About this Course
Altar building is a sacred personal practice that helps us gain purchase on our quest for deep communion with Spirit. When we build altars as portals to connection, with our Divine Self and Holy Spirit, however we embrace that: Goddess, Great Mystery, God, we are taking self-care to the next level. Opening the channels to manifest desires or shed and release old stories through building a sacred visual narrative allows our creativity to flow as well as our healing and growth. We can slip into wordlessness, intuitively placing symbolic objects, those imbued with personal meaning and importance, along with treasures from Mother Nature, to form a setting through and by which we are an open channel to Mystery.
Altars can be built anywhere we are, with whatever we have at hand to give voice to our deepest longings and desires. As a starting point we can look to the medicine wheel, an ancient compass that embodies the four directions and the corresponding elemental and seasonal associations, to get a sense of what building an altar *might* look like, especially if this practice is new to us. I say *might* simply because I believe it is best practice, in altar assembly, and in life, to follow the intuitive hits you get along the way, creating and living from a place of raw authenticity, to the beat of your own drum! Ultimately, I believe, we build altars as an act of Love, for ourselves and Spirit. When we can get out of our own way, quiet the ego and calm our nerves, we are able to lose our minds for the sake of our hearts.
Smudging is a practice in which we cleanse and clear ourselves, and our surroundings, using plant materials, fire, smoke and scent to recalibrate ourselves for a fresh start. Smudging calms my nerves and allows me to reset and shake up old patterning to begin anew. A smudge practice helps break up stagnant energies and opens the pathways to bring bright energy in. A brief overview of smudging is given with accompanying video.
About the instructor
i am a savage, moody garden and the queen of wild things.
i am feral, ambrosial and strange.
i am an oracle talisman inscribed with healing and transformation. I come from my placental ancestors, I do not walk alone.
i am the wild Seeker, close with Mother Nature, the haunted Huntress, the sacred Gatherer, the magic Forager, the enchanted Mystic, the vagabond Wanderer.
i am the visionary behind Make-to-Mend, Cauldron & Hive, and Smashing Rubbish - three creative expressions of my passion for healing, transformation, beauty, creativity and good ol' vintage junk!
i am fueled by the belief that the practice and act of Making is a catalyst for Mending and unfurling personal growth. i hope every women will thread her needle with soul sinew and stitch her own wild and free nature into her mending, marveling at their own beauty all the while.
i am a community centered herbalist, a beekeeper, a mama, a beloved, a clay-slinger, a thread-banger, a sister-keeper, a daughter of the earth.
i believe in the fingerprint of the Maker as a holy and perfect mark.
i believe in the conscious creatives, the cosmic muse and the expansive divine feminine.
i believe in you, and your creativity, and your magical gifts and your making, and your mending, and your healing, and perfectly imperfect you!
You will need:
The supplies used will vary greatly from person to person. For that reason supplies will be mentioned as we go along in the course.
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