United Nations CSW video* arts and culture + Livestream Saturday + Free Workshop in NY

We cannot turn from suffering. We just need to find new ways to be with it, creative ways, in which we can nurture ourselves while we nurture others.

 

Dear Creative Being,

I am writing you from snowy New York and wanted to share from the Red Thread Cafe here….

In the photo here you can see I wore my classic Muse clothes – sequined cowgirl hat, roses and faux fur lol. Gotta keep it fresh and fun especially when working with such intense topics, as the status of women. Being myself is KEY for me to BE WITH what is there.

Someone asked me if what I was wearing was in the traditional dress of my country 🙂 We had a good laugh and I told them yes, Cosmic Cowgirls land. I LOVE seeing the women in traditional attire from around the world – the women from Africa are dressed in so many shimmering garments – the most beautiful attire I have ever seen – and yes, with sooooo many sequins and embroidered roses. They often comment on my hat, and I say – we have to keep shining and sparkling while we do this work – they usually laugh and it is a sweet woman to woman moment across the chasm between us that usually exists. There is an unspoken connection here – as most of the women and men you see in this neighborhood of the UN are HERE on behalf of women – something sacred passes between us as the streets and cafe’s fill with those who serve others with their life work. A smiling into healing between all of us. For this two weeks of the year, those who serve women and girls are here and it feels SO AMAZING like being held in a cosmic colorful embrace.

Since I am here I have events you can join – you and your Muse would like to join me via livestream from New York for events inspired by my visit to the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women, including Frida Kahlo Stream & or The Frida Adventure Weekend with Emily Grieves (open to men and women) + free Intentional Creativity workshop Re-Visioning at the UN on the 21st working with your business from the heart of the feminine. You can check them all out here http://events.intentionalcreativityfoundation.org/newyork2017/

For years, tending to suffering has been a part of my work in the world – how to nurture others while nurturing myself. Coming here is a part of that for me – being a space and a place where I can bring creativity to those who serve others. Hence why the red thread – instead of talking about my work and service in the world, which I am truly so proud of – I shared something they can share with their communities, the red thread. This kind of offering both nurtures those I long to serve, as well as my own community of red thread, AND myself. When we have that braid of self, immediate community and those we serve that we do not even know – then there is a vitality that comes through that so many can feel.

I was so grateful to the handful of Cosmic Cowgirls and Red Thread Cafe women that showed up to support in person – how happy this makes me to know we are truly connected. We are also here recording interviews with Season Two of Power Creatives TV – very exciting to know such potent voices and minds.

You can watch a video of Monday’s panel that I had the gift of moderating with WUNRN on Arts and Culture with a amazing women creatives, Lois Herman of WUNRN with distinguished speakers, Lys Anzia of WNN, Noorjahan Akbar of Free Women Writers from Afganistan, Shiela Katzman of Ten Lanterns and Rosjke Hasseldin. Jonathan recorded thankfully- the lighting and quality isn’t awesome but it is here and you can tune in.Go to my FB page UNCSW here for video – we did a red thread circle with 50 people passing a basket of red thread…

May your day be blessed. May you feel the spirit of connection flowing between all of us and earth. May remember your own unique piece of the red thread truly, deeply, matters.

p.s. The poem I wrote is at the bottom of this email. Also if you are inspired to share the video you can do that right from the FB page – and we would love that.


Upcoming East Coast Adventures

March 21: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in NYC
~ free Intentional Creativity workshop Re-Visioning Public Welcome!

March 16: Book Signings/Poetry Readings in Connecticut and NY ~ request the details

Saturday March 18 – Book signing in NY – LOCATION TBA 7:30pm(changed from Friday)

March 18/19: Frida Painting & Adventure Weekend NYC ~ Join in person at The Art Studio NY

March 18 WATCH and PAINT livestream/watch later


UNITED NATIONS CSW +
Poetry Readings & Book Signings

 

 SEE THE EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS 


FRIDA ~ In Studio or Livestream!

March 18 & 19 at The Art Studio New York

INSPIRED NARRATIVE PAINTING WEEKEND

Create a narrative self portrait inspired by the style of Frida Kahlo

Painting & Adventures in NYC, visit the Museum of Modern Art, Empire State Building + lunch out together and sketching. See Frida Kahlo’s paintings in the flesh!

