"Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak."
~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
You are invited to come together in community for creative exploration of how we hold our experience of feeling at home within ourselves and in the world. Using inquiry as a doorway, we will discover how long held beliefs can keep us in patterns of experience that no longer serve us. From there, we tap what is possible when we choose to write a new story and see it come to life on the paper/canvas as a means of fostering fearless belonging in our lives.
What the world needs now is more of us taking deep, tender loving care of ourselves every day, and bringing that transformational healing energy of wellness and love into the world. Joining together in creative exploration with the intention of healing aspects of our experience that are available to be explored is a way to create and share the energy of belonging that becomes an offering to the Earth and all of her inhabitants.
Creative process, not product
Of course, when we create anything -- from a doodle in a notebook, to a feast for 20 -- we want the outcome to be amazing. The surprise is that when we create from process, releasing our expectations of how a creation turns out, the meaning and intention behind it weaves into the final product in a way that imbues it with a captivating magic all its own. This is the space we will inhabit in this process.
What we require for our time together*:
- canvas (16x20 is a good size but choose what feels fun. Inexpensive 16x20 canvases can be found at Michaels in a 2-pk for less than $10).
- acrylic paints, 3-5 colors of your choice (acrylic craft paints can be found at Michaels or Target and run about $2.50 per bottle. 3 colors is fine, if you want more flexibility 5 would be better. Let your heart choose!)
- paint brushes of different sizes (these are often available as a student pack of different sizes and styles, also at Michaels or Target, for less than $10.)
- a pencil and pen; markers (one Sharpie if you have it)
- a journal or notebook
- a jar or cup for rinse water
- something delicious to sip on, chocolate, and a candle (or the like) for your Muse
- a piece of red thread (or a string of any kind) that we will use to honor our connection
- optional: glitter 🙂
*if a canvas and acrylic paints aren't available, a heavier piece of paper (mixed media or cardstock) and watercolors or markers will work as well. I encourage you to invest in the suggested supplies, if appropriate. And, make this as easy as possible, which may mean using whatever you have on hand.
We will meet on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 1:00pm-4:00pm (central time) via Zoom. Upon paid registration, you will receive the Zoom link to join in, as well as a reminder sent the morning of the event. This session is intended to be experienced live -- please keep this in mind as you discern whether to attend. Registrants who cannot be with us in person will have access to the edited recording for 30 days following the date of the live session.
Who is this for?
If you have ever wondered where you belong, this is for you. If your heart has ever felt a little unsafe longing for true expression, this is for you. If you want to be the author of your own story, this is for you. If you are interested in self-exploration and are curious about the creative process and what can be transformed through inquiry and discovery, this is for you. If you are a seeker and on a healing journey and open to what is available in exploration, this is for you. If you appreciate the support of guidance and community as you explore your growing edge, this is for you. If you desire a gentle, loving reminder that the power of belonging is yours always, this is for you.
This creative experience is open to anyone who wants to explore their stories of belonging -- within themselves, with their family and friends, with the roles they play, with their place in the world -- to discover where there may be space to write a new story of belonging, wholly unique to them.
No previous background with writing or painting is required to join us – just a willingness to explore your own experience. Be free to take only what resonates for you and leave the rest.
Fine Print: By joining this gathering, you understand that the guidance and creative process offered is not a replacement for therapy or professional mental health support. If you have questions about whether this is for you, please feel free to contact me.
My vision is a world in which we each become more acquainted and friendly with the deepest parts ourselves, and as we tap that well of inner wisdom, to know ourselves as connected, resilient, and compassionate within and without. From this place, I believe we are best able to engage ourselves and our fellow travelers with kindness and love through all of the twists and turns of life. My creative offerings are one way I am called to foster this playful spirit in the world. I wholeheartedly welcome you to join me in the adventure!
The cost for our creative exploration together is $29 (USD) payable via Venmo (@Christy-Marek-1) or PayPal (@tendinglife). If you are interested in participating but don't use Venmo or PayPal, please let me know and we can make other arrangements.
About your guide
Christy Moe Marek is a spiritual companion, loss navigator, and creative transition guide who specializes in helping individuals and their loved ones find presence within the disruption faced at life’s many thresholds – in particular: illness, dying, and death, and the grief inherent to the process. Christy brings her extensive background in the creative and healing arts to life alongside her clients as they discover possibility, meaning, and purpose through engaging together with whatever comes.
Certifications include: End of Life Doula; Anamcara (“soul friend”) End of Life Practitioner; Red Thread Circle Guide; Mindfulness Meditation Teacher; Intentional Creativity Teacher-in-Training.
To register or for more information, fill out the form at the top of this page.