About MeI facilitate art & writing workshops internationally around my books. A creative art and learning experience integrating storytelling, and sharing my + read more paintings and books - incorporating many kinds of literary and art techniques. The art making is child or if adults ( teachers) inner child focused and process orientated. It culminates in a celebration and showcase of the work done.

"Dodoland"​ emphasized Imagination, "Magical Earth Secrets"​- environment, "Miracle Galaxy"​- healing & angels, Dreams Keys and Dream Wheels"​ - dreams including a 40 year history of my dreams which have been manifested. Plays of my books have performed at the Museum of Natural History, B.A.M., Smithsonian, 3rd St. Music School, hospitals ( Sloan Kettering, Metropolitan Hospital and Children's Hospital) and schools. They were performing for 7 years in N.Y.C. I also personally storytell my books and design workshops from there on both writing and art tailored to individual groups. My paintings/stories have been in as well as Canada and U.S.A. in Guatemala, Mexico, England, Holland, Austria, Korea, Japan & Bali. In 1979 6,000 copies of Dodoland were gifted to needy children. In 1995 an ezine was created called Dodoland on the internet and has had one million people visit it .

In surviving a health crisis I created Miracle Galaxy'​- a story of healing with eight angels who help those in crisis. All the Angels represent the chakras of the body and the goal is to create health ,happiness and healing. In Dodoland we have the Miracle Castle for the Angels.

I have led workshops in 300 different schools from for 15 years , these were as an Inner City Angel in Toronto & grants with the Ontario Arts Council .I later led Art Residency program for Vancouver Schools and presently am part of the Arts Starts program. I storytell and lead workshops to encourage both children and adults to be imaginative, love the environment, create from travels and dreams, and create their own healing stories. One is called "Make an Angel". I am open to presenting more internationally .

I have been a member of the Writers Union of Canada for 30 years. I have shown my art in many group and one woman show. The latest two one- woman shows were with Karja Art Space in Bali with my Dream paintings. I am presently the Western Canadian Representative for Art of Imagination. With this group I have shown in Ottawa, Montreal at the Eco-Museum and in Peru. In 2017 I organized a show of 30 Society for Art of Imagination artists work in Bali as well as leading workshops and in the Spring will be part of their One Art Space show in New York City in April/May 2017.

Specialties: Healing thru story-art-creativity - imagination- Love of Environment- Dreams - Angels

Della's work demonstrates there are many creative ways to empower children. Children of the world need hope not despair.
This book and your action provides it.”
(Foreword for Magical Earth Secrets)
Dr. David Suzuki

“Lyrical and typical of the traditional storyteller”
(article written for ‘Magical Earth Secrets’)
Toronto Star

“They are delighted with your story, which I am sure they will want to hear often.”
(testimonial written for ‘Journey to Dodoland’)
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Picture Books
  • Poetry
  • Educational & Information Books

Published WorksThe Environmental Activity Guide. Azatlan, 1992.
Untitled Poetry. Kingston, ON: Queen's University, 1991.
The Magical Earth Secrets. Vancouver, BC: Western Canada Wilderness Committee, 1990. ( Best Seller)
Journey to Dodoland Los Angeles: Bird Helmet Productions, L.A. 1977.
The Out of the Ordinary Extraordinary FriendsTale time Publishing, 1996
Miracle Galaxy Azatlan Publishing, 2007
Dodoland Adventures Azatlan Publishing, 2009
Journey to a Lotus. Azatlan , 2011
Dream Wheels Azatlan Publishing , 2013
Bali feeds our Souls Azatlan Publishing 2015
Bali feeds our Dreams Azatlan Publishing 2016
Dream Keys Azatlan Publishing 2017
Imagination Reigns Azatlan Publishing 2017


Della Burford

Della's Paintings

Speaking InformationDella has presented on such topics as "Teaching the Environment in a Creative Way" to librarian at the Metro Separate School Board in Toronto, People Making + read more a Difference at the Library in Toronto thru Windscape, "Encouraging Creativity and Imagination" to Teachers in Guatemala at the "Magic in Me Conference" where her book was theatrical performed and workshops done for teachers from Central and South America and also teachers in Nelson.
"Creating Healing Stories/Art" at the Spirit of Writing and Art in Bali and "Manifesting your Dreams" "Painting your Dreams" at the Spirit of Writing and Art in Bali.
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    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Primary School
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School

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Testimonials"Della Burford embodies the environmentally aware imagination. For
decades, she has been + read more telling and displaying story in an approachable
way that is participatory fun for children and young adults. Della
has travelled widely to personally present her multimedia
performances, transcending linguistic and cultural boundaries. At
the same time, she has kept abreast of burgeoning modern technologies
to disseminate the word for environmental consciousness through
various art forms. Della presents such essential work as play and in
so engaging her audience to act for sustainability."

Penn Kemp, Creative Aging London Writer in Residence, Show Less
The work and journey Della has been on bringing her dreams to life and fruition – through her 38 + read more year journey with the Dream Mandalas – is worthy of both the artist and the exacting scientist who develops a reproducible method that others can follow to realize their mythic imaginations.
Mark Jenkins Training Designer | Storytelling Coach | Idea Generator | Facilitator | Software Developer | Memory Care Specialist
Storied Ground University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada Area
"Della's work reflects the daughter of the Eternal and enchants us back into balance, helping us
to align the stories we tell ourselves with the story intended for us to bring forth to the world."

"Della's book of words and images is an autobiographical account that bridges the beauty and wisdom
of the collective unconscious with our waking life."
Prof Phil's Testimonials for "Journey to a Lotus" and the "Dream Wheels" book Show Less
"Della is one of our original interdisciplinary artists in residence in dozens of schools where she + read more combined art and writing and storytelling, often utilizing her own publications that have been shared. She has worked with young people and teachers all over the world. Della brings immense artistic talent and skill in art and creative writing. Della incorporates mythology, poetry and real life environmental problems and moral values for healing into her work with young people and finding one's own personal myth."
Jane Howard Baker, Executive Director, Inner City Angels

"From her awe-inspiring and radiant art to the sheer and simple beauty of her stories, Della Burford's work touches
the soul of even those who have lived many years beyond the innocence and openness of childhood. She is the jewel
in the lotus, the angel with a message of peace, and the one who illustrates ( literally and actually) that living the
dream of love among all people in the world is possible!"
Aaron Zerah
Author of Souls Almanac
Everyday is a Blessing
How the Children became Stars Show Less

Awards and Recognition:PIA Award, graphic arts award from the printers industries of America for Journey to Dodoland, 1999.

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