Farewell :: Wild Present Tense

Little spider weaves a wispy web
And stumbling through the woods it catches to my head
She crawls behind my ear and whispers secrets
Dragonfly wiz by and sings now teach it…

Gimme some of that wild fox medicine!
But, keep me here in this wild present tense…

Dawning adventures sparkle get some rest!
Dawning adventures sparkle get some rest!  – Nahko Bear

July 12, 2015

Hello mother, hello Daughter….

Alas it is time to say goodbye and begin the long adventure home.  I am watching the girls exchange email addresses solemnly on the porch of the lodge – and – sharing heartfelt hugs with new friends in celebration of a Mighty Creative Adventure co-created together by a circle of kindred spirits.

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Thank you Cheryn and Becky for capturing this butterfly goodbye – and to Ana for the vid below!

So…what was my intention…what did I hope to give and receive?

I hoped to give creative tools and contemplative tools to express your beautiful self in new ways.
I hoped to receive the joy in getting to know you better, in hearing your laughter, in witnessing the magic that only you can make.

I am blessed in innumerable ways and I thank YOU for that.

(The girls say good bye and chase my car.)

Made so & rooted by….

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Wendy

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Day Three :: Dreams Into Realities

In the moon of the budding trees
I was gifted new eyes to see
All of the shifting shape and ways you can be
Wake the dreams into realities  – Nahko Bear

July 11, 2015

Hello Mother, hello Daughter…

I rise early once again, the sound of the river that lulls me to sleep at night now lifts me from slumber at dawn.  Soon the birds will begin to sing.  I like the quiet of dawn and being the first to wake.

Today we explored a trail outside the sanctuary.

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There I found a tiny snail on the forest floor and pondered these questions.

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What will I see today?

What will I notice in myself?

What will it teach me?

Where will I see it reflected in my own life?

*Thank you Cheryn Odolecki Bolasci and Ana Garcia for the snail and butterfly photos!

 

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Today the moms made special spoons to bless the meals that they make to nourish their families…

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While the daughters stamped pencils to bless the words that they write.

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There was a new visitor who brought us much laughter.

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Our wood rounds that we prepped yesterday were now dry, so we began rubbing away the paper pulp to reveal the image that we transferred to the wood.  The wood rounds were a gift from Walnut Hollow.  You can read more about them here!  We are very grateful for their generosity!

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It’s was a day filled with creativity…

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and connection…

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and playfulness…

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and some heartfelt talking…

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and ceremony…

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The mothers and daughter painted wooden bracelets to exchange during our closing ceremony.   The bracelets were donated by the generous folks at DIY Bangles.  DIY Bangles is a pioneer in unfinished wood bangles made from high quality tropical hardwood.

Thank you, DIY Bangles, for your generosity and support!!!

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Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy

 

Day Two :: Do Things From Your Soul

When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi

July 10, 2015

Hello Mother, hello daughter,

Rising early to the sound of the river and to the butterflies sipping dew drops from blades of grass.  Today was a busy day….

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Our first project of the day was a Talisman Necklace.  Similar to the simple knotted rope plant hangers of my childhood, we used the same pattern to create our necklaces.

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We worked up an appetite and enjoyed a scrumptious lunch that included the most delicious assortment of artisan hummus imaginable.  The hummus was gift from the generous people of Roots!

Thank you, Roots for your generosity and support!!!

 

 

 

 

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There was much excitement about a resident bunny and the girls were delighted to discover that the bunny had a baby.

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They named her, Melody.

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Later Mothers and Daughters gathered ’round to explore various types of transfer printing techniques for embellishing the pages of the journals that they received from ecojot.  Thank you again, ecojot!!!

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Mighty Creative Adventure would like to thank Chartpak Professional Ad Markers for their generosity and support!

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Then we began prepping our wood rounds.  Tomorrow we will be exploring transfer printing to wood.

Our rustic wood rounds were a gift from the generous folks at Walnut Hollow!   Walnut Hollow grew from a small, family-owned business into an internationally renowned wood manufacturer. They are well know in the wood products industry for their high standards and environmental initiatives.

* Our next post will reveal what what the girls and moms created!

Thank you, Walnut Hollow, for your generosity and support!!!

