About Shiloh Sophia

Artist. Storyteller. Teacher. Curator.

Curating Consciousness Through Intentional Creativity

Shiloh Sophia, Paris 2014 photo by Jonathan Lewis
Shiloh Sophia, Paris 2014 photo by Jonathan Lewis

This page features different aspects of Shiloh’s story in varied lengths which can be drawn from to learn more about her – as well as for media purposes and quotes. Including a 100 word bio as well as a Curriculum Vitae. There is some redundancy in the content. We hope you find what you need here about Shiloh’s story. Need a specific image or bio or story? Email sarah@shilohsophiastudios.com
Updated 2-11-21

Artist’s Statement

What am I here to cause and create? How does one discover the language of the heart? How do I gain access to the hidden worlds. How do I transform my own suffering into an offering for others? Can art truly save lives, and if so, what is the direct application of that medicine? What are the thoughts I haven’t thought yet? I am in continual inquiry about who and what and how all this came to be, and how we can participate with our full creative selves expressed. Most of the time, I ask these inquiries at the Red Thread Cafe in the company of my Muse.

Painting is a devotional act, a spiritual practice, a prayer in paint strokes. When I create with inquiry and intention, I am able to open a door to the sacred space between worlds. That is where I paint and write poetry from – straddling spirit and matter, unmanifest and manifest, quantum potential engaged with desire. It is here that I can synchronize my own heartbeat with the heart of the world. I have always felt I was here to serve.

Everything can be made sacred through our choice – even how we set up our paints and light candles – the ritual is part of the journey.

I have long had a sense that almost every painting I make is for someone else – or created for some sacred space. While I am painting it – I think of that person – and ideas come to me. Impulses that I add through symbol and shape and pattern that are somehow in the magic world of art, connecting to or attending to that person’s specific need. And when people find the painting that is theirs they often know and remark on which stroke, which symbol, which color, was clearly just for them. In this way I would say that I paint intuitively, and in many respects, I am not in charge – my muse follows the path… I follow where the canvas and my muse lead me. My paintings seek to image a moment in time when all is well. A place where beauty exists and no harm exists. A moment when we feel as we wish we could more often, at peace with ourselves and the world – in love with one another and creation, and experiencing the miracle of life.

When I paint, I feel moments of pure bliss, whether it is a mermaid, or muse or Madonna, it is a relationship with the sacred. I think of life as a legend being written, not just a story that happens… I am the one authoring the future.

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May love be at the center of all choices.
Shiloh Sophia
Sketching in Florence, Italy
Sketching in Florence, Italy
BIO ~ Shortened Version for Media & Interviews

Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure narrated by the creative fire of her Muse! She has dedicated her life to the belief that self-expression is a basic human right and shares her message with thousands around the world. Through her paintings, poetry, and teachings she leads a global movement of revolutionary education focused in Intentional Creativity® serving tens of thousands of women for over 25 years. Her work is offered in the Color of Woman Teacher Training, Motherboard Coaching and Red Thread Guide for those who are a part of the lineage. She co-founded MUSEA: Centers for Intentional Creativity® with locations around the world. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jonathan, also a poet as well as a chef and wine-maker. Most mornings, she can be found having tea with her Muse, pouring over quantum physics, philosophy, and sacred texts in the Red Thread Cafe. In the afternoon she will be in her studio painting or at their little art and wine bar by the bay called Musette. She is the published author of 5 books with 2 being published in 2020. Join us for a cuppa’ something good and a great conversation!

Paintings, Poetry and Philosophy: www.shilohsophia.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Artist.Shiloh.Sophia/

Finding Her Rhythm, Acrylic on Wood

100 Word Bio

Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure narrated by the creative fire of her Muse! She has dedicated her life to the belief that self-expression is a basic human right and shares her message with thousands around the world through her paintings, poetry, and teachings. She leads a global movement of revolutionary education focused in Intentional Creativity®, as offered in the Color of Woman Teacher Training. She co-founded a Studio and Center for Intentional Creativity®, MUSEA, in Sonoma, California, with her husband Jonathan. Most mornings, she can be found having tea with her Muse, pouring over quantum physics, philosophy, and sacred texts in the Red Thread Cafe.