RSVP HERE (space is limited)

Can’t join in person? Paint with us via LIVESTREAM on March 18!


Visionary Work

 

The work of a visionary is

to know the past, dream the future

and take action in the present.

 

We create a path where there are no paths

lay groundwork where no ground lay.

We see behind the veil of impossible/possible

and we do not let our fear stop us.

 

We do not follow the agenda

or the status quo or those “in the know”. No.

Our way is uncharted territory

At the gateway where the worlds meet

 

The work of a visionary is

to know the past, dream the future

and take powerful action in the present.

 

May LOVE be at the CENTER of all CHOICES

Intentional Creativity at Burning Man

I had the honor of leading an Intentional Creativity activity at the Burning Man art festival in fall of 2016. I don’t know how many of you have been to Burning Man – I myself had only learned of its existence a few years ago, as I ogled stunning photographs of large-scale art installations in an extremely isolated, expansive desert landscape.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Burning Man, it began in 1986 as a gathering around a bonfire on Baker Beach in San Francisco, and has now become a MUCH larger gathering – more than 80,000 people come together in the “pop-up” Black Rock City location in the Nevada desert 110 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

Radical self-acceptance, Radical Inclusion, and Leave No Trace

are the three of several major principles of Burning Man: accept yourself completely, accept the way others are, and leave no trace of your presence once the festival is over. The focus is on art primarily with tons of music. There is lots of partying and very little sleep, while camping in a VERY harsh desert environment: blistering heat during the day, near freezing temperatures at night, with dust storms occurring briefly nearly every day, coating everything you own – everything! with a fine layer of white dust.

The activity I lead was called “Cosmic Cowgirl Affirmation Cards”, and took place in a room at the base of the Man – the effigy that is the symbol of the entire festival. The focus of the session was on transforming the negative stories we’re told from childhood – you’re disorganized, you’re bossy, you’re too talkative – into positive affirmations, such as you can focus on many different things at once, you know how to take command & get things done, you have the gift of eloquence.

By realizing these stories are projected onto us by other people,
we begin to understand that these stories are not who we are.

And what better venue to focus on self-acceptance than here, at the foot of the Man in the heart of the Burning Man festival, where radical self-acceptance is one of the key elements of the entire Burning Man experience?

I was impressed how a few pieces of paper, some sharpies, a table, and the Intentional Creativity approach was enough to create a mind-opening, sacred experience for at least one participant: a very well-dressed, dapper gentleman somewhat older than the average age range of the typical Burner, as the participants of Burning Man are called.

After a Red Thread ceremony in which we remind each other how we’re all connected by a common link, a red thread bringing us to this moment where we are destined to meet each other, the activity begins by listing all the negative statements, the stories we are told over and over again: you are so impatient, you’re too slow….etc. The well-dressed gentleman had quite a long list, taking a bit more time than the other participants to write them all down.

The next step in the activity is to take each negative story and rephrase it in a positive light on a card kept for future use. The negative statements were then taken to one of the fire pits scattered around Black Rock City and ritually burnt. As the dapper gentleman ticked off each negative story on his list and replaced it with a positive statement, it was like watching a small crack in a cloudy sky growing bigger and bigger, letting more and more sunlight pour through the opening…. which demonstrates how Intentional Creativity can be done with a very simple process and only a small amount of materials and still bring very powerful insights.

I’m grateful to the teachings of Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis and the support of her husband Jonathan Lewis which resulted in my offering of this beautiful gift and process during Burning Man. The festival’s credo is Leave No Trace – and indeed, no physical trace remains of the city of more than 80,000 people and its art installations. But the invisible impact of attending Burning Man can be profound, and I’m honored to have contributed my small grain of sand, thanks to Intentional Creativity and its Cosmic Cowgirls.

~ ~ ~

Lorraine TilburyDr. Lorraine Tilbury is a visionary artist, horsewoman and teacher, helping gifted youth, women and professionals connect to their true calling. She had many wild childhood dreams and is fulfilling them now: she’s a multilingual veterinarian, living in a 16th-century renovated priory in the beautiful Loire Valley region, surrounded by her family and her animal companions.

