When's the last time you let yourself play? Could you use some more inspiration, comfort, and nurturing in your life? Do you want to make time and space for play, creativity, and experience being-in-the-moment but feel hesitant or shy to do it alone? Sometimes beginning is the toughest challenge of all. I want to support you in tending to your inner callings, the ones that you may have been putting on the back burner for too long now.
I will guide you on how to connect with nature and the spirit of play and curiosity in order to tap into the sacred creativity that already exists within you. No previous art experience is required! Join us virtually no matter where you are, and be a part of a community of people who appreciate the connection to beauty both within oneself and in the natural world around them.
Description and details are below and you can register here. The early bird tuition is $75 when you register by April 15th, 2021. (Partial scholarships also available, email me for info.) I look forward to playing with you!
Sacred Creativity - Exploring Self & Surroundings through Writing & Earth Altars
Virtual Playshop (both online and out in the world)
Sunday, May 16th
10-3 Pacific, 12-5 Central, 1-6 Eastern
$75 early bird special by April 15th
(partial scholarships also available - contact me for info)
Beauty is Medicine. Nature Heals.
In this playshop, we will deepen our creativity and connection to the natural environment where we live. Through simple writing prompts, we will begin an exploration of our relationship to creativity and nature. Then, we will go outside to gather up bits and pieces of the natural world and create our own impermanent nature art - an Earth Altar. We will come back together to reflect on the process and share our creations (if desired). Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how they may expand creative expression and connection with nature ongoingly.
This playshop will begin and end online, but the heart of the experience will be outdoors, where you will wander in your environment and create your own Earth Altar.
$75 Early Bird Special - Register Before April 15th
This altar is titled Simple Beauty and was created in Ashland last summer. It features a zinnia bloom, surrounded by alstroemeria petals and hops!
The flowers were part of a bouquet gifted to me by my friend Marga Laube. The flowers were grown and arranged by Fry Family Farms. The hops are from a tree in my neighborhood. I love their shape and color and didn't know they were hops until I snapped a photo and looked it up online. I am loving learning the names of things that draw my eye - and it's extra fun when I discover that I know a name like "hops" but have no idea what hops looks like growing on a tree!
Typically, when I create an Earth Altar outdoors, I leave it there so that nature can take its course. If I'm in a public place, I also love knowing that it could delight passers-by with a little dose of unexpected beauty. Also, I'm usually in a meditative space - not listening to a podcast or talking with anybody. Simply being present with the earth and the precious bits of her bounty that I'm placing on the ground.
With this design, however, I was in fact talking on the phone with a friend who was feeling stuck around a difficult situation. I was offering reflection and encouragement for seeing many possibilities - multiple ways to get unstuck. Spontaneously, without really thinking about it, I began placing the flowers in a variety of patterns. I would take a photo and then re-arrange the pieces again in a new design. After we got off the phone, I sent her a collage of 9 different designs created with the same few flowers. I love the simplicity of Simple Beauty - thus the name. And I love the kaleidoscope nature of the "Possibility Series."
Same few flowers, arranged in multiple designs.
The Simple Beauty Earth Altar is available as a 12x12 square canvas print, a 16x20 canvas print, and greetings cards through my online shop. Through April 15th, all Simple Beauty items are 25% off!
This altar is titled SPRING and was created in Ashland in the spring of 2020. It was one of my earliest designs. It features peony flower and petals, snapdragons, statice, arbutus berries, rose petals, green almonds, grasses, and catkins.
Throughout the season of blooming in 2020, my dear friend Nina would drop jars of flowers and greens on my porch - clipped from her abundant gardens. The centerpiece of this earth altar is a gorgeous pink peony that was part of a birthday bouquet from Nina. The green fuzzy things around the border are almonds! I found these on the ground on a walk and was drawn in by their color and shape - I had never before seen what almonds look like wearing their protective green coats.
While I'm not typically drawn to pastels, I found myself entering the gentle world of these soft colors. As I worked outward from the centerpiece, I felt both soothed and energized.
A Network for Grateful Living invited me to write a blog post for their website. If you don't know their work - please check out Gratefulness.org. It's a wealth of resources for grateful living.
I write about how I got started creating Earth Altars, how the practice has changed my life, and how you can dive in and create your own earth altars.