Sacred Arts- Gather

 
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Life is sacred. Life is art. Life is sacred art.
— Gabrielle Roth

When I got the first whispers of in*Spiration to create this workshop Sacred Arts, Mixed Media Dialogues with the Divine Feminine, I had no real idea how it would unfold, what form it would take and what it would offer. What I did know is that I was being called to create something at the intersection of my art making, my mixed media practices and my work as a mist walker with the Goddess Circles. And I knew that I wanted to be just as much a participant in this as a teacher/guide, so I invited some Sister Keepers to join me bringing the gifts of their own magic and I invited the Muses to lead the way, allowing things to unfold in process, as given, and to allow it to be a circle, a creative circle.

 

Participant Work

Now that we are a few mOOns into our 13 mOOn journey together, it feels more like the painting at the top here,
a gathering,
a creative circle,
a sacred space,
a blessing,

than a mixed media workshop. And yet, as you can tell by the gorgeous participant's work being shared here it is that as well- so much beauty is being created so much deepening and listening, so much support.

It is Both & And...

And the "work" being created and shared in the group just blows my mind, fills my soul with beauty and makes me smile. It is good medicine,
 

 

Participant Work

 
 

Each mOOn we gather to explore a new theme, a new dialogue, a new conversation with the Divine Feminine and I show up to the work with all my particular conversations and try to present as the hollow bone as best I can.
And I listen.
And I lean into the Creative Process.
And I listen.
What comes through is unplanned, nonlinear, highly synchronicitic and completely supported by life and the Sister Keepers who help hold this creative space of exploration along with the women who are drawn to the circle, who create the circle with me. In this way it is true creation- allowing the universe to dream through us. It is a merging with and a partnership. It is more than anyone of us is alone. It is the inhalation and the exhalation and it is the pause between. It is the creation that comes through the stillness and the listening. It is the place of true creation.

And what we can see if we look deep within is that the authentic self is the Soul made visible. Do not try to remake yourself into something you’re not. Just try making the best of what God(ess) made. The sacred art and craft of nurturing our souls and the souls of those we love is Simple Abundance soulcraft.
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

And what I know now, is that I still don't know, but what I do know is that it is needed, we needed it, I needed it. And so I allow it to continue to unfold as given.

You can see more of the beauty and wonder being created in this workshop here #sacredartsworkshop

Forgiveness

We can change, evolve, and transform our own conditioning. We can choose to move like water rather than be molded like clay. Life spirals in and then spirals out on any given day. It does not have to be one way, one truth, one voice. Nor does love have to be all or nothing. Neither does power. What is positive and what is negative is not, absolute, It does not have to be one way
— Terry Tempest Williams
Unquiet Forgiveness Fonda Clark Haight

I’ve been working with Forgiveness for months now… as I told Galia the other day I think I have PFF or post filming fatigue lol.  But I thought it would be useful to talk about what I’ve learned, what I’ve shifted, what’s been transformed and what hasn’t. In working on this class I pulled from a lot of traditions and belief systems, but these statements from a course in miracles made so much sense,  in the long run,  that I wanted to share them with you here….

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT ANYTHING IS FOR. We think we understand our lives, what we experience and ourselves. The truth is until we forgive ourselves and everyone our perspective of life is slightly skewed.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I SEE. I now know that no matter what we can see with our physical eyes, there is always something bigger, better, more profound and divine going on that we cannot see.
I AM NEVER UPSET FOR THE REASON I THINK.  This is one of the most profound lessons we must all learn. Think of it this way; if every feeling we have ever experienced is still planted somewhere in our body, what we respond to today and how we respond to it has roots in ancient or historical emotional energy we are holding somewhere in our being.
I SEE NOTHING AS IT IS NOW. More often than not everything we see and the perceptions we have today, are grounded in past knowledge, past experience and often, past upsets. 99.0% of the time we view our lives and experiences through a filter colored by the past. This means, we see nothing as it is right now.
ABOVE ALL ELSE I WANT TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. Forgiveness supports us in learning to see ourselves, our lives, our experiences and everything we have ever experienced from a difference perspective, with a new set of eyes." A Course in Miracles


 I found that forgiveness is not easy and not for the reasons I expected.  It’s not easy because we are used to keeping the wound alive.  Those wounds and grievances are comfortable and it makes up a part of our story.  It’s actually part of our identity.  You start wondering who you will be if you don’t have that story. It leaves you feeling as if the breath has been shocked out of you. At that point, the biggest fight, the fight with your ego, has begun.  It’s epic, I’m not gonna lie.  And it is continuous.  But slowly you begin to feel… I don’t know… lighter, more clear, healthier.  You don’t need those heavy stories, the breath that is caught in your chest along with grief and sorrow.  You don’t need it, and you begin to want to put it all down.  And once you begin to feel that…. it’s easier than you might believe.

