A Red Thread Runs Through It

Kerry Lee
Benicia, California

Everyone 

has a dream to live

a story to tell

a song to sing

a dance to dance

a poem to share

a healing journey

a medicinal remedy

a love story

a teaching to offer

a mountain to move

a gift of wild wisdom

a plan of action

a desire to express

a painting to paint

a vision to live

a legend to unfold

Everyone…especially you

holds a piece of the red thread.

~Invocation from Tea with the Midnight Muse by Maestra Shiloh Sophia

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This story begins in November 2013 at the Color of Women Graduation in Healdsburg, CA. During the several day celebration, I stepped into a dream vision and set an intention I had been thinking about for a long time with an out loud fearless declaration to the entire graduating class, alumni, and teachers who were there. I declared that if I won a sales performance award trip which I was in the running for through my corporate job, I would be going to Christchurch, New Zealand. And since my dream was to become an Intentional Creativity Teacher who taught and traveled internationally, I stated that my intention was to teach in New Zealand, if I won the trip. I had no idea how that might be possible but declared it and let go.

A Chinese legend says that those who are supposed to meet are connected by an invisible red thread since before birth

Just a few minutes later my classmate Denise Daffara, who had flown in from Australia came up to me and said her Mum lived in New Zealand, she’d love to visit her and would I be interested in collaborating. Would I be interested in collaborating?!! Seriously? I had no idea how this was going to be possible and the first stepping-stone was put in place with that question.

Not long after setting my intention, I received the incredible news that I had won the trip!  Denise shared my story with her childhood friend Vicky Eastwood, who is a nursing friend with Rosie McCarthy both from Christchurch. Vicky came for coffee with Rosie, saw her art and suggested that she should connect with Denise on Facebook. Rosie did just that, found out our dream and intentions and took the ball and ran with it. Red Thread connection in action! She found a place for us to teach, the largest independently operated art store on the South Island, The Drawing Room. She worked with the owner and his staff to coordinate all of the details including providing supplies, rearranging the store and doing the marketing. They were excited to have us be there. Denise and I just needed to create the content and marketing materials. Amazing.

Inform the artists it is our job to weave
our golden and red threads~Maestra Shiloh Sophia

Before I go on, a little back-story. When Denise and I agree we should collaborate we discussed what were the intentions for each of us. I had no idea how we’d market the workshop, find students, supplies and especially a place to teach. I was ok with it being spontaneous and in a park. I just wanted the photographs so I could call myself an International Teacher. Denise however, said she wanted to make enough money to pay for her trip. That felt big. But big dreams are the best…

Fast forward, the workshop sold out in less than two days. With 18 students! Paul, the store owner asked if we’d be open to a second workshop the next day and we decided why not?! We both had the time and much of the effort would already have been done. And that workshop sold out in two days! Wow. As very new graduates this was very exciting.

Kerry and Denise with collaborative teaching paintings

Kerry and Denise with collaborative teaching paintings

The workshops went very smoothly. Denise and I shared a canvas combining our muses and we had energy to spare afterwards. With help from Rosie, Paul, his store manager Prue, and their team, they did an excellent job at having everything ready to go. Including a home-made high tea for the class each day courtesy of Prue. We donated our two combined paintings to a women’s’ shelter and each went on our own way enjoying New Zealand. My daughter Rosie, who also assisted us during the workshop, and I stayed with Rosie McCarthy who treated us like royalty; cooking us delicious meals and even lending her car for a week to tour so I could save money towards my dream of quitting my corporate job and teaching full-time.

Fast forward again to November 2015. Rosie McCarthy had decided to become a Color of Woman teacher and was in California to graduate, this time staying with me. During the graduation activities I was to give a pictorial presentation about my past year, my first year out of that corporate job and into teaching full time. Right before it was my turn, one of the new graduates pulled me aside and introduced herself, Tracey Buist-Eastwick. She had been in the second workshop in Christchurch with Rosie.

Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in~Leonard Cohen

When I asked Tracey what sparked her to take the teacher training we both recalled the exact moment. In the opening Red Thread Circle a woman who may have been of native Maori descent had tears and said she was there to heal. All of her hair was gone. Denise and I were such newbies and it was powerful and a bit intimidating to see she had hopes we could help. By following the step-by-step Color of Woman Method and what we had been taught, and wow did we.

