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:
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.
Betz King is a Pagan (but not a Witch), priestess of the Western Mystery Tradition (without a Temple) and champion of the divine feminine (who does not believe that the divine has a gender). She is also an existential psychologist who firmly believes that the “givens of existence” (death, isolation, freedom and meaninglessness) drive many an angst ridden seeker to lock down a belief system simply to secure an afterlife, companionship, boundaries and a mission statement. Betz teaches at The Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills Michigan, has a private practice specializing in women’s empowerment and founded The American Priestess Training Program as a kick in the shins of organized religion. She shares her heart and home with her husband Kyle, three dogs, and a black cat.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
California, Connecticut and New Mexico, USA
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!
Temecula, California, USA
Kathy Crabbe inspires soul-seekers to discover their innate gifts and talents through intuitive, creative expression in safe, relaxed and playful environments. She has been an artist forever and a Creative Soul Guide since awakening her own intuitive gifts at age forty. She channels New & Full Moon readings every month on her blog at kathycrabbe.com
Originally from Kingston, Canada Kathy currently lives in the wine country of Temecula, California with her husband and pet muse: Abby the dog.
Kathy facilitates Moon Circles every New and Full Moon and teaches shamanic, Divine Feminine Creative Soul Classes all over Southern California and at Susun Weed’s Wise Woman University.
Since 2008 Kathy has given over 1000 Creative Soul Readings and Past Life Readings. Kathy received intuitive training from English channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN. Kathy received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy and has studied astrology with Steven Forrest, Patty Davidson, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is in training as a Celtic Faerie Shaman with Francesca De Grandis, author of Be a Goddess.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Katlyn Breene has been creating sacred art and Incense for 40 years. Her artwork is a manifestation of her beliefs and can be experienced in homes, on altars and in temples around the world.
She is the creator of Mermade Magickal Arts and handcrafts natural artisan incense and oils since 1984. She is the author and illustrator of many books and articles on spiritual arts, incense and folklore.
Her work includes cover art and illustrations for many Music CDs, books and magazines, here and abroad, Goddess calendars and countless images of the ancient Gods and Goddesses and creatures of myth and magic.
Since 1980 her sculptures, “The Ladies of Magic and Mystery,” have been on display at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Katlyn traveled the world for many years performing her dance and magic act.
She and her husband Michael, known as “Zingaia” create techno-tantra-trance music dedicated to sacred lovers and to the Goddess in all Her many aspects.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Raised in the tiny artist colony of Taos, New Mexico, I grew up in the midst of creativity. Believing that everyone is an artist of some sort on the inside, regardless of what they show on the outside. I’m still convinced of that.
I taught myself how to paint and everyday is a new lesson. For years I painted whimsical dogs and loved every minute of it, until I didn’t. So I opened a restaurant for a few years and let the creative juices flow as food, until I couldn’t stave off the yearning for a paintbrush, rather than a spatula, in my hand.
I was in Australia when I dreamt of lovely, mighty features with wondrous birds perched atop their heads. Back I went to New Mexico and began to paint them.
They are fixed minutes of simplicity.
It’s as undemanding as that.
San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
Inspiration for my weaving is rooted in Nature and primarily the lands of the Pacific Northwest Coast, USA. I was birthed here and I have lived in this region my entire life.
Red cedar bark and indigenous grasses are gathered and prepared seasonally, utilizing ancient techniques taught to me and are considered priceless. Every step requires methodical precision along the way.
My apprenticeship with master weaver Gram Lillian Black Pullen of the Quileute and Muckleshoot tribes in Washingtons Olympic Rainforest lasted for about thirteen years. I spent many years with Southern Puget Sound Coast Salish Lummi Nation weaver, Lillian Rose Jefferson Lawrence, as well as countless hours with other accomplished Northwest weavers.
Robert Eagle Bear of the Lummi Nation is my weaving and storytelling partner. We collaborate on many pieces. For us, our work is ceremonial and sacred. Together and singularly, we preserve the purity of ancient methods, stories and techniques.
While many classical and traditional pieces are composed of only natural barks and grasses, my contemporary works may call upon me to choose a variety of synthetic or unusual materials. I often unify ancient and traditional weaving methods with new perspectives, materials and, at times, unfamiliar experimental sculptural ideas.
I continue working to experience and explore melding limitless classical, traditional and contemporary weaving possibilities.
Mary Snowden . Similk Bay Studio . Fidalgo Island, USA
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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.
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.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Polyphony Marimba is a nationally touring marimba ensemble based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Formed in 2010, their music vibrantly conveys a deeply personal contemporary sensibility, while drawing from the ancient rhythms and melodies of southern Africa. Touched by the compelling beauty of Zimbabwean music, songs of this region are always part of the set. Their goal is to be true to the music, while giving it their own voice and extending the tradition with other musical influences.