I’ve found in this journey of self- inquiry that forgiveness is both an art and a practice. As an art, it begins with connecting to the subtle nuances of your feelings and experiences in the Down deep, and as a practice, it involves learning vital skills, skills we often weren’t taught as children. And it involves putting those skills into practice, minute by minute.
 
In Forgiveness you will learn some of the practices that have worked for me in finding clarity and resolution with those experiences that I encounter working in the Down Deep.  This is a class about finding and connecting with your true self thru your art practices and the processes I’ve outlined, about the transformation of your story, your journey towards wholeness.   
You are not broken.
You are not unworthy.
You are not lacking anything.
You are complete.
You are whole.
You are sacred.
No other story is true. How do I know that?  Because if it’s true for anyone, it’s true for you. You, your art, your expression as a human in this world is sacred.  
True story. XO

Fonda Clark Haight

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Sister Love Giveaway

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Giveaway- Sacred Arts

In celebration of the beautiful connections, friendships and sisterhoods ignited and nurtured in creative circles, we are giving away 2 pairs of seats in Sacred Arts. Tells us of a dear beloved friend who inspires and supports your creative journey, nominate a soul sister, and both you and she could win a place in our creative circle.

We would like to hear of the women out there who hold your heart to the light and shine deep wisdom into the world, creating magic as they walk, inspiring, supporting and radiating their truth in majestic or quiet ways. Tell us of who you would like to sit around the fire, tell stories with, weave magic with and create new things into being.

To nominate someone, tag them in the comments and share some love about them, shine a little love and gratitude their way. We will randomly select two sisters, along with the women who nominated them, to join our creative circle.

For extra chance share this giveaway on your social media and swing back and let us know in the comments (Facebook, Insta, blog, etc etc). Another random winner will be selected from these to join us.

(If you win and have already signed up then a refund will be sent your way Xx)
See you in class/circle <3
Truly madly deeply

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And if you would like to join us you can learn more here or sign up now.

14 mOOns- $166

 
 

Giveaway- Celebrating Spring & Autumn

In the Garden- Mixed Media workshop at Art is Magic.online

In my corner of the world Spring is upon us with the last of the sweet smelling winter bulbs and the soft folds of blossoms lacing the branches of the trees. For many of you autumn's golds and rich reds will dance one last time before winter sets in.

To celebrate such magical shows that mama nature is putting on, I am giving away two place for In the Garden- Flower Studies with the Masters.


This Giveaway is now closed, the winners are Esme Windwalker and Katrin Kubbe (please email me so that I can add you to the classroom :) )


To enter share about this workshop on your social media and pop your name in the comments below

I will announce the winners on the 7th of September

     ☆ share this competition on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, facebook page or other social network platform & leave me a comment.

    ☆ like our facebook page (or invite some friends to)

    ☆ subscribe to this blog

For an extra sweetener, and more chances to win, share with me your favourite poems, or quotes from poems that celebrate flowers, spring or autumn, I would love to read them :)

And for your delight, here is one I absolutely love by Dominique Christina:

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And if you would like to join us you can learn more here or sign up now.

 $88

Naming Giveaway


This Giveaway is now CLOSED- thank you to all who participated.

Wow, so many brilliant and creative ideas, I've absolutely loved reading them all- some were along the lines I had been thinking and some I would never have imagined. While, at this stage none has jumped at me as "the One", you know, the one you know is just right the second you hear it, but many will inspire my continued search for the just right name. To this end I drew two random names to join us:

Sandra Koberlein
Brandy Brouillette

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When I was naming this retreat I kept getting stuck on what to call the ongoing creative journey. I toyed with:
Continuing Creative Retreat,
Extended Creative Retreat,
Deluxe Creative Retreat (which I didn't like along with a few others which kind of felt non-inclusive).
In the end I settled for Ongoing Creative Retreat because time was running out and I had other things calling my attention.

Yet it is still not sitting with me right so I thought I would put it to all you creative souls to help me come up with something better, more suited and more inspirational. You can read about it here.  

As a thank you, I'll be giving away two places on the "Ongoing Creative Retreat", one to the suggestion that inspires me the most, and one drawn randomly just because :)

Just enter your ideas in the comments below :)

I will announce the winners on the 24th of June

For extra entries (be sure to let me know in the comments):

     ☆ share this competition on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, facebook page or other social network platform & leave me a comment.

    ☆ like our facebook page (or invite some friends to)

    ☆ Tell me why this class is calling to you

    ☆ subscribe to this blog

And don't forget to join us for the Free Weekend Event