* The purpose of our documentation is to provide a window into the creative process and the interactions within our circle. It keeps the memory of our work together alive and offers a touchstone to revisit later for further reflection by the facilitators, the parents and the children.


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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 Four: Greatness of Soul

“Though her soul requires seeing,
the culture around her requires sightlessness.
Though her soul wishes to speak its truth,
she is pressured to be silent.”  

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, (Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype)

This morning there was a black swallowtail butterfly in the meadow flitting above the grass where the tipi stood just the day before.  Once the girls arrived, some of them got right to work on their journals, while others inked themselves.


Today's morning gift came from Chronicle Books (one of my favorite publishing houses because they offer a wonderful selection of art & design books).  This year, the generous spirits of Chronicle have sent the girls an inspiring new book by one of my favorite artists, Lisa Congdon.


 Chronicle and Lisa had this message to send to the girls:

“Here at Chronicle Books, we’re inspired by readers like you who dare to dream big and still believe in the magic of books. Thank you for being you and for seeing things differently with us!” - Irene Kim for Chronicle Books

"Girls, don't forget to LIVE every day of your lives! And stay curious!" - Lisa Congdon



 I took a few of the new girls aside and showed them where the wild black raspberries grow.  

Of course we ate all the ripe berries we could find.  I showed them a few other plants too, like delicious lemony wood sorrel and wild plantain for bee stings.

The rest of the group joined us and we took a refreshing walk in the forest. We saw deer tracks on the sandy bank and found an owl feather.

When we returned we began working on our Mandalas.  In Sanskrit mandala means circle as well as center.  It symbolizes the world around us and the world within us.  Mandalas are found in many forms and in many cultures like the Native American Medicine Wheels, Tibetan sand paintings, Hindu Yantras etc.  Mandalas are symbols used for meditation, protection and healing.  It is considered a sacred circle that reveals the inner truth about yourself and the world around you.

Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. Life is a circle, and so it is in everything where power moves.  - Black Elk

Dear Girls,

Don't forget to bring your tags to camp tomorrow.  We will need them for the closing ceremony.  Tomorrow we'll discuss our mandalas and make one last project.  Then we'll have a pizza party!  In the meantime, here are some cool mandala videos for you to enjoy!  (Moms, we would love to see you at the closing ceremony tomorrow.  It begins at 11 sharp! )

Made so & rooted by love,

* I would like to thank Becky of Creative Girl for the wonderful paint pots & bottle charms.  We used the paint pots for our mandalas, and tomorrow we will use the bottle charms.  Much love to you xo

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