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Miraculous Messengers at the Down to Earth Studio
With everything that's going on right now finding small miracles in my life seems more precious than ever. Here is a story of one of those miracles -- one that pulled me out of brokenheartedness and reminded me that there are still many wonders out there in the world just waiting for us to find them. I hope my story will inspire you to watch for the miracles that might be waiting in your life, too. :)

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The Messengers

The scalloped edges of rich green oak trees lined the rolling hills of Basket Slough Wildlife Refuge. Behind the oaks, billowing white clouds mimicked the curved arboreal flow of the trees. Stretched out in front of the oaks was a gold and brown field of dried Queen Anne's Lace. I stopped on the path, took a deep breath, and let my eyes receive the landscape: honey gold, nutmeg brown, olive green, and dove white, all opening under a mantle of blue.
It was a joy I'd taken for granted - clear views and breathing clean, fresh air. Wildfires had raged in Oregon over the past week and burned many of my favorite mountain hiking trails in the Santiam wilderness, and the loss was heartbreaking. Each day brought tragic news of burned out forests and lost homes. READ more.

New Offering at GG's Down to Earth Studio

earth s day celebration - hands shaped heart with world map - elements of this image furnished by NASA
A Wild Love for the World
Your SoulCollage®  Visual World Love Story 

GG's Virtual Down to Earth Studio
First 4 Sundays in November 1 - 22, 2020
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Pacific Time 

Come join me for a SoulCollage(r) series to deepen our ability to be present with what it means to be human at this moment in time. Like you, I am heartbroken over the recent fires and the great losses we are experiencing right now. I want to use my creativity to express my own wild love for the world, even the parts that have been destroyed, the parts that are now ugly and ravaged. Creative expression is how I keep my heart open. How about you? 

This series is inspired by Joanna Macy's book: A Wild Love for The World. An activist, author, and scholar of Buddhism, Joanna is a beloved mentor and teacher. Her words of wisdom that we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining human society, have impacted me quite deeply. 

We will come together in community to strengthen our resililence and support our and other's creativity and story. The imagery of SoulCollage(r) will help us express our relationship to topics like: For the Love of Gaia, Being Time and Deep Time, Transform Yourself, Transform the World, and Healing Our Broken World.

You do not need to be experienced in SoulCollage(r) to participate in this series. If you register soon, I can help you get started with supplies and images and a one-on-one zoom meeting introduction to SoulCollage(r).  

Here is a link to an interview with Joanna about her life and this book featured on the program On Being with Krista Tippett. 
Upcoming Art and SoulCollage® Offerings
Autumn Angel by GG
November Friday SoulCollage® Gathering
Grace and Gratitude
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."   
Melody Beattie 

GG's Virtual Down to Earth Studio
Friday, November 20, 2020  3:00 - 5:00 pm PT

Could we ever have too many Grace and Gratitude SoulCollage® cards in our deck? By November 20th we will (hopefully) have results of the presidential election. Can we proceed with grace and gratitude, no matter the outcome? We have nature and we have one another, two things that can sustain us -- along with our creativity and self-awareness. Join me, double G, for a big dose of another double G: Grace and Gratitude! 
Photo Gallery ~The Winged Messengers ~ Northern Harriers

I am sending you love and blessings for good health. 
From my creative heart to yours, 
GG's Down to Earth Studio
503 990-0278