Poetry and Paintings: www.shilohsophia.com
Workshops: www.schoolofintentionalcreativity.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Artist.Shiloh.Sophia

United Nations 2016 - Our tribe gathered in New York at CSW60 for a panel Shiloh Sophia moderated.
Beginnings and Influence

Shiloh Sophia was born in Marin County, California in 1970 and started painting and working in clay as soon as she could walk. At an early age, Shiloh was trained by her mother, the poet Caron McCloud, in literature and poetry and was chastened not to watch TV, but instead to learn the poetry of T.S. Eliot, study the work of Herman Hesse, look at the artwork of Michelangelo, and sketch in her notebook.

Her soul work is inspired by the idea that self-expression is a basic human right, and that each person has a right to know how they think and feel, and the freedom to express it in the world. Her research and development around this idea has focused on serving women and girls by giving them access to methods of transformational art-making, through stories, symbols and inquiry. While Shiloh Sophia is authentically American, she has developed her own style and has been influenced by the European Symbolist movement in the tradition of Klimt, Redon, Modigliani, Chagall, and Hilma af Klint, Frida Kahlo, Lenor Thomas Straus, and Mary Cassatt.

Intentional Creativity is a lineage that is ancient in origin, since almost all peoples have made art representing everything from the cosmos, to their relationship with the Great Spirit and nature, to tell a story. This is intention. Intentional Creativity is a combination of image, word, and inquiry. In more recent history, the lineage comes to us from Lenore Thomas Straus, who worked with the New Deal Artists and trained Shiloh’s mentor, Sue Hoya Sellars, an American Master Painter, and Sculptor. Sue and Shiloh’s mother, Caron McCloud, worked together with Shiloh to bring the method to the world.

Shiloh Sophia’s training as an artist included the Academy of Art, and she studied with renowned Byzantine Russian Iconographer, Pavel Tikhimov. At the tender age of 23, she rendered her first one-woman show under the tutelage of Sue Hoya Sellars. This resulted in a sold-out show featuring paintings combined with photography, writings, sculpture, and pottery. In 1997 she opened her first gallery, Color of Woman, in Port Townsend, Washington. When less than 40 years old, she had produced over 1200 original paintings and sold over 2.5 million dollars in art in 10 years. Shiloh Sophia is one of the most popular and collected artists in her genre and one of the top-grossing artists in the United States for over ten years.

With Sue Hoya Sellars, Mendocino, Terra Sophia 1993
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Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure! A renaissance woman who communicates her philosophy through painting, storytelling and illustrations. For 25 years she has dedicated her soul work to the practice of creativity as a path of transformation and consciousness. As a gallery owner, she has represented her own work, as well as hundreds of women artists

Her paintings are widely collected around the world and she achieved incredible success with her fine art and books by the age of 40. Her intuitive painting process led to a desire to teach and serve. Her contemplative approach provided groundbreaking research on how Intentional Creativity® gives voice to the soul. Her message of ‘creating with intention’ has reached tens of thousands, and for some programs, she reaches upwards of 500 enrolled students online per month.

Her devotion to sacred art-making and specifically medicine painting and metacognitive drawing is a personal spiritual practice. Her relationship with the feminine Divine and specifically Mother Mary and Magdalene has deeply influenced her work, having painted over one hundred images of Madonnas, many of which are used in the Mother Mary Deck published by Blue Angel. She is trained as a Reverend and leads circles for women to explore their relationship with making sacred art.

