Jane Gilheaney Barry

Writer, PR, Creativity Coach…

Welcome… Step inside a feast of good living to a world of creative richness and expression, writing, art, free thinking, family, food, decadence, glamour & more…

In need of encouragement and inspiration for your own life and creativity? Find it here, along with thoughts, insights and tips on everything from writing process to creative living.

In 2012 I took the decision to go creative, to openly embrace, explore, and prioritise my creativity like never before.

Timeline of Happiness… 2012 – Started this blog, 2013 – Started writing a novel, 2014 – Started Painting, 2015 – Hosted a month long Creativity Bootcamp and created ‘That Curious Love of Green – Creativity Salon,’ – An online global community for creative people. 

And coming soon…  my all new Creative Writing Courses & Retreats will be running from the comfort of our home in rural Ireland…

In need of hands on help? If you’re a creative person in need of coaching you can hire me on a one to one basis. I can help. Email janebarry17@gmail.com for a chat.  

I’m now taking bookings for 2016

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A little bit about me… I live with my husband Adrian and our children Shaylyn, Saoirse and Sadhbh in Ireland’s least populated county of Leitrim. It’s wild, green, quiet, and beautiful.

We grow some of our own food and are dabbling in permaculture. This year we planted 60 native trees in our front garden…

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Passionate about nature and sustainable living we love good food, wine, cooking and entertaining.

I’m not into waiting or postponing life, I’m for living now and being true to myself.

I’m interested in peoples happiness, evolution, art, and being a good human. I’m interested in how we make the world a better place. 

I appreciate the little things but like big thinkers, doers and dreamers. I believe we’re all creative with unlimited potential. I believe it’s our duty to grow, change and be always learning, to love ourselves so we can love and put more love in the world. I want to be part of that conversation. 

‘Start your own revolution, cut out the middle man.’ Billy Bragg


Here in Leitrim we designed and built our happy home, a romantic tall flowers, red windows and two chimneys dream.

The house is a muse, it inspires me. I love decorating, vignetting, photographing and sketching it.

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Outside we’ve a lovely wild garden and a small farm on the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain…

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For a while, after I had my children, I lost myself, there are so many ways to lose yourself, this and related ill-health was mine.

I was always a writer, an artist in my soul. I knew it but I wasn’t really doing anything conscious with it like ‘actual’ writing. I’d been writing for work but not ‘creatively’ since my school days.

So what changed? What enabled me to make the move to conscious creation, to ‘actual’ writing every day, to blogging and painting, to writing a novel? All within two years?

Making my creativity a priority saved me. At 42 I can say these past few years since starting the blog have been some of the happiest, strongest and most fulfilled of my life. 

‘Beware for I am fearless and therefore powerful.’ Mary Shelley


I started this blog to explore my creativity, because I was ready for healing and change in my life. I wanted an adventure and to see where it would lead me.  I hoped it might lead me to writing that novel I knew I had in me.

Best – decision – ever!!!

That’s a snapshot of me and my big juicy life here in Leitrim. I hope these pages will help you embrace your own passions or keep you company as you travel your own path.

xo Jane, Writer, Coach, Inspirer…

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My Professional Bio:

Jane Gilheaney Barry is a Writer and Creativity/Life Coach, Curator of the hugely successful lifestyle and creativity blog and brand, That Curious Love of Green. In three years of blogging Jane has attracted a following of over 10,000 fans and helped countless others tap into and make the most of their own creativity.

In a past life Jane ran her own Public Relations and Business Consulting Company specialising in project design and development, arts, tourism, culture, community, plus life and business coaching.

For eleven years she ran the groundbreaking Shaylyn Group Ltd, a traditional performing arts company and show she founded in 2000. She designed and delivered four major arts based projects worth a combined investment in the region of over 750,000 euro.

Jane is currently focused on bringing her first novel to publication, coaching, and building her online community dedicated to conscious creative living.

  • Read the first chapter of my novel HERE
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  • Need a ‘Creativity Coach’? Are you a creative person in need of coaching? Hire me… Now taking bookings for 2016… janebarry17@gmail.com

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Some of Your Letters…

Hi Jane,
Met you briefly at the organic centre a few months ago and have been following your blog ever since. I love your random dips into fashion, culture, food, education and society- its benefits and ills. Some days you make me laugh, others I smile or even cry. Anyway, I saw the following piece elsewhere yesterday and thought of you. It’s what I love most about your blog – your CREATIVITY – Hope you like it. Thanks for the elements of grace and beauty you bring to everyday life… it reminds me to LIVE life. Marian x




Just had to drop you a line. I have been following you for a bit now and the images, quotes, poems, etc you post never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thank you for sending out kindness and beauty. It’s appreciated. Elizabeth



Dear Jane, Keep up the fab work.Without wanting to sound like a fruit cake you have inspired me. I have taken out my old box of watercolours, and promised the kids we will paint this evening. I used to be creative but bar cooking have forgotten that side of me. Aisling.

Dear Jane adore your blog, the poetry and images the food and shopping lists can so relate.. Think you create a very special presence and the whole tone and depth of your postings is so very beautiful and meaningful..and utterly smart and not at all flimsy, fluffy or wishy washy. I applaud what you do your courage and intellect. From another sensitive, witchy fearsome do absolutely her own thing always soul. Just wanted to show you support and urge you on, for you to know what you do is very special wonderful work, with kindest regards Maria..


