Have you ever wondered what a Waking Up Grey retreat is like? I don't share a lot of what takes place on a retreat because I want to preserve the surprises. Perhaps a snapshot, a little peek inside can give a bit more clarity. I can tell you that every retreat is different. Even in the process of creating one, and the way the hours play out. For myself and my team, the creative process is extremely important as well as listening and praying. It becomes a collaboration with the Spirit of God as we listen for each woman and tend to what we're hearing. There is always a creative project, such as these beautiful mosaics. Being young moms with small children, most of this group could not find a time where all participants could come away for a weekend, so we did an abbreviated retreat to meet the needs of this group. Even so, we were able to work on these mosaics and have moments of quiet and reflection. Though community plays a part on these days, the space in the silence and the focus of upward connection are really what a retreat is designed for.
As I began to think about LOVE and how that has shaped my identity, it became clear that this would be a layered piece. I wanted to include my broken parts in this piece somehow, since LOVE accepts all truth about me, even the darker parts. Jesus was inviting me to include everything.... that has become such a huge part of love in my experience. Read More
Recently, I was invited to bring an Encaustic workshop to a group called Journey Arts Collective Encaustic means "to burn in" in Greek. It is an old tradition dating back to ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, since the wax component stands the test of water and time. It has recently seen a rebirth among visual artists. Every element applied must be heated. The wax stays molten as it is worked with. It is an outstanding material for collage and mixed media. Read More
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a wonderful local think tank that The Know You Group in Brentwood has put together. This space has been created "where leaders in our community gather to explore creative materials and analytical resources." They asked me if I would come and lead a group through making a book and send them away with materials to begin to think about how to create a visual artist journal. In an hour and a half, each participant constructed a book that would be the structure to support the artistic and visual exploration of their lives, thoughts, ideas and stories. We had a great time in the process. There is something so beautiful and even sacred about creating in a communal space, tossing around ideas and applications for others to speak into. Jenny Black, one of the founders of The Know You Group, and I were involved in a discussion in which we coined a new phrase together: "When beauty emerges, there will be a protest," this being born out of our creative experience together. It is in spaces like these that we know we're not alone in our desire to make and desire to find camaraderie in the process of making. It doesn't have to be a lonely, dismal experience. Read More