Her work is taught in university MA and Ph.D. programs, at the United Nations, and by over 300 Intentional Creativity® Teachers and Coaches worldwide. At the core of her work is a belief that the right to self-express is one of the most basic human rights. Her research dives into the exploration of the right/left brain connection with the heart and body as well as how image and language inform consciousness.

She is the creator of over seven illustrated books and journals and is currently working on a series of mythic novels as well as an inspirational deck. Having been trained by her mother Caron McCloud the poet, and Sue Hoya Sellars the artist, she brought her gifts of language and image into form. To her students, she offers the gift of a ‘creative lineage’ rich with a community of culture, practice, process, and teachings.

To honor the lineage, her husband Jonathan and she co-founded MUSEA : Center for Intentional Creativity® where she is the Curator for a visionary art collection. They provide education at their campus and in their global online classroom. The two also own and operate an art and wine bar just outside of San Francisco called Musette. She can be found most days having tea with her muses discussing quantum physics and celebrating revelations of the heart.

Poetry and Paintings: www.shilohsophia.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Artist.Shiloh.Sophia/

Every bone in your body is a creative bone.

In summarizing a life of creative action it is impossible to provide a comprehensive overview that is not way too long to read. That said, we have selected a range of Shiloh’s work and projects important to her showing her cares and interests.

Color of Woman 2016 – Graduating Class, Healdsburg, CA

Shiloh Sophia at the United Nations with Jonathan McCloud, 2013
Shiloh Sophia at the United Nations with Jonathan McCloud, 2013
In Community with Color of Woman Teachers
Shiloh Sophia teaching Black Madonna 2017
Shiloh Sophia teaching Black Madonna 2017
A little more of Shiloh’s story….

At the age of 23, Shiloh Sophia left the corporate world of art, education, and business behind and a year later, had her first of many sold-out shows.

“As a young student, I discovered I wasn’t a talented artist in the traditional sense, but once I found the images within and the messages they held, nothing could stop my Muse from her mission. She chose to be a danger to the establishment, a rebel with a cause,” shares Sophia.

But she didn’t stop there. Shiloh also created her first million dollars in art sales before the age of 40. Today she continues to sell original paintings, as well as a wholesale line of cards, coloring books, and art that has now been featured in over 300 specialty stores.

She achieved her success through empowering herself and those she serves through the concepts and lineage of Intentional Creativity. This form of creativity is an intuitive process that accesses internal imagery through story, inquiry, and language connected with the heart. “Creating with mindfulness”

Through art, music, dance, and ritual Shiloh also serves an ever-expanding group of thousands of students, both women and men advocates in their lives, who live in the Americas and regions around the world. Today these students are learning to expand their own consciousness into local and global communities through the use of Intentional Creativity.

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“Art opens the hidden rooms of our souls, where we will often find our authentic selves just waiting there for us,” outlines Sophia. “From here we can find our truest voice and speak from the soul.”

With an enduring influence that started in the 1930s, Shiloh’s Intentional Creativity lineage began with New Deal WPA. (Works Progress Administration in the U.S.) artist Lenore Thomas Straus. It’s here the zen concept of being still and owning the spark of creation to create through our own life’s stories could be shared with the world. Working with Eleanor Roosevelt on several large public WPA sculpture projects, Straus was also the legal guardian for Shiloh’s art mentor Sue Hoya Sellars.

As a mentor for Shiloh the wisdom that came from artist Lenore Straus, was later echoed strongly by Sellars. This changed Shiloh’s life. Upon Sue’s death in 2014 Sellars continues to be recognized as one of California’s ‘Master Painters’.

Pivotal too in the development of Shiloh’s talents is poet, writer, and teacher Caron McCloud, Shiloh’s mother, who encouraged Shiloh from a young age to learn to create art and recite poetry.