Lorraine works with a herd of horses who are guides in her workshop experiences. She is a regular contributor to BBC Capital’s online magazine, with speaking engagements from India to Arizona, with Paris in between. Lorraine is developing a body or art work while working with the method of Intentional Creativity©, a powerful way to focus projects and life plans through creative expression.

Lorraine works with journal techniques like sketching, collage, scrapbook, and painting to guide you on your way to personal & professional success. The horses may whisper in your ear to guide you as well!

Lorraine’s art has been described as inspirational and whimsical – a reflection of the way she lives her life, by connecting to her Inner Self through her creations. She brings into form the wisdom of her Soul in a way that showcases the fertility of her imagination.

Multimedia is Lorraine’s playground to translate into symbol the information she receives. She loves to add bits of mixed media to her creations: string, feathers, cardboard, paper, yarn….and glitter! It took Lorraine 45 years to figure out that she could really live her dreams – now she’s helping others learn to do the same.  www.lorrainetilbury.com

 

Am I Still Holding My Piece of the Red Thread?

 Alien Skin Rock - Annette Wagner

Facade.
An alien skin over your own
Hiding you from the world
Keeping your secrets safe
To walk in your own skin
Let your heart sing
Be you, only you
And you will loved.

I’ve not written for a while because life took me off on another tangent. One that felt like I was being derailed, distracted, and pulled away from my work, my piece of the red thread.

My wonderful, beautiful, creative daughter had a very rocky start to high school. Anxiety. Stress headaches. Tears. Anger. Overwhelm. It took weeks to figure out what was going on. It’s been very hard for her and very hard for me. To watch someone I love who has all this potential and brilliance flounder and sink into a miasma where she is entirely stalled out in her life….it rips up my heart big time.

I’ve run through the gamut of mom guilt trips: feeling hugely responsible, frustrated because I can’t just fix it, annoyed at the way it derailed her, wondering how I contributed, wondering how I missed this pattern in her all these years, feeling helpless, annoyed at how western medical just wants to hand a 14 year old drugs, annoyed at her father for his genetic contribution. You name it, I’ve been walking it.

All through this, I asked, What is wanted? I wanted an intention to guide my energy and my heart. I had a trip planned to Idaho and Montana for a week in the midst of this and I went because I needed the break, to step away for a bit. And so, there on the side of a river one day, my intention emerged:

To support my daughter in learning how and moving through transformation.

If you’ve read my blog you know that I know this transformation stuff. Its what I teach and what I paint. I’ve been through major change in my own life. But my hesitation, and I did have one, about engaging in what I teach with my child was because I felt I was too close. Yet spirit made it clear that this was what I was to do. Relief and clarity are mine – I’ve felt like I now have a light shining on my path forward.

I came home and went to work supporting her, talking to her therapist, putting routine and boundaries in place, and generally just being there with her to laugh and cry and keep taking one step after the other. I have not worked on my art updating my site or finishing watercolors and greeting cards or creating videos for online classes or any of the other projects I have on my list to get done. Part of me has been beating myself up about that. Feeling like I am not doing my work.

So what do those of us who work in the Intentional Creativity movement do when we feel like this? We ask. And so, I asked,

Am I still holding my piece of the red thread?

YES.

The answer surprised me but perhaps will not surprise you. The answer included letting me know that doing all that work to get my art out into the world is important – but it has its own time and path. And right now I AM doing my work. I AM holding my piece of the red thread. 

Being there with my daughter as she walks this path IS doing MY work in the world right now in this present moment. Its about loving my daughter in all the ways she needs so she has the opportunity to heal herself so she can live her life fully and with love and happiness. Tears as I write this…

I needed to hear this. I needed to recalibrate myself with my own inner purpose, with my own piece of the red thread. Recalibration comes in many ways and I am grateful whether it comes with rocks or rose petals strewn down my path so long as I know which direction to walk in. 

 

 

 

Handful of rocks - Annette Wagner

~ ~ ~

Annette-intentional-sketching-with-bookAnnette Wagner, M.A., is a Visionary Artist, Color of Woman Intentional Creativity teacher (many thanks to Ms. Shiloh for her teachings!), and Art Doctor.  She paints Contemporary Symbolism and watercolor sumi-e paintings. She works extensively with metaphor, symbol, and color. She is the Managing Editor of the Cosmic Cowgirls Magazine and staff at Shiloh Sophia Studios. 

