Friends and yoga-lovers: The summer is heating up! Let’s capture the heat and let it burn away what’s left of the detritus in our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls. Join me Tuesday through Friday this week for a yoga marathon of yurt-a-licious yoga at TLC Farm. Check my yoga page for up to date class times and more information.
The flower is opening wide to the possibilities and opportunities under this nourishing summer sun. This past cycle of the moon has revealed deep wisdom and promise for my path moving forward as I captured the magic of the Bloom Festival gathering and ventured through a two-week yoga teacher training. In my contemplations, Bloom Festival served as a prayer for fertility of creation in the lives of all who participated. The following yoga immersion training activated the transformation of that creative expression into a new form.
The Blooming process exemplified my creative patterns. I allowed for an expansive fullness of the Bloom vision to emerge until I held a Universe of beautiful and inspiring ideas and possibilities in my mind. My third eye, thoroughly activated, struggled to transmit the information to the throat to organize the information and communicate it too my lower chakras and the world.
This manifested in my experience as dwelling upon strategies of how to manifest various projects and sometimes refraining from reaching out for guidance. My heart held onto the vision in its overly nurturing way that didn’t leave much room for the death of the less vital projects. My power center built up tension as I strived to complete all of the tasks with the minimal amount of outside support… Until a week before the Festival.
The buzz was growing louder and everything was speeding up. I insisted that TLC Farm must be decorated with 40 hand-painted plywood flowers and critters.
Once again, I had imagined and set into motion more processes than I could manage alone. Memories of the TLC Farm 2013 Holiday Party fluttered through my mind. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but I definitely learned lessons: Balance and rhythm.
Future endeavors will be aimed at honing my time management skills and balancing my desire to create with other needs such as flow/sustainability of process and preserving energy at the end of the race to connect with those who come to participate in the resulting experience.
On Festival day I had organized my time down to the minute, utilizing the gracious helping hands that arrived to beautify and prepare. A special thanks to Lianne (my Mom!), Larissa, Joseph, Landon, Sage, and others who helped to pull things together at the last minute. I raced around decorating and organizing until I collapsed.
loving faces celebrating and sharing in community.
My final project was at 7pm when I climbed into the East Gate Altar Nest and serenaded my friends and family.
The overall outcome was pleasing and heart-warming with the exception of not having as much energy to socialize as I would have liked (for those of you looking for more information about the festival, visit the Tryon Life Community Farm website and Facebook page).
After a few days of recuperation I began yoga teacher training. Wren at the Lotus Seed, a nonprofit organization with a beautiful heart, hosted 10 brave yogis and yoginis in an intensive exploration of the history, philosophy and practice of yoga in ancient times through modern times. From 8am to 8pm every day, we met, meditated, practiced yoga and learned together in an intimate, dynamic environment. We even spent a day at TLC Farm hiking through the woods, sharing a sauna and yoga jamming in the yurt. Emerging from the training, I felt enlivened and inspired, seeing the many ways that yoga can be used to help deepen ones connection to themselves and the oneness of the world.
Now how to apply it? For the last year I have been developing the concept of Awakening Creatives, the intention of supporting people on their paths towards self-actualization through an integral approach. At first the vision came through BIG as a image of a physical public space to support a culture practicing integral lifestyles (honoring the wholeness of being; mind, body, soul and heart as an example of one model). I imagined a cafe-type space with collaborative and private creation spaces nestled amidst a yoga/movement arts studio with a public front offering creative counseling and professional support from a variety of holistic practitioners. #Complexity!
Once the opportunity arose to move into Cedar Moon Intentional Community at TLC Farm, the vision hibernated through a period of more private self-study and grounding into the physical realities of living a balanced and integrated lifestyle. As a Gemini, I often soar for too long on the winds of my imagination. I struggled through a confusing winter as I connected with my many dreams and desires which competed with my finite manifestation energy.
I was moved to create a map of quests and challenges, organizing my priorities and necessary tasks to complete various goals. For the first time I could visually conceptualize the nature and amplitude of energy I was exchanging with the universe. Through this challenge I deepened my understanding of my own patterns of moving creative energy through me and into the world.