At one point the woman was lost and feeling stuck. Her painting was beautiful yet very dark with a dark skinned woman nearly hidden behind what looked like curly bushes. I simply stood next to her for a short while and gave her guidance on adding highlights to the face – so super simple and so powerful. As the face lit up so did the woman. It was so amazing. Everything changed in that moment. You’ll see her in the group photo in the front row with a big smile and her fist in the air, ready to fight and heal.

And the intentions Denise and I set? I got my photographs and we both were able to pay for our trips with the proceeds. The mystery of the unknown and the gifts walking this path can bring are magical.

In gratitude to all who are a part of this story,

Kerry Lee

Kerry Lee will be embarking on a Vision Your Dream 2016 Road Tour,  from Portland to San Francisco in January 2016 to celebrate her one year anniversary of leaving her corporate job that no longer fit.
Find out about her workshops and her 2016 Calendar offering at www.KerryLeeArt.com
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Denise-Daffara

Denise Daffara offers online workshops and original mini paintings created in her studio in Mountain Creek, Queensland Australia. www.denisedaffara.com.au

Healing The Healer with Intentional Creativity

Change coming from the inside.
Inside of our hearts and souls.
Inside the establishments and institutions.
Inside the goals for the future.

The intersection of art and healing cannot be overlooked at this time of the great wheel turning. We have a world of people hurting without access to the tools to powerfully express it and transform it.

We need ways for those who are serving to be able to do their own work, easily and powerfully so they are feeling empowered and inspired to work on behalf of those they serve. As we know, secondary traumatic stress and fatigue is rampant among those who serve in our institutions – what are the ways we can lift them up so they can continue to do the work they felt called to when they embarked on a career of service? We, as a community of educators are bringing in the power of Intentional Creativity™.

As a part of the vision for the United Nations SDG30, Sustainable Development Goals, we are seeing how we can do our part to work towards some of the goals through providing education to those who are working on delivering the goals – change has to happen with those offering the services to establish trust and connection with those who are in need. Creativity, consciously applied is one of the ways we are working towards contributing to the goals like this that that serve women and girls worldwide.

In particular, our community wants to be a part of Goal 4, as stated in the SDG30: “Ensure inclusive and equitable equality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”  (Reference) We can do this. We have to do this, and educators like Rachel Bavis give us hope for what is possible when we bring our gifts into the arena of heart based service.

A great example of this happening ‘on the ground’ in our own community is Rachel Bavis, a 2014 Color of Woman graduate. She is a lawyer in the social work system, who at one time thought she had put her law work behind her to pursue life as an artist and teacher. However, in her love,  goodness and vision, she has returned to work with those she once served in a law capacity – but now she serves them with art in her work with Heal the Healer.

Rachel is a powerful force in the world for transformation IN the establishment. She had recently been approved as a trainer through San Diego State University’s Public Child Welfare Training Academy and the Bay Area Academy – which collectively support and provide training for child welfare agencies in seventeen counties in California. Thus far, she has provided her training to more than 100 child welfare workers in the system with many more to come.

Our global community of Intentional Creativity™ is very proud of her, and excited to see what emerges with her work with both the social work providers as well as the clients they serve in the welfare and child welfare system. Change is happening from the inside and the ripple out is evident in her results.

Last week Rachel returned to the Color of Woman School with our 2015 graduates – sharing her Heal the Healer process with us so that others could bring her way of working with ICM into the establishments and clients we serve.

Feeling so very blessed to be a part of this great work unfolding and coming full circle with the legacy of this kind of work.

Thinking of course, and grateful for, our roots in the New Deal art, with Lenore Thomas Straus, the mentor or our mentor, Sue Hoya, bringing images of healing and the feminine, to the New Deal art with the Roosevelt administration. The legacy continues in us, who continue to ask the question Straus posed about how art shapes the one who makes it, and changes us from the inside.

~ Shiloh Sophia


 

Rachel Bavis
Aptos, California

On November 5, 2015, one year after I graduated, I had the pleasure of teaching my Healing the Healer Red Thread Session to the Color of Woman™ 2015 graduates. I loved it so much!  I’m in my happy place painting with these wonderfully talented peeps who want to bring Intentional Creativity™ into the world.

