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Owl wisdom part 1

Lets face it owls are trendy. Illustrations, t-shirts, ornaments, fridge magnets, phone cases, you name it there are owls appearing everywhere. And now, after being asked to design an owl tattoo henna style, I start to wonder what it is about these ancient symbols of...

Sand Painting – Sacred Communication

Where are the origins of ritual? In the travels of the human race from one side of the planet to the other? Or deep in our common blood and dreams? Oh this beautiful human mind! This dream. Rangoli/Kolam- India.                   Sacred symbols drawn on the ground with powders and sometimes chalk....

Shell Mandala

"At the waters edge a thousand little shells, guiding me home." - Nicki                                   "I live by the ocean   And during the night   I dive into it   Down to the bottom   Underneath all currents   And drop my anchor   This is where I´m staying  ...

Must haves for Henna Kits.

Choosing the right kit for your needs. There are so many kits available  online that I am sure it must be very daunting for someone who doesn't know much about henna. I personally recommend kits sold and created by your local henna artists over the Indian cheapies....

God Bharai – Indian baby shower

It is one of the joys of my work to occasionally dip my toes into the rich culture of India. For instance last weekend I had the honour of doing henna at a lovely Indian woman's "God bharai" or  baby shower. I did some research and found out...

Mandala of good intentions

Mandala of good intentions Once upon a time.. I had the opportunity to lead groups in using drawing techniques to tap into creativity and healing. One of the more intense exercises, group mandala creation, I have adapted for Blessinways. I have included it in the little "Divine Mamma" zine I am creating for...

Henna Oasis

I first noticed Elizabeth Prince for the professional and sensitive quality of her henna work. Later I discovered she had started a group Facebook page for henna artists and I really appreciated her commitment to henna art. So, here she is, featured in my burgeoning blog,...

Blessingway: A return to ritual.

I have been reading about Blessingways as more and more of my friends and henna clients are opting to have one. It is actually a very interesting phenomenon which parallels much of what I find interesting and valuable in henna body art. The Blessingway is a summoning...

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Henna Artist

Just as there is a big difference between a Master Chef and her apprentice there is also a huge difference between one henna artist and someone who has just picked up a tube of henna. Its hard to know the difference so here's what to look...

Vision:Journey

Driving back from Tilba I was exhausted and angry. By the second day of driving and after having worked flat out for month without a day off I felt empty and unmotivated. With an angry gesture to a tailgating truck driver I pulled into a rest area...