Hello my sweet peeps. I just want to say thank-you for all of your visits to my blog recently xxx I’m really happy to be able to share with more of you. I have been planning some changes to my blog posts which I’ll be sharing over the coming months. I hope to bring you all more inspiration, connections and encouragement to follow your intuition and inner heart.
Where have I been you may have been wondering… It is Winter here and very damp and cold so I’ve been doing a little bit of hibernating as well as keeping up with a very busy month. There’s been gatherings, workshops, international and interstate guests, proposals and lots of joyous creativity. It’s been full on and important for me to take some time out to simply “be” so I could be completely centered and focused when I needed to be. Time out for me has included reading before going to bed at night, savoring a warming cup of green tea, time for playing with my boys, time for talking and listening to Michael, time for daydreaming and wandering, and basically just taking in life. When I actually make time to do this my heart opens, my mind broadens, and I notice so much more.
Today I wanted to share some photos of the wonderful time we enjoyed with the beautiful Flora Bowley who we were so very lucky to have visit all the way over here in Melbourne. To coincide with the recent release of Flora’s brand new book “Brave Intuitive You” I organized a book launch for her which was held at Readings St Kilda on June the 7th.
I had the pleasure of introducing Flora who has been such an inspiration, mentor and friend to me. She is very much responsible for initiating my move into following a more intuitive, free-spirited creative life and I am so incredibly grateful for that. She has an incredible natural grace, and speaks with such calm and inner wisdom. Flora really has a genuine gift for encouraging others to open up to their inner beings and really uncover who they are, in order to learn to express their own unique voice. The book launch attracted a lovely little gathering of friendly folks who braved the chilly Melbourne night to come out and hear Flora speak on her new book and her experience in writing it. It was also really lovely to meet a few online friends in person. Thank-you for coming you guys it was so nice to meet you all.
The workshop that I organized and prepared for Flora began on the Friday and was held at the Gasworks Art Park in Port Melbourne. As soon as everyone started to arrive I had a lovely feeling of warmth and joyfulness fill my soul. These were truly special, open, and such beautiful women. They were all so happy, friendly, embracing and excited. Just look at these bright, beaming faces!
Together we enjoyed two and a half days of letting go of our fears, opening up to our hearts, finding our natural rhythm and enjoying the fabulous intuitive art and wise life teachings of Flora Bowley whilst enjoying uninhibited, free spirited joyful painting.
Flora is so open in sharing her process and her life experience with us all. She was just so inspiring to listen to. Having known Flora for a year now I was able to see just how much she has grown herself in this past year. I really felt she has completely matured into her life work as an artist and teacher of inspiring others to experience the freedom in opening up to their own creativity.
Everyone in the group really relaxed and embraced Flora’s guidance and sharing of techniques and began to create the most textural, colorful, emotive and unique pieces of art. Everyone enjoyed the music, chatting to their fellow artists and thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of their hearts and inner beings.
Flora has a such a grounded, calm and warm approach to her teaching that it really does enable everyone to relax, let go of any fears or anxieties, and really allow themselves to open up to the process. I’ve found they also open up to each other and embrace the group working environment and often form new found friendships. It is this bringing together of like minded souls that I really love seeing. It was really heart warming to see the whole entire group sit down to eat lunch and chat each day of their own choice (o: Soulful bonds and connections were definitely being made.
It was such a treat for us all to simply sit and watch Flora paint live in front of us too. There is something so beautiful about her personal style which totally encapsulates her body, emotions, spirit and energy. It’s beautiful to experience and so incredible to witness the transformations and growth in her work. She has such true trust in her process and intuition that she is able to let go of anything that she is not feeling, which shows a strong commitment to her inner guidance.
By the end of the weekend we had all had so much fun, thoroughly enjoyed each others company and the lovely safe and freeing space that had been created for us to simply relax and be in the moment. Here are a few images of some completed and transformed pieces of art
I want to say a big thank-you to all of the beautiful, open and friendly participants, all of whom I can count as new artsy friends. And an especially big thank-you to Flora for taking the time to come and take us for a very privileged workshop all the way over here in Melbourne.
By the way it’s so lovely to be back on my blog with time to share my inspiration with you all again,