“What an amazing, liberating, fun, creative, affirming time it was!”
– Marion, New Zealand
My experience at Heartistry can be likened to that of an artist’s palette: an array of colours that come together to form something beautiful at the hand of the artist. Lyn is a modern-day Picasso, gifted in blending her “palette” to provide a trip that is educational, creative, tasteful, and filled with lots of surprises as well as true French culinary experiences. This, combined with the beauty of the French countryside, the unique experience of staying in a French chateau with special hosts and simple pleasures such as walking to the local boulangerie to buy early morning baguettes, made it a most magical trip. And let’s not forget the amazing relationships built with the wonderful ladies who attended the course as well as the staff at the chateau. Thank you, Lyn for living out your passion – my heart really yearns to bless others and share what you have taught me.
-Lesley- South Africa
The Heartistry experience was so much more than I could ever have imagined it to be. For me it was more of a retreat than a course..a time of fun, fellowship and fabulous food!! The week was so full of stories, ideas and creativity with God's heart at the core of everything, it was impossible not to be inspired to get home and put it all into practice. Lyn is the perfect example of 'Heartistry' and she leaves you feeling equipped, confident and ready to 'bless not impress'...
-Maria- South Africa
BEST VACATION EVER!! And yet, this was better than just a sight-seeing “vacation”. I wanted to “experience” France – not just “see” France and this Heartistry Experience far exceeded my expectations to do just that!
I came home with an enlarged circle of friends – from countries all over the world – who share a common bond of Christ and a desire to be a blessing to others. I also love that there wasn’t an ending to the experience. We have the internet to continue to pray for and share with each other and perhaps to see each other again. And the training and hands-on activities gave me confidence to be able to share what I learned to pass it along to bless others. It was worth every penny it cost me and my life is far richer for having participated in this!
Many people told me how brave I was for stepping out of my comfort zone to go. But I would have missed so much if I had just “read” about it or seen pictures of what others got to see and do. I’m SO glad I did it when I had the opportunity and I was healthy enough. I made friends and memories that I will treasure forever.
-Shelley, Texas USA
I had the most awesome and blessed time at Heartistry. I loved how Lyn shared God's heart for hospitality and how she also lived it and modelled it in her warmth and care for each person. I also enjoyed the style of teaching which was through stories and peoples’ lives who have been touched. I was really inspired by the scope of what we can do with people. From a small thing like making a tray, to an elegant supper table to a 20-year friendship, each person matters!
Thank you Lyn for breaking down the decorated table and also for taking hospitality to new heights. I loved every moment.
-Shontell- South Africa
This is what I think true hospitality is after experiencing this time in France with Brett and Lyn: To create an environment in true Godly love where another person can dwell and grow into his/her full identity in Christ without any control or defense, without any striving or pretense, without any guilt or false responsibilities; but with the only drive being the Holy Spirit and the only honest response being one is able to love back.
-Cornelia, South Africa
"I had an awesome time; the people, the food, the outings, the sights, the worship, spending time with Dudley and Janet Weiner, meeting the young man born in the same town my grandfather was, divine
appointments everyday, ministry opportunities. And, I’ve learned so much more about hospitality, the part that goes beyond good food preparation (and eating), that now includes atmosphere and presentation."
-Clint, Texas, USA
"This is more of a life changing experience than a seminar. Lyn's teaching was heart warming, inspiring, fun and practical at the same time. She helped me see and connect with people around me with my heart instead of just my eyes. Hospitality is so much more than a beautiful table setting and wonderful things happen when you realize that. I was also blessed and enriched by all the seminar attendees from around the world, they have become my lifelong friends. I came home fully inspired and thankful of the experience."
–Evita, California, USA
"It was the perfect blend of training and vacation, ministry and fun!"
– Felicia, California, USA
"I feel refreshed in so many ways. I also really enjoyed the whole group of people and felt that one of the things we practiced while being in France was how to connect with one another around the table! I felt so spoilt being taken out to eat and getting to walk around markets buying ingredients for meals. I loved all the thoughtful little gifts you had gathered too. It was a sweet time: special people, a special place and time to think about what it means to open our hearts and our homes."– Megan, Korea
It was with great excitement and expectation that I went to France for the Heartistry experience, but I never could have imagined what a special and life-changing experience it would be. Every part of me felt richly nourished; by the amazing beauty and culture of the place, the warmth and hospitality of the people we spent time with and the valuable input we received on the true heart of Hospitality. I came away with such practical keys on how to open my heart and my home to others and why I should.
Lyn blessed us and blew us away every day with the amazing itinerary she’d put together. We saw so many beautiful places, ate of the very best French cuisine, experienced local markets and tourist attractions and were privileged to learn about the powerful spiritual heritage of the area too. This was an experience I will draw from for many years to come.