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In between all the doing and making there were moments of great joy and wonder.  One such moment came in the form of a lovely gift sent to us from Hum-fi Hummingbird Feeders!

Hum-Fi is the brilliant creation of Lisa Durante.  Hum-Fi feeders provide an opportunity to connect with nature in a most beautiful and delightful way, by allowing hummingbirds to eat from your hand!!!

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It was indeed a full, fun, wondrous and beautiful day!

Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy

Opening Day :: Maps in Hand

Little spider weaves a wispy web
And stumbling through the woods it catches to my head
She crawls behind my ear and whispers secrets
Dragonfly wiz by and sings now teach it…

Edge of the west where water touches land
You are the east with folded maps in hand
 – Nahko Bear

July 9th, 2015

Hello Mother, hello daughter…

Welcome!  Take a map and compass to find your way in the world.  Find your shelter first, then go to the lodge to stir your offering into the soup with our blessing spoon.  We’ll meet you at the opening circle in the garden at dusk.  We will be eating al fresco and we’re making lanterns when the sun goes down.  We have a story to share with you by the fire tonight….

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After dinner we made mason jar Forest Lanterns by the light of the moon and the stars and the fireflies that sparked the sky.

The jars were a gift from the generous folks at Ball brand Canning Jars.   Ball brand Canning Jars was founded by five brothers, Edmund, Frank, George, Lucius and William, in 1880.  They began by making wood-jacketed tin cans for products like paint and kerosene.  The brothers began making glass home-canning jars in 1884.

Thank you, Ball brand Canning Jars, for your generosity and support!!!

*The jars, LED lids, handles, and embellishments can be found at your local craft store.

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We then made feather pens for our journaling exercises.  The beautiful turkey feathers were a gift from Moonlight Feather!  Moonlight Feather is a family owned company founded by husband and wife team Justin and Joey in 2008.  The company was inspired by the headband designs that Joey created for their infant daughter.  Joey sold her handmade headbands on etsy.  Their dream grew from an office in a spare bedroom to a 3500 square foot facility and a staff of 15 employees.

Thank you, Moonlight Feather, for your generosity and support!!!

*To make your own feather pen, simply snip the tip off your turkey feather, then slide a pen refill inside the quill.  You can decorate your feather using dye or water soluble oil pastels, glitter or even rubber stamps with Stayz-on ink.  You can purchase beautiful feathers from Moonlight Feather!  Pen refills can be purchased from an office supply store and all other embellishments from your local craft store.

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We gathered ’round the fire for a story and s’mores before a good rest after traveling far and wide for our Mighty Creative Adventure.  Tonight we contemplate our intentions for this adventure.  What do we hope to give?  What do we hope to receive?

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Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy

The Preparations :: Gift Totes

You’ve been so kind and generous
I don’t know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I’m in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
And for everything you’ve done – Natalie Merchant

July 9, 2015

We arose early to the sound of the river that runs beside Narnia.  Becky, her daughters and I excitedly prepared for the arrival of our guests.  We packed the tote bags full of goodies from our gift sponsors.  We are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors.  It is a joy to introduce to our guests an array of consciously made products created by real people.  Each one of our sponsors is a testament to creativity, artistic vision, beautiful craftsmanship and manifesting a dream.  We teach our children that we all have unique gifts to share with the word, that we have a purpose and our own path to follow.  We believe that our sponsors are a good example of what is possible when one masters their craft and turns their dream into a reality.  That said, it is a privilege to introduce you to the generous souls that have touched our lives and filled our hearts (and totes) with joy and gratitude.  We are certain they will inspire you….

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Demeter Fragrance Library is a family owned company that creates layered scents which evoke memories of time and place.  Demeter uses ingredients derived from natural or renewable resources, no artificial colors, binders, emulsifiers, or phthalates.

We chose the scent “firefly” because it’s summertime after all, and because the sanctuary is literally aglow with these tiny luminous wonders.

In Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of the earth, and associated with the seasons.  Her daughter was Persephone, the goddess of Spring and rebirth.

Mighty Creative would like to thank Demeter Fragrance Library for their generosity and support!!!

