by Erin Faith Allen
I'm lucky to live in an area with lots of good country drives, perfect for chatting with Maddie. Somehow, she's in Vancouver, British Colombia and I'm traversing the hills to Napa, California, but no matter. When we're together we're together.
You know those tribe members that have been with you before? Who's words & images hit you as soul-immediate, a balm for what you didn't know you needed? She and I have no idea who found each other first. But I know for certain that the first time I spotted her Persisting Stars e-course I began a list: Anthropologie for my Heart.
To go with the windy roads and big sky, there's favorite conversational threads, like bright comfort food, making small movies, capturing the first glimpse of wind with our words, and that kinda thing. There's some passing threads, about the weather of our beloveds, and the current temperature of our creative landsapes. And then a few mysterious, repetitive threads, like...Erin Faith Allen.
Madelyn and I both have deep, cell-melting wanderlust. It's a current that yearns and nudges; a need to head out in search of a surprisingly verdant hill or soft, unspoken and endangered vignette of Earth-stuff looking for just the right editor.
Each time we hit the travel thread, and more specifically, sacred travel, Erin's name danced into our conversation. She kept dancing from Spring 'till late August, and not just with Maddie, but whispered at tables, brought up over meetings and coffees with so many friends. Women were gathering, around the world, fusing art with Spirit, on sacred lands. My curiosity took over and when I got on the phone with England I fell fast + furious for her love of all things wild + feminine. Erin's joy spills out over the ocean & she somehow captures shadows and danger in scrawling flats of pastel and starburst; a vibrant stand for effusive self-expression. Erin's channeling a profound and needed movement: awakening our Creatrice, aligning us with Earth's creative force. What's come are plans for my dream vacation, including this...oh, I'm so excited about this, her gift to those of us with wild hearts...
Glastonbury … also known as the Isle of Avalon … also known as the Heart Chakra of our planet. The energy of Glastonbury is pure alchemy. You arrive, you become enveloped in pure soul magic, you leave a new person with new layers of yourself revealed. That’s what this retreat is all about: marinating in hardcore earth magic, and unleashing new facets of your divine womanhood in land which has been a place of pilgrimage for thousands of years.
Glastonbury is layered with myths and legends: Glastonbury Tor, Wearyall Hill, the Abbey, the healing waters of the Chalice Well, the Holy Grail and King Arthur, Saint / Archangel Michael, Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene and other saints and luminaries.
Join Madelyn Mulvaney, Maya Corinne and Erin Faith Allen for this epic three days of exploring feminine mythologies within while anchoring into the power of one of the most potent energy vortexes on our beautiful planet. You don’t want to miss this!
Over three days you will spend one day with each of our teachers. Your days will be split between time in workshop space, and time exploring the mythical and lore-soaked landscape with your tribe of wild women.
Sacred Love ~ ‘Building Tabernacles’: Igniting / unearthing our relationship with self-love through three altars: Past (release), Present (sensual / spiritual / emotional presence of self-love, and Future (magic, rapture of intention flowing from a well spring of self-love in all it’s beautiful imperfections which make us startling and unique).
Sun Printing / Cyanotype: Using sacred elements from nature found on a walk in Glastonbury, along with elements brought to the retreat (personal elements such as feathers, pods, negatives, words, poems) we will celebrate our connection to Mother Earth in a gorgeous, simple cyanotype print which can be created rain or shine.
‘My Sweet Muse’: Using a camera (digital or phone) we will explore our offering to the Spiritual enlightenment of the world ~ how we can touch the lives of others and make an everlasting difference connecting with our holyest inner Goddess and sharing her with a soulFUL self portrait.
Madelyn is writer, photographer and the creator of the Persisting Stars photography ecourses. Her photography is represented by Getty images and her writing has been featured in publications around the world. She lives in a house by the sea with her luminous daughter Tess, effervescent son Noah and two beloved dogs, Roxy and Romeo. She is currently writing her book ‘My Sweet Muse ~ awakening your inner artist with morning coffee and a whole lot of soul.’ www.madelynmulvaney.com
We’ll walk the grounds in a Balinese meditation state in search of the sentient & elemental beings that frolic in the fringe of Avalon. Once we find your Guidess, the one who is also looking for you, we’ll glean her gifts ~ the principle anchors & storyline she is holding for your vision. You know, the one that’s always been there. The Guidess helps you hone in on your personal anchors: truths, principles & concepts that feed your “big picture.” She is an ally for that secret timetable, because she knows the truth…it is your heart’s delight, your scary what-if, and more than that, it is your gift to the Whole. She knows it’s bigger than you, that you are Earth’s daughter, and so your offerings are always, always in right time and rhythm. Indeed, we can never be behind. She brings her wispy magic to support your larger contribution.
I’ll teach you the basics of fashion illustration and textile sculpture to bring your Guidess to life with a modern couture frock of natural fibers I’ve dyed in my garden, a shiny woolen mane, wings for flight and just maybe, a crescent moon crown. We’ll dabble with metallic paints, fibers & wires to make sure she feels adorned, delighted & On Purpose to hold your best truths.
Maya: Since childhood I’ve lived dreams of Avalon, surrounding myself with holy waters, knowing soil and whispering elemental beings. My home is an oasis of practical ceremony for my family, Earth & animals in a town very much a bubble of conscious community. Those of the Avalonian lineage have always managed to find me on my travels, and I’m ecstatic to join you on the sacred grounds, knowing we were long meant to be together. Again. I’ll bring fabrics from 15 years as fashion stylist to A-list celebrities, my toolkit as Legacy Architect, open heart, open mind and open eyes. www.urbanorganica.com
We will dive inward to the space in which we have repressed our inner deity; with mixed media collage and the collaboration of the powerful energy that lingers in the holy hills of Avalon we will unleash our Big Wild She. Through intention and artmaking ritual we will access our layers of forgotten power and vow to intimately know and nurture these vital aspects of our womanhood.
We will spend our morning exploring a mythical and ancient site in Glastonbury, and return to the studio after lunch to create a mixed media collage self-portrait that reflects our experience in the landscape and the new revelations of the Big Wild She that we, as 21st century women, still are.
Erin: An artist and empath, Erin experiences the world on a supernatural level. She makes art to understand herself and the planet she lives on. Feeling the strong and undeniable presence of universal woman-ness, she actively conjures feminine story through words and pictures. Her work conveys the delicate dance between light and shadow, and she believes we must know our depths to know our heights: we must howl in wild stark exposure at the moon in order to know true bliss in the glow of sun. Erin’s art has been featured in numerous publications, and hangs on walls around the world. www.erinfaithallen.com
Join us in Glastonbury, England for three days of sacred and empowered creative exploring: July 4-7, 2013.
This retreat is specifically designed for women seeking:
- A deeper relationship with empowered self~love
- Access to your soul’s highest knowledge whilst engaging with Mama Nature
- Dialogue with your spiritual lineage through creativity
Is this your tribe? Sweet. Me too. Let's play. xo, Maya