Next…I’ll bring the teachings back to my other beautiful peeps…(not the marshmallow kind!).

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Those other peeps are the social workers, therapists, and other helping professionals who work to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect.  From the emotionally taxing work they do, they experience symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, including illness, nightmares, sadness, and anxiety, to name a few.  After taking my Healing the Healer IC™ workshop, they expressed feeling relaxed, calm, peaceful, rejuvenated, and energized. As one social worker participant beautifully explained,  After taking ‘Healing the Healer’ I have renewed enthusiasm for work, hope in the process, the journey, and the desire to share this energizing, renewing process with others, especially the teens with whom we work.  After this training, the Agency ordered a workshop for their youth, who found it to be “fun”, “cool”, “creative” and “exciting”, and helped them to relieve stress.  One teen explained, This is an art class that will help you express yourself, for who you are. The workshops are offered in California directly with me and in the counties served by the Public Child Welfare Training Academy or Bay Area Academy organizations. PCWTA class description

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Secondary Trauma is an occupational hazard for child welfare workers who are exposed to survivors of traumatic events as part of their everyday work. Helping staff establish coping strategies can reduce staff burnout and turnover. Rachel Bavis’ Healing The Healer workshop offers child welfare social workers a therapeutic, interactive environment to address and develop such coping skills. As a deputy director for Children and Family Services. I believe Ms. Bavis has a unique approach- focusing on creativity and mindfulness to help staff develop tools to remain emotionally healthy. Her prior experience as an attorney working in the juvenile system gives her an empathic perspective in understanding the traumatic nature of the stressors in our work.  I highly recommend this training opportunity as many of our staff have attended and returned to work with a renewed enthusiasm and passion for their work. Ms. Bavis is an outstanding and dynamic facilitator and her workshop is not to be missed! – Dr Joanne Munro, Deputy Director, OC Children and Family Services

Thank you Lenore Thomas Strauss, Sue Hoya Sellars, Shiloh Sophia, Mary MacDonald and Jenafer Owen for creating and nurturing the Color of Woman & Intentional Creativity Method™ as it transforms and heals in the most wondrous of ways! Kudos and thanks also to the other 2013 & 2014 grads who offered their beautiful teachings the same day…Heidi Sequoia Moondancer, Kerry Lee Hedrick Laird, Dominique Peters and Elizabeth Gibbons…the room was filled with xoxoxxos and good juju.

Studying with Shiloh awakened the dormant artist in me and I became a certified Color of Woman Teacher and Intentional Creativity coach. I believe we are all creative artists.  My art embraces the Divine Feminine, often with whimsical, symbolic animals who bring messages, protection, and playfulness. Using acrylics, charcoal, colored pencils, and pen, I love playing with bold colors and have a strong, graphic style, influenced by those artists I love, like O’Keeffe, Klimt, Kahlo, and Shiloh Sophia.  I create with the intention to heal children and families, and–by bringing healing images into the world—the earth and all beings.  I have a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a minor in Studio Art from Hunter College, City University of New York.

My Art is Me

Sahar Joya
Toronto, Canada

I was born as a refugee in Pakistan. When we immigrated to Canada, my parents divorced leaving my mother to tend to 8 children on her own in a completely new society and way of life. This challenge marked great places of suffering inside me, but those places of pain also led me to seek out visions of beauty, of love, and of justice and harmony.

During the summer of 2012, I was experiencing a time of self-recovery. I began exploring through creativity a new sense of identity, one that came from healing and wholeness and empowerment.  I became certified as a life coach and registered SustainED360 as a business with a vision in my heart. That vision was to create empowerment educational programs, especially for those who would be considered marginalized and underprivileged, coming from challenging places and histories like the ones I came from.

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I had long been engaged in leadership roles in my community in Toronto since I was 14. I realized there were things that felt like they were missing from these programs. Inside I felt broken and that was never addressed.  At that time I withdrew from Teacher’s college for the second time, because there were too many assumptions and many unaddressed inquires that we just weren’t having. How were we to educate young children when we ourselves had not addressed our own issues or healed our own wounds?

