My Favorite Carry-On Art Journal Supplies for Air Travel

My favorite carry-on art journaling supplies for air travel

A few people wrote and asked me recently what supplies I took on the plane for my recent trip to Arizona, so I thought I’d share. It’s pretty easy to take what you want when you are checking bags – but I like to see how light I can travel when I’m going for just a few days.

I also like to have some of my favorite supplies accessible in my carry-on bags for airport waiting time and hours on the plane.

art journaling in the airport

The toughest choice for me may be deciding which journals to take (and which ones to leave behind). Every journal is so unique – I have many and love them all, and I inevitably end up missing one while away. I like to consider which are easiest to carry in the bags I’m traveling with, though, and which respond to the supplies I take as well.

The truth is, I like to think I’m going to make beautiful, detailed spreads when I’m traveling to visit people – but that almost never happens. There is generally too much visiting, chatting and being in the experience to go off and devote much solitary, focused time to my creative journal practice. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though – traveling is about people and places – and I get to do that personal type of art journaling at home all the time.

art journal supplies for air travel

So it helps me to think of my travel journaling practice as quick sketches, impressions, studies – a way of expressing some of the inspiration from the journey and capturing ideas to explore later. My intention stays light and I need only the most basic supplies to touch in with the practice – which makes packing easier.

So for this last trip, I took a moleskine for its familiarity, a new sketchbook that lays flat when open, and my big ol’ homemade planner (which I’m not sure completely counts as a journal… but it goes with me and documents my life).

As for supplies, getting through TSA with options and basics is my focus.

I start with…

  • a small pair of scissors
  • a pencil sharpener (that’s what that lipstick-like black thing is, below)
  • a small ruler (more for tearing edges than measuring things)
  • adhesives: a roll of washi tape (or two) and a glue stick. This last time I took Martha Stewart’s gel glue – so it counted toward my fluids for carry-on (it’s a 2 oz tube), but a glue stick does the trick just fine
  • a kneaded eraser, and an old credit card for scraping paint on a page

Well considered drawing and writing options are a must…

  • one charcoal pencil
  • one water-soluble derwent graphite (I like “very dark”) + a regular pencil (with a functioning eraser, thank you)
  • black & white stabilo aquarelle marking pencils (also water-soluble)
  • a bic pen, a gelly roll pen (favorite color, please! – for writing), several Faber-Castell Pitt pens (waterproof)
  • white uni-ball signo pen, and a sharpie (for spontaneous graffiti… just kidding… maybe)

my favaorite must-have art journal supplies for air travel carry-on

Paints… oh, how I love them. All of them. Lots of them. And I really prefer my acrylics – if I had to choose just one kind.

For traveling, though, I actually leave almost all of the acrylics at home – except for one little bottle of white – for when you need to cover over areas or blend or build up a layer on the page (like gesso).

Instead, I prefer to take watercolors and gouache.

In case you don’t know much about gouache (I didn’t until last year) – gouache paints are sort of like watercolors – and sometimes referred to as opaque watercolors. Their quality reminds me of chalk paints and they take some getting used to – yet they are very rich and really have a personality of their own. Plus, you can re-wet them like watercolors, and you don’t have to worry about your brushes if you don’t get them totally clean if you’re out and about at a coffee shop or in nature (also like watercolors) – because you can re-wet them and clean them up later.

They are also inexpensive – which is a win-win if you are not checking a bag, and I’ll tell you why….

TSA says you can have 1 quart size bag with your liquids, and each liquid needs to be less than 3.4 ounces. If you’re not checking a bag – then that’s the only bag for all of your liquid toiletries. It can be done – trust me.

But, paints are in tubes and considered a liquid for purposes of security checks. Plus, my toiletries take up that one bag you’re allowed to carry on – so my paints go in another – which is technically breaking the rules. ssshhh…

So I’ve always had the fear that I may get asked to leave my paints or check my bag if I want to travel with them, plus my toiletries. If I have to leave a small, ten dollar set of gouache behind, no big deal.

