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Vision Board Workshop

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Vision Board Workshop

Art Center of Corpus Christi
Saturday, September 6th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Instructor: Rachél Payne
Cost: $35, Supply List Below

Vision Board Workshop

They say if you can see it you can achieve it! Vision boards help us focus on what we want to create in life while giving us a daily reminder of what is important so we can steer our life in the right direction. Creating a vision board with others is a great way to officially claim our goals. Join Life Coach and Artist, Rachél Payne, for a workshop that helps you create a visual representation of your dreams and makes your goals come to life right in front of your eyes.

 

Supply List:

* Sturdy surface for the vision board…like a large piece of cardboard, foam core board, large watercolor paper or poster board

* Plenty of glue stick or rubber cement.

* Inspirational magazines and other images (calendars, ephemera, etc) to be cut up.

* Journal, sketchbook, loose paper to make notes and brainstorm you goals.

For More Details or To Register
Visit Event Page for
Art Center of Corpus Christi 

 

Creativity Tribe: A Creative Living Studio

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Just two years ago this coming September, I breathed life into Creativity Tribe.  I stepped into the website with a lot of vision for the future and enough know-how to get me started on my journey.  I had never built a website before, but I was determined to create the sanctuary of my dreams.

Over the last two years, my life took turns I never would have foreseen.  I took off on a cross-country solo journey to teach at a Live Laugh Love Retreat in Wisconsin and just a few months into arriving home discovered I had Uterine Cancer.  I spent a good portion of this last year hunkering down to take care of myself.  I learned so much along the way.

I had surgery in March (everything is looking great!), but it has taken me up until last week to really feel like myself again.  Full energy, full hearted, full speed ahead.

All that time contemplating life and indulging in self-care helped me get clear about my intentions with Creativity Tribe.  So, I have taken the liberties of REVISIONING this space.  In all actuality, I am simply fleshing out what was a bare-bones beginning.

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Welcome to Creativity Tribe
A Creative Living Studio

Let me show you around!

Up top you will find the menu which includes…..

  • Blog:  a great space to find inspiration and tools for boosting creativity and bolstering your life
  • Offerings:  a list of services I offer including life coaching, creative living workshops, and massage therapy
  • Events and Projects:  including workshops, e-courses, special events
  • Creative Living with Essential Oils: used to promote emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being
  • Rachél’s Art:  a gallery of my favorite and most current work
  • About Rachél:  a place to get to know me and a way to contact me
  • Banner:  clicking on the banner takes you to the home page where you will find a new, fancy picture and bio for me

I want to point out the Events and Projects tab especially.  There you will find my upcoming workshops.

Fall Workshops

Opportunities to….

Bring Your Creativity to Life

Sacred Cacao Gatherings
in my Massage Studio, Corpus Christi, Texas
Saturday, August 30, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Vision Board Workshop
Art Center of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas
Saturday, September 6th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Heart-Glow Inspiration Deck Workshop
Intermezzo Gallery in Boerne, Texas
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:30 – 4:30

I hope you will have a look around and hold a cheer in your heart for the where this little space has been, where it is, and especially where it is going!

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A Look Back….

Have a look at that first blog post from the day I shared Creativity Tribe with the world.  It is still one of my favorites!!!

Creativity Tribe: Bare Bones

 

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Sacred Cacao Highlights: First Time

Events

Sacred Cacao Circles

I am excited to begin offering face-to-face personal development work with ceremonial grade cacao.  My first public gathering will be in conjunction with a Red Tent Event at the end of August.  As a lead up to event, I want to share stories of my cacao journey with you.  

My first time to sit with cacao was during a time just before Creativity Tribe was fleshed out as a website, so I am starting us off with a look back to July 2012. Originally posted at Art of Collecting Yourself, my first blog.

Please look for a series of posts following this one that are designed to get us all in the mood for a bit of chocolate, spiritual loveliness.

Details for my first public ceremony and the Red Tent Event associated can be found in the EVENTS section in the menu above.

