Herbal Self-Care Workshop Series
Semi-regular workshops on herbalism for emotional self-care. Topics may include:
making herbal salt scrubs
making herbal sprays
making herbal honey
making herbal oils
making flower essences
Curanderismo techniques for self-care
Workshops and hosted events related to Curanderismo. Topics may include:
self Limpia workshops
herbal steam workshops
Limpia clinics in the Bay Area
workshop retreats in Oaxaca, Mexico
soul retrieval ceremonies
The Old Winds ancestral healing, and Aires emotional balancing groups
Workshops for healing and self development
Workshops for Mexica and Toltec dreaming and self development. Topics may include:
the art of dreaming
healing with the elements
healing through bloodlines
Quin (Aztec yoga)
Dreaming and The Arts
Curanderismo and Nahualismo in the Arts
The landscape of dreaming is parallel with the imaginal realm of the arts. Projects blending elements of Curanderismo, Nahualismo, and the arts are my specialty. Topics may include:
intuitive physical theatre and dance, a theatre of dreaming
working with the senses and the elements of ritual in theatre
workshops on intuitive processes in theatre making, speaking to the unconscious
The Old Winds project, a guided process for finding and healing our influential ancestral traumas
poetry and intuition
clearing the Aires through art making
Melusina will be performing and teaching a workshop for the Blessed Unrest Festival at Dance Mission Theatre in San Francisco, June 7th and 8th. www.crescentmoontheaterproductions.com Descriptions below:
Performance: Catherine and Her Mirror
(Absurdist Physical Theatre/Clown)
written and performed by Melusina Gomez, Metzmecatl/Moon Rope Theatre
Come listen to Catherine, as she tells you a new original story, which loosely references an old (and once original) story, which either way rambles on, confusing the mind about forgetting, fractured light, the multiple possibilities of perspective, or truth, whatever you have, the importance of constant self reflection (public or private), and well tested, post colonial approaches to life, such as sticking with one’s routine, and forgetting silly nonsense like romanticism, magical thinking and dreaming.
With audacity, sheer stubbornness, the contemplation of weather, and a very sad song, Catherine confronts her true face. Be sure to hold onto yours.
Workshop: The Art of Sacred Clowning: Masking the Ritual in the Absurd and Abstract
This lecture and workshop will explore using the absurd and vulnerable territory of the theatrical clown to address personal, ancestral, and collective themes. We will discuss the use of abstraction and absurdity, instead of a direct approach, and how this might serve your work on both an artistic and ritual level, reaching minds and hearts.
The following themes will be covered:
The role of humor and pathos in ritual theatre
Which specific components make this form of theatre into an act of possible healing,
one that can move the hearts of others
Translating principles of ritual and healing into a creative process and distilling this
work into an artistic performance
Specific healing concepts from Nahualismo and Curanderismo, the indigenous and
post colonial healing traditions of Mexico, as an example of how to bring elements of
the sacred traditions into your process in a subtle manner
Grounding the work in metaphor, understanding poiesis, and partnering with the
stories of the collective unconscious, like fairy tales, myth, and folklore.
All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes for movement and play. Bring your personal themes and obsessions, stories of interest to you, and one object you might like to work with. No pressure to be brilliant in a short amount of time!
The following classes will begin May 24th at the Carolyn Ferris Art Studio opening up in Fairfax Ca
You can find details and registration at www.CarolynFerris.com Or call 415-855-1122
Painting With the Moon in Your Eye, Intuitive Art and Mixed Media Painting
Ages 14 to Adults and Seniors
The imagination and the intuitive mind are linked. This means that the imagination is a strong pathway to information that lies below the surface of our everyday awareness, and to planting seeds of transformation at the soul level, where we can dream new elements into our lives. This soul-centered painting class focuses on the intuitive and ritual aspects of art making. Starting from a personal question or theme, we will explore the images and insights that come from the unconscious, and give them form. We will work primarily with water-mixable oil paints on Velum, but will also use watercolor. Projects from each class will culminate in a final canvas painting, or series.
Based on the time of year, themes will vary and be organized into 8 week cycles. Summer’s theme is divination and magic in art, engaging both the personal and collective unconscious. Throughout time, artists have tapped into the collective dream to see, articulate and even impact the most relevant psychic and emotional issues of their culture, sensing into what is and what is to come, relaying messages, and weaving spells. In our small way, we each have a part to play in navigating and healing the emotional and energetic tides of our time, as well as a strong role in dreaming our own future lives. Participants of this Summer’s course will be encouraged to explore their psychic side, the ancient art of divination, and the language and archetypes of dreaming, as taught in Nahualismo, for the purpose of planting events and intentions to blossom in our waking lives. We will begin by asking personal and group chosen questions, divining with our images and through traditional techniques, using scryer’s ink, tea and seaweed. Through the creative process, we will learn more about the nature of our personal medicine, our best and most enlivening contribution to the time in which we live, find new insights into our individual and collective questions, and culminate in a creative spellworking through our art, empowered by the ancient sorcery tradition of the Tol lineage of Mexico.
All levels of experience are welcome. This is not a course on artistic technique, so much as an exploration of process, theme, composition, and the language of images, though techniques from Touch Drawing, Surrealism, and the Expressive Arts will be incorporated.
Painting With Plants: The Shapes, Textures and Myths of Nature
Ages 6 to 13
The lovely green world surrounds us, full of magic, stories, textures, shapes, scents and color. It has enchanted us, soothed us, and inspired us as children and adults, throughout time. Beauty and natural curiosities feed the soul and imagination, especially in the full bloom of early summer. In this class, we will bring elements of the forest and garden into the art studio, making imprints of leaves, collaging with flower petals, using grasses and various shapes and textures as our brushes and inspiration. We will explore several stories of magical interaction between the human and plant worlds, humans and fairies that become plants, plants that reach out to humans in need, and other folklore. Ultimately participants will weave their own myth, told in a series of small canvas paintings. We will use ink, watercolor, acrylic on canvas, collage, air dry clay, and permission to play and explore, culminating in a mixed media painting series on small canvas board. All levels of experience and skill will be accommodated.