In the six trips I’ve taken with this set-up though, I’ve never been confronted on technically having two bags of liquids. (I’m just going to go ahead and acknowledge my privilege here… because I’m not sure that would be the case for everyone.)

must-have air travel carry-on art journal supplies

So here’s my air-travel paint supply list:

  • a small set of gouache paints (needs to be in a clear quart-size bag)
  • Koi watercolor field pocket sketch kit (fill the brush with water after passing through security)
  • small tube of payne’s gray watercolor (needs to be in a clear quart-size bag)
  • small craft bottle of white acrylic (also in a clear quart-size bag)
  • an assortment of small brushes + paint rag
  • travel spray bottle (fill with water after passing through security)

I carry my loose supplies in a money bag – fancy, I know. And then all of it goes in my backpack with my laptop.

By the way – if you’re going to travel without checking a bag – you need a good backpack. Both for the room it gives you and for distributing the weight of lugging that stuff around. (As for a purse… I have a small, light purse that lays flat in my carry-on that I can use once I get to the terminal or land in my destination.)

my favorite carry-on art journal supplies for air travel carry-on

Here are a few of the pages I made on my last trip…

visual journal art while traveling, Hali Karla
visual journal art collage while traveling, Hali Karla
visual journal art from my trip to Sedona, Hali Karla

The journal I missed most? My altered book, hands down.

Do you have art supply travel tips? Do share.

 

Dearest Kimberly, I Can Do That

art journal pages with the words from a friend who passed away

There is an online Commemorative Painting Vigil happening over the next few days to honor the sudden death of my friend, Kimberly Davis – who many of you may have known in person or online. She had a big heart and generous, passionate spirit that she shared in both places.

You can join us in that vigil space, and also for a simple broadcast Commemorative Spreecast tomorrow, Friday May 15, at 1pm EST (access through that group).

I’ve been at a loss when it comes to finding words for a post about this, so below I share a letter I wrote to Kimberly a couple of nights ago.

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Dearest Kimberly,

After Cynthia called and told me what happened, I was in shock. I made a few calls, and then didn’t know what to do but go be alone in the woods. You would have loved the walk – baby ducklings, turtles, wild flowers, a river, dreamy clouds… in the moments that I would feel the spiral of sadness tugging me down, the breeze would pick up – I swear it was you – pointing out some beautiful little touch of nature to bring a smile to my heart.

I walked, and I kept aching to just hear your laugh and see your smile one more time, wishing I hadn’t canceled that last Skype date… wanting not to say goodbye, but just that I love you and your bright, big heart one more time.

I stood by the river and there was this fallen poplar tulip bud – so perfect, in her colors. Pulsing as the water kissed her petals, inviting her in. I couldn’t take my eyes away – and what kept running through my mind was, I don’t know how to do this, I don’t know how to do this. Like a prayer. I could feel in those moments, staring at that tulip from a great tree above, how many of us around the world were going to be aching for this, for you. So many of us creative kindreds of yours.

We don’t have traditional ways to process grief together in these new landscapes of online relationships… I know you would understand this awareness. I remembered you coming to my painting vigils some years ago. And I thought, I don’t know how to do THIS… but maybe I can do THAT. I can make a space and an invitation. I can hold it, for you, for us. Someone else might need that, too… for this. Connie and Michelle had the same feeling of a need for connection. Cynthia gave her blessing.

As I walked on this morning, my heart ached for Kevin, your mama, your brother, Cynthia, all of your loved ones in Pennsylvania.

My mind’s eye kept drifting to pages of painted color – and I felt this strong desire to see your paintings again. It was interesting to notice that coming up in me. I remember how much we’d chat about that – your paintings and the intuitive process of creating… how you’d wonder sometimes (like we all do) if they should look like something else, say something more, have recognizable imagery or meaning… but that you just loved the way you felt when you used all the rich, bright colors of the spectrum, bold black lines and white dots… like stars. It brought you joy… in it you found that phrase you loved: “Passionate Stillness.”

Today, I wanted nothing more than for this to be a bad dream – but if not that, then to sit and see and hold and revel in the art that brought you so much joy to make – evidence of the light that is you still shining here with us. The flowing, feminine lines, the white dots you said were like breathing to make. I wanted to be in the presence of the art that brought you joy to make simply because YOU loved it – the process of birthing your paintings – and I can feel that pure energy of You in their beauty, almost as if in the presence of your love for one more time, in the presence of You.