After pursuing multitudinous paths of creation and developing my relationships with art, music, and land tending, yoga came bursting back onto the stage of my heart as the spirit that beckoned my attention. Not only was it a system for deepening wisdom, but provided a road map for living integrally. At last! I had a structure for integrating the teachings of ancient philosophers with fresh unfoldings. The threshold to the deepest creative potential is another breath closer. I am hungry for more experience and to be a spearhead in bringing yoga to TLC Farm. Most importantly, I have a focus and a practice I can proudly devote my whole being to.
With roots of profound purpose abound, I am proud to announce that beginning in September I will be holding regular yoga practice space in the yurt at TLC Farm. There are some other surprises cooking as well. Stay tuned on the website or visit my yoga page to find upcoming classes and workshops. I am so excited to be offering yoga to Cascadia and am more than willing to travel to give my offering. Don’t hesitate to call or email to set something up! In the coming months I will be posting more about yoga, my evolving perspective and adventures in weaving the threads of this emerging tapestry that is Awakening Creatives among us. Your feedback and support throughout this process is deeply appreciated and encouraged.
Thank you and blessings on your journey
The full moon is alive with manifestation energy. In my experience, some things came into full bloom.
Firstly is my relationship with TLC Farm. I have stepped into a role of greater leadership and responsibility, helping to organize a beautiful event, the Bloom Festival, on June 8th.
This just so happens to be my 25th birthday, which has not in recent years been an occasions of joy and celebration. Rather, it’s been a time for reflection, internal seeking and meditation. I am grateful that this year I can channel my creative energy into something of value to the whole community, whether they know “me” or not.
This full moon manifested the final version and about 120 copies of the Bloom flyer, a huge hand-painted Bloom advertisement on Boonesferry Rd. as well as an event organizing mandala shaped like a flower. We’re prepared for bloom-off!
If you feel called to post flyers anywhere in Portland or Vancouver, please contact me at email@example.com.
There are other awesome events coming up at TLC Farm. If you haven’t been getting a whiff of them, consider signing up for the email update which I’ve been getting out about once a month or so. You can email me or visit the website to sign up.
Another act of blooming is that of my integrated practice of art, music, yoga, and service for the purpose of earth connection. I’ve been incubating the idea for Awakening Creatives for about a year now, developing a spirit of integral practice for awakening our encoded and unfolding creativity. Based on a theory that we are whole beings requiring a life practice that honors that wholeness, I am attempted to embody this.
On the full moon, I took a big step to come into a more full expression of this practice. I payed $1800 for a yoga teacher training at the Lotus Seed which will take place June 14th-28th. I’ve
been experiencing visions of offering an integral yoga experience in the yurt and around the land at TLC Farm which incorporates art, music, yogic movement and service to the land (in physical and intellectual practices). I feel so alive in presenting this idea to you and would love feedback, resources and connections.
My first assignment for the training is to write a 4-5 page yoga-related paper on any topic. I’ve chosen to focus on the issue of the re-appropriation of yoga for western purposes. This has come up several times when I’ve mentioned to friends my intention for seeking a yogic journey. I am particularly curious about your opinions about how yoga is and should be practiced in the west. If you have any links, resources, connections or stories, I would love to hear and discuss!
The final bit of excitement blooming for me this spring is a new job position as an artist assistant for Corina Dross Artwork. Corina is a talented illustrator and painter who has been selling her art on Etsy and to radical shops around the country for the last eight years. Expect to hear from me about her work periodically, especially when new works emerge and about festivals and fairs where the art will be sold. This is the perfect job for me at this juncture in my unfolding. More art for the people!
Until next time…
In peace and artful living,
The entrance of may brought with is all all-night art/alter-rebuilding/cleaning frenzy. The spirit of fertility was working its magic through this fleshy water vessel.
The spirit of the mushroom and the worm were alive.
The tiny faeries peaking their heads out of the bamboo.
The hawks prowling over the meadows.
Flowers bursting in every direction.
Chickadees flitting about and chirping their may day calls.
Mushrooms peeking their heads above the soil.
