What is Wild Woman Rising?

We are artists, musicians, actors, poets. Kitchen wizards, medicine women, plant whisperers and earth mamas. We dance, we sing, we listen, we create. We are alive and engaged in life on this planet! We invite you to share in our magic and weave your offerings into the web. Learn more here:

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Amy Lenharth

Lawrence, Kansas, USA

I have always felt a deep connection with nature. From the time that I was a little child, I have always talked to animals and plants. My happiest times have been spent outside among the trees. I love to walk the woods, learning about the green ones, foraging and making medicines from the plants that I find. I celebrate the seasons of the year and the phases of the moon. My spiritual life is based in nature our Mother Earth.

I am an artist. I work with clay, forming vessels and sculptures inspired by nature. Sometimes I paint and occasionally I photograph interesting things. I love to play with fiber and fabric. I returned to school as a non-traditional (older) student almost a decade ago and earned a BFA in Ceramics and Art History and then an MFA in Ceramics. My ceramic work has been in many books and magazines and exhibited internationally. I teach art and art history at local colleges.

I am also a healer. I am a Reiki master in both the Western and Eastern traditions I believe that art and nature are both catalysts for healing. I want to use art to help people tap into their innate creativity and to heal themselves.

http://www.amylenharthstudios.com

Aradia Lunabella

Miami Beach, Florida, USA

My work embodies the elements of the Sacred Feminine, of women’s strength, power, and wisdom. Painting Goddesses has been an ongoing longtime passion. My work as a water-colorist and collage artist is a testament to the power of the Goddess within. Without her, I feel impoverished. I need to paint her in order to connect with the sacred meaning of my life. For me, when the feminine way of knowing is honored through creativity and intuition, my life becomes more meaningful and joyful. The divine purpose of being alive is to create, it is how I transform myself and my world. By honoring the Divine Feminine through my work, I honor the Divine in myself. I empower myself spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and physically so that I may reconnect with my inner Goddess.

http://www.sobeart.com/

Bellavia

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

As a human who happens to be a woman I am all too aware that public opinion and disapproval is something that we are still essentially bound by. Our societal teachings about the many aspects of “self” are generally distorted and inaccurate. I am interested in presenting the viewer with a look into those distortions and offering glimpses of the possibilities in transforming that fear of disapproval or censure.

My personal modes of perception towards the meaning and substance of life in all its complexities cause my work to be up close, personal and visceral. My artwork is exploration as a process of defining/redefining an image of the self and body. I am often my own subject, facing myself, my past and my demons. I endeavor to show the transformation process that starts in the soul towards a new definition of the self. This artistic process brings a freedom from the weight of prejudices, traditions, and custom and the healing from that lies not in distancing myself from it, not in attempting to heal it, but in embracing the experience as part of being alive.

http://bellaviamia.artistwebsites.com/

Cara H. Cadwallader

San Diego, California, USA

Cara H. Cadwallader, Medicine Woman
I am a weaver.
I weave the web of our shared humanity into a living, breathing tapestry.
Descendant of the winged clan,
I am a gatherer.
I gather song and dance, ritual and ceremony, language and love,
people and place, together.
I am an Embodiment Artist who celebrates, reveres and honors the
Living Arts.
I am a Builder actively co-creating & crafting a New World.
Wielding the metaphor of movement as a tool for personal and global transformation, I am also a Wild Woman who weaves her Divine Feminine on dance floors across San Diego County, infusing them with innocence and joy as I ecstatically stir our ancestral pot of community.
Dancing in community is my spiritual practice.
Today, I rejoice that what I was brought into this world, at this time now to share —
Connection, Sensuality, Intimacy,
Innocence, Joy, Expression,
Metaphor, Story and Community – Is Medicine.

http://chcdesigns.blogspot.com

DeAnna L’am

California, USA

DeAnna L’am, internationally established expert on Menstrual Wellness, is the author of “Becoming Peers — Mentoring Girls Into Womanhood” and “A Diva’s Guide to Getting Your Period” and founder of Red Moon School of Empowerment for Women & Girls™ and of Red Tents In Every Neighborhood Global Network.