Thank you, from the depths of my heart for making the art that brought your joy and vision of this beautiful life into the world. Thank you for making the art that was healing for you, and the art that gave you your words and courage and clarity and radiance.

I’m sorry for not always being the greatest friend – not being as available as I wish I could’ve been at times. Thank you for loving me and becoming my beloved friend over the years anyhow.

Do you remember that time I showed you that design I was working on? I was so proud of it. You took one look and without missing a beat said, “Yeah, keep working on it. Not there yet.” I laugh at this now. You were so right, and you were always so generous with your honesty about process.

I knew you loved me. That we held safe, loving space between us. That if I needed you, you were there. What brighter gift could any of us bless those we love with?

If you need me from the other side, my friend, I’m here. And I suspect you now well know, if not before, that I am open to this. I feel you still. Nudge me if you see the things that need to be done or said when I don’t – I will continue to trust you.

I will miss you so so much. And I am forever grateful for the friendship we had a chance to create.

Your “Sister of the Heart,”
Hali

(written on the evening of May 12, Kimberly left us May 11)

fallen poplar tulip bud, north carolina

Visual Journal Art – my truest muse, mother in potentia

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One of my regular self-criticisms as an artist is that my work is too busy, too layered, too much without obvious focus…

this is a trickle down from the paradoxical self-talk obstacles of “not enough” and “too much.” They really are two sides of the same conspiring coin, in my experience.

Now, this awareness and questioning can be helpful at times, for sure. It can help me try new things, look for new possibilities, find spaciousness, grow.

But when not in the right frame of mind, and I judge my art-making like that, I’m usually not centered, not noticing my connection to the source of creativity, not allowing myself to flow with the nature of my creative energy rhythms… which is entirely dynamic and unique to me.

As I type that, I am smiling…. Identifying the ‘affliction’ of thought points directly at the relief for the predicament… directly toward my truest muse. The reason my art is where it is, evolving as it is, and becoming what it may – is because of who I am and what I love.

My truest muse – the ‘object’ of my devotion, source of my inspiration, and essence of my creative pulse itself – is mother nature herself. I always come home to her, mind-body-spirit. If ever there were an unkempt, multi-layered, full of aesthetic busy-ness, yet brilliantly seductive energy – she is that dynamic, adorned embodiment of power.

Nature herself takes my breath away and gives it back again. She loves like that – fully, mutually, in relationship. Tweet: Nature herself takes my breath away and gives it back again. She loves like that - fully, mutually, in relationship. @halikarla

Worship her? Oh, yes.

When my pages begin with or move toward an adoration and reflection of her infinite abundance (in visual element or personal energy) – then I feel free in my own natural creative inclinations. Free to move layers, make marks, see impressions, cultivate imagery and let it get lost in the next movements of emergence.

The emergence is an intuition – the same feeling I get in her presence. When I am present with her, of her, for her.

There is no one object of focus in this, no tight container of expression – that is too narrow. She is far too vast. As is her love and wisdom, in all its diversity and cycles of fierceness, tenderness.

As is the love she evokes in me. Vast, rich, full, shape-shifting layers.

When I walk into my beloved woods or visit her watery places, I am overcome with awe and joy for the grace in her perfections… there is so much to see, explore, inquire, be with. There is no place untouched by her sacred blessing. And in that perfect chaos of her multi-faceted beauty, I find my own peace again, my compass, my home.

So I remind my critical self how fitting it is that my creative practice reflects a desire to express and honor this, to commune with her holy heart, however humble that may be in simple color and marks on a page.

She is Muse. Living Art. Mother. Manifest. In Potentia.

 

Sedona :: Work Retreat Play Repeat

Sedona work retreat, Hali Karla Arts
Sedona work retreat, Hali Karla Arts
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Two years ago I went to Sedona for the first time. It is a very special place.

In the land, away from the little town hub of tourist traffic, there is an energy that is wise, timeless and sacred – it is almost palpable. You just feel different there, cleansed by the magic of the desert and all the stories it tells and evokes.

I went back to spend a few days there in April – on a little work retreat with my dear friend, Connie Solera.

