own growth, which is always an inspiration as well. She stays on top of current research and is eager to share her findings for the greater good of all. I highly recommend group sessions with Gwen! It is a journey that has helped me stay strong and gain clarity in a world that doesn’t always make sense!" LR
"With Gwen we learned so much about how our unique voice can really inform the stories we tell. She gives us the freedom to do that without fear" JB
"In discussions ranging from creativity to resilience, Gwen was willing to share her own personal experiences, allowing the floor to open up as a safe space for us all to take part in these very important conversations. The morning classes not only brought us closer in this way, but were a refreshing reinforcement that it takes a whole person to be a flutist - and that acknowledging our own as well as others' humanity can lead to more beautiful music than we could've dreamed of.” MS
As a Founder & Director
"The Pender Island Flute Retreat is a gift to yourself. As a participant, the most important things I learned were self-acceptance and the tools to create a deeper level of artistry. Self-acceptance comes from the intense work....but more importantly, from the sense of community and caring of all the musicians in attendance. To this, I credit Gwen Klassen.... who constantly supported all our artistic and emotional needs as a worldwide community and what we contribute as artists. The Pender Island Flute Retreat experience is one I will hold in my heart for the rest of my life." LS
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