Congratulations to our Graduates & Teachers of Intentional Creativity
Photos taken from Graduation & Guild Gathering ~ January 2018
Color of Woman 2017 Graduates
Alice Rhyslynn Anne Barlow
Barbara Daughter Caroline Miskenack Cassielle Bull Corinna Jaeger Debra Hanes Denise Jakob Diane S. Merpaw Dina VanDecker- Tibbs Donna Bodnar Papenhausen Beth Blakesley Ellison James Elmari Van Der Westhuizen Erica Holmes Starks Ginnette Walden Ginny Parker Gisela Pineiro Holly Beall Ilona Lantos Irene Rimay Ahlberg Jacky Fowler Janis ColokathisVinuya Jaryn Warren Jennifer Thompson Jennifer Hamlett Herrick Jo Laurie Jolynn Van Asten Juniper M Mainelis Karen Sue Maunder Katherine Torrini Kathleen Marie Kathy Smith Katie Witteman Leisl M. Bryant Lori Dobberstein Lori Skoumal Reeves Luna Baron Michaelanne Gephart Nancy A. Bruns Phyllis Anne Taylor Rien Cassidy Star RhiAnnon Suzette Murray Svetlana Pritzker Tammra Harrison Tanya Kristina Machnick Teri McGrath Terre Cerridwyn Busse Wendy Hartley
Color of Woman Students from Past Years who completed their Certification in 2017
Bella Stolz Caryn McLaine Christine McDevitt Cornelia Wendt Danna Clare Erika Nelson Jenny Kiely Karen Murphy Kate Gold Louis Reed Paulina Clark Sharron Cuthbertson Tania Magennis Tara Hookano
To receive updates & announcements for Color of Woman 2019 enrollment, go here. Our 2018 Class is currently full.
“Shaping one’s own story is the making of revolution. A story becoming a legend means we open the door to the land of the imaginal narrative. To see things in new ways we need to invite new seeing and self expression. We don’t just rely on reason and what we know to shape the story we want to live into. Or at least we don’t any more.
Legends aren’t born. They are made. With rigor and shimmer and in our case with big paintbrushes, dance moves and poetry. Legends are hand crafted from the stories of the soul. Set free from the cages of the past. Default settings and dead old stories keep us bound. The over-culture and dominant paradigm want us to buy into their story, often invisible but palpable. We say, no thanks.
Awakened ones become a danger to what is acceptable and we become willing to be unacceptable. Once we are free from our cages of conformity we may never fit back in again. And this is a good thing.
Stepping into one’s own legend is a chosen rights of passage that gives one access to what is possible. And along the way, a good time can be found by all!
I don’t know about ya’ll but I think wild awake women is a really good idea.”
Shiloh Sophia Co-Curator, Intentional Creativity Foundation
For Special Release: The Legendary Women Gallery Show 2018 of Guild Members features the work of both experienced and beginning painters based on the work they created in our signature Cosmic Cowgirl Course: LEGEND.
LEGEND has been running for over 10 consecutive years with hundreds of students. An Intentional Creativity journey designed to lead you into the heart of your personal story with an invitation to transform your life into a LEGEND. The process is focused in image and word and each artist gaining access to her internal voice.
This experience is life changing for how women view themselves, their relationships and their worldview. Plus, it is a a lot of fun, and yes, slightly dangerous to pre-existing frameworks. Most of us have an experience of our voice, as we have been speaking to ourselves from the time we were born, through needs and wants, and eventually thoughts, desires and stories. For many of us however, that voice goes off the tracks and can become an enemy, known as the critic. In the work of LEGEND we transform that paradigm and establish a new relationship with the one within. When we experience an integration with the voice that speaks within us, we can be instantly changed and connected with intuition and being in new and powerful ways.
It is with joy and excitement for the work of women artists who are members of the Intentional Creativity Guild that we present this show.
Get a cup of tea and a journal, pause and just allow yourself to sink into the stories each woman tells through her LEGENDARY SELF.
The LEGENDARY SELF is a combination of fact, fiction, stardust and poetry layered with symbol, code, icon, and hidden doors of meaning specific to each woman’s journey. Most women say they go to a place within their soul that they have never visited before – but once there will never lose access.
This show is made possible through the Intentional Creativity Foundation.
I can’t believe the day is here where I get to teach my very first 13 Step playshop. I am filled with fear, some anxiousness as well as excitement and joy. Teaching a painting process is totally new to me and it’s pretty intimidating when your teacher/leader makes it looks so seamless and easy. I had to remind myself, a few times, that I have something here to offer that is uniquely mine and to not compare myself to our brilliant teacher Shiloh Sophia or some of my very talented artist sisters that I traveled alongside with on this quest called Color of Woman.
My 2 day creativity retreat sold out weeks before the actual unfolding. I was so excited and this excitement continued to fuel me until well after the retreat. I personally invited a handful of people with whom I wanted to share this inaugural voyage with. A few of them extended invites to their friends. I was blessed to share the weekend ten wild brave women.
This teaching experience is critical and pivotal in this quest as it invites you to the edge and I believe we grow when we play with our edges. Teaching the 13 step process is very different than painting as an initiate who is unfolding and blossoming in her quest. You are invited to be present for your Beloved as well as letting go of attachment and judgements. I recommend creating a framework to guide your retreat and to keep you on track but please don’t get attached to it because the energy of the group may direct you in a different way. This requires deep self trust in you, in your abilities, and deep listening to your Beloveds and to the voice of your Muse.
Trusting your Muse in this unfolding is critical for she is mighty, brilliant and very resourceful.
Over and over again, I was in awe of what unfolded throughout the weekend. Each and everyone of my Beloveds blossomed throughout the weekend. I watched them come in with trepidation and leave with their painting of newly found Succulent Wild Selves accompanied by huge smiles on their faces. Some of the miracles unfolding during the weekend included: the releasing of 5 years of intense grief and sadness, a stronger connection to their inner voice, a rekindling with their inner child, and a re-connection with their artist self. It brought them tremendous joy to be witnessed by their beautiful sisters and myself.
Dear Ones, please, please DO NOT underestimate the power of the red thread ceremony!
We began with this beautiful ritual and ended our retreat in ceremony. As a result, my Beloveds dove in deep right from the beginning and each experienced some form of transformation throughout the weekend, including me. I had no idea what they would happen, but what they experienced blew the doors wide open in my heart. The weekend left me feeling like I was high! It took a few days to come down from the planet of sacred painting and transformation.
This creative retreat confirmed in unsuspected ways my gifts as a teacher. I have known forever in my heart I am a teacher. What I didn’t realize I’d be asked to let go of what I thought I was so I could open up to a new way of being in the world and teaching. To be honest, it takes time to adjust. Up until this quest, I had never imagined myself as teacher of creativity but now I can only imagine teaching Intentional Creativity®.
I stood in my courage and bravery and answered the call when it came knocking on my door. What will you choose to do when it comes knocking on your door? This potent magical, transformational process breathes new life into you and your life as well as that of your Beloveds. It all begins with a YES and a deep desire to serve love in all of it shapes and colours.
Diane Merpaw: Intentional Creativity Teacher, Goddess Coach extraordinaire with a deep love and desire to inspire and empower women to heal and transform their heart wounds into the most succulent and delicious love affair of their life; that with themselves.