An Elemental Giveaway

 And the winner is:

 Thank you everyone who entered and shared the love. Xx

Today I'm delighted to be offering a giveaway of my mixed media journaling class: Calling in the Elements. It's a self paced, instant access class working through the elements to deepen our journaling practice hosted over at The Trodden Path.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here and I'll write your name on a slip and toss it into my singing bowl from which I will draw a name in a week.

To increase the number of times I write your name you could do any or all of the following, just be sure to pop back and let me know in the comments:
  • share this competition or the class on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google or facebook page
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  • Tell me why this class is calling to you
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I will pop back in a week to announce the winner, thank you and good luck.

Not much begins at the beginning. {30 days 30 posts 1/30}

This morning I indulged in the guilty pleasure of crawling back into bed with my coffee. It's school holidays and the children have been sick the whole time, and while I haven't had to do the grueling school run, my mornings have been marked by getting up to see who was sick in the night and to get the fire blazing so they will be warm. This morning though, they are on the mend and the winter sun is heating our loungeroom.

Galia Alena mixed media artist art journal

I'm always amazed how much creativity flies when I allow myself this "indulgence". I had my sketch book handy and before I knew it I was busily writing down notes for my next e-course, one I plan on starting to video next week when the children are back at school. Ideas I've been scrambling for for weeks are gently gifted to me in the space created when I stop "doing". Why is this such a hard lesson to learn? To stop calling "doing nothing" indulgent, to allow myself to loiter, to just be, to open? That work ethic dies hard, as does the sense of self that is tied to doing rather than being. And again and again I am back at this lesson...
Galia Alena mixed media artist art journal
"The night has eyes to recognise its own"- Whyte
Meanwhile, there are muffins baking in the oven, pumpkins roasting and the winter sun is beaconing me into the garden where the lavender awaits some care. This journal ends back at the beginning as so often is the case, not much begins at the beginning.
Just One Paragraph

Sneak Peek

I don't know why, but some how "completing" a journal is an auspicious occasion. I can't find the word for it- accomplishment, achievement, closure etc etc come to mind, none of which it all apply. I would say it's more akin to satisfaction. I think maybe because I work in so many different books, have so many different projects under way at any one time (currently I work in countless books, both visual and not, have at least 6 canvas underway, a ship in construction, a pottery figure emerging and a myriad of other ideas vying for my attention) that to actually move one to "completion" gives the other projects more space maybe. Or perhaps it is just the potential created by knowing that I now can work on a new journal, new blank pages, new dreams, new adventures, new lessons and new possibilities. The blank page beckons my imagination and the muses begin to dance. So today I am happily collecting bits of paper, fabric, recycling paintings and whatever else I can find that might like to become part of the next journal.

Spoiler alert: in it you will find a spoiler for our next planned journal as sacred vessel ritual :)

One Little Word- A free Gift

Welcome 2013!!!

art jouranaling, journal as sacred vessel, one little word, word of the year, Galia Alena, mixed media
Unfinished page

My word for the year is GENEROSITY, what's yours?

To celebrate the new year, and as a symbolic act to the universe and my word, I am offering up this free Journal as Sacred Vessel workshop/ritual for you. Please enjoy and share if you like. And I would love to see any work you do if you want to share (optional) a link below for us all to look at and oohh and ahhh over ;)

Click here to download the Worksheet