Fondly known as “Womb Visionary,” DeAnna has been transforming lives worldwide for over 20 years by teaching women and girls how to love themselves unconditionally! She guides women to dissolve PMS symptoms by drawing spiritual strength from their cycle; she helps mothers welcome their daughters to empowered womanhood and teaches women how to hold Red Tents in their communities.

http://www.deannalam.com

Debbie Weber

Concho, Arizona, USA

I am a craftwoman/artisan living off the grid in northeastern Arizona. I was born and raised in Southern California, moved to Oregon and taught Ceramics and Glass classes at the OSU Craft Center for several years. I really like teaching others to explore their creativity. Currently I am using rocks (plentiful here!) as a canvas. I enjoy cooking and creating recipes (gluten free), cheesemaking, gardening and creating from my heart.

Douglas Walker

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Douglas Walker was born and grew up in Vancouver, Canada.

His paintings include unique representations of Vedic gods along with depictions of the relationship between the human physiology and the Divine.

Douglas was gifted with the ability to paint late in life following a meditation experience of Divine Mother dancing in his heart lotus. Many who view his work report inner spiritual transformation and energetic healing.

According to Douglas, “Divine Mother is the artist. I just try to be alert to what She is telling me, and not get in the way. The less the ego is involved, the better I can express Her Light and Silence in my paintings. And of course, it helps to keep improving my painting skills.”

He presently lives with his wife Nancy in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

http://www.artofmahadevi.com

em jollie

Wendell, Massachusetts, USA
(Traditional Nipmuc Territory)

Poet. Artist. Lover of the Living Earth. em jollie celebrates all genres of creative expression. In addition to writing poetry she is developing several prose pieces. Many of her hours are dedicated to gardening, crafting, making visual art, and playing traditional wood flutes. em was raised in the Woods on the Land currently considered to be the Northeast, United States, in a tiny Western Massachusetts town. Her journey has taken her in many Circles that just recently brought her back to this area. You are welcome to contact her at emjollie@gmail.com. em sees her work as an amalgamation of protest & prayer; in gentle rage and sure-footed love she seeks to address the collective injustices of a world rife with colonial conquests… and full of devastating Beauty… of Beauty… and Beauty.

http://emjollie.com

Feather Redfox

United States

I connect to Source, my Guidance. Guidance beyond myself, open to receive Knowing. The images go along with that, tell its stories, offering its lessons and sometimes that is known and sometimes it is unknown to me, a sharing of beyond-my-ken — downloading for star ancestors and others. Sometimes I see pictures, project them onto surface. Other times I see nothing, only hear, “Turn it this way; color it that way; spin a tail of light there,” as my hand moves from beyond my control.

http://featherredfox.com

Helene Rose

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Helene Rose, MS, is passionate about supporting women to live brilliant lives and founded Be Brilliant Network to serve as a portal for women to step into their radiance. She believes that when a woman fully acknowledges and embodies her brilliance, she is an authentic and successful contributor to society — no matter where she is and what she chooses to do. Her inner brilliance shines forth in all she does. Helene’s experience provides her with a deeply compassionate perspective and understanding of the modern woman’s struggle for mindful living and feminine empowerment. She is the author of “Blessed Womb,” a healing memoir and “Love Poems.” She facilitates “Women Who Write Rock” virtual writing retreats. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family.

http://www.bebrilliantnetwork.com

Jiling Lin

California, Connecticut and New Mexico, USA
Taipei, Taiwan

Clinical herbalist Jiling Lin sees distance and in-person clients on a sliding scale basis, makes and sells wild-crafted herbal concoctions, and teaches herbal, yoga, and nature-based classes in the USA and Asia, primarily in the northeastern and southwestern USA. She teaches with Two Coyotes Wilderness School in Connecticut, the Traditions in Western Herbalism conference in New Mexico, and various other organizations. Jiling travels frequently; contact her to set up a mini class, tea party, or herbal free clinic in your town!

http://www.linjiling.blogspot.com

JoAnne Dodgson

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

With 30 years of experience as a healer, teacher and consultant, JoAnne Dodgson offers guidance to awaken authentic ways of being to transform the ways we live and relate with ourselves, each other, and the earth.

Since 2000, she has been living and learning the kala keh nah seh lineage of Ka Ta See, a tradition from the Eastern Andes. A shamanic healer and teacher of these ancient medicine ways, JoAnne offers spiritual counseling, initiation ceremonies, Bone Throws, traditional energy balancing, and spirit journeys which awaken profound healing, deep connectedness, joy and empowerment. Prior to her shamanic initiations, JoAnne completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She has many years of professional experience as a psychotherapist, community activist, and college instructor.

http://www.pathwaysforhealing.net

K Lenore Siner

Providence, Rhode Island, USA

I work with wax because it contributes a wonderful luminosity that I finds aesthetically pleasing. The medium also shows action and no pour can be recreated, it makes process obvious in the final product which is something I believe is valuable in our world of the mass produced image.