Annette studied with American Master painter Sue Hoya Sellars and has a Masters in Women’s Spirituality  from Sofia University. Her background includes over 25 years of hi-tech experience including 21 patents. She is owned by her dancing daughter, two cat beings, the man of her heart, and her Muse. You can view her artwork and read more about Annette at: www.annettewagnerart.com

Facade and rocks photos by Annette Wagner, 2016. Headshot of Annette by C. Kalinski. 

Smudging the United Nations – A Native American woman leads the way and it is about time.

My personal story of showing up
and moderating a panel with my sisters
at UNCSW60 Commission on the Status of Women:
United Nations
and afterwards…
ceremony outside for Native Women and Girls and
smudging the 193 Member flags led by Carmen Baraka.

Dear Ones,

Here is a little of my story. Unplugged. Raw. Unedited.
Uncensored.

Share your comments here

UN Carmen walking and smudging

Spirit Warrior takes the UN by storm and smoke. She is asking for an apology for Native Peoples of the territory that is now known, as the United States.

Smudging the United Nations

I don’t sleep the night before.
The energy is too big here in New York.
I eat the big apple one bite at a time,

Especially at the United Nations.
Close to 200 flags wave their consent to Human Rights.
I buzz around the cosmos to see who is really in.
And what it means.

UN Shiloh moderating panel 2016I choose to be part of a nation of people who care.
I don’t feel I can represent the United States as it is now.
I don’t recognize my country.
I see our flag waving and make a silent prayer for justice.

I choose my outfit, red, black and white in the night.
I am afraid 8:30 is too early. Will anyone come?
Our room at 8:30 am on the10th floor at CSW60 begins to fill.

Roses red, and pink bringing beauty to the space.
Sisters, Cosmic Cowgirls, around the room holding space.
Presence. Vibration. Overwhelm translates into excitement.
Must stay grounded with the support of gravity.
What am I really doing here?

What can I really bring?
What could make a difference for these dear ones gathered?
From every nation, they crowd in. Bright colors.
Red, Gold, Green, Blue, Black, White, Amber, Hot Pink.
People sitting everywhere and all over the floor.
I said I would need 100 chairs. They provided 50.

On our table a stack of thick white cardstock and pens.
This is our altar. Must have creation supplies on hand.
My two 30+ slide Power Point presentations summon me to share.
Share facts. Share evidence. Share the work.
Share my months of preparation with others.
Prove the work worthy.

One is our survey on the impact of Intentional Creativity.
259 women from around the work speak to the work.
The other presentation, hand drawn on a digital board,
Showing HOW Intentional creativity works with story.
How stories can be transformed post trauma through art.

We are here on behalf of Sustainable Development goals.
Implementation. I have implemented, and want to show
How it can be done,
How our community can help your community
Use Intentional Creativity to heal.
This is why I am here.

I choose instead, red thread.

I want to give them a tool to use now, right now.
To experience in this moment.
Not a concept of Intentional Creativity,
My life work will have to wait.
I don’t need to talk about it. I need to do it.

I feel the room,
I don’t want to talk about me and my work in the world.
I want something real. Something red. Something they can take home.
Circles of energy to those they serve.
Clients, Beloveds, Colleagues, Students sitting in circle.

Red Thread with over 100 people from around the world spins fabric.

I ask who feels overwhelmed and exhausted by their service.
Hands are raised.
I ask them to share what their piece of the red thread is as they understand it now.
What is theirs to cause and create.
I teach them about seeing the big circle,
then seeing the piece they are holding.
Each get a chance to share a bit of their red thread with another.

They tie the thread on each other’s wrists.
The room is alive with love.
The buzz and hum and thrum of my heart is rising.
Fear combined with hope. Wonder combined with anticipation.
Sisterhood, brotherhood, weaving a tapestry at the UN.

Sharing this unfolding story with my sisters
Who stand for love,
The women who said yes to this experience of a panel
To being in the conversation.
This isn’t the General Assembly, this is a gathering of those on the ground.
Those not-for-profits who give their life for this work.

