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New Hope, PA


The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

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I am a certified Kaizen Muse personal creativity coach. Kaizen Muse is a gentle approach to conquering overwhelm, procrastination and self-sabotage that uses small steps to achieve big results and is geared to the unique needs of Creatives.

Imagine this… What would it feel like to realize your own brilliance and live a life inside your JOY?

 There are no gimmicks or catch phrases here. My coaching approach is personal, straight-forward and responsive to you and your needs for your life. Perhaps you have reached a point in your life where you feel you’ve lost your center? Where you feel you need to make some changes but don’t know where to start? Where the things around and in front of you overwhelm you and make it seem like you never get anything accomplished? Do you have a creative call that keeps tugging at your soul? Are you in the middle of a life transition and feeling the challenge of newness and change?


My coaching certification comes from the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching program, a gentle, introspective approach that focuses on small, incremental steps that will give you tools to help you to discover, explore and utilize the creative energy and strengths you already possess. I have learned that the answers for us are within us and when we learn the tools to access these answers, we begin to experience greater inspiration, joy, calm and satisfaction from our personal and professional lives.


Your personal coaching with me begins with a complimentary, twenty-minute, introductory session. Before this session, I will send you a questionnaire and you may fill out as much or as little of this as you like. These questions are simply meant to get us on the same page for our time together and to gently encourage you to think about what you might want to work on with me. I have learned that it can be a really positive experience to think about the questions we haven't asked of our selves for a long time—if ever.


I offer single sessions as well as a variety of packages. One of the best ways to make lasting changes in our lives is to participate in positive practices with commitment over time and I recommend the five-session package as a way to experience the possibility of practice and lasting change. All sessions are done one-on-one over the phone or Skype. I can also meet in person if you live in the central New Jersey area at an additional cost. Multiple packages receive a discount of 10%.

My fees:

$55               Short Single Session, up to 30 min. each

$100               Regular Single Session, up to 50 min. each

$450             Package of Five Regular Sessions (up to 50 min. each, five weeks)

$525             “PUT” Plus Package of Five Weekly/BiWeekly Sessions (up to 50 min. each)

ALL Sessions include a Follow-Up email, which I will send you within 24 hours of each session and that summarizes our time together with feedback for reflection and contemplation. I encourage you to use a notebook or journal during our sessions, and I will add exploratory writing and creativity exercises to the follow-up emails for you to add to this notebook, if desired. These are entirely optional and are meant to be playful ways to continue our energizing work toward your dreams and goals between our scheduled sessions.


"PUT” Plus Packages include Follow-Up Emails and Parallel Universe Time (“PUT”). PUT is an amazing tool for overcoming overwhelm and procrastination! In PUT, you and I make an appointment for a very brief phone call after which we will both work on something that continually seems challenging to get to—it can be work-related, fitness-related, task-related or even play-related. At the agreed time, I will call you to begin PUT and, at the same time, will begin working on my own project. After fifteen minutes, I will call you back and check in with you to see how you’re doing on your end. PUT is often the nudge we need to begin what we think we don’t have time for and to feel the flow of being in our joy. Experience the freedom from your own inner critic and the ticking clock during a moment where we both “show up” for each other. The number of PUTs for Packages are equal to the number of sessions in the package (5 Sessions = 5 PUTs).



Do you have questions? Please just ask. I will be happy and honored to work with you. As a coach, I continually gain inspiration from the individuals I work with and they truly fuel my own creativity and enrich my life in ways I had not imagined before I began. Life is a journey that can be profoundly influenced by even the smallest of encounters and it has been my experience that nothing in this life is entirely random. There is meaning in everything.


I'm committed to making our time together meaningful, to guiding you in realizing your own brilliance and to helping you live a life inside your joy.