“My mama taught me to expand my mind and heart from the time I can remember, showing me art, reading me poetry, and talking to me and listening to me, as if I had something to say. Turns out, I did. My grandmother Eden, was also a writer, painter, expert needlepoint artist, and seamstress, so this runs in the family. My mom used to make drawings for me to color, and what was my first offering?: a coloring book. I grew up immersed in two creative studios, my mother and grandmother’s dressmaking shop, hence the focus on threads, and Sue and my aunt Janet’s pottery studio, hence the fascination with the image of the feminine in form,” shared Sophia.

Decades later with the working members of her growing community, including Mary MacDonald and Jenafer Owen, Shiloh’s work was brought to the next level. It was then a special teacher training initiative called the ‘Color of Woman School’ introduced itself for the first time in 2010. This was an exciting moment when certification to become a teacher with the Intentional Creativity Method began and has continued with each year being filled up with over 50 students as teachers in training.

As this program continues over 250 Intentional Creativity teachers will offer education in special venues including prisons, hospitals, social services, boardrooms, schools, and veteran services locations. Classes will also be held in numerous diverse locations including cruise ships, wine bars, yoga studios, concert halls, churches, retreat centers, and much more.

In 2017 Shiloh’s work with Intentional Creativity is being shared in multiple tech mediums including video and phone conferencing, podcasts, virtual reality, newsletters, Facebook talks, and in-studio TV productions. The key to this is to “serve those who serve,” says Sophia.

“Life is a great adventure, and my work is wisdom and wiles of my own ‘Muse’,” she outlines. This framework of creativity as ‘Intentional’ has guided my path for over two decades, she outlines. “Making art ‘Intentional’ changes how the art impacts us and lives in the world”

Using an ancient concept that connects all of us, Shiloh believes in the connection we have together through our use of a millennium of ideas that encompass the ancient teachings of ‘The Red Thread” which can be found in a multitude of religious and spiritual beliefs around the world. The Red Thread can give all of us a way to hold hands throughout our process, reminds Sophia.

“If you pause, with me, and connect in a quantum way through connection, can you feel my love extending all the way to you in this non-time based moment?” says Shiloh as she invites her old and new students to join with her in a 2015 Red Thread Circle training.

“It is here. It is real. And we can teach it and share it: Easily. If we choose to show up for it, but I will teach you more about that when we gather!” she continues.

With this Shiloh reminds us all that, “no one ever needs to feel isolated and alone. And we certainly cannot do this alone.”

Today Shiloh Sophia lives with her innovative poet, artist, and developed chef husband Jonathan Lewis where they own and manage a small guest inn, art museum, and classroom in Sonoma, California. Shiloh and Jonathan also have acres of retreat property that hosts events in Mendocino, California, part of the lineage through Sue Hoya Sellars.

“We can choose to be a part of the weave or we can sit by and let it unravel before our eyes,” says Shiloh. “As for me, I am a weaver who calls others to gather their own threads and get to work. Each of us has our own sacred assignment to fulfill.”

Curriculum Vitae & Projects

In summarizing a life of creative action it is impossible to provide a comprehensive overview. That said, we have selected a range of Shiloh’s work, projects that were important to her, that show her cares and interests.

Artist. Curator. Storyteller. Gatherer.

PROJECTS and EXPERIENCES 

Co-Founder of the Following Companies all into the present 

  • 1994 Shiloh Sophia Studios, Inc www.shilohsophiastudios.com
    The art and writings of Shiloh Sophia
  • 1999 Co-Founder of The Intentional Creativity® Movement
    Worldwide movement of creatives who practice Intentional Creativity
  • 2004 Cosmic Cowgirls Ink, LLC
    Woman and girl owned intergenerational investment legacy
  • 2008 Shiloh Sophia Gallery www.shilohsophiagallery.com
    The paintings of Shiloh Sophia throughout the past 18+ years
  • 2014 Mothership, Inc. with Jonathan McCloud
    Corporation focusing on education and certifications
  • 2016 Intentional Creativity® Foundation, 501c3 www.imusea.org
    Not-for-Profit designed to serve our membership bases of graduates
  • 2018 Musea – School and Gallery www.musea.org
    Campus and Museum in Sonoma to house our school and art collection
  • 2021 Musea – Virtual Museum www.imusea.org
    Virtual collection of women’s art for monthly shows and gatherings