We begin.
An opening prayer to the grandmothers.
We declare this as sacred space.

Lois Herman, of WUNRN sharing the suffering, to wake us up.
We cannot believe what women are going through, violence, is rising.
She asks us to know. To see what is hard to see. To pay attention.
How poetry can be a part of the healing of women.
I call her the Grandmother to the United Nations.

My sister, Patty Melnice, sharing her oh so tough, Tough Angels story.
The name and laughter of Lady Fair and
her story resounds from Africa to the UN.
Sisters standing together working for a common goal, safety. Justice. Truth.
The room stands to celebrate a woman’s story, Patty,
who has gifted her life for others because she was called to.
The death of a tiny girl inspiring her towards creating a safer future.

UN Carmen blessing UNSpirit Warrior, Carmen Baraka asking for justice for Native Women and girls.
This genocide continues now.
Do we know this is the largest massacre of a people? Indians.
Most don’t know, she tells us, asks us to know. We need an apology.
We need the media to report on Native news in the US.
What are they hiding? Does the US know we are in occupied territory?

Will the UN ask the US to create a formal apology?
How can we create this? The room is surprised by her story.
We are angry. We are women with a right to be angry.
And yet we hold the good red road of anger into action.

We close the circle in beauty with song.
Lucy Mathews Heegaard, sharing a story song for Cancer survivors,
One True Step.
Yes, one true step at a time.
Surviving turns to thriving when the story is told.

One woman speaks out against some of our stories.
I had told her there would not be Q &A, so she just started talking.
In the middle of our panel.
A voice who tries to incite others in the room to her particular cause.
She is mad that our panel of 5 is made of mostly white women.
Because we talk about the challenges facing
women of color in some of our stories.
A thread in our own stories.
Not THE story we are telling.
We are showing up, weaving our stories together.
Not tearing them apart.
She missed the beauty that is happening.

The reason we are called to service is from our hearts.
She judges us. She is also white.
I see she is defending her sisters.
So are we. She slams us on social media.
She is on my thread so I tell her story too.
I know this conversation must be had.

I thank her for her voice. All voices needed.
Yet she has spoken into another woman’s story space in anger.
She has missed the thread in her rage.
And yet I know
This conversation has to be taken to another place,
But it can’t happen now.

My black friend, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide tells us,
I would have liked to tell the woman,
How you do not reject hands that have come to help.
This isn’t about what color the helper is.
You receive.

The room takes a breath.
I search for how to bring us home.
I know I don’t know what is really going on
but trust the unfolding as I try to turn my own anger into peace.

The room is silent as I say something like:
We all have our own piece of the red thread.
And we are here to educate one another and do the best we can.
What she said and how she said it is a letter for another day.
A thread of a different color, many colors.

Time has expanded and stretched for us.
I have so much more to say, but time is running out.

Honoring the lineage must happen.
Of how I got here.
I am looking for a space in my moderation.
Weaving context between each speaker and the whole room.
Trying to create relevance and stitching between stories.

Finally on closing I find the thread.
Sue and Lenore’s names reverberate throughout the UN grounds.
Eleanor Roosevelt you were right to choose
Lenore to create for the New Deal art.
Bringing emotion into art to tell stories.
The preamble to the constitution set in stone
by a woman’s hand in the 30s that we speak of today.
All three of you were in our circle.

My love, Jonathan working technology miracles.
Projector broken. Mic stand won’t stand.
With two projectors, three computers and five presenters’ material.
He makes it work. This is his 4th year of wrangling the technology.
He does so in stoic kindness.
And makes us laugh in the in between.
I want to reach him but there are too many people between us.
The isles have filled, with shoes from soil
from foreign countries toe to toe.

Today we launched the Hoya-Straus Library of Art Education.
A free video collection called A Brush with Healing has begun.
Intuitive art and painting are supposed to be shared.
We choose to share our gifts of Intentional Creativity.
Hundreds of fliers are passed out. Social media buzzes.
The registrations begin to pour in.
We will bring art to those who need it the most.

Spirit Warrior closes our circle with a chant from the ancestors.
The room becomes liquid. Particle and wave become fluid motion.
Time stops. As she chants and drums.
My knees shake. My stomach quivers.
The walls turn to listen.
The world listens. I think the United Nations heard it.
A Native American woman at the UN is calling for justice.
Justice that has not been served or acknowledged.

