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Women are the primary resource of the planet. They give birth, we come from them. They are mothers, they are visionaries, they are the future. If we can figure out how to make women feel safe and honor women, it would be parallel or equal to honoring life itself."

- Eve Ensler

Day One: Summer Wisdom

Summer, like the other seasons has it's own unique character. It's a season that speaks of fruition, of blooming, ripening, and of seeds. Fruition not only means to bear fruit, but also the enjoyment of something that has been accomplished or manifested. Summer reminds us to enjoy, to savor. It also teaches us ways to make things grow and become stronger.

How can this wisdom be applied to your life, your creativity, your intuition, your friendships?  We will consider these questions as we gather this week.  


When Chelsea and I set up the tipi, there was a light rain shower and the air smelled of lilac though it has long since bloomed.  A catbird and a wren were there to greet us.  Wren reminds us to live life to the fullest and to protect ourselves when necessary.  

We attached the hanging vases and hung the prayer flags, including a new one by my friend, Susan Olafsen Hatzel!

The generous folks at Dragonhawk Publishing sent some wonderful animal & nature totem cards for the girls to explore at camp.  The Feathered Deck came in handy today and helped us learn more about Wren. 

We began with our Belonging Ceremony and I presented the morning gift.  Today's gift comes from my lovely and talented friend, Julie Bartel of Gypsy Wraps.  The girls LOVED them.

 They put them on immediately and got right to work prepping our art journals.

The journals were placed in the sun to dry, then we began prepping our canvas with Golden Gel Medium to receive an inkjet transfer .  I love Golden products and their gel medium is essential in making transfers.

 While our canvases sat in the sun to dry, we made prayer flags.  Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom to all beings.  We used stencils and fabric paint spray to create patterns, then we added our wishes with markers.   I'll be sewing them to ribbon tonight so the girls can take them home tommorow.

This gorgeous stencil is called Skylar's Lace and was sent to the Mighty Girls from the generous folks at Royal Design Studio.  They have the most beautiful selection of stencils I've ever seen.  They can be used to stencil floors, walls, t-shirts - you name it!

After our hard work, we pampered our creative paws with the wonderful "Wild & Free" goodies by Bodhicitta Botanicals. They are truly a delight to the senses as they are infused with essential oils and flower essence.

 We closed the morning by writing (and lighting) our wishes on Flying Wish Paper!

Girls, don't forget to bring your bendy branch tomorrow...

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