 

Curation of Art Galleries, Exhibits and Museums

  • 2015: Current MUSEA Gallery, School and Museum
  • 2012-2015: Shiloh Sophia Gallery, Healdsburg, California
  • 2004-2010: Cosmic Cowgirls Gallery and School
  • 2008-2010: Electric Rose Gallery, Healdsburg, California
  • 2004-2010: Wisdom House Gallery, Mendocino, California
  • 1999-2004: Color of Woman Gallery, Sonoma, California
  • 1997: Artwork and wholesale product line represented in 300 stores/galleries/venues in the United States and Canada

 

Methods Founded within Intentional Creativity 

  • Intentional Creativity® Method – Color of Woman Training
  • Intentional Creativity® Coaching – Motherboard Graphic Recording
  • Way of the Red Thread – Leadership Training for Red Thread Circles
  • Medicine Painting – Painting with an intent to heal using the 9 Phases Metacognitive Drawing – Process of working with discovery through art
  • Coherence Meditation – Aligning Heart, Brain, Body and the Field
  • Visionary Imagination – Accessing the Sub and Unconscious Material
  • Orbis Imaginalis Teaching – Logical, Mythical and Imaginal Domains
  • Talisman, Soulfire and Visionary Teachings
  • The Critic and the Muse Philosophy
  • The 42 Teachings of Intentional Creativity®

 

EDUCATION

  • Two years of College 60 Units – Academy of Art, Dominican University, College of Marin and Mendocino College
  • Reverend – Two years of, and Holy Orders from, Seminary of Saint Mary, Colorado
  • Two year internship with Master Artist Sue Hoya Sellars

 

Intentional Creativity Teacher Locations and Musea Centers

Overview of our Global Reach and Impact Serving Women

  • 450+ Certified LEADERS EDUCATED in Intentional Creativity
  • 30k COMMUNITY Subscribers & Members in 8 countries
  • 15k Between 1000 to 15,000 STUDENTS SERVED PER MONTH with Intentional Creativity Workshops
  • 50k JOBS brought annually to our Guild with a focus on women
  • 300k COLLECTIVE Reach of our Intentional Creativity Guild Members who are sharing this work with others
  • 15+ MUSEA locations to serve our students around the world in Australia, Denmark, Mexico and more!
  • 8k Hundreds of Red Thread Circles happening in person and online
  • 40+ Women who are graduates of our programs become or are entrepreneurs and work with us to deliver our curriculum
  • 65+ Community Calls over the past 18 years
  • +100 years We have a 100-year legacy plan for – we are 18 years in
  • 425+ Members In 2020, we opened the doors to our museum.

 

Certifications

As of 2021, there are over 500 certified graduates of her programs all over the world.

  • 2010-Present Color of Woman – Intentional Creativity® Teacher Training
  • 2018-Present Way of the Red Thread – Intentional Creativity® Circle Guide
  • 2019-Present Motherboard – Intentional Creativity® Coach Training

 

Year-Long Programs

As the work began to develop, Shiloh sought how she might be able to provide dedicated opportunities to practice virtually with hundreds of other participants. In response to the violence against women in world, she developed creative spiritual practice paths that students would engage in throughout the entire year, meeting several times a month to connect, study, share and witness one another

  • 2010 – Present Red Madonna – Spiritual Sisterhood
  • 2018 ImagineIntentional Creativity® Painting Voyage
  • 2019 CodexThe Intentional Creativity® Course
  • 2020 Anthropas A Rites of Passage in Paint
  • 2021 RitualPainting and Writing 

 