As some of you know, I am the Creative Director for her online art journaling workshop 21 SECRETS – so she and I spend a lot of time communicating via emails, phone calls and Skype. It was high-time for some in-person connection again… and it is a blessing to be able to work with someone who also processes her “work” in unconventional ways.

We share similar visions about art and life, as well as a deep devotion (and need) for nature – and a mutual perspective that all of this is not separate from the work we do in the world with others. She recently shared some thoughts about our working+personal relationship HERE.

I think I can safely say that we love the work we do with working artists, and we both also understand that making sure there is space for our creative and spiritual practices is essential to how we show up to our lives and to our sustainability as creative entrepreneurs.

There’s a harmony to be held between our creative work and freedom of play. There is a time to share, do and hold space, and a time to retreat, be free and re-fill. And for some of us – most of us, maybe – we thrive when both are tended consciously.


 

{See clips from my first trip to Sedona here and here.}

Also – a few people have written to ask what art supplies I take on the plane with me to art journal. I’m going to share a post about that soon!

Holistic Creative Chat with Becky Swanson

Holistic Creative Chat with Guide and Yogini Becky Swanson

How does trying to balance everything work out for you? When you have space in your schedule, do you leave it? Where do you leak your precious creative energy?

These are some of the highlights that this week’s Holistic Creative guest touches on in our chat. Becky Swanson is a creativity guide, yogini, and mother – and a calm, wise, shining soul. We are blessed to have her as one of the contributors for Spectrum this year – and you can get to know her better by listening in to this little chat we had… Enjoy!

You can visit Becky RIGHT HERE.


Becky’s workshop for the 2015 SPECTRUM Holistic Creative Circle ::

Journey Cards: Supporting Your Soul with Strength, Sustenance and Steady Inspiration

You are sensitive and soulful. You are inquisitive … a thinker, a dreamer, a master manifestor. You know that in order to continue creating and expanding, you must “do the work.” No matter where you are on your personal journey, you cannot do it alone. There are times when everything flows beautifully and there are other moments when you must ride the rough waves. Your soul needs strength, sustenance and steady inspiration for the journey. Having a guiding touchstone that is always with you, can keep you grounded and in the energy of TRUST, knowing you are moving towards your highest good even when the outer world might not represent that.

Armed with your own intuition and guiding emotions plus the use of paper, paint, images and words, this creative, open-ended class will show you how to make your own set of Journey Cards. These cards will be meaningful, magical and powerful since they are unique to only you, created by y.o.u. This is not a one-size-fits-all class. Several options will be given to make this a truly customized creation to support your soul as you move through 2015!

(There are 24 other inspiring teachers for Spectrum this year as well!)

by Becky
by Becky

 

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Holistic Creative Chat with Kara LC Jones

Holistic Creative Chat with Creative Grief Educator Kara Jones

If you’ve ever had a run in with grief (you have), or expect that you will in the future (you will), give yourself the next twenty minutes to listen in to today’s Holistic Creative chat with Kara Jones. Both Kara and I are passionate about expanding our understanding of grief – and welcoming creativity as a highly effective outlet for all the facets of loss that become indescribable with words or conventional communication.

But don’t worry – this isn’t all sad, doom and gloom talk at all – Kara is such a joy that you almost forget we’re talking about grief to begin with… and yet she touches on the many ways grief shows up, caregiving, the importance of not putting people into a sequential grief formula, and a bit about re-framing the Hero’s journey for a more helpful and unique perspective when ‘facing the dragon.’

You can visit Kara RIGHT HERE.


Kara’s workshop for the 2015 SPECTRUM Holistic Creative Circle ::

Alternatives to Slaying the Dragon

For me, a key model in all the work I do, from narrative / appreciative inquiry conversation to mixed media artworks, has always been The Hero’s Journey. Especially in the exploration of living life after the death of my son Kota, I found there was a level of trauma that absolutely would not allow me to accept “slaying the dragon” as the answer to my wrestles with grief. The idea that I needed to enact more violence and trauma to overcome the violence and trauma I felt grief had already brought to us was…baffling at best, sickening at worst. In naming my dragon Grief and visioning its approach, it dawned on me that I had many alternative options besides slaying. Sit in silent, non-violent protest. Take up its hands, put on some music, and dance. Invite it to tea and crumpets. Play Twister with it.