Thematically, my paintings are a journey to understand my own identity, particularly the edges of the personal that meet up with the realm of archetype.

I have showed nationally, including the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA, Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA and AS220 in Providence, RI. I am director of Peregrine Gallery in Providence, RI and currently live and works in the AS220 artist Mercantile Building.

http://www.klenoresiner.com

Kerem Brulé

San Diego, California, USA

Kerem Brulé is an infectious rhythmatist, didgeridoo’er and spontaneous songstress. Her strong desire to form community and communicate through music draws her into a wide variety of collaborations that create interactive, playful and meaningful musical experiences.

Laura Madeline Wiseman

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her recent books are American Galactic (Martian Lit Books, 2014), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) with artist Sally Deskins. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska and has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, and the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review and Feminist Studies.

http://www.lauramadelinewiseman.com

Marilyn Whitehorse

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

In the topside world I am an educator, teaching academic writing at the university level. In another world, I am a writer who also works in the mediums of photography, collage and masks. Lately, my blog has to do with my adventures as I research in the islands for a trilogy I’m writing: a historical fiction of the sacred queens of Hawaii.

http://mkwhitehorse.blogspot.com

Mel Shapcott

Mel Shapcott Wild Woman Rising

Founding Editor, Wild Woman Rising

Mel Shapcott, brings talents from both art and industry. Her work explores the intersecting edge of these two divergent worlds. Her technical skills honed as Owner and Project Manager at website design and development company Cyberian Frontier and as Vice President of web hosting and publishing company Solar Flare, LLC, are intertwined with her work as a visionary artist and intuitive. She is driven by a genuine passion to collaborate, create, and innovate through an artistic process, yet she has the critically necessary ability to synthesize the needs and goals of her team in order to tailor efficient solutions that culminate in project completion. Shapcott guides ideas from germination to manifest reality.

Shapcott founded Wild Woman Rising, an online magazine for artists and activists, and created the Akashic Oracle, a visionary art deck for intuitive inspiration. She is an agent of understanding in a rapidly evolving universe, and her individual and collaborative projects often explore and celebrate the melding of art with social issues, women’s empowerment, and community building. Shapcott is a graduate of the Priestess Path women’s leadership program, and in 2012 she won the Larger Visions Positive Change Award from Peregrine Gallery, Providence, RI. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

http://melshapcott.com

http://cyberianfrontier.com

http://akashicoracle.com

http://wildwomanrising.com

 

Mikki Baloy

Pleasantville, New York, USA

Mikki Baloy has studied with shamans from around the world including Q’ero elders in Peru. Her approach to healing fuses indigenous traditions with yoga, Buddhism and almost three decades of creative training as a performer, writer and musician. She was the Director of a 9/11 foundation in New York City and helped create and maintain programs to assist many thousands of people — while undertaking her own healing journey. She has been featured in two books about post-disaster resiliency: Life Is Too Short and On the Ground After September 11. Mikki now helps soulful people evolve and thrive through ceremony, yoga and energy medicine and leads a holistic retreat for women called Passage.

http://www.shamanmikki.com

Nadine Waltman Harmon

Bend, Oregon, USA

Nadine is a retired teacher (42 years) who grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma. She taught in Oregon, Arkansas, Oklahoma and East Africa. She has taught in one-room schools, been a principal, head teacher and head of a Humanities Department in a Middle School. As a member of the United States Agency of International Development and the National Education Association (USAID-NEA) TEACH CORPS, Nadine assisted in upgrading African teachers at Mpwapwa Teachers College and Marangu Teachers College (Tanzania). After receiving a grant from The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Nadine researched Wahehe folk tales in Iringa Region, Tanzania. Her work has been published in educational journals and in the U.K. (poetry), the Phillipines (poetry), in The Delta Kappa Gamma International Bulletin (articles, poetry). One of Nadine’s tanka was selected for The Best Tanka of 2010. An article on Phillda Njauu, an artist from the U.S., living in Nairobi Kenya was published in SAGE, a journal for Black Women (Spelman College) Nadine’s poetry has recently been published in Pyrokinection and Napalm and Novocain, both online publications. Nadine is presently writing a novel of East Africa (c.1969). She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a log house with her cat, Mama Chai.