3-6 Month Programs

  • Legend 
  • Radiance
  • Dancing Entrepreneur 
  • Dance of the Critic and the Muse
  • Apothecary

 

Projects 

  • 2001 Flaming Heart Publishing, founded a wholesale publishing company with over 100 product styles including prints, fine art prints, cards, and journals represented around the world in retail locations
  • 2004 Holy Counsel of Women – Ministry, First Congregational Church of Oakland – a 2-year ministry serving women with Rev. Ama Zenya
  • 2016 – Present, Power Creatives TV and Interviews– featuring experts including Alice Walker, Dr. Kayleen Asbo, Luisah Teish, Flora Bowley, Chris Zydel, Judy Grahn, Leigh J. McCloskey and Dr. Martin Shaw 
  • 2020, Re-Membering Circles: Mending Racialized Trauma Co-Created with Semerit Strachen, Lauren Adorno-Weatherford, and Amber Gould to serve the community in healing together

 

Community Projects: 

  • Curator, MUSEA University and Museum
  • CEO of Cosmic Cowgirls, LLC, a woman- and girl-owned publisher, school, and community with hundreds of owners
  • Creator of Red Thread Café Classroom – an online learning circle for Intentional Creativity® with close to 10,000 student participants
  • Certifying teachers and Coaches trained in Intentional Creativity® Methodology
  • Intentional Creativity® Guild – The community of Color of Woman Graduates bringing work to the world
  • iMusea App with over 1000 students participating in Intentional Creativity Curriculum.

 

Alliance Projects:

Formed project alliances and events with women/children centered non-profits including:

  • La Casa de las Madres, 
  • America’s Angel, 
  • Glide Memorial Church, 
  • Women Defending Ourselves, 
  • Parsa (Organization working with widows and children in Afghanistan), 
  • First Congregational Church of Oakland, 
  • The Women’s Recovery Association, 
  • Marin Abused Women’s Service, 
  • YWCA of Sonoma County, 
  • Native Women’s Wellness Circles, 
  • Tribal TANIFF of Bakersfield,
  • Daughters of Tradition, 
  • The Dolores Huerta Foundation, 
  • The Belladonna Sanctuary, 
  • Mendocino Environmental Center, 
  • Bay Area Business Women, Girls Inc., 
  • International Museum of Women, 
  • Women’s United Nations Network, 
  • Women’s Initiative,  
  • San Francisco Women’s Building, 
  • National Organization of Women, 
  • Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation, 
  • and many more.

Shiloh Sophia is a collaborator working on many projects that support women artists through representation, marketing, and coaching. She has launched hundreds of women artists and exhibits. She provides consulting in art and business.

Shiloh has worked closely with Native American women shamans and healers to bring  creativity curriculum to life in communities that have traditionally been rooted in creativity

In 2017, Shiloh’s team worked with Let it Ripple Films, Big Picture Arts, and 6 Word Memoirs to bring a collaborative art project on Gender Equality on the global “50/50 Day” event that upwards of 10,000 organizations participated in.

In 2015, Shiloh Sophia received a Proclamation from the City of Healdsburg, California from the Mayor and City Council for her work serving women and the community. She lived and worked in Healdsburg for close to ten years.

In 2016, Shiloh and the Intentional Creativity® community released The Hoya-Straus Video Library, a free online resource for people to get access to Intentional Creativity® that is regularly contributed to by her community, the Intentional Creatives Guild.