Sacred Cacao Highlights: First Time

July 23, 2012:  A Band of Gypsies

This weekend a load of traveling creatives crashed in various corners of my house: couch, floor, studio. (I want to give credit to my dear friend Irene Jaan for coining the phase Travel Creatives which so appropriately describes this Band of Gypsies I call my friends.)

 

Left side: Milena Worsham and Aaron El Leon
Running Buffalo Journeys
Right Side:  Irene Carranza Jaan
Travel Creatives 

We had all just come from a Sacred Cacoa Ceremony. Yep, I am letting my freak flag fly a bit here. Being a creative, you have to go where your creativity leads you, and lately mine has been expressing itself through my spiritual life.

We met in a little chapel I have passed by a thousand times but had never been in. The Chapel of Spiritual Light is on a triangular strip of land nestled between two busy streets , as if the city had grown up around it but it was courageously standing its ground. With a wooden frame reminiscent of old country churches, I found it quaint and unpretentious environment.

Take off your shoes and come on in….that was the way we were greeted, my sweetheart and I.  But we couldn’t get our shoes off quick enough. One after the next, we were taking in hugs and glowing smiles. One foot half way out of the first shoe, hug and smile. Hop on that foot to release the next shoe, hug and smile. Barefoot, hug and smile.

I walk through the door to the meeting area, a sanctuary with thick pile carpet that reached up to cradle each step. A circle of people, there, some long-time friends, some new and dear, others familiar faces, and even a few strangers…not strangers for long.

As we looked across the room at the symbol in a stained glass work, we recognized it as the symbol Eric and I had created for our wedding ceremony. For some, it is considered the Medicine Wheel or Odin’s Cross, for others, they might associate it with the astronomical symbol Earth. It had several layers of meaning for us. All more personal than religious. With three days left til we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary (which actually happens to be today….July 23, 2012), we felt it was an affirmation that we were in the right place.

Once we got settled in, I looked over and realized there was a huge stock pot filled with a warm chocolate drink. That’s when the smell hit me. Mmmmmm, yes, chocolate.

Keith, The Chocolate Shaman, invited us to get our cup and add as much or as little honey as we wanted. The chocolate looked like glistening fudge in the cup, thicker and much darker than the hot chocolate most of us are accustomed to drinking. The honey was beautiful. I had been off sweeteners other than whole fruit for a week which made the addition of honey to the super dark chocolate taste like a little bit of heaven.

Soon after that, The Chocolate Shaman shared the kind of strength and intensity this pure cacao harnessed.  The chocolate most of the world consumes (you know, the big names like Hersey’s, Cadbury and Lindt), according to the Chocolate Shaman, are missing 80-99% of the beneficial compounds that can be found in the older varieties of chocolate. Processing and hybridizing depletes the cacao of so much of its essential goodness.

Keith brings the chocolate from Guatemala where he has made his home for around 17 years. He has a special relationship with the cacao plant and has connected with some of the indigenous tribes in Guatemala who remember how to use the plant for medicine of the spirit.

We began drinking the mixture. I listened to my body for how much it wanted. It was delicious. Darker than any I had ever tasted. Sweet and bitter blended with a kind of warm, silkiness that feels like love. Okay, so perhaps that sounds like I am exaggerating or using poetic license, but the fact is the evening felt loving. Self-loving and other loving.

I can’t help but think that it might have something to do with the jolt of energy that your heart and mind get from both the intense chocolate and the meditation Keith shares. It’s a rush… subtle and substantial all in the same breath. As he talked, I could feel my heart beat increase. My body wanted to move. I began to rock back and forth slightly. The kind of rocking that comes from your chest when you hear a groovy beat. I wasn’t tripping. I wasn’t on some crazy drug induced high.  But my mind felt clear and I felt high on life.

Keith explained that the cacao will encourage spiritual growth. It invites you to look at where you might grow and then helps assists you as you choose to go there.  That might sound very far off or far out for some. It comes from the belief that certain things have a spirit to them. Plants, stones, animals, the Earth. I decide to play along. I decided to act as if….and see where that led.

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I chose to cultivate my curiosity, one of the freedoms I enjoy with being a Creative Spirit.