And…What members are saying about the ‘Creativity Salon’…

‘This is a fabulous experience! I’ve been here since the October bootcamp and have no intention of leaving. I’ve found support, inspiration, and affirmation…as well as a bunch of new friends who I wouldn’t trade for anything!’ – Kim Smith

‘This is an exceptional place to share your hopes and dreams for a creative future!! It is such a safe and welcoming group. I have been here since the October creative Bootcamp and it has been such a wonderful experience!! Everyone in the group had fears and reservations about sharing their innermost creative dreams, but once you say ‘the words and soak up the warmth and encouragement you will feel like you can achieve anything!! Please if you can just give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!!!’ – Michelle Bermingham

”This has been a pivotal experience in my life. I’d put away the creative part of myself for so long, only using in cases where I could blend it with something that could be deemed productive. It is like a part of me has reawakened. Creativity itself is productive, we are here to create the life we want.
The group is such a wonderful collection of expressive, compassionate, encouraging and endearing souls. If you are looking for a place to be brave, this is it.” – Melissa Steffy

”The Creativity Bootcamp has been a key to re-start the stalled Artist inside my heart – I’m already loving the Salon and can’t wait to see what this next year will bring! Encouragement, inspiration, and beauty on all sides… I think this was exactly what I’ve been needing for years, without knowing I needed it. Onward and upward!!’ – Jules Sevenky

‘I totally recommend this for any creative individual. I did the bootcamp. I am overjoyed I did, it has led to so many sparks of inspiration, new friendship, fun and advice. I am a blogger and the writing tips I have garnered have been amazing. I write confidently from the soul now.’ – Kathryn O’Sullivan

”Where to start? The October Bootcamp gave me focus. Daily accountable focus to do something I’d wanted for so long. The way everyone interacted, sparking off new ways of looking at old ideas has been, and I know this sounds cliched, a huge wake up call. I’ve always created but lacked the discipline to do it every day.”
To integrate my personal path of creativity into my everyday life until I was just ‘doing’ it with almost every breath seemed an impossible thing. Now not a moment goes by where I don’t ponder my next step.
They say it takes 6 months to retrain the brain into new habits and I feel a good measure along that path already. The Salon is the natural extension of the Bootcamp. A comfortable home to venture into after a day of mundanities. Where one can get sit down and talk about what ideas have cropped up, how best to express oneself and feel like you’ve plonked down into a comfortable chair to talk with those who just ‘understand’ and embrace your creativity.” – Tig Beswick


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    • Tour our Home November 27, 2015
      Welcome to our eclectic home in rural Ireland, an ode to creative expression and elevated living. I live here with my husband Adrian, our children Shaylyn, Saoirse, Sadhbh, and our cat Ernest Hemingway.   I designed and decorated the house on a shoestring with creative living plus children, and being at home with children in […]
    • The Elephant in the Room November 24, 2015
      ‘Things growing are not ripe until their season’ – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream… I’ve been getting to grips with the season, I believe it is mine. Sorry I haven’t written in such a long time. I have a bouquet of excellent reasons; Editing my novel, still on the eighth draft and going well, […]
    • ‘Creativity Salon’ Now OPEN to New Members… November 13, 2015
      It gives me great pleasure to tell you that my new ‘Creativity Salon’ is opening to new members today Monday the 16th of November. If you’re a regular here you know I’ve created the salon in response to the ‘Creativity Bootcamp’ I hosted through October. Participants from that moved into their new salon home over […]
    • How to Have a Creative Life… November 10, 2015
      What does it mean to have a ‘creative life’? Why do so many people yearn for a creative life, even when they’re not sure what that is exactly? And why do so many people feel excluded from having a creative life of their own? I could wax lyrical for endless hours but I’ll try to […]
    • That Curious Love of Green – A New Global Creative Community November 2, 2015
      I didn’t know, when I decided to host a month long creativity bootcamp, what I was doing, not consciously anyway. I did it because I wanted to immerse myself more intensely in creative work and because of the longing, not just my own, but the need I felt came to me through the blog, emails, […]
    • Halloween Break Idea for Adults & Children October 23, 2015
      Today I have an easy creative activity for Halloween that’s great fun for children and/or adults as well as a fitting tribute and farewell to autumn, the leaves and flowers of this year. Simply go out and gather leaves, petals, twigs, grasses and berries with this thought in mind, to make foliage faces. Sadhbh and […]
    • ‘Sarah’s House’ – A Ghost Story October 19, 2015
      ‘The day Sarah was buried her house fell down. Her brother thought better of rebuilding, he sold the land to a neighbour for less than it was worth, on one condition, that the house never be rebuilt. As further insurance he planted a tree in the old hearth. In those days, before machinery, it would […]
    • ‘Going In’ – A Poem October 14, 2015
      ‘Autumn drawing to a close is silent, everything is still now. Soon the last leaves will fall, all in a rush, the years final bow. The house and I, today we hide, the fog has carried us away. The outside world has vanished, it wasn’t real anyway. To be sure I walked over the cold […]
    • A New Poem October 13, 2015
      With each new day comes new hope and regret, regret for the morning, knowing I won’t remember it, hope for the words I might write yet. I’ll linger to imprint, extend and savour, see the flowers linger too this fair October, but it can’t last, soon I’ll stand here shivering in the biting winds of […]
    • A Creative Daze October 12, 2015
      Morning all! 12 days into my ‘Creativity Bootcamp’ I’m so tired I think I’m sleep writing, so please forgive me if this post is less than eloquent but a creative haze has descended. On top of daily journaling, painting and poem writing, curating the blog fb page, plus, you know, the family, house etc I’ve gone […]
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