The point was that “ridding” or “fixing” or “getting better” in any way that meant rejection of, violence toward, or “closure” with grief was not happening for me. So I explored the alternatives. And in my work now, even 15 years later, pretty much every person I meet who is given an option for alternatives will, at least, be intrigued, if not outright excited, to try something other than slaying the dragon.

In our time together for Spectrum 2015, I’ll offer you space to discover your own alternatives to slaying the dragon.

(There are 24 other inspiring teachers for Spectrum this year as well!)

by Kara
by Kara

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A World of Artist Journal Pages

A world of Artist Journal pages
A few of my journal spreads published in A World of Artist Journal Pages

You might’ve seen this in my Instagram feed, but I wanted to document it here at the blog as well. Over two years ago, I submitted several art journal spreads to Dawn Devries Sokol  – and these are the ones from me that she chose for this beautiful book packed with diverse, inspiring eye-candy from over 200 journal artists.

It really is a lovely collection and a great way to get visually introduced to different styles and artists without staring at your devices.

Holistic Creative Chat with Lisa Sonora Beam

Holistic Creative Chat with artist and creative entrepreneur Lisa Sonora Beam

There are so many ways that Lisa Sonora’s generous sharing of her process and practice have had profound impact on my own – and on so many other creatives that I get to know in my work with others. She speaks a language, with her words and about creative practice, that both resonates and activates the journaling process for others in a way that is practical and rich.

You may know her from her book, The Creative Entrepreneur, or her beautiful memoir, Sketchbooks. Or maybe you’ve taken a course with her online or in person.

She’s also coming to the states in June – and will be stopping out here in the east in my own beautiful state of North Carolina. You can bet I’ll be at one of her workshops!

As today’s Holistic Creative guest, she opens up about some of those practical tips for keeping a creative practice, as well as about her own chronic health issues and how that effects her creative energy, and how a regular practice offers guidance for times of transition and decision-making. Good stuff.

Grab a journal and a pen, or just close your eyes (this one is all audio) and come listen in…

You can visit Lisa RIGHT HERE.


Lisa’s workshop for the 2015 SPECTRUM Holistic Creative Circle ::

Aladdin’s Magic Art Journal: Receiving Wisdom From Your Guides

Have you ever longed for a a magic genie lamp that you could tap into whenever you desired support and guidance? Learn how to use your art journal as your own Aladdin’s Lamp. Access practical wisdom from myth, symbol, image, and archetype, using simple art supplies and techniques that anyone can use – even if you think you can’t draw, write…or receive guidance. Your wish…is your command…with Aladdin’s Magic Art Journal: Receiving Wisdom From Your Guides.

(There are 24 other inspiring teachers for Spectrum this year as well!)

by Lisa
by Lisa

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The Gap :: What We Intend and What We Do in Art-Making

painting sketch, Hali Karla
sketch, in progress, Hali Karla

The gap between what we intend to do and what we actually do is both a tender and powerful place.

It is the very reason that the call to be an artist – of whatever variety – is not for the faint of heart.

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The gap is the creative frontline of potential growth AND loving acceptance. Tweet: The gap is the creative frontline of potential growth AND loving acceptance. http://ctt.ec/2js3N+ @halikarla

Ironically, those qualities often go hand-in-hand, I find.

From the center of the gap, we can orient honestly to where we are, catch our breath and gain perspective about next steps and places to explore for those tingly moments of tapped-in alignment and unfolding.

So I suggest not over-analyzing it all, but just noticing. You know, don’t beat yourself up if what you envision is not what lands on the page or leaves your lips or otherwise forms the expression that results from your creative energy and efforts.

Just notice and get curious about it… letting both the intention and the expression exist, as is… and in that, ultimately letting them go – to reveal what will be. (This is also another way of saying… “stay in the flow” and “don’t block your own creative movement by analyzing every step.”)

I am currently in two very different online classes for my personal art practice this spring – moving at my own pace through them. It helps keep me fresh in the process and how I see, and both are getting me out of my art journal – which only deepens my journaling practice over time as well.

