Highlights From 2024 VQ in the Modoc

I wish you could have been there to witness this beauty with me. On the first morning of my May 2024 Vision Quest in the Modoc…Read more

 

April Notes from GG’s Down to Earth Studio

As I sit here wondering what to write about for this newsletter, nothing seems to fit for this first day in April with Mercury going into retrograde on the one hand (regroup, review, reconsider…don’t start anything new!) and my garden bursting with spring growth on the other hand (emerge, burst forth, start again!). Read more...

Questing with the Holy Children at GGs Down to Earth Studio

People who have read my book keeping telling me how brave I am, but I don’t consider myself brave. I think of myself as curious and willing. When something captures my attention and feels right, I’m all in. I trust my intuitive knowing…most of the time anyway. Read more

Happy New Year 2024 from GG’s Down to Earth Studio

The artwork on the left (titled “Shamanic Explosion”) is my version of capturing the essence of a shamanic energy healing performed for me this year…just one of the many amazing gifts that I was fortunate enough to receive in 2023.

Wow, what a year! Talk about counting your blessings! I know it wasn’t a good year for everyone. Many around the world have experienced horrible tragedies, and I don’t mean to discount any of that suffering. My heart aches for all the pain in this world. And I know that hardship and happiness live side by side in my heart. As one of my teachers, Francis Weller, says: “Grief and love are woven together from the beginning.” Paradoxical extremes often exist side by side. Read more…

The Reciprocity of Giving and Receiving at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

In my book Solo Passage: 13 Quests, 13 Questions, which is a collection of essays about my vision quest adventures, I wrote about how I would often go out on walk-abouts to search for herbs, bones, feathers, or interesting rocks.

In fact, I even drew a parallel between my behavior and that of the sneaky packrats (who obscond with things and hoard all manner of flotsom and jetsom in their nests), both of us searching, finding, and taking for our own.

Now I am reconsidering that behavior. Collecting stuff from nature is based on the premise of lusting after something. It’s as if finding the right thing out there might make me feel more happy and fulfilled.

The idea that nature is there for me to go out and try to get something for myself like physical mementos or even emotional states like peace and beauty, could be seen as a subtle form of dominance and entitlement and, if taken far enough, even a type of colonization. Stay with me for a moment while I explain. Read more

From Red Dot to Green Light at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

Back in 2010 I set an intention on my annual vision quest to come to peace with the feelings of envy I sometimes felt about other artists. I shared with my questing sisters about entering my work into art shows and praying to see a red dot on the wall tag indicating the piece had sold. When I’d look around the show at other artists’ works with red dots, I’d feel intense envy—perhaps bettter described as outright jealousy! Read more here

 

Visibility, Vulnerability and Voice

Last month I was standing in the light celebrating my full and wonderful life. This month I’m feeling a little less bold. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a good, rich, and very full life; it’s just that it’s hard to quell those negative voices inside that cause me to question what I’m doing as I prepare for the visibility and vulnerability that will come with my book launch. Read more

 

 

 

Living My Best Life at GG’s Down to Earth Studo

In October of this year I will turn seventy-two. That’s almost three-quarters of a century of living on this planet. And yes, there are days when my body lets me know just how long that is. But then there are other days—most days in fact—where I am amazed at this beautiful life I am living. I have a lovely cottage home and garden. I have an active art practice creating, mentoring, and teaching (in June I hit the 100 mark for SoulCollage® gatherings at the Down to Earth Studio). I wrote a book. I hike and I go out into the wilderness each year on my vision quests. Read more here

Owl Wisdom at GG’s Down to Earth Studio

Last month I went out into the Modoc National Forest on my annual questing date with Mother Earth. This year I renamed my time out there “quamping” (part questing, part camping) because aging has limited my ability to fast for extended periods and my body requires more comfort and convenience than traditional questing dictates. But the delicious time-alone-in-nature aspect remains, as does the call to pay attention. Each time I go out into the wild I return with an unexpected treasure. This year I discovered…read more 

Earth Love Art Show Sponsored by GG’s Down to Earth Studio

This is an invitation for those of you who live locally to come see the Earth Love Art Show in April. The show will feature shrines, banners, paintings, and ceramics that express love for our earth home. Most of the shrines and banners were made here at the Down to Earth Studio. Click here for details