In their short history, they have logged more than 200 gigs throughout the eastern U.S. Reaching thousands of new fans who invariably respond with a surprised and joyous appreciation of their music, they have sold over 2,000 copies of their debut CD “Polyphony Marimba”. Performance highlights include: headliner at Zimfest 2012 in Moscow, Idaho, performances in Washington Square and Harlem, New York, return gigs at Joe’s Cafe in St. Louis and attracting huge crowds busking in Asheville, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and even the Chicago Zoo!
Polyphony Marimba’s founder and leader, Peter Swing, first experienced marimba music in 1987 attending a marimba concert in Portland, Oregon. Soon afterward he attended his first workshop with the Zimbabwean teacher Dr. Dumisani Maraire. Maraire was not primarily interested in teaching the traditional songs of his people: he challenged people of non-African heritage to understand the music from the inside out and play as Africans do. He said, “In order to play our music properly, you must live it.” Swing immediately responded to this profound approach; within five years he was teaching the music himself, and directing Boka Marimba, the band in which he learned the music. In 1996 Swing moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to begin the life of a full time musician. As a marimba teacher and instrument builder he and his family began attracting many people to the joyous and fun music of Zimbabwe. This led to the formation of several bands and classes, out of which the members of Polyphony Marimba emerged. His son Raven Swing, having grown up in the music, now plays a leading role musically and contributes original compositions to the band’s repertoire.
For the last 15 years, Karyna Boyce, the band’s booking agent and singer, has been immersed in marimba, drum and dance of Africa. Harlin Pierce spent his twelfth birthday performing with Bobby McFerrin; on his fifteenth he was in the recording studio with Polyphony Marimba. Currently studying seven different instruments — and playing them well — his favorite is the marimba. His father Anton Pierce, a recent addition to the band, has a deep history in music. Beginning as a lead singer in a rock band in college, he moved through many musical idioms, including directing several choirs. Eric Bauer, a long-time player of the mbira music of Zimbabwe, brings a deep understanding of this tradition to the band, having spent time in Zimbabwe studying with masters such as Tute Chigamba. Keenan McDonald has been playing marimba since he was 7 years old, being first drawn to it when he was a toddler hearing marimba classes at a nearby church. Jaden Rivers and Dylan Moon both got their start with classes Peter was teaching at their school: their innate musical ability combined with a strong desire to play marimbas at a professional level, landed them a position in Polyphony Marimba.
Polyphony Marimba emerges from a village environment, and this is reflected in its unique multi-generational membership. In the village too, musical instruments are built by master craftsmen; so in this band Swing has crafted a new set of marimbas, the first in North America in the key of E flat. Maraire considered his students to be pioneers, both carrying forward the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe as well as writing their own songs. Polyphony Marimba is the embodiment of this. In spite of — or maybe because of — persistent challenges, their music is stronger than ever and they are excited to share it around the world with anyone ready to hear, dance and join in with the uplifting experience they create.
Mentone, Alabama, USA
My favorite places are the back woods and back country roads, little country restaurants and mountain tops. I always go as close to edge as possible, the edge of the mountain, the edge of the ocean, the edge of an experience.
Bonners Ferry, Idaho, USA
Raven Hawk’s magnificent artwork is a reflection and expression of the natural beauty of the mountains and forests of the northern Idaho wilderness and of the shamanic tradition that inspires, nurtures and enlightens her. She draws from a profound personal integration with the myriad flora and fauna that surround the 100 year-old homestead on which she lives. Always acutely attuned to the magic and mystery of the spirit world, Raven Hawk conveys her reverence for nature and her shamanic insights in her brilliant creations. Her love of color allows her to use the full pallet of nature’s splendor in the vibrant pieces she creates, imbuing much of the artist’s spiritual persona in every unique piece.
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.
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.
Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA
Samantha Moore is a writer/healer/artist, and a quirky Queer Femme, mother, lover, friend, PTSD survivor, with a serious case of Woo.
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.
Sara Landas & Holli Rae
Los Angeles, California, USA
We are Sara Landas & Holli Rae, a collaborative duo from Los Angeles, California. After meeting in the summer of 2008 our worlds changed forever. Having each others full support and encouragement, we began to see the deep importance of sisterhood and immediately started creating films that reflected this new found reality. We recognize the need for media that promotes stories of hope and empowers the viewer rather than giving power to their problems. We are currently in the process of editing The Goddess Project, a documentary film that shares the stories of over 100 brave women across America who are living their dreams and changing the world!