Friends...I am SO excited for this eCourse to begin. These self-proclaimed "wild gypsy artists" are two of my very favorite people. I have spent blissful face to face time with Mandy of Messy Canvas and have devoured her words and art. Hillary is the heart and soul of my new blog...my design genius who has walked with me every step of the way. Even at 3am on the night before my book launch (oh how I adore her)! Dedication I tell ya. She writes at Spirit Soul Earth and she is mesmerizing.
Both of these beauties bring soul-filled wisdom and life-experience...illuminating the way to self-exploration. Their words are deeply moving and powerful...intention and insight pours out into every word. I can only imagine that this course will be the same.
Into the Dark Night — A Guided, Creative Descent
into the Shadowlands of the Soul
We are Hillary Rain + Mandy Steward, a duo of wild gypsy artists determined to create what we most need to find.
For us right now this is space for our spiritual sojourn through the dark place we are drawn to again and again: the Mystery, the womb where life begins, the earth which cradles roots and bones and secrets, the long dark night where we thrash about with God or our stories of God, wrestle in and out of soulskin and emerge, sometimes bleeding, limping, haggard, and exhausted, into daylight. And because we create what we most need to find, we have also made space for you to come alongside us as we continue our creative descent into the shadowlands of the soul.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
— Jack Kerouac
We are honored to announce a spring session of Into the Dark Night—an eCourse created for the dark night of the soul. These dates run March 16 - April 26th.
“We see ourselves as wild women of the wilderness. We have dreadlocks and feathers in our hair. We follow the seasons of the moon. The night air whips our skirts into chaos until they shiver like prayer flags in the wind.”
— The Wild Mystics
Love, consider this your invitation to join a gypsy tribe, a motley gathering of the poet and the prophetess, of artists, dancers, seers and mystics, earthen sisters unafraid to mine the seasons of life / death / life and seek the wanton truth packed in our bones.
the way is difficult
We warn you: it isn't an easy sojourn. Within our descent we explore the rough edges of rejection and the harrowing emptying-out of grief. We embrace the aching howl of lament, of the sorrow and loss and death encountered along the way. We press up against the hard questions, the uprooting, the ripping apart of all we have known.
It's uncomfortable. For some it's unbearable. Actually it's quite dangerous. It gets messy and painful and hard; harder still knowing that this isn't a linear path but one which spirals through unexpected caverns and mermaid caves and dark forests, hidden labyrinths and catacombs and even our own backyard. It can be incredibly lonely. It is dark and wild. And while each path is uniquely our own, for we can only walk the Way we're given for ourselves alone, we do find solace knowing that others are merely a breath away—trembly and ragged as it might be.
For the Shadowlands are always with us. And when our eyes adjust to its glimmering light we find secret soul messages whereby we become transformed. This is the work of uprooting: of cracking open and finding light—but also accepting that while our fire can draw others close for intimacy and warmth, it can rage, create discomfort, burn up, smolder, scorch, and burn away.
In fact, to come along with us you have to be a little bit mad.
Our journey begins March 16th and runs six weeks.
We are honored to offer one complimentary spot in our eCourse to a reader of Nesting Gypsy! To enter, please visit our website, www.thewildmystics.com, and become familiar with our eCourse.
Then come back here to this giveaway post on Nesting Gypsy and leave a comment below sharing why you would like to come along on this sojourn into the shadowlands of the soul. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
*winner must be willing to provide contact information + if we are unable to make contact within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.