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Persephenie is a body care line that uses fresh ingredients meticulously crafted in small batches by the hands of the beautiful and brilliant Persephenie Schnyder.

Thank you, Persephenie, for your generosity and support!!!!

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Ecojot is a brother-sister team found by Mark and Carolyn Gavin in 2007.  Ecojot creates eco-friendly stationery, paper goods and custom products that feature whimsical and inspirational designs.

Thank you, Ecojot, for your generosity and support!!

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 Little Moon Essentials is known for their 100% natural Earth-honoring products and life-altering remedies.

Thank you, Little Moon Essentials, for your generosity and support!

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 Style Me Up is a fashion forward line for creative tweens who thrive on Do-it-Yourself fashion projects, and self expression.

Thank you, Style Me Up, for your generosity and support!!!

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LUSH makes bath and body products from organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.  Lush sources their ingredients only from companies that do not conduct or commission tests on animals.  Their products are fresh and handmade, using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients.

Thank you, LUSH, for your generosity and support!!!

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Peelu makes a natural chewing gum created from the fibers of the peelu tree, used for centuries in Asia and the Middle East for cleansing and whitening teeth.

Thank you, Peelu, for your generosity and support!!!

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FIG+YARROW is an artisan line of small-batch, handcrafted organic botanical health and vanity products created by Brandy Monique.  She has developed many unique formulations designed for physical radiance and overall vitality.  All ingredients are from roots, leaves, flowers, minerals and oils.

Thank you, Fig & Yarrow, for  your generosity and support!!!

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Captain Blankenship is the creation of Mirjana Blankenship.  Her products are made with love by Jana herself using only organic, wildcrafted or natural ingredients.

Thank you, Captain Blankenship, for  your generosity and support!!!

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Lucy Pearce is the author of four books and a publisher at Womancraft Publishing.  She is a vibrant artist of the lost feminine, red tent leader, creative mentor and teacher of transformational women’s workshops.  She is the mama of three young children.  She lives and work in Co. Cork, Ireland.

Thank you, Lucy, for your generosity and support!!!

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Vintage Bee Honey began as a beekeeping hobby in 1985 then launched into a brand by Laura and Van Tapp.  Their signature line of creamed honeys is all the buzz.

Thanks you, Vintage Bee, for your generosity and support!!!

 

 

 

Badger is a small, family-owned & family-friendly company nestled on the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire.  Badger company was born in the family kitchen of Kate and Bill.  Badger products are uniquely formulated blends of the finest organic ingredients available anywhere in the world.  The Badger company works hard to maintain a healthy community-minded business with ethical and charitable social principles.

Thank you, Badger, for your generosity and support!!!

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 Herbivore Botanicals was founded by Julia Wills and Alex Kummerow.  Their products are never tested on animals and always made from scratch.  Because everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, Herbivore uses only organic, high quality, and food-grade ingredients. 

 Thank you, Herbivore, for your generosity and support!!!

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To Yield to Light and Happiness :: Wendy’s Arrival

Gimme some of that wild fox medicine!
But, keep me here in this wild present tense…

Dawning adventures sparkle get some rest!
Dawning adventures sparkle get some rest!  – Nahko Bear

Wednesday July 8th

Hello Mother, hello Daughter…

We are keeping a diary of the magic as it unfolds.  We will not be posting our entries until after the event so to be fully present with you and to give us time to reflect and settle in back home.   Today, we begin at the beginning…

I packed the car the night before so that I could roll out of bed at dawn and hit the road. The drive was spectacular, especially the stretch through the mountains leading to our forest sanctuary.

When I reached the forest I was awestruck. I have never seen so many butterflies in one place. I had to stop my car and shoo them away from a puddle in the dirt road so I could continue driving toward the rickety wooden bridge without harming them.

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I arrived at the sanctuary only a few moments before Becky and her daughters so I set out to explore the grounds and look for Narnia, the shelter we would share.

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Narnia is like a three story treehouse with a bamboo railing between us and nature. This is the view from my bed.

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With great excitement we all began unpacking and preparing for our guests who were due to arrive the following day.  The beauty of this place is astounding.  Our spirits are soaring!

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More tomorrow.  Stay tuned….

Made so & rooted by love,

Wendy

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