The beautiful centrality of pure opposites

Art journal, mixed media, sacred space, Galia Alena
 May she find
in all this
day or night
the beautiful
of pure opposites
David Whyte
This is the journal page that I created while guiding my workshop "Journaling as Sacred Container" in Virginia for SoulFire Retreats. A lot of my trip, and especially my time in Virginia, was centered around the relationship between masculine and feminine energy. Every card I pulled, all the signs and messages I was given and even this page, all seemed centered around this dynamic. When I was painting this page it presented with a very strong female seed as the basis or strength from which the masculine energy could grow and flow out of, and that masculine energy then seemed to come back down to embrace and protect that female energy out of which it originated, a very nurturing and symbiotic relationship. The next day I noticed my page in reverse and here I saw that as a result of this relationship, the feminine energy was able to rise up and flourish, emerging grounded in her own power yet supported fully by the male energy. It seems no coincidence that the phoenix also asked to be placed within this feminine/masculine energy dynamic.
Art journal, mixed media, sacred space, Galia Alena
What messages do you find in your journal pages?
What is called in her rises from the ground
and is found in her body,
what she is given is secret even from her.
David Whyte

Leaf Song- new class

What Can I Say

What can I say that I have not said before?
So I'll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinishable story
and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.

Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.

~ Mary Oliver ~
I'm so excited to have been asked to teach another class at Soul Fire Retreats, and just when the muses had whispered, no sung, the seeds of this new class to me, I'm really looking forward to it, its going to be beautiful:

Leaf Song-

To pay attention- this is how we pray…

In this class we will be using photography and sketching as a means to bring us to a place of mindful presence, entering into the center of now and creating a silence that allows us to hear the songs all around and within in us.

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. Rumi

SoulFire Retreats

I'm so excited to announce that in April I'll be heading across the big pond to teach a class at SoulFire Retreats in the most gorgeous beach "house" in North Carolina. So excited, did I mention that. The retreat is going to be for an intimate number of women to to help reclaim, heal, and fall back in love with their truest self. This delicious offering is going to be hosted by the magical keeper of the stones Athena Perrakis of Sage Goddess and bare footed Queen Stacy De La Rosa of Clover and Sage. Its going to be super magical and infinitely expansive, if you're feeling the calling pop over to SoulFire Retreats and get yourself signed up, I'd love to see you there.
And what will I be teaching: Journal as Sacred Container:
When we engage our hands, heart and spirit, we are able to tap into our deeper wisdom. To this end we will be using mixed media to explore how to use our journal practice as a sacred container to provide us a safe place to play and explore, for self discovery, for noticing, for our gratitude, for holding our dreams and desires,our inspirations, our intentions, our tools and our daily lives and for releasing resistance and obstacles. In essence, returning to our centre and innate wisdom.
Through mixed media (collage, paint, writing, photography) we will be noticing and exploring rituals, personal symbols, the chakras and anything else that tickles our interests or feeds our souls. We will be exploring how our practice can be away of bringing what we know (or what we are discovering through the process and our intuitive wisdom) into our body wisdom to reside at the cell level. Suitable for the absolute beginner to the seasoned journaler.

Galia Alena, art journal pages

Galia Alena, art journal pages
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