In addition to my photography, visual art & performance/ritual based practice I offer a series of workshops and ceremonies focused on healing, self-exploration & self-care. For me, accessing my creativity requires that I also honor the deepest, quietest aspects of myself. Self-care is more than caring for self. It is deep, it is self preservation, it is necessary for the success of any and every endeavor.
Alchemical Artforms: A Workshop Series for Women
- Hand Crafted Teas & Herbalism
- Bookmaking & creative practice
- Self-care & Self-preservation
- Self-care boxes & survival kits
- Ritual & Rite of Passage Ceremony
- Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra
D E T A I L S :
Phylicia Ghee teaches the creation of personalized, hand-bound books. Materials are provided for participants to both bind and decorate the covers of their books. This workshop allows the time to process & express emotions, the opportunity to collaborate/interact with one another and the space to be present while expressing one’s self creatively. These handmade books serve as alchemical tools that offer the opportunity to release, affirm, manifest, and process ones emotions; as well as unearth ancestral stories and gain a deeper understanding of self.
Phylicia Ghee teaches participants to create and use custom Self-Care Boxes. A series of carefully chosen self-care items will be made available to participants. These boxes serve as a companion for each woman, so that as we part ways and continue on our individual paths, we are all equip with tools to center, care for and bring a sense of peace & stillness to lives.
We learn to make handcrafted medicinal teas using a series of herbs. We explore the healing properties of each herb and we learn presence and connection through full sensory exploration. We then have a tea pouring, tasting and discussion.
“Water records information, and while circulating throughout the earth distributes information. This water sent from the universe is full of the information of life...” ― Masaru Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water
I facilitate a silent tea ceremony in which we create a communal brew in one central cauldron. I play music to initiate the ceremony, and participants are guided through the process of choosing & filling their own tea bags with herbs, then adding those to a communal brew. Prior to the ceremony I hand embroider each tea bag with a word or affirmation so that these messages are also infused into our communal brew. Infusing the hot water with the embroidered words, the herbs and our intentions changes the molecular structure of the water; thus by drinking with intention and attention, we change our own biochemistry and emotional state when we introduce this brew into our bodies during the silent tasting. Words such as “Love”, “Peace” & “Stillness” are literally woven into the bags that house our tea. In this way we’ve also invited our Ancestors into this ceremony through the sacred and ancient practice of sewing & embroidery. This is an opportunity for us to engage in soul alchemy, bringing ourselves into the present moment and connecting with one another through this communal experience. This ceremony uses all elements but focuses on the transformative qualities of water & earth, present in both the tea and in our physical bodies. Since this ceremony is so intricate and involved it is not usually paired with any other offerings.