The cosmic energy and cosmic matter are ingredients of our Body. It is ancient, primal, and part of the vast body of Nature. Within its interconnected cellular biology are many secrets. When the body becomes the tool in our creative process, past and future collude in ways that are incomprehensible to the modern mind.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with Wolves
The Embodied Feminine Creativity Series supports women and girls to explore, engage, locate and befriend the rhythms and impulses of Creative Arts in the Body that are unique to her and to bring that into the field of Self-Expression such that she is able to know herself in all her possibilities beyond the moralities of Right and Wrong, and the perceptions of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. It supports her to Remember the Body of Mother Nature that lives in her, and Build her home on Earth just the way she wills it, wishes it, and is guided to build.
Duration - 4 to 8 hours
A Wom(b)an's ability to create is not just limited to birthing Life through her body. It expands, includes, and extends to every aspect of embodied organic life. When this creative impulse is resourced, in-formed, and drawn consciously from the intuitive awareness of her changing cyclic Lunar Earth body, then everything that emerges from her is also, infused with the possibility of life woven within the ancient, cyclic, WIld rhythmic magic of Nature.
In the old culture, Wom(b)en were more attuned to Nature. Her creative self-expression was in service of life, and Nature. Whenever members of families and tribes were met with forgetfulness, alienation and loneliness of the spirit, emotional locks and dams on the heart, deadness, numbness of the body, Wom(b)en as mothers, grandmothers, and elders re-informed healing through the remembrance of Home, Rest, and Nurturance. She navigated healing that involved the Body, the breath, the Senses, and Ritual Enanctmeent in alignment with Nature. This form of Wild Intuitive Feminine Expression is almost absent and forgotten in Modern Culture. Its revival and remembrance are essential for our survival, and Wom(b)en have a key role to play in this Remembrance. When She Remembers, life around her remembers through her.
Embodied Creativity Series offers many different explorations that give women the opportunity to locate and create the sacred arts that live within the rhythmic impulse of her body - from creative writing to drumming, from visual arts to embodied movement, ritual making to altar setup, singing to humming, collage making to cooking, weaving to sculpting, divining to healing - as many Wom(b)en there are as many expressions.
It is supported in such a way that the arts, the body, the spirit, and the relational knowing all become part of the experience. Often Wom(b)en are surprised by their innate ability to create and give expressions to their inner longings - some of which they cannot even name or give words to. Slowly Women re-pair their relationship to this embodied creative power, and are able to integrate it's wisdom into her daily life. It becomes a resource.
In my growing years, Art as I knew it did not allow stepping out of the line or making a mess, or use of dark colours. Art could not be provocative or triggering. Art was seen as not contributing to anything in life and meant for the rich or the useless, and the relevance of any Art was determined by the world outside. It was too stressful to engage in Art, and somewhere into adulthood, I completely gave it up. I lost my ability to creatively express the world around me just the way I experienced it. Then in my late twenties, I re-covered the ability to express what I saw just the way I saw it without making myself wrong through a phenomenal California-based artist called Saki. In my late thirties at ITP, I discovered an even deeper layer of art-making that was raw, wild, vulnerable, intuitive, patterned, cyclic, and ritualistic. It was not standalone, one-dimension, static, or dead, but alive, dynamic, multidimensional, and interactive. It mirrored and communicated back. I was the authority on my Art. This form of Responsive interactive process-oriented Art Making was founded in Somatic Emotional Intelligence. The head had no role to play in it. Through my expressive Arts as Therapy certification, I also learned to further integrate movement, voice, story making, and improv into it. I discovered that Everything could be expressed, interacted with, and spoken to in a zillion different ways, and Creative Self-Expression was innate to the health and well being of Being Human,
It is entering into an open, sacred, art-informed exploration of body and sexuality. it also, introduces you to ancient symbology of female sexuality in art, archaeology, and myth.
Supports you to Discover yourself in and through the arrangement of pictures, images, symbols, patterns, colours, and nature objects.
Ritual is one of the most ancient ways of Embodied Art Making. The body's intelligence was the primary ingredient in Ritual Making.. It became the bridge between Nature and Life.
Altars serve as anchors to bring alive and give meaning to that which is beyond words, form, and expression. Altars created with conscious intention can be a powerful tool of healing.
It supports the exploration of one's embodied sense of body through engagement with your life-size Body trace engaged with Art and VIsual images.
When we are able to express the body through colours, patterns, symbology, we create a bridge of re-part, connection, and association with it.
Using Movements, Play and Music to release the Inner Muse held hostage in the norms of good - bad, right - wrong, beautiful - ugly narrative.
Giving expression to different timelines of our life, relationships and aspects to explore, engage, process and integrate all colors, flavours, and aspects of it.