Nathalie Jackson

Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Nathalie is a graduate from the women’s mystery school apprenticeship Priestess Path with ALisa Starkweather and on the path of becoming a certified Shadow Work Facilitator. Her thirst for living life fully has expanded as she steps forward with her dreams of leading and inspiring women through a journey into women’s mysteries. It is her prayer that in the sacredness of these precious moments together, you too will find your way home.

http://womanunveiled.nathaliejackson.com

Paula Jones

Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

The study I did with an incredibly intuitive, talented artist was when I finally figured out WHY I painted. First question she asked me was, “Why? Why do you paint?” I was stumped, and then started making up bogus answers that sounded good. Or so I thought. She saw right through the fog and indecision. “Paula, why do you paint?” It was then I settled into listening to my internal voice about the actual why. “I paint, because I never allowed myself the time to PLAY!” It was a total surprise to me. Was that true? Had I never allowed myself to actually PLAY? I thought that when I was painting I was playing….turns out the reason I was painting was so that I could eventually support myself. I DEMANDED that of myself. I never allowed myself to just play and make mistakes.

AHA! Total V-8 moment. When I played, when I allowed myself the luxury of losing time, getting lost in the process rather than the result, the actual “play” of my gift, I created Mona Lisa’s.

And so began the unfolding of me, my internal knowing, that I am here to play – to teach others to play and to LOVE what they are doing.

My paintings unfold and develop intuitively. I converse with the canvas, sometimes starting with an intention, or sometimes just allowing and knowing that this process works best for me. I paint a layer, and then glaze – layer after layer – allowing the layers to build upon themselves creating the depth and richness in the paintings that I love. I find that even the “mistakes” frequently become an intrinsic part of the painting, and I instinctively know that this is much as our lives are. Our “mistakes” or learning experiences as I prefer to call them, are layered with time and other experiences, creating the fine masterpieces that we are today. And so…I say…Let the PLAY and the JOY of the creation begin!!

http://www.paulajonesart.com

Pegi Smith

Ashland, Oregon, USA

Within, perhaps, a summary of my own life’s perspectives and observations (yet with no conscious agenda), I’m captivated by the creative process, swept up in the work, the medium and the opportunity.

My hope is that the final works will cause the viewer to immerse and then to emerge with the initial design in tow…moving in and out…with an intentional choice to be there again and again. Energized by life’s experiences and dreams of how it should, or could be if only…

While immersed in a project, there are times when I see it as primitive and at other times refined. Regardless, I am pressed to move forward, aware of pending modifications, yet enjoying the expression of the moment. I work from the canvas with no pre-sketching, but a more innate exploration of my own inner space, while being aware of the necessity to remain open to the spontaneous, hidden dimensions appearing and reappearing on the canvases — with an endless appreciation that color is such an obvious and important part of my life.

Am I discovering aspects of my own identity in the process. Wondering ‘is this about me?’ Maybe so. Regardless, I am there and somehow absent, while the actual painting occurs. Appeared to and appealed to by the urgent necessity to cooperate with what is developing and yet making my own voice heard as a distant director of what must be the reluctant conclusion of that one work…if another is to begin.

Thank you for the privilege of sharing my work with you.

http://www.pegismith.com

Rachel Sarah Jones, PhD

London, UK

Rachel Sarah Jones was born in Washington, DC and began creating art at an early age, inspired by a long line of artists in her family. She continued painting and drawing until the age of 17 when she decided to put her artwork aside and focus on her interest in Sociology. Rachel studied Sociology at Columbia University and while there she focused solely on an academic curriculum, refusing to paint or draw for several years. In her last year of University, she decided to take up art once again by enrolling in a drawing class. Although she did not know it at the time, that drawing class changed her life forever. Rachel’s dream of becoming an artist was reignited and from there she realized that she had to pursue a career in the arts formally, going on to obtain a Masters degree and a PhD. The creative process has been a subject of Rachel’s research over the years and she believes it to be an underrated yet extremely powerful source of knowledge about the self and the world around us. Rachel believes strongly that the creative process is an act of connecting with the life-force energy that runs throughout the universe. After years of using meditation, visualization and other energy-based exercises within her own artistic practice to overcome creative blocks, Rachel felt inspired to share these techniques with others. In 2013 she developed the Tapping Into Your Creative Flow series, which provides materials for releasing blocks to creativity and manifesting creative goals. Rachel has exhibited her artwork in New York, London, Glasgow and Washington, DC. and she regularly presents her work at international conferences and festivals. She currently lives in London with her husband and their dog.