I am glad I did.

As for my Band of Gypsies {Keith, Brendan, Milena and Aaron} they are each on their own adventure now.  Some headed back to Guatemala, others spending time with family.  I am grateful to have their energy floating around the house. Feels good. Oh, and I nabbed a bit of that yummy chocolate waiting for the next ceremony….Creativity Tribe style.

For more information about ceremonial grade cacao and/or to order your own, visit Keith’s on-line home Chocolate Shaman and his FB page Cacao Tribe.

 Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Sacred Cacao Ceremony: A Red Tent Event


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 My Journey with Sacred Cacao

Two years ago, I stepped into my first Sacred Cacao Circle.  The circle was ripe with possibility…..and so was I.   I was greeted there by some of my dearest friends who had experienced cacao in the Highlands of Guatemala with a man many of them referred to as the Chocolate Shaman….also known as Keith.  He was there that night, in the little city in Texas that I call home.  The Chocolate Shaman had come to us.

As I drank my first cup of warm cacao, I felt my heart open.  My body felt relaxed and alive all at the same time.  Keith made his way to sit with each of us, encouraged us to work with one another, to simply hold space, and not try to heal or fix.  He was showing us that we each had what we needed already.  We didn’t need someone to swoop in and make it all better.  We could do that and the Cacao would help.

The Cacao opens the heart ….literally oxygenates the blood.  And if you think in spiritual terms, you may also feel it working to open the figural heart or energetic heart as well.

I bought my first batch of cacao that night.  It is very different than any chocolate you can buy in the store.  It has properties that aren’t refined out of it.  I began drinking it on my own and with friends.  Keith came back through a month or so later, and I knew my intention for that circle was to gain his blessing for working with cacao in circles not much different than his.  I walked away knowing that Cacao work would be an important part of my life journey.

I have been using Cacao weekly as part of a group intensive held by RevShar from Lucid Waking.  The work has been deep and cleansing.  This year I have head several private Sacred Cacao circles.  My calling is to hold a circle open for those who wish to connect with their heart.  The Cacao just can’t help but open us up there.  Although, I will say, it will not take us where we do not wish to go.  It isn’t forceful like that.  It works better with a slight smile and the energy of letting go or doing nothing.  Then it seems to just flow you into a new understanding of yourself and Existence.

An Invitation to Tend to Your Sacred Heart

Recently, the desire to share Cacao with others has become even stronger.  As I have been enjoying my journey with the local Red Tent gathering, I decided to bring the Sacred Cacao out with these ladies.  Red Tent is open to any woman.

Please join me
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
….in my Massage Studio….

728 Elizabeth St #4
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

 

Cacao with Rachel

Full Body…Full Moon

Body Wisdom Project

Full Body…Full Moon

I am honoring my Full Body this Full Moon.

We love Her full body…can’t keep our eyes off of it.

She fills up the sky with a brightness that draws us out, into the dark.

We turn our heads to Her.

Call friends and family to point out Her majesty.

We tell stories about Her, that old woman in the sky.

I say, “She is my Grandmother….

Our roundness and light run in the family!”

And so, this month, as I look into that expanse above

With adoration for Her Fullness,

I will remember that what I love in Her

I should also adore in myself.

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An Invitation to Celebrate YOU

I want to invite you to do the same.
Yes, you….Round Woman, Full WombMOON!

Every woman has some Roundness to her.
Round Hip,
Round Breast,
Round Lip,
Round Shoulder,
Round Belly,
Round Booty,
Round Minded,
Round Hearted.

 

 

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Look for opportunities to bless the Roundness
in your life this MOONth.

Bringing Your Creativity to Life

Create a Full Moon altar….
an art installation in your bedroom or a special space in your home.
Here you can add reminders of how you are the same as Her.
Place a Round bead there or stone.
Light a candle.
Adorn your body. Move in celebration of your curves.
Anoint yourself with oils.
Pretend to BE the Moon….full, majestic, magnetizing!
Write a poem or letter to your Roundness…to your Fullness.
And discover what blooms in you as you honor all that you are.

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rachel payne coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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