One of the most joyful parts of my schedule is when I visit the 4th grade at Kootenai Elementary and teach art through a volunteer organization called Kaleidoscope. Last week we made ornaments from watercolor papers they had made in November. I had to take a picture of them, they were so proud.They decided that [...]
Finally the Kindle version of Relationships: Gifts of the Spirit is available. This is my first book, a great manual for all sorts of relationships, as seen through the lens of the spirit (finding the lesson someone is here to offer you) vs the ego (with its never ending drama and challenges). It’s a great gift idea for young couples, people struggling with [...]
This time of year can be such a joy, but it can also be extremely stressful. There seems to be so many self-imposed duties, from baking for the office to making sure everyone on the list is accounted for and packages mailed out.
The thing I want to mention is about receiving. Most of [...]
Just finishing a short book written by a hospice doctor, I am left feeling the profundity of the end of life wisdom. It is the greatest and most potent wisdom we can ever hear, yet we rarely think of it. In fact, many people discount end of life wisdoms as hallucinations or coping mechanisms brought on by pain [...]
WHAT a fabulous first Challenge!! I am so delighted. The people involved were so eager for everything I had to offer and went as deep as I guided! It really was not a retreat at all, in fact, one woman suggested we call it an advance, since that is what it felt like it did for her life. It was a real joy; exhilarating, fascinating, engaging and very expansive! Thank you!!
So I was having lunch today with my friends, Liz, Erica and Lucie and we started discussing what we can do to counter the chaos of the world. I made the analogy that all the billions of vibrations everyone is sending out, consciously or not, are creating this massive energy of chaos. No single energy is dominant. Like poo, no matter what you eat, how colorful it is or beautiful, they all turn brown when you mix them together EXCEPT [...]
WOW! What a creative group of people, several of which had never painted in their life! The joy of watching the creative hose get unkinked and to see the faces as they watch water and color dance into something they had a hand in creating. This was the Watercolor Workshop
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This year two Spiritual Vision Groups have formed. Does this mean more people on the planet value a higher vibrational way of existing? I hope so. This second 2013 group came together in September and as a unit are initiative takers and mature. Already they startle me with how easily they absorb the spirit in everything and live it. I wonder who they will be in a year from now, much less 18 months! As Einstein says, “nothing changes until [...]
My 7th year on the Artists Studio Tour, I recognized many repeat visitors that make that trek to the northernmost studio on the map! What a joy it was, seeing old faces and a lot of new ones too. Many of my favorite paintings found homes and quite a few people left with a book or two! [...]
A first time offered program for those who have completed the 18-month Spiritual Vision Quest and are looking for more, the focus is on expanding the mind through emptying your cup and making room for what you don’t even know exists.
This weekend, Aug 9-11 and then the following weekend, Aug 16-18 marks another year for the Studio Tour of North Idaho and my studio at the Spirit Vision Retreat Center opens its doors and gets a spiff and shine job. Check out the pic and if anyone wants to come, it is open to the public. Visit www.ArtTourDrive.org for a map, directions and details of all the artists involved. It is really worth the drive! Hope to see you!!
What a great concert it was! Henry (only 15 years old) captivated and entertained the audience as he played a great selection of his own music and songs we all knew from years past. Experiences like this one don’t come along every day. To be notified of future events, sign up for the quarterly newsletter and check the calendar.
Last week the 2013 Spiritual Vision Quest group met for their second of four intensives of the program. It was a week of lifting up and over some hurdles and we had tons of fun! They really got the use of their many powerful inner and outer tools.The food was FAB as Cyndi (see the short one in the pic!) was in charge of it and not only was it healthy and tasty, it was beautiful. What a joy! You [...]
Sunday was the second annual music concert for Inspiring Grace, a non profit organization aimed at assisting young people with improving body, mind and spirit esteem. Holly McGarry, a Sandpoint small-town girl and fantastic musician, and the band, Cedar & Boyer, also from Sandpoint, played against a backdrop of mountains, valley and beautiful sky! It was delightful!
Someone tell me why it is so hard to empower women? Do women generally speaking put themselves last, after the husband, kids, chores and the cat? What is the deal, do women say they want to be empowered, but really maintain value in the unspoken dutiful services they perform for the family? Is there value in martyrdom? My boys retreat is the first to fill of everything the whole year. Do they have trouble having fun, saying they want something [...]
Have you ever stopped to consider your relationship with your father? I imagine you have just gotten used to it, whatever it is. However, it is also a great way to gauge your non-conscious relationship with your Creator or God. Do you feel that your father is cold and uncaring? Is your father warm and unconditionally accepting? Do you feel your father is unavailable? Does your father love you no matter what or only on his terms? Today use this [...]
One way to keep your schedule as you would like it to be is to take on only things that feel right to you. Use your own personal integrity and trust your guidance to make choices. Even though someone else might suggest something, double check it with your own desires. Even if you have given them authority over you, or you value their judgment, always reserve the final choice as your own. One way to make this happen is to [...]
Do you have a way to listen to your heart? And what does that mean anyway? It simply means listening to what you really want to do deep down, under the shoulda, couldas and wouldas. We often numb that voice at an early age, opting for the logical brain. That is until we get somewhere in our later years and wonder where has all the joy and wonder gone? It is found on the heart path.
Each person is the compilation of every encounter, every relationship, every smile they ever had and it is with much gratitude that I look at the experiences that brought me to be here now. Looking at all the many pictures and faces, experiences and memories from this web page, I feel so abundantly blessed. My cherished friends and co-workers from California, my neighbors and wonderful community from Utah, my family that loves and supports me, friends from childhood and all [...]