Two years ago I went to Sedona for the first time. It is a very special place.
In the land, away from the little town hub of tourist traffic, there is an energy that is wise, timeless and sacred - it is almost palpable. You just feel different there, cleansed by the magic of the desert and all the stories it tells and evokes.
I went back to spend a few days there in April - on a little work retreat with my dear friend, Connie Solera.
As some of you know, I am the Creative Director for her online art journaling workshop 21 SECRETS - so she and I spend a lot of time communicating via emails, phone calls and Skype. It was high-time for some in-person connection again... and it is a blessing to be able to work with someone who also processes her "work" in unconventional ways.
We share similar visions about art and life, as well as a deep devotion (and need) for nature - and a mutual perspective that all of this is not separate from the work we do in the world with others. She recently shared some thoughts about our working+personal relationship HERE.
I think I can safely say that we love the work we do with working artists, and we both also understand that making sure there is space for our creative and spiritual practices is essential to how we show up to our lives and to our sustainability as creative entrepreneurs.
There's a harmony to be held between our creative work and freedom of play. There is a time to share, do and hold space, and a time to retreat, be free and re-fill. And for some of us - most of us, maybe - we thrive when both are tended consciously.
Also - a few people have written to ask what art supplies I take on the plane with me to art journal. I'm going to share a post about that soon!