 

Showings and Projects

  • Project Reparation for Native Americans living in the United States
  • Project Revision ~ A Petition to Change the Declaration of Human Rights to be gender-inclusive was started
  • Produced three events for Pulitzer Prize winning Author Alice Walker, including “Neighbors and Artists” with Sue Hoya Sellars and a performance at the Raven Theater
  • The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) 57 in March of 2013 at the United Nations presented the work of 42 women artists at a panel for the Commission on the Status of Women
  • UNCSW 58, 59 60, 61, 62, 64
  • Participated in over 150 juried shows at galleries and art exhibits
  • Produced, marketed and exhibited at hundreds of art, music and educational events, concerts, exhibits, schools, conferences and women’s circles
  • “The Virgin Show” ~ Galleria Tonantzin, Guest artist for the 2004, 11th Annual Virgin Art Show, San Juan Bautista, CA
  • “Sacred Body Sacred Woman” ~ New College of California MA exhibition, Berkeley, CA
  • “Angels, Women & Heroes” ~ First Congregational Church, 6 month exhibit, Oakland, CA
  • “Center for Attitudinal Healing” ~  Marianne Williamson event exhibition, Oakland, CA
  •  “Dancing With The Tree of Life” ~ Belladonna Sanctuary, 3 years,  Berkeley, CA
  • “Praises for the World” ~ Concert with musician Jennifer Berezan, 2 years
  • “Source of Empowerment” ~ California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
  • “Violence Against Women” ~ Northern California Women’s Caucus
  • Exhibited art and writing at Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  • California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
  • Celebration of Craftswomen ~ Exhibitor 5 years, San Francisco Women’s Building, San Francisco, CA
  • DONA:  Doulas of North America ~ Art exhibitor in annual conferences
  •  Glide’s Wall of Peace ~ Commissioned  to provide a “platform for creative response” to the war.  Hundreds from Glide Memorial Church participated in a custom six-panel mural.
  • “The Healing” ~ Developed V-Day-theme marketing and product line for fund-raising events for domestic violence shelters, Los Angeles, CA
  • Women Defending Ourselves ~ Collaborated with art and art-making with “Wonder of Women” campaign3 Year show rotation of ”The Madonnas” at Fairfax Church, Fairfax, CA

Teaching Experience

Starting in 2000

Thousands of hours of film work starting in 2010 from streaming online to tens of thousands of students

  • Class instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, sumi calligraphy, journaling, design, project and program development, marketing, creating your artistic identity through one-on-one classes, group workshops, weekend retreats, online courses
  • Faith & Feminism Conference, Wisdom’s Urgent Cry – Presenter/Teacher
  • First Congregational Church of Oakland, CA Speaker series, 3 years
  • New College of California, Women’s Spirituality Department, MA Program
  • New College of California, Creative Inquiry, MFA Program, Teacher 4 years
  • Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, Teacher – MA program 5 years
  • Mountain Song Montessori Schools, Mendocino, CA – Teacher of art to children – 4 years
  • Books and curriculum used at Pine Grove Treatment Center for Women, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Book and curriculum approved in 2008 for Toledo Hospital Cancer Recovery Program, Toledo, OH
  • New College of California MFA Creative Inquiry Program – Teacher, MFA
  • Curriculum Development for the Tribal TANF, Creator of Courses for Native Women’s Wellness Circles, CA and AK
  • Provided Counseling and Pastoral services for over ten years to women and teenage girls
  • Self-expression through Creativity, Created and led after school program for Sonoma High School
  • Circle of Compassion ~ One year long teen Girl’s Rites of Passage, Created and Led , Mendocino County, CA
  • 2002 “Ecstasy of Sound” co-produced workshop with Jennifer Berezan
  • 2000 “Journaling the Soul” with Rose Offner, Journal to the Soul at Readers Bookstore
  • 2003 “Transformation of the Soul” workshop with La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 “Mother-Daughter Workshop” Women to Women Institute, Sonoma, CA
  • 2003 “Palace of The Soul” – Summer for Girls with Artist Elizabeth Gibbons
  • 2009 Collaborated with Mary MacDonald and Sue Sellars on e-learning university.
  • Trained advocates for victims of domestic violence & sexual assault, Port Townsend, WA
  • Partnerships in Parenting Course for foster kids, Santa Rosa, CA