What if instead of the place of intense suffering informing our choices, thoughts and decisions, we could come from a new informed place?

This inquiry continued when I began holding workshops on leadership and self empowerment and ‘being the change’ in the world.  I experienced an internal struggle. While focused on trying to have integrity,  I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror for longer than 2 minutes. My inner critic would scream hateful words of resentment, anger, shame, guilt, and down right abuse!

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Waking up to this inner pattern caused me to draft a new vision and pathway for myself.  I wanted to become a life coach, to support young people and adults in transforming their relationship to themselves, coming from a place of self love in all their choices and decisions. I wanted to teach, which I drafted outlines for was a Girl’s Empowerment summer camp program, which became a reality as you can see in the images here. I wanted girls and women to relate to themselves from a place of self-love, which now is articulated as the voice of the Queen of Their Hearts, or their Muse, as is taught in the Intentional Creativity Movement. Flash forward to Summer of 2015, and it came to life in a most magnificent way! I became a certified Color of Woman Teacher and Intentional Creativity Coach with Shiloh Sophia McCloud. This achievement together with my past resources, healings, teachings and tools, leaves me feeling empowered and prepared to harvest the work of my dreams!

Sahar Joya

One of the things we share as Intentional Creativity educators is to document the progress, because then we can see the shifts that have occurred. The places we have journeyed to, through and from! I love looking back to having this evidence to show the participants as well the transformation they just went through. Many began this process and course with fears that they were not creative, or that they couldn’t paint and felt a lot of anxiety and excitement which is totally normal when jumping on one of these rides! It is one of my greatest joys to witness and to support my beloveds because there is usually immense breakthrough waiting just on the other side!

 

 

 

Sahar Joya

This girl started out proclaiming that she is not creative. In the middle of the program she developed her own color, called “Fashinista Pink” and WAS ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH HER WORK and her creativity!

Another young girl was afraid of the process of losing what she already had drawn on her canvas. Part of the practice of Intentional Creativity is to go through the edge of risk and to feel it through art to find our way around it hopefully when faced with it in real life. For her, the dilemma was what if she lost this and couldn’t get back anything prettier since this was one of her best pieces she had ever drawn. She moaned, groaned and finally slowly followed the next step to spray down water on the charcoal and lose what she had. And later one she admitted to me that she actually loved that she did that even though it was hard because she was able to find even more by letting it go and trusting to work out the new. She also had many other deep breakthroughs and accessing deep wisdom from the Queen of Her heart that helped her express emotions and stories that were long held inside and needed space to be expressed and witnessed which we did in our final circle sharing.

In exploring the Queen of their Hearts, some of these girls had developed more intimate and closer friendships with one another. On the first day of camp many of the girls expressed the sadness of not having many friends who were girls and hoping to make some during this experience. It was so wonderful to see them trusting one another to work on each other’s canvases and to find connection and sisterhood through the process!

Sahar Joya3Camp leaders who were mentors also allowed themselves into a full meditative exploration during this painting process. As you can see this is such a self portrait depiction and to make that connection without conscious intention was even more powerful to see. I showed her this picture so she could see the mirror she was creating through. To see ourselves positioned as the queen of our hearts is one of the most powerful teachings I feel all young girls and women must engage with and come from in their lives, so that we can counter-act many of the gender based issues of violence, disempowerment,

I am so grateful for the wisdom of these girls, for their participation, deep love and for this work that gives me tools to share my message and gifts with those I am meant to be working with. My hope and vision is to see this method be expanded within the education system and to inform our teachers and educators all of the world about these processes and possibilities. I am now in my Masters of Education program, hoping to somehow find my own piece and my way of making this bigger vision and dream happen.

Our teacher Shiloh teaches that when we work with our ideas through the processes of Intentional Creativity, the space and distance between our beloveds and our visions collapse, bringing it into form much faster. I know that for me, as I do this work with the people I serve, I am moved to a different place. We all go on the journey together, moving from one place to the next. Our shifts become captured in image, in words and in memory.  The transformations occur also on the cellular level, mapping new neuropathways from patterns and routines that no longer serve us. There is no other way I would want to teach anymore that does not incorporate the teachings of Intentional Creativity and our Color of Woman training, which truly is one of the most revolutionary systems on Earth right now. I don’t say this because I am a Color of Woman teacher, but because the work speaks for itself!