-Andrea- South Africa
We had such an amazing time in St Hippolyte-du-Fort, a French village in the Cevennes. We stayed in a chateau that was built in the 1700's, occupied by the Nazi's during WW II and is now a Youth With a Mission training facility. Twelve people flew in from all over the world to attend this amazing event to learn about generous living and true hospitality. The good news is that you don't have to be Martha Stewart to be hospitable! Hospitality is definitely not just for woman but for men as well as for businesses and corporations. Lyn is a gifted teacher and is passionate about hospitality and blessing others. This week has been life changing for many of us who attended. Living in community and the interaction with the YWAM staff (who run the Chateau) was quite amazing. We were wined and dined either at the Chateaux or at amazing restaurants in the area. Our team of 12 people who had never cooked or worked together before, prepared and catered a special meal for 30 people! (See photo of me as the "bar tender".) It was a lot of work but the collaboration between us was fun and very rewarding. If you would like to have a life changing experience in a foreign country, meet amazing people from all over the world, I encourage you to attend one of Lyn's Heartistry Experiences.
-Jasper- South Africa/USA
"This is a most unique seminar, the only one of it's kind in the world, that I aware of. When Brett and Lyn invite you on any seminar, it always promises to deliver profound cognitive shifts and cutting edge content, so one should jump at the opportunity to experience deep personal development under their leading. I was delighted to not only sit under this teaching, but also to experience first hand, the practical way in which "Hospitality" seeped into every engagement. This course is not to be mistaken for a mere theoretical understanding of the topic of "Hospitality", but rather a practical outworking, so that one leaves changed, ready to serve, love and bless others with all your resources and, of course, the best gift of having received so much yourself. I am richer, not just for the food and experience, but to have rubbed shoulders with Brett and Lyn and the other delegates who taught me as much as the cultural experience provided."
– Kamesh, South Africa
"Throughout the seminar Lyn provided many tactical tips for hosting novices like me, but focused on the bigger picture – exploring what a hospitable lifestyle could look like. How can you establish community and weave multigenerational families into your life? How can you show people their worth and express appreciation? When I left, I was armed with both practical tips and a work-in-progress vision for how hospitality could manifest itself in my life. I am deeply appreciative of Lyn for conveying the art of hospitality in a way that resonated with me, and impacted my life. She has a way of inspiring people to open their hearts and take chances, and is a gifted teacher. I highly recommend making your next vacation more purposeful by attending the hospitality seminar."
– Anne-Marie, Texas, USA
"I highly recommend this experience. It will change your life!"
– Jakoep, Indonesia
"I still use "bless not impress" and it's a good thing, because if I waited to be impressive to be hospitable it would never happen!"– Diana, USA
"The stories put everything in perspective and made it more personal."
– Anna-Mart, South Africa
“It Was Such A Wonderful Combination Of Practical Advice, For Example, How To Prepare For Last Minute Guests, To The Philosophy Behind Hospitality.” – Amy, Spain
"Thank you so much for including our family. We were deeply moved by your love for us and this rich experience."
– Joe & Donna, California, USA
The Heartistry experience was a life changing one for me, I have recently been inspired to start talking to Jesus more as a friend than as someone that we have to live up to. The Heartistry experience allowed me to see, how by doing the same deeds that Jesus did on his time here on earth, that there is so much good that can be given with so little effort. A stranger in a new town, (I have been that on many occasions), a new mum at a school function, a new work colleague with no-one to celebrate any kind of known tradition with, and how by opening up your arms, heart and house how that can change the life of one small person and have the biggest impact imaginable.
The Heartistry time was one of joy where we celebrated the everyday beautiful weather that we were blessed with, the wonderful company of people that were new to us and that have now become lifelong friends, common interests as well as new interests that have sparked all sorts of new thought processes! I walked away richer than any millionaire after this experience, we were able to have quiet time, wonderful time in the company of others, exposure to sites through visits that would probably never make it onto some family holiday lists, food experiences across the spectrums from picnics in the countryside to exotic 3 course meals with the accompanying wine! And of course held by Lyn who is an inspiration to me in how she is able to just keep giving!- Jo- South Africa
Testimonials from some participants who attended the Heartistry Experience!
"I am taking away with me true hospitality!"- Cornelia H, South Africa
"You don't have to be Martha Steward to offer hospitality!" Jasper Esterhuizen, South Africa/USA
"The seminar taught me how to apply hospitality in a very practical way." Tatum Green, USA
"Everyone was truly impacted by the Hospitality Seminar."Jari Esterhuizen, South Africa/USA
"I learned that hospitality is for the whole family, the whole household." Karen Chang, Taiwan