It’s the new moon, my friends, and I feel vibrantly emerging on the other side of a series of health challenges into the light of fresh creation. With this renewed sense of being in the world, I am displaying a more comprehensive visual art portfolio to the world in hopes that anyone out there who is in need of beautification in their life will be inspired to utilize my creative energy to develop a project, event, or creative process.
I seek to offer creative services in a mutually beneficial way, honoring what everyone has to give, while keeping the integrity of my offering and asking for what I need to survive and thrive. Please take a peek at what my heart readily offers and use me! Send this link to your friends! Let’s celebrate art together!
The last moon cycle has encompassed a massive burst of creative energy. In a very spring-mimicking sort of way, the energy has been very outwardly expressed in the form of event planning and organizing for Tryon Life Community Farm. With the activating energy of the sun and a new (huge and scary) purchase of a high-powered media computer, the buds in my fingers prang forth and began manically creating event posters and email updates. This was all an excellent opportunity to practice my photoshop skills.
Throughout this process, I found myself becoming very confused about how to proceed with my personal creations. I set aside my physical art practice to focus on maintaining my health through daily yoga and meditation practice as well as allowing time to adjust to the new digital addition to my life. With this new, very powerful tool, I could only do so much with my current skills. I looked into taking a graphic design course at the Independent Publishing Resources Center, a prized place of creation. $100 for the course seemed sadly almost too expensive.
I discovered myself caught in the conundrum of the money poor art activist, yearning to advance and contribute to the great awakening, but struggling just to get by. How could I use my minimal resources to do good and also pay my financial obligation to the community?
I decided to spend a bit of time trusting in the flow of the Universe and gave my whole heart to developing some creative events with fellow goddesses. A successfully organized women’s new moon sauna ceremony brought a sense of renewal to the spirit and hope to the mind. The theme of the ceremony was an exploration of the meaning of spring and the wisdom of its metaphors. The fuel of this enlivening exploration in part inspired a series of other co-creative endeavors with another Cedar Moon resident. The result was a deeper delving into the exploration of spring; its effects on the senses, its expression through the seeking of romance and the innate desire to celebrate in community.
There’s still time to register for this first event, Awakening the Senses!
The second event will be a fun flurry of facilitated flirting. Bring a friend or two!
The art pieces used as backgrounds in these posters are not Liberty originals. Thank you to the mystery artist on google images! The imagery was incredibly inspiring to me.
This final image is special because it’s advertising an event that will take place at TLC Farm on the anniversary of my day of birth. Last year I spent my birthday in a silent retreat in the yurt at TLC Farm. This year, it’ll be a whole festival! How grand 🙂 The background photo on this poster was taken by your truly, compliments to the cherry blossoms at TLC Farm. This festival will be a fine opportunity for community building, celebration and to share the bounty of beauty of the forest with the city folk. Lo will be joining us with some Kaleidoscope Community Yoga!
I am very pleased with the outcome of these bits of art which are just the tip of the iceberg of the larger creation which is the whole event and the weaving of joy and relationships that result from its spark. I anticipate the positive transformation that is intended with these events and will do my best to document the process.
For anyone who wishes to participate in the unfolding of this history, I encourage volunteers for this worthy cause. TLC Farm has worked diligently the last 10 years to develop a culture of presence with nature and reverence for the ecology of our bioregion and I wish to support its latest becoming in whatever ways I can. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information about how to get involved.
In the midst of all of this flowering, I had a rare opportunity to attend a non-violent communication conference near Los Angeles. Although the topic did not directly relate to the above-mentioned work (very much indirectly, though!), the jaunt out of town with my mother was an excellent opportunity to connect with the blossoming of life in other parts of the land. Mom and I encountered an artist in Venice who just sat doodling and selling his doodles for $25. The images were whimsical and left me inspired to try out his strategy back in Portland.
After returning from the trip, my health took a turn for the worse. Not only had my gut been out of whack, but I got food poisoning amid a week of back and forth between petsitting jobs (gotta do what I gotta do to make the cash flow!). With a couple of anxious visits to the doctor (the first time in a few years!) the light had been dimmed with a harsh look at mortality and the need to focus on health. Now, back with my feet on the Cascadian ground and entering a period of lunar eclipses, I wonder… what is next to draw the mind away from the ordinary and into a new perspective?