Co-Teaching Experiences 

  • YeYe Luisah Teish, author, storyteller and Yoruba Priestess
  • Flora Bowley, Author of Brave Intuitive Painting
  • Flora Aube, Founder, Art of Allowing Academy
  • Chris Zydel, Founder, Creative Juices Arts
  • Catt Gellar, Founder, Cosmic Smash Booking
  • Shilo Shiv Suleman, Contemporary Artist and Activist
  • Amy Ahlers, Founder, Wake-Up Call Coaching
  • Christine Arylo, Founder, The Path of Self Love School
  • Amber Bonnici, Founder, Woman Unleashed
  • Mandisa Amber, Educator, Artist, Inclusivity and Intersectionality Training
  • Carmen Baraka, “Spirit Warrior” Native American Elder and Leader
  • Desda Zuckerman, Founder, Your Sacred Anatomy
  • Laura Hollick, Founder, Soul Art
  • Judy Grahn, Poet, Activist, Scholar
  • Dr. Lissa Rankin, Founder, Whole Health Medicine Institute
  • SARK, Founder, Planet SARK, Author, Artist and Educator
  • Shannon Thompson, Founder, Shakti Rising 501c3
  • Sara Drew, Teacher and Author of Gaia Codex
  • Kalila Doughty, Founder, Priestess Presence
  • Dr. Kayleen Asbo, Scholar, Historian and Teacher
  • Dr. Semerit Strachan, Medical Doctor, Artist and Teacher
  • Dr. Martin Shaw, Storyteller

Authored Books and Illustrated Journals 

  • Color of Woman – Journal to the Sanctuary of the Soul
    • She Moves To Her Own Rhythm – A Guided Exploration
  • Heart Wings – A Book About Real Friendship
  • She Dances Between The Worlds – Exploring the Language of the Heart
  • Her Evolution – Women’s workbook for personal transformation.
  • Heart of the Visionary – A Workbook for Entrepreneurial Women
  • On A Wing and A Dream – Collection of Writings
  • Tea with the Midnight Muse – Poetry, Invocations and Inquiries
  • Shelter of the Sacred –  Poetry from the life and work of Shiloh Sophia
  • Colorful Scars – Book for women in recovery
  • Cosmic Cowgirls – Letters from the Red Thread Cafe

Intentional Creativity® Manuals

  • Way of the Red Thread – Curating a Culture of Consciousness – The Intentional Creativity® Approach to Guiding Circles
  • The Intentional Creativity® Manual – For Intentional Creativity® Teachers

Book Collaborations

  • Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, Poetry by Alice Walker – Cover, Illustrations, Introduction
  • Peak Vitality – Cover and Article
  • Mending Invisible Wings – book about late term child loss
  • Mother Mary Oracle Deck – with Alana Fairchild
  • The New Feminine Evolutionary – Cover and Article

 

Training and Education

  • Sue Hoya Sellars ~  Lifelong mentorships in painting and clay with artist and illustrator
  • Caron McCloud ~ Lifelong mentorship with the poet and philosopher
  • Pavel Tikhimov ~ Russian iconographer ~ Icon Painting Apprenticeship
  • Dominican College, San Rafeal, CA; Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA; College of Marin, Kentfield, CA; Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA; 2 Years studying art and psychology
  • St. Mary’s Seminary Holy Orders, Ordained Reverend – 2 years

 

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Research in the Community 

In 2017, as part of our work with the United Nations, we conducted a Research Survey with over 500 members of our community. Here is what we discovered:

  • 86% said they have experienced breakthroughs and “aha’s” during painting
  • 77% said they choose painting specifically to work through a chosen breakthrough
  • 88% said they experienced a shift in their personal story through creating with intention
  • 85% said they experienced an expanded sense of self
  • 79% noticed an ease of physical symptoms while creating
  • 93% experience creating as a relief/break that benefits their overall well being
  • 90% have experienced a shift in recurring emotional pain through creativity
  • 90% said that creativity helped them maintain a healthy outlook on life