Announcing Color of Woman 2017 Graduates!
Dear Greater Community,
I am super proud to announce the Color of Woman Graduating Class of 2017! WHOOOOOOOT! These women have journeyed for over 9 months – diving into the depth of their being to discover and reveal their soul work.
Each woman here created a body of work in the form of paintings and writings and the articulation of her own personal content and teachings. She faced her fears, and any story she had left to heal – and worked it out on her own terms. She taught classes when she was afraid and became bold. She likely though of giving up, but didn’t.
She completed on time by sending in her Initiate Book – a substantial record of her accomplishments.
She explored the primary archetypes we bring forth as the way we prepare teachers in this work. Hopefully she let go of some old patterns and stories and finds herself ready to be free, as herself. May her cup be overflowing.
She has gathered others into her Red Thread Circle and will continue to do so as a Certified Intentional Creativity Teacher. Soon you will be able to find her listed in our IC Teacher Directory.
A Color of Woman student recently said to me – “many call their classes a Vision Quest, but this one really is” I agree. This is rigor unlike most women have ever experienced as it connects directly with what she is here to cause and create. I am always, yes always, amazed that anyone can even finish the work. Not because it is so much, or so hard, but because the commitment to FORGE one’s self into being a teacher is mighty. Self alchemy, self initiation. KAPOW!
May these women be a danger to the establishment they wish to transform. May they be mighty in the creation of a the curriculum of the future. May they be audacious in the creation of their work in the world of form. May they deepen into their primary relationships fully expressed. May they, with all of us in our circles, bring images of wholeness, beauty, transformation and revelation the places that need it the most. WE TOGETHER ARE TRANSFORMING the IMAGE and EXPERIENCE of the feminine on the earth at this time. Starting with our own image – and moving on through until we can call other women to create their own images. Our focus on women does not exclude men, these women will bring this work to whomever they choose.
I hope you will cheer them on and support their work and understand yourself HOW MUCH WOMEN’S leadership is needed that is guided by women who are awakened and dedicated to themselves, and to service.
Intentional Creativity is one of the mighty tools in our medicine basket that they have said yes to. Most of these women were already solidly on their path – but knew that their own creativity was needed to bring their work to the next place – and in that – desired to bring that creativity to others in need.
When we enter COLOR of WOMAN it is a weaving of bringing all the parts that once seemed separate into wholeness. This is healing. This is action. This is now.
We give thanks to our teachers, who made this possible and to the Color of Woman team who holds these women in the sacred container that is this work. Lenore, Sue, Caron and Jena Mary Emily Sarah Jeri and Jonathan and all the IC Guild members who read, supported and cheered this year’s students on in their work.
We need women leaders, healers, teachers and guides. I am here to announce these women to you and to the world. This is our 7th graduating class. COLOR of WOMAN as a ‘brand’ and idea has been alive and in action for 17 years and was the name of my first book and gallery and philosophy. I have barely looked up beyond this – knowing this is how I could most be useful in the word. How did I know? The women told me they needed it, and your Beloveds will tell you too, what they need if you listen. And I could bring into form because I had teachers to support me. We don’t have to do this alone.
Yesterday in our ritual together to complete we stepped out of isolation and established sovereignty in unity.
Here we come. Watch out. Wake up. Let’s dance a happy dance for the revolution that is happening within each of us. We cannon wait for the revolution the world says is happening, we must each start it within our own inner world – and in that, bring it out into the world.
With great love and gratitude,
~ Maestra Shiloh Sophia
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Diane S. Merpaw
Dina VanDecker- Tibbs
Donna Bodnar Papenhausen
Elmari Van Der Westhuizen
Erica Holmes Starks
Irene Rimay Ahlberg
Jennifer Hamlett Herrick
Jolynn Van Asten
Juniper M Mainelis
Karen Sue Maunder
Kathleen Marie Kathy Smith
Leisl M. Bryant
Lori Skoumal Reeves
Nancy A. Bruns
Phyllis Anne Taylor
Tanya Kristina Machnick
Terre Cerridwyn Busse