creative practice

A Contemplative Creative Practice... Join RELATE

Creative Contemplative Practice and Circle with Hali Karla Arts

Because how we RELATE matters, and how we CREATE matters, and how we relate to ourselves while we create, connect, and engage in the experiences of our lives, minds, attention, relationships and work in the world matters ... and because Creative Practice is good, soulful medicine with joy+depth for all of it.

That’s why I’m bringing RELATE back this year, with new iterations to explore.

That, and because I’m feeling a need to ‘take a walk’ with the teachings again myself.

The core of the seven teachings in RELATE don’t change much, but we do. And our perspectives shift. Relationships continue to teach us hard and beautiful lessons and truths… and life keeps asking us to show up to whatever it presents. To discern when to lean in, to offer, to accept, and when to choose boundaries or walk away.

I don’t know about you, but I need anchors of support to ground me and guide me, conscious reflection to keep me focused, and good flowing practices with the spirit of my creativity and intuition to keep me feeling and acting like the best me I can.

Maybe you do, too? If so, you just might like to join us for the fifth RELATE exploration.

Learn more about RELATE here

a detail of an intuitive mixed-media prayer painting i made in a previous version of RELATE (by Hali Karla)

a detail of an intuitive mixed-media prayer painting i made in a previous version of RELATE (by Hali Karla)

truly, deeply, being seen... Join Me on Patreon

Creative Practice lessons, explorations, circles and more on my new Patreon - join us

I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly,
but I will let you see me,
and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you.
Truly, deeply, seeing you.
 - Brene Brown

The intuition that guides how we express our creative truth is ever on-to-something and oh-so-wise.

I’m always glad when I listen and do what it says.

That’s why I’m making a big change for Hali Karla Arts that I have been considering for four years.

After blogging and teaching online for 8 years now, I have decided to launch a Patreon page for the next chapter of Hali Karla Arts. As a way to offer easy and affordable access to Creative Practice offerings for you. As a way of opening myself to receive pressure-relieving sustainability while I create courses, content, art and reflections to share. As a way to stretch beyond business-as-usual transactions/courses/marketing, and choose instead the stronger ways of gratitude and relational reciprocity, flexibility and value.

So, I have opened a new Patreon page where you can now join me for ongoing Creative Practice + Process goodness, courses, gatherings and connection!

This is how you will best be able to play and work with me moving forward, and I hope you will like it!

I want to show up, slow down and make art.

I want the same for you, and to share that with you - in the name of joy, healing, connection, meaning, depth and staying true somehow in a mad world.

Because I know I'm a better, more alive+loving human when I do... and some of you are, too. (((i see you, creative souls)))

And the world needs better, more loving humans, consciously alive to their creative power and expression, yes?! I joke... but I'm serious, too. ;-)

It is a sort of WITHNESS I crave. In my Creative Practice. In my art and offerings. In how I participate in these times and create to share with others, with you. In my human relationships, as well as my relationship with the land, the plants and critters. In my inner evolution and intuition, in our shared collective transformations and contributions, and in the presence of what is sacred to each of us.

Creative Process has always been my ship, channel, anchor, and port to this. This withness, bigger than any one of us. A direct line to the intuitive messiness and experiential, dynamic beauty of the human condition.

I’m here for it. And I’m here for you. For our inner artists, healers, seers and seekers - finding our ways on this sea-changing spirit of creativity.

So I hope you’ll have a look and consider joining me over at Patreon - for this new way of creating and connecting together!

There’s also a new video there that explains more about what it is and this decision - plus details on how to join and what you’ll receive depending on which tier you choose.


It is all still coming together and being tweaked on the page - so this is a soft announcement really.

But we thrive in our creative energy when we have the witness of others, so sharing the invitation with you all feels rejuvenating right now, even while I'm still in-process with it.

Because honestly, aren’t we always somehow in-process with our creative path and offerings? I certainly hope so, anyway, because that means we’re still learning and open to the mystery of our own creative soul.

You’ll see more things rolling out on my Patreon this week and next, and new patrons are already warming up the space with me. (((Thank you!)))

Being able to make my art and create ways to support your Creative Practice and soul-making journey means so very much to me.

If you have any questions at all, do let me know!

never say never

fluid acrylics, intuitive prayer art creative practice, Hali Karla Arts

i said i wasn’t going to do this, but i am.

how many times in life do we get to tango with that one?

i said i wasn’t going to [insert your thing here]…. but then, there you are, doing it. choosing it. giving it a try. maybe even enjoying it.

sometimes it’s not so good, that predicament. maybe you’re sacrificing too much of yourself to do the thing you knew deep down you shouldn’t.

but other times, it’s not so much about that. it can be a fertile, albeit humbling, territory.

because we thought we knew… why or why not… what was better, best, for good… and then something changed. shifted. our perspective, situation, understanding, needs, desires, context….

and what a blessing it can be to not know after all. to land in that peculiar state of not-knowing and yes, outside of what we [think we] know and no.

to remember we are dynamic, despite the ideas, convictions and beliefs our minds cling to.

to find we might appear even foolish, but that our own deeper intuition no longer seems to care, because what might be learned, initiated or nourished is suddenly and possibly very important.

even if we can’t explain why.

even if all the reasons we weren’t going to [do the thing] still exist.

maybe most especially then, should we dare to dream, hope, try, do the work and see what happens. because even if it doesn’t work out how we’d like… we are choosing to believe we can navigate that, too. and taking the risk to receive what we need even if we don’t exactly get what we want.

because at the end of the day - and our lives - it’s the decisions we didn’t make, the creative calls we pretended not to hear, and the risks we didn’t take in the name of love and connection that will haunt us with the melancholic ghost of wandering regret.

the calls we heed and the nudges we move toward, though… even if we swore we wouldn’t before we heard the call to do just that… the ones we follow despite what we think we know… these matter most in our becoming and staying with, on the waves of life’s transformations and how we relate.

i tend to believe we are each keepers of tradition and innovators of change somehow. both and, not either or.

we each hold a part of some old way, to remember, rediscover and help preserve or evolve.

AND we each hold a part of a vision of some new way, of being better humans, waiting to take form in how we live with one another and creation.

we don’t hold it like gripping, but more like a dna thread that runs invisibly through us, encoded with messages of merging possibilities. just part of us, in our place in time and space.

a tributary of what we know and don’t know yet and maybe even can’t know coming into life.

connecting the ways of past and future right here, right now, in you. me. each of us.

when we quiet and open, listen and respond, we find that we are given choices in this greater entanglement where everything is most wonderously connected.

choices to begin to move toward what feels true, what we always dreamed or sensed, where we will find things we never saw coming.

or perhaps to begin to move toward what we thought we never would, where we just might be surprised to find something we needed and wanted all along.

there’s no guarantee in any of it. where we will find our place, what we seek and desire, or the medicine we need to receive and hope to give… and there’s no way of knowing how any of that might change inside of us as we live face-to-face with our lives in the world.

there are just choices to make and work to do on behalf of the living rivers of creativity and love, calling us to surrender and overflow when we can, with nothing but faith and a yes.

Happy July, creative friends! I am behind the scenes doing the work for one of those things I didn’t think I would do. I’ll be sharing more about it with my subscribers soon, so join us at this page if you like.

It is also an eclipse day and season, and Chani still writes some of the best, loving horoscopes for the monthly celestial weathers and energies. Read for your Rising Sign first (then your Sun sign as a modifier).