If you are interested in bringing Intentional Creativity to your schools or to your organizations, I recommend you check out the Red Thread Nation listings and reach out to one of us! These experiences are always remarkable and create great impacts because of the cutting edge technologies that inform our practices, as well as the heart and passion of the educators and community!

sahar Joya headshotSahar Joya is an Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach, a visionary artist, student and educator in service of creating and administering a kind of pedagogical practice that helps us find our connection to our selves, to one another and to our histories at large, while also being at the edge of the creative aspect of the universe in re-creating new ways of life and togetherness that promote a sustainable paradigm infused by love, justice and inquiry of being with the Great Mystery. She currently is pursuing her Masters degree in Education in Toronto, while working on her piece of the Red thread, the place in the whole that she is responsible for tending to. She facilitates workshops for youths and adults, and also provides one on one workshops and mentorship opportunities. She is also working on putting together a compilation of a body of work to express her findings so far in her journey, and to also explore important questions relevant to change makers in our world. https://beautywaystudios.wordpress.com

 

 

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Intentional Creativity with Portable Murals

Eileen Nash
San Francisco Bay Area, California

A portable mural is one created on canvas or paper that can be rolled up and travel wherever it needs to be taken.   Murals tell a story using images and sometimes words.  A mural is an effective and powerful tool of communication with conscious and unconscious impact. They are a statement to humanity’s need to express story with conscious and unconscious symbols.  Murals capture a snapshot of an intention, an enquiry or a moment in time. Consider the first known murals, cave drawings dating back to 30,000 BC or Egyptian tomb depictions, Italian frescoes or lively contemporary street art seen around the world today.

A mural is a bridge to the community. The artists communicate with the people; meetings are held to discuss the issues. The result is a reflection – a mirror of that community. Susan Cervantes

Eileen Nash Portable Mural

To create this piece I led a group of 20 people gathered for a team building workshop for an oncology pharmaceutical company. The mural’s main image represents the theme of women with ovarian cancer and those partaking in global clinical trials for treatment.  Using the Intentional Creativity process, internal thoughts and intentions from the group were able to shift, the mural becoming a place to explore healing and new possibilities through form.

Everyone contributed to ideas for symbols as part of the overarching theme.  My only rule was to remind people to leave their inner critic at the door. I found that once one person started to engage, others followed.  After rough sketches, placement  on the mural was decided as a group. This mutable process brought forth and allowed the mural imagery to coalesce. The story in image began to take shape and participants then began painting in the symbols with color.

This collaborative process twined individual and shared strengths, talents and goals.  Perceptions of separateness within the group began to fall away as symbols came into form. Seeing their shared vision take shape, images representing qualities they had to offer and wished to experience within the greater team, created not only new connections but a bridge to a new story.

Eileen Nash
Eileen Nash

Eileen’s vision is to guide people in consciously experiencing their authentic selves to embrace or actively transform their perceptions of their inner and outer realities. This is accomplished utilizing your mind combined with different mediums such as acrylic paints, watercolors and collage. Intentional Creativity engagement with Art changes us and how we perceive our world. Eileen’s Paintbrush Café is a virtual place where people come to encounter their inner treasure and place it into a creative container.

Eileen is based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has lived since 1983. Always a creative, her artskills were developed and honed through Color of Woman training created by Shiloh Sophia McCloud in 2013. She is a certified Color of Woman Teacher and Intentional Creativity Coach. Eileen has a bachelors degree as a Registered Nurse, working many years at UCSF and has owned her own consulting business since 2000 providing Clinical Operations support in development of new drugs in the pharmaceutical industry.