I remind everyone if you are in this room
you are supposed to be here.
The red thread has shortened the distance
between you and this circle.
I invite everyone to come away with an action, and inspiration.

IC teachers pass out card stock paper.
Ask people to write down an action to take.
I pray the love and power in that space and time expands.
Grows and blesses.

At the end, our speakers are rushed with women from many lands.
Women wait to speak to us,
and give us their stories and information.
Invitations connect threads in Africa,
India, China and the women behind them.
The Chinese women cry at the mention of the red thread.
The legend says that those who are supposed to meet
are connected by an invisible red thread since before birth.
Connections are made
That have been longing the making between worlds.

In our Intentional Creativity community we teach
That we each have our piece of red thread.
That we may be able to see the whole circle,
and because of that, may feel overwhelmed,
but really – all we have to know
Is our part, to name it and live it out.

What is your piece of the Red Thread?

Whispers of, this energy rarely happens here.
This is needed. We feel this. This is what we want.
Most panels aren’t like this. Don’t feel like this.
Not just statistics and facts,
but shared love among those who serve.
Sharing tools, resources, stories.

One of the things I remember is this:

When I say I will not present my report of statistics,
That I will share a tool they can bring back home to their work
They cheer. I hear the room humming with stories
From all nations as the red thread is shared.

We invite everyone to the streets before the flags
To be a part of a ritual on UN grounds (or near)
We hope we won’t be arrested
But we will try to get in as much as we can
Before we are discovered by police.

UN Carmen drumming ShilohSpirit Warrior leads us in ceremony.
She smudges us with sage. People on the street join us.
A man who is filming with his i-phone stops and asked to be blessed.
A woman on the gender continuum journey asks,
is this really a blessing?
I want a blessing.
She asks me what it means.
I tell her it also clears negative energy.
Her eyes get wide. I need that she/he says.
We pass out roses from the Great Mother.

Then the idea comes – smudge the United Nations.
Every flag from every country represented.
We made our own procession
Guided by a Native Woman on whose Ancestors land we stand.
We raise up our hands in prayer and blessing
We sing the women’s healing song as we go.

I can’t help but wonder
Has the United Nations ever been smudged?
We feel the power. The presence.
The work being done on behalf of all beings. All nations.
This day, we have each held our piece of the red thread.
That which is ours to do.

We lunch together, a party of 18, making plans for change.
Plans get set in motion.
Ideas of classes, scholarships, new allegiances are born.
We agree to create a scholarship fund for Native American Girls.
We agree the stories of white women and black women
and brown women working together
is ready for a the next part of the conversation.

We need to open up in new ways.
Standing side by side and saying the impossible words
that will dissolve the invisible and visible barriers,
many of which are created by patriarchy, not by sisters.

If we don’t say the unspoken, who will?
Those who lead from the heart,
don’t help each other from guilt.
We help each other from love.
The story continues and the table is loud and alive.

Later that evening in a little café in Chelsea.
I am exhausted and yet filled with life.
I need a bowl of pasta and red wine.
I talk with my husband over candlelight.

We make plans for next year.
We hope we did a good job.
I pray we offered a blessing.
I pray for all beings.

Holding my piece of the red thread.
AHO!

Shiloh Sophia

Share your comments HERE.

UN CSW60 group in front of sign 2016

Thank you to all the sisters gathered – for their support and presence and a few I know by name….especially Cosmic Cowgirls and Color of Woman teachers.

Lois Herman, Carmen Baraka, Denise Wreden, Patty Melnice, Rachel Bavis, Karen Murphy, Mary MacDonald, Valerie Kravette, Shauna Henry, Elizabeth Gibbons, Carole Thomassy, Leslie Nolan, Barbara Ann Michaels, Christine St. Pierre, Felicia Thompson, Marie Claudine Marie Claudine Mukamabano and more….

“We stand firm in our commitment to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression, including artistic and creative expression. In addition to being an integral part of the protected human right to freedom of expression, artistic and creative expression is critical to the human spirit, the development of vibrant cultures, and the functioning of democratic societies. Artistic expression connects us all, transcending borders and barriers.

