| Sunday, July 14, 2019 |
Global event

Painting The Wheel of the Year: Lughnassadh with Colleen Koziara

2:00 PM » 5:00 PM

The Wheel of the Year. Time, not linear but circular. Round and round we go, and have always gone. Since the beginning of time, humans, of every faith and culture, have found time best tracked in circles. Humans have created stone circles aligned with the seasons for at least 200,000 years. Everything in life falls comfortably somewhere upon the spokes of the wheel of time. The times of day, the seasons, the astrological calendar, the trees and symbols of the Ogham, Alchemy, Festivals, ages of human life, the colors, musical notes, emotions, tides. All of time, all of creation.

This is what we will explore in this year-long series of painting classes held once a month. Eight of our sessions will focus on the seasonal festival: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnassadh, Mabon, Samhain and Yule. For these sessions, we will create acrylic on canvas paintings.

Four of our sessions will focus on the Wheel of the Year Template as a whole. In these sessions, each participant will use ink pens, markers, paint, and collage on acetate sheets to create a multi-layered depiction of a personalized Wheel meaningful to their own life path.

Our theme for July 14: Lughnassdh - It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration held around August 1, of this first Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries and Blood.

The word 'Lammas' is derived from 'loaf mass' and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle.It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the Celtic Sun King and God of Light. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations are the traditional celebration. At Lammas the Goddess is in Her aspect as Grain Mother, Harvest Mother, Earth Mother, Ceres and Demeter. Demeter represents the ripe corn of this year's harvest and Her daughter represents the grain - the seed which drops back deep into the dark earth, hidden throughout the winter, and re-appears in the spring as new growth. This is the deep core meaning of Lammas and comes in different guises. The fullness and fulfillment of the present harvest already holds at its very heart the seed of all future harvest. So as the grain harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and within that harvest is the seed of next year's rebirth, regeneration and harvest. This is the time of John Barleycorn.

For more fabulous information on these holidays, their symbolism and origins, old traditions and new, as well as simple and very real ways to bring acknowledgement of the turning of the wheel into your daily life, as well as, wonderful shopping opportunities!! I highly recommend the website/organization

All materials will be supplied and no previous experience is necessary. The class will begin with a smudging and guided meditation, and continue on with the painting session. Each session will include a central space arrangement of items that speak to the season and the spoke upon the wheel that is our focus for that session.

Additionally, each student will be provided with a computer file, and a link to a YouTube Playlist that features a wide variety of supportive documentation on The Wheel as it appears in its many varied forms and focuses: images of Circles, Mandalas and Wheels of the Year from a wide variety of cultures and locations as well as stories and legends from around the world to be used as reference material for their study.

Preregistration is required due to material and supply orders that must be placed.

Sunday, July 14, 2 - 5 PM: Lughnassadh

$55/$45 early registration by July 7

Painting The Wheel of the Year series: 12 Sundays, 2 - 5 PM each day

Remaining dates

  • July 14 - Lughnassadh
  • August 11 – Wheel Template 3
  • September 8 - Mabon
  • October 20 – Samhain
  • November 17 – Wheel Template 4
  • December 15 – Yule

Each session is paid for separately. Each class is $55/$45 early registration by one week before class. Attend 5 sessions and your sixth class is free! Each session is a stand alone class and you need not attend them all. However, the full experience of all 12 Sessions is HIGHLY recommended.

Colleen Koziara grew up in northern Wisconsin on a farm, on an island. Seeing the magic of nature and the stories that it told filled her with a childlike sense of wonder, which she strives to capture in her artwork. Each of her works is a doorway through which the viewer may journey. Colleen attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and has illustrated more than 20 books. A Reiki Master and Ovate member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, she has been presenting, writing and providing art for Circle Sanctuary since 2002, and designed the Pagan Spirit Gathering logos for 2010-2018. Colleen is also in her 7th year studying as a Firekeeper. Colleen gives private art instruction from her home for all ages; creates Body Art and Custom Tattoo Designs; Visionary Art; and Commissioned pieces manifested from the visions and dreams of her clients. She works extensively with Elders teaching art and yoga, and has received for designing programs for seniors.

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Global event

Healing Arts Intensive "Fire Rooster"

2:00 PM » 5:00 PM

image: Lammas (c) Corinne Viner

5 sessions of powerful transformation through the arts
based in the Life Force Arts Method

July 14, 19, 24, August 31 & September 6, 2019

The 5 Sessions

1) Artmaking (Painting the Wheel of the Year: Lughnassadh with Colleen Koziara) - Sunday, July 14, 2 - 5 PM

2) Orientation - Friday, July 19, 7 - 9:30 PM

  • 3) Fire Rooster LFAE Open Rehearsal  - Wednesday, July 24, 7 - 9:30 PM

  • 4) LFAE Performance Fire Rooster  - Saturday August 31, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
5) Closure - Friday, September 6, 7 - 9:30 PM

Facilitator: Joan Forest Mage

$120 for complete Intensive

What it is a Healing Arts Intensive?

  • Life Force Arts Method (LFAM) - Healing Arts Intensives are based in the Life Force Arts Method, a modern version of universal wisdom teachings that value true self and creative community. Through the arts, we learn 4 Skills that give us the wisdom to deal with the basic issues of human life from a place of empowerment and joy

  • Transformational Goal - Each participant focuses on a personal Transformational Goal (Intention) that they want to see fulfilled by the end of the Intensive

  • Artmaking - We engage in creating interdisciplinary arts - visual art, writing, dance, theater, music, storytelling and other forms of artistic expression.  Art is the activity that creates the shift for each participant to actualize their Transformation Goal
Life Force Arts Ensemble Performance - Each Intensive is built around a performance Life Force Arts Ensemble, LFA's resident performing company, which Intensive participants attend. The Ensemble creates a healing ritual through the arts based in the artwork of the current exhibit and including live music, dance and theater, sound healing, storytelling and an opportunity for the audience to meditate on their Transformational Goals

The Format

  • ~ Each Healing Arts Intensive has a Group of three to twelve participants guided by a Facilitator
  • ~There are five sessions, usually meeting once per week for five weeks. The sessions are 3 hours each

  • ~The sessions are:
  • 1) Orientation
  • 2) Artmaking
  • 3) Rehearsal with Life Force Arts Ensemble
  • 4) Life Force Arts Ensemble performance
  • 5) Closure

  • ~Between the sessions, participants are guided in designing their own individual self-reflective and artistic practices as part of the process of accomplishing their Transformational Goal

Tuition Credit Policy for Healing Arts Intensives

There are no refunds for Healing Arts Intensives, but tuition credit for future Intensives may be issued as follows:

If you have paid for a Healing Arts Intensive, but you do not attend ANY of the sessions, you are given a tuition credit for the full amount of the Intensive which can be applied to a future Intensive. This tuition credit must be used within one year from the date of the initial Intensive Orientation.

If you attend ONLY the Orientation session of the Intensive but none of the other sessions, you are given a tuition credit of $95 which can be applied to a future Intensive. This tuition credit must be used within one year from the date of the initial Intensive Orientation.

If you attend two or more sessions of the Intensive, you do not receive tuition credit for any sessions you do not attend.

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