Community Profile-Thierry Leuzy

Thierry Leuzy, Rimouski-based author of the novel Thure, was born in Montreal.  From a forced life on the streets as an adolescent, he forged his way out through the military, and then found his way out of the military through the study of dance, flying trapeze, theatre, playwriting, acting and singing.  In this winding trek through life, and all its ups and downs, he has found that journaling has offered him “a profound way to extract grace from the heart of trauma.” This spring, Heritage is proud to be partnering with Leuzy to offer a series of journaling workshops which will offer participants an opportunity to delve into the creative process, but also into themselves and write to experience a dialogue with Self. From a certain angle, this can be seen as a practice of good “mental hygiene” which can be honed to benefit those looking to improve in that area of their lives.

The registration for the workshop series is now closed, as we have reached the maximum number of participants. We hope to work with Leuzy in future to offer more such events!

Thanks for the donation of the booYour Brain on Art  by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross

It’s my pleasure!

Why are you donating this book to Heritage?

I suppose it’s a reflection of my passion for life and its creative nature. I get a kick out of cultivating awareness about intuition, creativity, and belonging… What better way to enable belonging than to offer a book I find amazing!

Why did you choose this book?

I’ve been astutely going against the grain for a long time when it comes to researching the creative and creation processes of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, athletes and even nuns… In my experience, mainstream academia had long been stuck in the idea that subjectivity cannot be objectively rooted, therefore not truly studied… Through this amazing book, neuro-aesthetics shows us that we can better understand the profound coherence of our intuitions, of our enlightened states… Of our most sensitive inspirations! I just wanted to share the joy!

Why did you decide to offer a workshop on journaling?

As a multidisciplinary artist, a writer, a spiritual advisor, and an end-of-life doula, I feel journaling is an important way of slowing down time, and experiencing in a powerfully concentrated way what counts most in being alive and aware…

I love to share learning. Journaling is a tool that enables me to care for myself as I would for those I love the most. It’s the soul-body-spirit-ego’s time-out! It’s the place where all parts of Self get a say and a listen. I love witnessing how curiosity calms anxiety, and when it is cared for and given attention to, how it generates enthusiasm and awe.

What do you want people to walk away with?

Happiness, discovery, autonomy! Maybe even a way to cultivate self-determined purpose, while simultaneously enabling social integration!

Did you know about poutine before you arrived in Rimouski?

I sure did!

Best place to get it?

No idea… Not my thing.

What is your favorite place in Rimouski, and why?

The Estuary Coast… Because no matter what… the beauty of it.

Your favorite pastime?


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Feeling at peace

What talent would you most like to have?

Photographic memory of texts.

What is your greatest achievement?

I’d like to think that it’s being my daughter’s father.

What is your motto?

Baby Steps, or my bilingual one Not To Do, Tout Doux 🙂

Biggest regret?

Being so darn slow at figuring things out, and even slower at being good at them!