Hello followers of the P.F. Tribe! I just got done working with the inspiring women of the Spirit of Leadership Conference this last weekend, with a special thanks to Chris Moses and Faith Curtis (right to left in the 1st pic below) for using the Tribe's services again and again. I enjoyed being the fly on the wall snapping photos of an extremely deep, soul searching, self aware version of a girls sleep over. Instead of pillow fights and gossip the conference featured stirring lectures discussing the power of voice, exploring mandala drawing, and reaching into yourself through intuitive movement of the body... so I guess its like a few steps above oversized T-shirts, some popcorn and The Notebook. It is always refreshing to see a group of people unite and really just learn how to be a better human by relying on the wisdom of others. Sam Fell also pitched in by assisting in the recording of the famed author (Women Who Run With The Wolves) and story teller Clarissa Pinkola Estés PH.D. She told many stories of her grandmother as well as old German lore, always relating it to a greater meaning to be applied in a spiritually sound way in every day life. Unfortunately the recording is for Ms. Estés and not to be heard by the public, but the experience was still very rewarding. I wonder if men would ever create or show up to something like this? What would we discuss? Either way my inspiration tank has been replenished and left me feeling positive about the journey for Painted Face in the future. I am reassured people crave collaborative knowledge situations, and everyone leaves enriched with a new seed planted waiting to grow in to the next creation.
"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom."
-Clarrisa Pinkola Estés