Artistic expression can challenge us and change the way we view the world”.

This quote comes from a joint statement made by 57 State Members at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

A Brush With Healing Graphic

Welcome to the Hoya-Straus Art Education Library
at the heart of Intuitive Art & Intentional Creativity.

Our first project, A Brush with Healing provides access to free video classes to be used for self healing and education through the arts for both personal and professional use.

Access the video library here!


We have one more event at the United Nations on March 24 – where we will be showing a film about intuitive art and intentional creativity alive in the world.

What's the Buzz from Glitter Wasp?

The art of Shiloh Sophia impacts us at the level of the heart and soul in a way that opens us up to new possibilities of healing, wholeness and connection.

Read More

We are the Red Thread Nation!

Who We Are: The Red Thread Nation is a tribe that is ‘chosen’.

We are a tribe of creatives, poets, artists, dancers, dreamers, healers, visionaries and change makers.We are a community of woman dedicated to creativity, connection, conversation and collaboration.We all come from different geographies and genealogies, and for many of us we do not feel we ‘fit’ where we came from. THIS is a place where we CHOOSE to participate inside of a newly defined culture. A culture defined by a community of creatives who are guided by the heart. Many of us resist the dominant over-cultures and are working to find our voice in world that might not have valued the things we have had to say.

 

Where We Come From: The Red Thread Nation was forged from a mutual desire to serve, empower and bless.

The Red Thread Nation is a collaborative project guided by two organizations, Cosmic Cowgirls University, founded in 2006 and The Color of Woman School, founded in 1994. These are alternative education vehicles that teach both online and in-person courses. Cosmic Cowgirls is a United States Based member owned LLC that is a nationally based and dedicated to transformational education based on the visionary arts and entrepreneurship. The Color of Woman School is an International teacher training for those who desire to ‘teach’ the method started by our Founder, Shiloh Sophia McCloud that teaches a style of cathartic healing painting that makes it possible for anyone to paint, and discover healing.  We are not a legal structure or organized corporation, we are a gathering of souls.

 

What we are working on: The Red Thread Nation is a university without borders teaching transformational education.

Our vision is three-fold – 1. University: online and in-person education globally 2. Community: Introduce and establish a culture that is guided by love and creativity 3. Magazine: Publish articles and conversations that teacher and empower ourselves and our readers towards causing and creating a vital life. By vital we mean a life where you are encouraged to become WHO you are and live out that life. Essentially our courses provide tools abou authoring YOUR future.

 

What We Care About: The Red Thread Nation is dedicated to creating systems of connection.

Our Vision is to forge connections between art, healing and women worldwide. Our delivery vehicle for this is our courses, our published materials and magazine, and creating relationships through a community with a common vision to connect through creativity. To discover what makes us the same in the most basic ways, and how we can be a part of something larger than ourselves but not lose sit of our individual visions for our lives. We develop systems, methods that we share with women, that create an opportunity for lasting change in their lives.

 

What We Believe: The Red Thread Nation comes from the knowledge that healing is possible.

We work with a culture of creativity that believes that all beings are inherently creative. Our research over the past 20 years has demonstrated that when women are given the tools to create a path of healing and self expression, that the ability to transform their lives is in their hands. We believe that inside of every single being resides an internal navigation system which is deeply connected with that person’s core identity and ability to self express. At the very heart of our work is to introduce others to the awareness of how this ‘system’ can work for them and the development of their lives.

 

Who Should Join Us: Women who feel called to creating connections with other women creatives.

By creative, we don’t just mean those who are practicing in the arts, since we believe that all beings are creative. IF you want to FEEL like you are a part of something larger than yourself, if you want to discover who you are at the level of your core identity, or if you just want to see what this tribe of wild women creatives is up to, then join us. Joining means you will be kept in the loop about your work in the world through our Magazine, RedThreadNation.com

The Soul Fire Collection from Color of Woman

[responsive_youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpc5XW-4_AQ]

What's the Buzz from Glitter Wasp?

The art of Shiloh Sophia impacts us at the level of the heart and soul in a way that opens us up to new possibilities of healing, wholeness and connection.

Read More

How These Spells Begin

Let yourself respond to this poem as your young Legendary Self.

Read More

Loading...
X