* 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 Five : Closing Ceremony

"Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
and the ways you go be the lines on your palms."

- Ursula Le Guin

When the girls arrived they began adding details to their art journals.  When our circle was complete we presented morning gifts, mini alpha stamps and glitter glue.  Once everyone settled in we began our writing prompts for our art journals.

Prompt # 1 (inspired by artist, Penelope Dulligan who does this exercise with her daughter about the parts of her day):

I asked the girls to imagine a flower which rests upon a thorny stem.  Upon it there is also one bud waiting to bloom.   I asked them to draw this flower in their art journals.  Next we named the parts. 

I explained that the flower represents the good things happening in their lives right now, things that make them happy.  Beside the flower, I asked them to write a word or two about something they are grateful for.  Next I asked the girls what the thorny part might represent and they immediately answered, "things that hurt".  "YES", I replied, "hurt, anger, name thorns".   Lastly, I asked what the unopened bud might represent.  The girls answered, "something waiting to bloom or happen".  "Yes", I replied, "now write about something you are looking forward to or waiting for".

Prompt # 2:

I asked the girls to close their eyes and place both hands upon their open journal.  I asked them to think about the Ursual Le Guin poem that I read to them on the first day.  I asked them to think about the lines of their hands and imagine that their hands are maps.  Next I asked them to open their eyes and trace both their hands onto the journal.  The left hand is to represent what is held in the past.  The right hand is to represent what the future may hold.  I asked them to draw symbols or write words that maps the past - AND - to try to imagine possibilities for the future and map that too.

After we completed our writing prompts the girls created a transfer print onto the shipping tags that they will exchange in the closing ceremony.

We said goodbye the same way we said hello, in circle and honoring our ancestors that brought us here.  We finished the morning with a pizza party.
First, a heartfelt thank you, to Chelsea and Grace for their hard work in making this happen.  Thank you to my son, for carving all those walking sticks.  Thank you to Robert, for bringing the pizza and for taking care our son.  AND thank you to the parents for inviting these Mighty Girls into being!!!

Dear Mighty Girls,

What a joy this week has been... to witness your creative process and your sense of wonder.  It was inspiring to witness the way you challenge yourselves to try new things, and learn new skills.   I will miss you all so very much. 

Parents, thank you for blessing us with the gift of your daughters.  It was an honor to work with them.

Also, know that my studio door and my heart will always be open to you.  If you find yourself in my neck of the woods, please stop by. 

Until then...
Walk fearlessly, well-loved one.

Made so & rooted by love,

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