To learn more about Eileen’s work with Intentional Creativity visit the Facebook page Paintbrushcafe or visit www.paintbrushcafe.com

Power of the Red Thread

Jassy Watson
Queensland, Australia

 

I invite participants at all of my workshops to join in Red Thread Ceremony as I not only believe, but know deeply, that it is a most profound way to connect the group and prompt them to think sincerely about their purpose and intention. There have been many powerful moments, but one that stands out is a Paint Your Muse workshop I held for a group of teenage girls aged between 12 & 15. I had not committed fully to including it in this particular workshop, as I wanted to ‘feel’ into the energy of the group. We were all brand new to each other, most of the girls had never met and it was the first time meeting me in the studio. After our introductions and a discussion about the day I decided that YES! We were going to NEED the RED THREAD. I could sense anxiety and knew that calling a circle was going to help alleviate that. Inviting them into ceremony would act as a connector. If it went how I envisioned, the girls would see that they were all feeling the same – a little anxious, nervous and self-conscious.

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None of them had ever participated in a circle discussion, let alone a Red Thread Ceremony. I explained some of the myths and legends behind it, why I do it at all my classes and how it would work for us in the context of the work we were doing that day. I did receive a few uncertain looks, especially when I mentioned how great it would be if everyone could share a word or a line about their intention for the day. With each passing of the thread from one girl to the next, I could see and feel each of them relax. Smiles lit up faces, postures altered, shoulders dropped and all were brave enough to speak up. Through this shared experience a bond was formed. A space of safety was created and they intuitively knew that they were going to be able to express themselves freely in the group under my gentle guidance.

Jassy Watson Red Thread Circle

I told the girls that they too could share this experience with others: With friends at school or with family. I told them a Red Thread Circle could be called at any time, for any reason. Many of the girls have returned for more classes at the studio and I always smile when I see them still wearing their piece of the Red Thread.

What I have come to know through all the Red Thread Ceremonies I have called, is that there is a profound awakening and a deep re-membering of what it feels like and what it means to be in a sacred circle of women.

 

Jassy Watson

Jassy Watson

 

Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a Mother of four, passionate organic gardener, Intuitive/Visionary & Community Artist, Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach and a student of Ancient History and Religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Creatress of Goddesses Garden, Studio & Gallery; a school for the Sacred Creative Arts. Jassy teaches regular painting workshops in person, nationally and internationally, and online based around themes that explore myth, history, earth connection and the Goddess. Regular creative events and presentations are also held that have included visits from international scholars, artists and musicians.

Personal Transformation

Jennifer Bowers
Yosemite National Park vicinity, CA

 

Teaching the Intentional Creativity Method has become my joy. I love to witness personal transformation as it occurs for each student, with each brush stroke and intentional step. The insights received,  allowing for a deepening of understanding and expression.

Danielle and her Muse

Danielle and her Muse

Several years ago, I found myself stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed – struggling to overcome deep grief from the loss of my sister while trying to maintain a business and family. From this struggle, I learned the importance of radical self-care.  By finding ways to become centered, I was able to give more fully to others and not end up depleted. Intentionally treating my body, spirit and mind with love, care and honor, I saw how dramatically I could change my life for the better. During this time, my self-care routine turned from an extreme sport to an essential part of living a healthy, happy, and productive life!

Seeing the positive shift self-care brought to my life, I dove enthusiastically into studying the healing arts including aromatherapy, holistic health and creative expression. My training brought me to many of the world’s greatest teachers in these areas, and I now share these life-changing gifts with women who want to explore their stories, and create space to live with more joy and greater ease.

Jennifer Bowers

As a Color of Woman Method Teacher and Intentional Creativity Coach, I innovatively blend the healing arts to empower people to feel healthy, happy, and beautiful. I’m grateful to be able to guide other women to increase access to their inner wisdom through communicating with their senses.

 

I offer individual sessions, group workshops, and retreats in California.
Come visit me here for more information-www.jenniferbowers.com

 

 

 

Your Legendary Life

Kerry Lee
Benicia, California

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Your Legendary Life is an Intentional Creativity six-week series I created and held at a Northern California retirement community. With a group of sixty-something to ninety-something,  adventurous and fun senior citizens, we took stories of personal legend to the canvas.  The center has an active life enrichment program, though many of the participants had never painted before, (except for houses and fences!). Some had simply left their artistic selves in the past.

