When I read Flora Bowley’s invitation to Bloom True Bootcamp I was snuggled under the covers, listening to the rain on the cabin roof of La Vita, my parents 34′ Catalina sailboat. We were anchored in beautiful Tenedos Bay in Desolation Sound Marine Park.
I had no cell service at the time but I had remembered I’d received and downloaded Flora’s Bloom True email I the day before. I read through her intention for the project and my artistic heart leapt a little – yes – this is what I need right now!
Flora is a wonderful artist and teacher and I feel grateful for this opportunity to participate as I have been following Flora’s work for several years but not had the opportunity to take a class yet. I ordered Brave, Intuitive Painting and read it cover to cover shortly before the birth of my daughter in May 2013. In this busy year of becoming a mother I have worked hard to develop my artistic practice. Being away from my job as a substitute elementary teacher for a year has given me the mental space to journey into new artistic practices. I crave opportunities to try new creative practices and find a community or tribe. Bloom True Bootcamp is a great fit for me at this moment in time.
After reading Flora’s first prompt on Inviting the Sacred I knew at once that I wanted to create an alter from natural materials. What a beautiful and serene location to create in! Once my daughter was down for her morning nap, I set off to shore with my husband. We found a rocky bluff where I gathered arbutus leaves, a flower, a snail shell, a wasp nest, a fern, clam shells and a blue rope a similar colour to my favourite paint colour. I set them in an arrangement on a rocky shelf above the beautiful waters and lit a tealight. I was happy as this reminded me of the hours I spent collecting and building with natural materials during my childhood summers cruising the coast by sailboat. I wanted to spend a few minutes meditating but the mosquitoes were feasting on me!
Later in the day, my husband, daughter and I took the zodiac out to a marine access campsite called Bold Point. We explored the tent pads, examining rocks, moss and driftwood while being serenaded by the seals on the rocks offshore. The campsite was empty of campers but I found the signs of the people who been there before. I spied this beautiful collection of three eagle feathers placed into madrona tree. It’s seems many people are called to create little alters in nature.