encourage explore ignite through creativity

..."creativity & mindfulness are necessary pre-requisites for our future entrepreneurs"..Miss Layna:)



"mindful creativity"

Age: 8+

Date: Sept. 13-Nov. 29  

(12 class)

Time: 3:30 to 5:00 


Investment: $295

Includes: all supplies & nutritious snack


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"unleash creativity"

Age: 6

Date: Sept. 12-Nov. 28

(12 class)

Time: 3:30 to 5:00 (Wednesdays)

Investment: $295 

Includes: all supplies & nutritious snack


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"discover creativity"

Age: 10+

Date: Sept. 10-Nov. 26 

(12 class)

Time: 3:30 to 5:00


Investment: $350

Includes: all supplies & nutritious snack


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Magical Mandala Series

Discover the world of Meditative Mandala Art. Relax to the sounds of nature in our sacred space and create this timeless geometric form of mindfulness & meditation. 

This is a great skill to help your child cope with the hustle & bustle of everyday life!

Wildlife Series

Do all Tigers have stripes? Do all Giraffes have long necks? Do all Humans have 5 fingers & toes?  Does it really matter when it comes to the creative process?  Being creative allows us to see the beauty in all, you begin to appreciate the bigger picture; that EVERYONE is beautiful!  

This series will allow your little artist to explore varying mediums from sculpting & sewing to pastels & paints, all in animal form.

"Tween" Thang

In this unique series we will provide a safe space for your "TWEEN" to develop a stronger sense of self as well as a passion to explore wholeness through creativity with Certified Councellor "KAT" & Spirited Owner/Artist "Miss Layna".  

Our hope is to further develop your child's core values and expand their hearts through this exploratory & therapeutic journey of self-discovery.

Spirited Owner/Artist "Miss Layna"

10 years ago I had a lightbulb moment.....why not combine what I love...mentoring, art & kids.  So I created Orkidz Art Studio.  It was a BLISSFUL concept. Children of all ages, working together, creating, communicating, building relationship, helping one another, like a community. 

 It was an amazing 2 years and at the height of my success my miracle came along.  After 6 years of waiting the universe finally said "YOU are ready to be a mom". As I had always dreamed Ai-Li our 10 month old, 14lbs daughter was waiting for us in China.  I decided to be a full-time mom and closed Orkidz.  


I dabbled with art camps and an in-home studio but as Ai-Li grew and was diagnosed with Autism so did my need for change.  I became an Education Assistant to learn more about the needs of all children in the school system.  I enjoy the challenges of building relationships, guiding children daily with coping skills and mindful strategies to make their lives that much better....and mine too.

Now 10 years later Ai-Li and I are ready to launch Orkidz Art's n Smarts Studio.  Come join us and create a community of MINDFULNESS, KINDNESS, CREATIVENESS & JOY in our sacred space.

Certified Psychotherapist/Artist "Kat"

Katrin Turczyk (KAT), our passionate psychotherapist, has been fascinated by the associations between creativity, self discovery and spirituality since she began her masters in counselling in 2012.  

Kat believes that art and the art of creation has the potential to heal the soul and by exploring this spiritual space one is able to come closer to their own authentic self.    

When you learn how to be yourself then managing difficult emotions and navigating this world by making good choices becomes natural!  

Kat's bubbly personality and wild heart will not disappoint!

By appointment contact Kat at  Ammonitecounselling@gmail.com

Kat & Layna are space sharing and collaborating on "Tween" programs.  Kat has a separate space within the studio for her private practice.

Testimonials & Tributes & Commendations

"Such a wonderful concept, and Layna is the best person to deliver.  She has this "way" with kids that my daughter has never forgotten...even 10 years later she still remembers her and all the incredible art she made." 


"This is what is missing in schools"


The other day I was driving home from the city and the traffic was agro and this total jerk of a driver was passing on the inside and just doing dumb stuff. For whatever reason he was ALWAYS around me, I tried to get away, I tried to slow down, he was just always there. I was getting SO irritated and TBH I was starting to road rage. As I was passing him to prove a point (I know not ok but keeping it real here) I came around the turn in the passing lane, fast, and saw a big green sign on the back of a white car that said “ORKIDZ”

Instantly I thought about you and how lovely you are and how I wanna be like that! I did pass you pretty fast cause I was still in EGO MODE, but I was waving like an idiot watching your cute blond locks blow in the wind and then when I saw you just loving the wind, the sun, all of it, I slowed down, took a deep breath and said miss "K" universe just sent you a sign to chill the (you know what) out!    So I did.

Youre not only an art studio, you're a soul sista!

Thanks for looking out for me xoxox....

Miss "K" - Squamish

I'm a creative person. My job title even has the word "creative" in it. So you can imagine my dismay when, as a mother of preschoolers, I discovered that I had a fairly serious arts and crafts disability. I sucked. And frankly, I disliked it too. My children suffered accordingly, until we met Layna, that is. I can remember the pickup from the first Orkidz class, I'm pretty sure I had not ever seen them as excited and proud as they were that day when they came rushing at me with still damp paintings covered in glitter and popsicle sticks and pressed flowers. They were ecstatic. And me...I was free. Layna became their arts and crafts goddess. They would follow her and her tupperware bins of treasures to the ends of the earth. And they did for more years than I can count. To this day (and my kids have moved on to basketball, boyfriends and university applications), we have an Orkidz wall of fame in a walk-in pantry off my kitchen. Every day I open that door and smile at the gifts she gave to us all. xo....



Nice Lady in rush hour on Georgia Street

Being an artist myself I had hoped to find some children's art/arts and crafts programs for my daughter Sarah in Whistler years ago when she was very young. We were SO very fortunate to have discovered Orkidz Art Studio! Layna Mawson is a dedicated, passionate, caring and creative gem of a person! Sarah  as a young girl could be rather shy when in a new or unfamiliar situation however Layna immediately drew her out of herself and made Sarah feel safe and secure. Sarah enjoyed many years participating in fun, diverse and creative arts sessions with Layna and absolutely LOVED Layna. In fact Layna became a family friend and stepped in on several occasions when I needed someone to stay with Sarah and even my older kids and dog! As Sarah grew up she wanted to continue to explore her creativity outside school programs so Layna developed tailor-made art classes for her and her tween/teen friends. The girls loved the sessions! Layna truly has a huge heart and I'd recommend Orkidz to anyone.


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Orkidz Arts n' Smarts Studio

40340 Tantalus Way "Garibaldi Highlands" Squamish, BC

(next door to Wigan Pier....great fish n' chips)
(604) 902-0423
email us: orkidzartstudio@yahoo.com
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