Little Altars Everywhere

Saturday December 15th 1-4 pm $20

Create a go-anywhere shrine, as simple or elaborate as you desire. We’ll starting with a basic cardstock triptych and from there anything is possible! You are welcome to come with a specific deity, intention, or idea to work with, or be spontaneous and see what happens. Feel free to bring any images, photos, art supplies or treasures that you might want to use in creating your altar, or just play with the wide range of materials my studio has accumulated over the years.

Creative Kickstart

Saturday December 1st 1 – 4 pm $20

For artists, crafters, and all creative types, whether you’re feeling burned out, overwhelmed, stuck in a rut, blocked or just underproductive, we will explore strategies to revive your inspiration and motivation, map your energy and time so that you can make decisions about how to use these precious resources, and empower your creative goals.

Full Moon Blog for October

One of the things on my mind this fall is darkness and shadow, within our own psyches, reflected in the events we are witnessing in the world around us. Working with the symbols and imagery in the tarot deck, shadow and the unknown are both fully present, and on a regular basis I have the opportunity to talk to my clients and students about the ways in which shadow shows up in readings, and our lives. And yet, taking on the uncomfortable job of self examination can be challenging. How do we deal with the parts of ourselves that we do not normally take time to consider? How do we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to fully dive into our own darkness and less than heroic aspects of our own personality? How do we forgive ourselves for these human faults, and work to change our behaviors, however unpleasant the motivations or actual behaviors? And even more difficult, how do we cope when our worst fears are playing out in the world arena? 

I do not have the answers to any of these questions, but I am interested in exploring them in my own life, and in the lives of those in my community. What questions are you interested in now? What areas of your life are you taking the time to explore this fall as the days shorten and the nights grow longer?

Blessed be,

Nell 

Full Moon Blog for September

24 September 2018

The apples are ripened and the school has begun for many of us. Fall Equinox has tumbled us into cooler days, and even cooler nights. I find myself torn between soaking up whatever warm sunny days we still experience before winter weather sets in, or breaking open the books, and diving into new areas of exploration. 

Community tends to be on my mind this time of years, and I have had some wonderful opportunities to gather with a wide range of interesting people and groups recently. One experience that stood out for me was this past weekend spent in Rochester, Minnesota at the Women & Spirituality conference. It’s an event that I have been to a few times during it’s multi-decade history, but this was the first time I have been since it moved from Mankato and the University of Minnesota, Mankato’s auspices.

I admit that I wasn’t at my best when I arrived at the conference with a well developed head cold, but it was an exciting, engaging couple of days rubbing shoulders. Sharing tables, and conversation with many, many women (and men) who are exploring the territory between women and spirituality.  I presented a short tarot session (365 Tarot) and had a delightful time talking tarot with a lovely attendees, great questions, tarot talk, and lots of laughter and learning all the way around.

Take the time to find some good company, old friends, and new, talk about what matters to you, and build some community. I think we can always use more authentic conversation and warm community in our lives.

Blessed be,

Nell

Tarot 365 Session at the Women and Spirituality Conference

Sunday, September 23 1:30-3:00pm
(Session 6)
Room: Riverview B

Please Register for the conference today

PHOTO BY GRACE DOKKEN

This session is Experiential and Open to All. 

Tarot has been used for centuries for divination and foretelling the future. But it is also a remarkable tool for self reflection and creativity. We will explore using tarot cards and images for personal uses in our daily lives through exercises and discussion. Bring a favorite tarot deck if you wish, or use one of mine for the workshop.

For me, tarot has been a doorway into Mystery. I grabbed hold of a deck at 11 years old and I have never stopped exploring. I has been a professional reader and teacher in the Twin Cities since 1979, and co-owner of Evenstar Bookstore for almost 30 years, I now teach and read out of my own space Beltane Studio in St. Paul.

Please join me for my Tarot 365 Session at the Women and Spirituality Conference, at Rochester, MN, on September 22-23, 2018.

Nell Morningstar

Women and Spirituality Conference

Register TODAY!

Register NOW to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines for purchasing lunches and tote bags (see below).  The conference will be here before you know it- on September 22-23 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester MN. 

Registration

Registration is open now!  We have an amazing 
schedule of workshops.  

Registration is $95 ($70 for student, senior or limited income) and includes:

  • Opening/Closing ceremony
  • Your choice of 6 workshops out of 60 selections
  • Keynote by Donna Mejia
  • Instructor’s Reception
  • Exhibit Hall with 83 vendors
  • Maker’s Space with 8 art activities

Volunteers – looking for a few good people!

Are you interested in working behind the scenes to make the Women and Spirituality Conference a success? Join our team!  We are looking for workshop proctors, hospitality workers, and registration helpers.  Work 4 hours and get the conference for FREE.  Email Virginia at info@womenandspirituality.org right away.  We need 10 volunteers to make this huge event run smoothly and would love to have you on the team!!