http://www.tapintocreativeflow.com

Raven Redfox

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Contemporary imagery, brash colors and spiritual iconography make up the essence of my art through the use of strong colors and vibrant, energetic, thematic iconographic projections in the form of windows, sections, a collection of individual perspectives morphed into a larger, venerated, cultural historical collective.

http://ravenredfoxstudio.yolasite.com

Sally Deskins

Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Sally Deskins is an artist and writer, focusing on women and feminist writers and artists, heavily inspired by artist Wanda Ewing. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, Her Kind: A blog by VIDA Women in Literary Arts, Vagina, CLAP and Whitefish Review. She has curated various solo and group exhibitions, readings and performances centered on women’s perspective and the body. Her writing has been published internationally in BITCH, Bookslut, Weave and Prick of the Spindle, among others. She edits the online journal Les Femmes Folles, and has published three anthologies of art and writing.

http://sallydeskins.tumblr.com/

http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com

Samantha Archer

England

Samantha Archer is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist. With an upbringing in classical piano and clarinet, playing in jazz bands and acting, singing and dancing, her music is expressive and crosses over into many genres, from classically inspired to world and experimental.

Since she began playing the handpan in late 2012, her musical vocabulary is being ever challenged and stretched to encompass her creativity through its limitations. She is never short of new ideas, new collaborations and new music.

http://www.samanthaarcher.bandcamp.com

Samantha Fernandez

Australia

Born on Wurrundjerri land in Melbourne, Australia. My Mountain is Mt. Dandenong (which means lofty mountain) and my River is the Yarra (which actually means river). My ancestry is Celtic. I am a daughter of the Scottish/Irish MacGillivray clan. I grew up by the sea and have always played with magic, danced with spirit and surrendered to music. I became a Liturgical music schollar and studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree in performance studies and a post grad in community engagement and cultural development. I practiced massage and shamanistic healing, wellness, meditation and yoga. I travelled within and around the world many times. I’ve camped in places of natural wonder, sang at peace festivals and sacred ceremonies in temples, churches, hospitals and forrest glades. I have managed to release 12 albums so far and been part of the soundtrack for several films. I continue to live and learn, share and shine, in wonder of it all…Blessings…

http://www.samanthafernandez.bandcamp.com

Savannah Schroll Guz

Weirton, West Virginia, USA

Born in 1974 in York, Pennsylvania, Savannah Schroll Guz studied under painter Alexander McBride at Juniata College in the mid-1990s. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Juniata in 1997, she became a Fulbright Scholar in Munich, Germany and worked for Dr. Konrad Renger, then curator of 17th-century Flemish painting at the Alte Pinakothek. In 2000, she received her Master of Arts in art history from the University of Pittsburgh and moved to Washington, D.C., where she became the public information officer for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. While in D.C., Guz became active in the arts community and was closely involved with the D.C. Arts Center in Adams-Morgan. She returned to Pittsburgh in 2005 and currently divides her time between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Weirton, West Virginia. She is Membership Chair for the Pittsburgh Print Group.

http://www.savannahschrollguz.com

Trishuwa

Silver City, New Mexico, USA

Trishuwa works with the ceremonial forms of communicating with the invisibles of the world-Sweat Lodge, Sacred Pipe, Vision Quest and the Medicine Wheel. She is Ceremonial Director of the Church of Gaia and founding member of Foundation for Gaian Studies, www.gaianstudies.org. She is a poet and Earth Wisdom storyteller, combining myth and personal stories of spiritual relationship with human, non-human, visible and invisible.

http://www.gaianstudies.org

White Woman Drums

Orange, California, USA

Embrace Mother Earth’s Heartbeat with a personally designed Shamanic or Hand Frame Drum. I work with you through internet correspondence to create a drum and beater (Shaman style) or hand frame drum from the things that touch you personally – Gods/Goddesses, Spiritual Reflections, totems, colors, stones anything that touch your heart and soul. The more information from you the more open I become to the Divine Spirit and your personal path, whatever touches you heart also then touches mine and through both of us your drum is a truly inspired gift from the universe.

http://www.whitewomandrums.com

Wilma Stoltz

Somerset West, West Cape, SA

Inspiring healing is my passion, life is my teacher.