From my degree in art to my discovery of online art classes a few years back to all the ways I’ve been a teacher myself over the years, I will always be a student, again and again. This energizes everything for me.

One of the classes is with Misty Mawn, and the other is with Chris Zydel. They are both great classes in their own ways. Misty’s is technically oriented and takes me back to my fine-art academic roots in all the good ways – practices with supplies, skill refinement, and more traditional in approach to content and lessons. And Chris’ class is an intuitive painting class with her years of guiding wisdom and wild-hearted flair to shake up conventional notions of art and art-making with her invitations.

Both of these approaches feed one another in my personal experience of them. It’s inevitable as the two approaches move through the process that moves through me in my practice. I’ve come to think of that amalgamation of response inside myself as my own variation of a contemplative art practice (neither just intuitive, nor traditional, but fed from many influences and interests).

Both classes also widen my lens and open my heart to the gap between intentions and expressions.

And that is the place that begs me to sit awhile and not run. To love what happens in the making – all of it. To be present to the discomfort so that I can feel the deeper stirrings of releasing expectations in the name of loving the moment at hand (the only moment there is)… and the inevitable expansion of reflection, curiosity and willingness-to-try that is the calling and hunger of my artist’s heart.

If there is just one thing about art-making that I can say for certain pertains to everything else in the relationships of our lives, it is this fertile gap that is most clearly illuminated by our courage to show up at all.

I don’t mean in an aesthetic way – because it’s not about what did or didn’t result from the interaction or even what happens inside our minds while creating. It’s about how we are with what did or didn’t happen in the relationship of the making, how we are with what goes on inside ourselves.

How we respond to that and how we honor our truth in it by making adjustments moving forward – that’s where the roots of growth and living-love take hold in the foundation of our practice.

Sometimes the change is about what we are doing, yes – but for me, it is most often about how I am seeing the dynamics, and the resiliency I am resisting or nurturing.

We can take what we see in the gap oh-so-seriously. We can take it with judgment and limitations, or measuring tape and uptight plans bound to be met with fleeting disappointment or approval.

Or we can take it with respect for the process, playfulness and curiosity. With a gracious dose of honest noticing that fuels, not stifles, the energy the moves us. And the freedom to navigate the creative spirit of intention, expression and reflection again and again.

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Holistic Creative Chat with Asia Suler

Holistic Creative Chat with Herbalist and Writer, Asia Suler

I’m super excited to share today’s guest – she is an herbalist, writer and teacher right here in the beautiful Asheville area – the passionate, heart-centered and wise, Asia Suler.

I have to confess, we haven’t met in person yet, but word around town is that she is a fantastic teacher – and I know she is certainly inspiring with all she brings into the world online and off.

Grab a cuppa tea and maybe a journal to doodle in, and join us as we chat about wholeness, taking creative time for stillness and in nature, and healing…

You can visit Asia RIGHT HERE.


Asia’s workshop for the 2015 SPECTRUM Holistic Creative Circle ::

Bedrock: Developing a Relationship with the Transformational Medicine of Land

Land is our first medicine. Whether you live in the valleys of Appalachia or on the top floor of a Manhattan skyline you are, at every moment, heralded and held by the land. From the site of your birth, to the rich earth that will cradle your bones, the land around you will be offering a perennial invitation— to take root and grow.  Throughout our lives each one of us will be brought to places, not only by opportunity or instinct, but by the unique voice of the land itself. Land is not only a provider of food or sustenance; it is an initiator for truly grounded transformation. We must only heed the soil-deep siren song. When we can take time to stop and listen to the land, to honor the physical places of our lives, then the many layers of who we are and what exactly it means to be here can be revealed.

In this intimate experience we’ll explore the meditative tools and medicine-making practices that can help us forge an even deeper level of communication with the land around us. Through a guided meditation and ritual, we’ll explore the bedrock of land-based transformation and invite further understanding of the unique personality, and power, of any given place. Incorporating elements from the practice of flower essence creation and Daoist stone elixirs, this course will guide you to make your very own Land Essence, a medicinal elixir prepared from the healing heart of your most vital land base.

(There are 24 other inspiring teachers for Spectrum this year as well!)

Intuitive plant altar  by Asia
Intuitive plant altar by Asia

 

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