My inspiration for the workshop came from this quote:
The Grace in Aging comes from the perspective that with some outer vistas closing as we age, we would do well to recognize that inner vistas, peaceful and joyful and beautiful beyond imagining, can open. These inner vistas have always been within, available to us; we often didn’t have the time to explore them in any depth while we were immersed in the busy-ness of our lives to date. From “The Grace in Aging, Awaken as You Grow Older” by Kathleen Dowling Singh

Legendary Lives Workshop

Legendary Lives Workshop

The inquiry for the series was about what made each participants lives unique and their legends. They identified memories from their lives that they could release and embraced words of wisdom to pass along as part of their legacy.   At each gathering we joined together in a red thread circle, where I witnessed each person gain deeper connections. They enjoyed sharing about their lives, while learning more about one another and also themselves.  As the teacher, I especially enjoyed having my parents in the workshop, getting to paint with them,  to know their friends and have dinner afterwards every week.

 

I was thrilled to receive these student comments after the workshop-

A highlight included painting on canvas – never done that before (that I can remember!) and finding new discoveries in myself and what was what was already known.
The face looks like a face!
The experience turned our inner spirits loose!

I will be starting a second series with the retirement community in June, titled “The Alter Ego’s Mask”, with the participants Alter Ego represented as a masked face. An Alter Ego is said to be a second personality inside us, our most genuine self, and the one that is not defined by our particular cultural context.

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Kerry Lee’s workshops are primarily aimed at expansion for creativity and release creative blocks for all, changing beliefs that limit health, success and longevity and customized corporate team building. She offers Intentional Creativity Painting workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Join Kerry at her next workshop, The Honey Jar. Sweet. Wet. Wild,  held on May 23 & 24. For more information see the events page at KerryLeeArt.com or on Facebook at The Alchemical Artist, Kerry Lee and You.

Healing the Healer

Rachel Bavis
Aptos, California

Healing the Healer-Orange County, CA

Healing the Healer-Orange County, CA

Maestra Shiloh Sophia’s Intentional Creativity method works so beautifully to heal and rejuvenate.  I am amazed by the incredible impact the process has proven to create transformation, peace and renewal in the midst of emotionally taxing and stressful working environments. My passion and expertise as a Child Welfare Lawyer, Intentional Creativity Coach and Teacher is the foundation for development of my Healing the Healer Workshops.  The intent of these unique workshops is to help social workers, therapists and other healing professionals access their inner guide to renew, heal, and recover from Secondary Traumatic Stress. I feel passionately that these workshops should be an integral part of their training to maintain vibrant health, while doing their vital work of protecting children & youth from abuse and neglect and nurturing healthy families.

Rachel Bavis Healing the Healer Sonoma-Individual Collage

Healing the Healer-Sonoma, CA

Serving numerous counties throughout California, I offer Healing the Healer workshops privately and through the Public Child Welfare Training Academy and Bay Area Academy.  Contact Rachel at rachelbavis@gmail.com for further information.

 

Rachel Bavis

Studying with Shiloh awakened the dormant artist in me and I became a certified Intentional Creativity coach and teacher. I believe we are all creative artists.  My art embraces the Divine Feminine, often with whimsical, symbolic animals who bring messages, protection, and playfulness.   Using acrylics, charcoal, colored pencils, and pen, I love playing with bold colors and have a strong, graphic style, influenced by those artists I love, like O’Keeffe, Klimt, Kahlo, and Shiloh Sophia.  I create with the intention to heal children and families, and–by bringing healing images into the world—the earth and all beings.  I have a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a minor in Studio Art from Hunter College, City University of New York.

A Bridge to Healing

Kate Langlois-San Francisco, CA

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Water Under the Bridge

 

In my pursuit for interconnection to the world I was surprised where I found it.  Painting. I wanted this connection because I longed to take a stand for human rights. What I discovered, was that to serve the world community with my art, I would first have to take a stand for myself,  by healing my own heart.

Finding interconnection to the world by cultivating love for myself was not something I thought could come from painting. Yet this heart connection from myself to canvas is exactly what has awakened within me. When I began painting images of those suffering in the world, I began to see the canvas take on the form of an energetic bridge between them and myself. As the paintings evolved and symbols emerged, I saw unexpected layers of the image-story, which seemed to be related to my own healing.

This intersection is what I’m exploring currently in my work as an artist and teacher using the Intentional Creativity Method. Out of my desire to take a stand for those suffering in the world, I paint images centered on love and this includes self-love. With self-love, we are sustainable, nourished and fulfilled. Reoccurring themes of hope, equality, safety and justice bloom right out of the under layers of the turmoil and layers of paint.

