It’s spring and green shoots are breaking through the muddy ground and moving toward the light. New growth is everywhere. Last Saturday in the Down to Earth Studio we did our own version of breaking and emerging to let the light shine in.
Eleven of us gathered around the table in the studio…read more here
At the September SoulCollage® gatherings in The Down to Earth Studio, we took the concept of Kintsugi, finding beauty in broken things (What is Kintsugi?), and applied it to SoulCollage®. The results were stunning, both visually and in the way it opened up our hearts and souls for deeper connection with one another. It still brings tears to my eyes when I reflect on what we shared together.
I took a chance with this idea of Kintsugi for SoulCollage®, not at all sure whether it would work. I was soon reassured by the openness and willingness of the 17 women who came together for this unique experience. It was a gentle reminder to trust my instincts. Thank you, beautiful spirits, for making last
Friday a memorable day. Here are some photos of the cards we made, tore apart, and mended with gold.
I have a wall hanging in my home that says “The earth says much to those who listen,” and I believe it’s true because I’ve experienced it through many hours spent in intimacy with the natural world, listening and paying attention. If you stop and think about it, you probably have too. When you look out at a glorious sunset or see a sweeping vista of mountains and your heart aches a little in joy and melancholy, that’s your connection to the voice of the earth. more…
“The highest calling for a human being is to be a soul friend for another” Brigit of Ireland 5th Century.
That’s exactly how it was for nineteen women who came together with open minds and hearts to explore the magical imagery of SoulCollage® at the Breitenbush Hot Springs SoulCollage® retreat. We spent time together in sharing circle, meditating, moving, journaling, making and reading our SoulCollage® cards and sharing rituals to connect with one another in community. We used the Four Shields of the Wheel of Life to deepen our connection to the natural world and honor the Summer Solstice. The creative juices were flowing and the cards were spectacular. These pictures say it all.
Retreat dates for 2019 are June 9th through 12th. Come join us next year!!
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. This is especially true after a class like last Saturday’s NPAF Collage Reveal technique. The participants were upbeat, kind and fun; and they created some amazing works of art. I loved every minute of moving around the room like an art doula, helping them birth their creations — so fun for me!
We started the day off with setting some intentions for ourselves: Here are the words they shared: Supportive, Creative, Open, Peaceful, Playful, Open to being Open, Playful, Explore, Explore, Inspiration, Brave, and Brave! And here is the art they made. Some of these are still a work in progress, but you’ll get the idea of the beauty that was blossoming forth.