Exhibitors

This year we also have an amazing group of 83 exhibitors featuring returning favorites and new faces.  We are currently SOLD OUT of exhibit spaces but are keeping a wait list. 

Hotel Accommodations

Discounted hotel accommodations for those coming from out of town can be found here.  Our discounted hotel rate at the Doubletree by Hilton expires on August 30 so book your room before then!

Pre-order Lunches

Catered lunches are available for purchase here. Although there are restaurants in the downtown area, purchasing a catered lunch allows you to relax and enjoy the vendors and Maker’s Space.  Lunches will not be available for pre-order after September 18 so please place your order before then.

Tote Bags

Tote bags are available for pre-order until September 5.  We will have a very limited supply available at the event so please pre-order this beautiful bag with artwork by Sue Kosharek (See box below for more information.)

Updates on Facebook

Join us on Facebook to get updates and information here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Our Keynote Speaker, Donna Mejia will be offering a dance workshopWelcome to Planet Donna on Friday morning from 9am-noon in Rochester.  Visit the web site for more information and to register.   

To learn more about Donna, visit here.

Tote Bags featuring “When Women Dance” by Sue Kosharek

Last year we gave away 60 full conference registrations to women who wouldn’t have been able to afford to attend.  YOU can help sponsor a woman to attend this conference!

100% of proceeds from this beautiful tote bag ($15) will go to our scholarship fund.  Thank you to Sue for donating her beautiful art.

Purchase here.


We are looking for a few good women (men and teens)!  Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING for the Women and Spirituality Conference in exchange for free registration?  

Visit our web site for volunteer descriptions and contact information.


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Our mailing address is:
Women and Spirituality Conference3936 E. Frontage Rd.
Suite 175
Rochester, MN  55901

Full Moon Blog for August

From Thought Catalog by Leena Sanders

There is a full moon in Pisces on August 26th, 2018. This is a very intense time as we have seven different planets in Retrograde, as well as have had three eclipses this year compared to two like we typically do. Not only do we have so much conjoining energies, but the sun during this full moon will be in the sign of Virgo.

When planets are in Retrograde it is said to be a time of going back and analyzing our life, which is also part of Virgo nature. Retrogrades are for reflection, it’s a time to really look at yourself and your life and make sure everything is how you want and need it to be. However, the energy that a full moon brings is energy pushing forward. Full moons are a time for change. This energy may seem conflicting, but not if you engage with it appropriately.

Now is a time to shed your layers. Get rid of absolutely everything that does not serve you and your greater good.

Now is a time for questioning every area of your life, especially your spirituality, relationships, creativity, and work.

This is a time where you are being asked to take a leap of faith, to welcome transitions, and to let go and allow things to fall into place.

What’s meant to stay, will. What’s meant to leave, will.

You are being called to your new chapter. You are being encouraged to fully mold into you who are truly meant to be. This is a time to set down your fear, your anxiety, the people who hold you back from your own evolution, and any belief system about yourself or your life that doesn’t serve you.

This is the prelude to your next chapter.

This moon is a time to ask yourself some questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • How can I be more open?
  • What do I need to release?
  • What’s holding me back?
  • What are some positive changes I can make to really step into my dream life?
  • How can I protect my space better, how can I create healthier boundaries?

This energy is intense, so be easy on yourself.

This is the time to become the person you want to be, to ask questions and receive answers, to be spiritually curious, to end and begin relationships from a wholehearted space, and to really reflect on the things you need and want in your space.

The Virgo nature will assist you on your quest to realization and the Pisces nature will help bring forth your truest visions for yourself, the Truth you need in your life.

Welcome to your next chapter, the beginning of the self you’ve been longing for. Welcome to the space of new knowledge, new answers, and new meaning. This is your next chapter.

Blessed be,

Nell

Two New Classes This Fall (2015)!

I am excited to offer two new classes this fall at Buttermilk Falls CSA Folk School & Retreat!

Writing With The Tarot

Saturday, August 22, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Using the Tarot deck, we will allow its images, symbols, archetypes and meanings to spark, stimulate, direct, and further our writing.

Learn more and register for the class here!

Playing With Yarn: Color And Form with Nell Morningstar & Lilith Uhbellode

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Spend the morning exploring natural dyeing, and then in the afternoon, learn basic and intermediate knitting techniques using previously dyed yarns.

Learn more and register for the class here!

About Buttermilk Falls CSA Folk School & Retreat:

Buttermilk Falls Folks School & Retreat

Buttermilk Falls CSA is a 200 member CSA farm nestled among the forests and prairie lands of the beautiful  St Croix River Valley just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities.  Named after our pristine  waterfall,  Buttermilk Falls CSA offers members lovingly grown organic produce, a beautiful, natural site for retreats and an enlightening folk school.  Click here for a map and Driving Directions!