Letting the paintbrush dance with color and form, I move from fear of the unknown into wonder of the unknown. And in that unknown space healing happens organically that I am neither conscious of creating or making happen, it just happens due to the creative process.

Whatever life hands me, whether wonderful or difficult, I move through it with Intentional Creativity as my guide. I’m always fascinated with how malleable this method truly is. Each of us has who’ve gone through the training with Maestra Shiloh Sophia, imbibe the teachings and also create our own, in accordance to who we are as creatives. The capacity for intentional creativity to expand and adapt to a multitude of creative, transformative ventures is part of the magic and excitement for me. I never know what is going to happen which is part of why it is a tool that can reveal the hidden places.

As I find myself even decades after my own personal trauma of childhood sexual abuse, still navigating through the many layers of  healing. For a long time I thought emotional healing could be a linear journey like when you get a cold and you recover and move on.

Traumas appear to be more cyclical or maybe its that the resulting patterns come over us in waves at high or low tide based on what is happening in our lives. For years I wasn’t aware of resulting behaviors and patterns until I became awakened to them and intentionally chose to meet them head on.  Likely the scariest thing I’ve done! Although I still have moments of wanting to push them back into my subconscious, I’m reminded to take everything at my own pace and I am safe. By working slowly with my story on the canvas, I create a space for deep listening  and paint through countless transformations along the way revealing powerful messages.

Shooting Holes in old Stories

Shooting Holes in old Stories

Working with our story and image over time with this method, we become awakened.  We become our own witness to old stories, patterns and behaviors that no longer serve us. Taking these parts of ourselves to the canvas allows them to move beyond their unchanging state to a more dynamic and transformative nature . Recently, when I found myself in this space, it was the absolute discomfort of seeing myself so clearly, so transparent, combined with a fierce love for my own self that prompted me to explore change in this painting. Throughout my process,  I asked for new information to flow in from my subconscious to my conscious, staying in wonder about how this might show up for me.

Sometimes it is from deep wounds like this that we find what we are passionate about.  Just as in the midst of this journey of healing my inner child, came my desire to paint for children. I wanted to create images that hold space for children suffering in the world.  In this way I envision them whole, healed and safe. These images then became my buoy, keeping me afloat in the darkest of times and giving me momentum to move forward.

“When we are creating – our conscious mind is occupied so our subconscious can bring us material to work with that it won’t otherwise. Due to the nature of the ‘canvas’ as a physical place in which to move a thought, represented by a symbol or layer of paint, the subconscious brings up what can be safely dealt with and processed within a given creative session. The one doing the creating becomes their own healer and the author of their own story’s transformation. We are able to bring something into physical visual form that exists in our internal experience. Then healing happens at a quantum level, in the seen and unseen.”
~ Shiloh Sophia

This interconnection of painting for my own healing and healing for the world as explored with Intentional Creativity continues to spark transformation that has allowed me to move far beyond the confines of my old limited beliefs. Taking a stand for human rights, for the children, sparked a deep journey that continues to unfold. I invite you to be in wonder about your own interconnection to the world. If you dare to, begin to explore what this looks like in resonance with your own heart. If you feel the call to do so, I offer you to try a free Intentional Creativity session that I created here.  Allow the image and energy of the piece you create to reconnect you with your calm heart center. Even if you’re afraid to paint,  just get to the canvas and start with color. Simply by dipping paintbrush in paint and moving it around the canvas soothes us, shifting us from the chatter in our heads, the tension in our bodies and into a place of new discovery.

Kate Langlois

Kate Langlois makes her home in San Francisco, CA where she is an Artist and Color of Woman Teacher.  With Love at the heart of her paintings, her work reflects her passion to express stories with a social conscience and to shine a light on Human Rights with a focus on women and girls. Originally from Vermont, she has studied art in San Francisco and Healdsburg, CA for over 30 years.  She teaches painting using the Intentional Creativity Method as a path for helping women and girls discover healing and transformation by using their own image. Find out more about Kate’s art and workshops at www.katelangloisart.com.

 

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