Spring is teasing me with the promise of infinite possibility and I can feel my senses waking up again after a long and very exhausting winter. The pale green froth of new leaves on the trees overhead, the clear blue of open skies, the blush of tulip buds, the brilliant gold of forsythia, and the secret of violet petals hiding under heart shaped leaves thrill me after months of a monochromatic landscape.
I was talking to a friend a few days ago and mentioned that I realize I am feeling disconnected from the natural world. It is time for me to get out more, to take walks, dig in the garden, and find a tree to sit near and start up a conversation. I am ready to move out of the heady, thinking space I’ve been inhabiting, and get back into my physical body, at least part of the time (I do love the world of ideas!). Spring is beckoning me into play, taking chances, attempting new and unfamiliar things, and remembering the delight of focusing on process over product in my creative work. I am packing up the sketchbooks and art supplies, the notebooks and pens and heading out to the park. Maybe I will see you out inhaling the lilacs, or indulging your bare toes in some newly green grass.
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.
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.
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 is $95 ($70 for student, senior or limited income) and includes:
Your choice of 6 workshops out of 60 selections
Keynote by Donna Mejia
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 firstname.lastname@example.org right away. We need 10 volunteers to make this huge event run smoothly and would love to have you on the team!!
This year we also have an amazing group of 83 exhibitorsfeaturing returning favorites and new faces. We are currently SOLD OUT of exhibit spaces but are keeping a wait list.
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!
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 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.)
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We are looking forward to meeting you!
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?
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Please join me in early February for a Creative Kickstart!
Whether you are feeling burned out, overwhelmed, stuck in a rut, blocked, or just under productive, this workshop will tickle your motivation, sweep away the excuses and find the time, energy, and resources to reignite your creative life.
WHEN: Sunday, February 8, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Beltane Studio, 2500 University Ave W, Studio F-7, St. Paul, MN.
Please join me Saturday, April 19, for two special classes that are very close to my heart.
First, from 10 until noon, we will experiment and play with Visual Journaling With Photographs. Visual Journaling is a great way to record your life’s experiences, and to explore and communicate with your emotional and feeling self in a very direct and connective way. If you have photographs and a journal that you would like to experiment with, please bring them – otherwise I’ll have lots for you to experiment with! These sessions are $10 per person.
Then, from 1 PM until 3:30, please join me for two and a half hours of exploring Tarot Spreads. We’ll look at a wide variety of different kinds of spreads, and talk about their design and how they work and – especially, which ones to choose in any given reading situation! Bring your deck, your favorite spreads, and let’s play! This class is $20, and is limited to 10 people, so please email me to reserve your spot.
Both will be at my studio at 2500 University Avenue West, Studio F-7, in Saint Paul near where University crosses over Highway 280. Please email me if you are interested in joining me for either of these, or if you have any questions or concerns!