Advent Dark Journal Event 2023
“I took pause to notice that my soul has turned to the place of comfort that is Advent Dark Journal as I have been aware of the days becoming shorter and colder, that the presence of Advent Dark Journal has changed the way I would ordinarily relate to this time of year, to this season - I no longer dread the coming of winter because I know now that I have this beautiful way to honor the season, rest in the darkness, find rest and restoration and the beauty and light of the connection of all of us to come together in the sacredness of Advent Dark Journal. It truly has changed my life, my way of being in my life and I am so thankful that you have created this.”
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SUZI BANKS BAUM
Suzi Banks Baum dwells at the crossroad of literary and visual arts. A writer, mixed media and book artist, Suzi expresses the holy ordinary. Her devotion to daily creative practice is the super-food for her signature teachings:
BACKYARD ART CAMP
Powder Keg Writing Workshops
Advent Dark Journal
Suzi travels to Gyumri, Armenia to teach the book arts to women artists.
Suzi produced Out of the Mouths of Babes for the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She has written for and performed in Motherhood Outloud at the Unicorn Theater and for Boston production of Expressing Motherhood, and has a long history in theater in New York City. A multi-talented creative, Suzi has run her own couturier business, sewn for the Martha Graham Dance Company and the creative team of the Muppets, and served as a garden instructor for the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.
Suzi inspires others with creative practices that connect them with their truth toward a joyful and nourishing sense of service to one another, their families, and their communities. Her current explorations include eco-dyed papers, marbling techniques, floral inks, and found word poetry.
In addition to being a student of yoga and meditation, mindfulness, and non-violent communication, she lives and gardens on the ancestral lands of the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe of the Mohican people, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
Ah Life. I so love your depth, vision and courage to pass it on, with great motherly tenderness and sisterly compassion.
You are a holy gift,
JULES FROM JOISEY
I would take another class with this instructor in a heartbeat.
SNOW FARM PARTICIPANT
Suzi & Mapping Motherhood class reached my head, my heart, my hands. It drenched me with creative stimulation and permission to be artistic and imperfect and honor and express my deepest self.
This class was beyond my expectations. Suzi's presence is enough to create a space where I want to be! Excellent materials and guidance. Fun too. loved singing, stretching, and being silent.
IWWG SUMMER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Not only has Suzi and the Ramsdell/Powder Keg partnership changed our lives in so many ways and helped us develop as writers, but that is still such a crucial and rare thing for woman to have a private, safe space to cultivate their voices in community with each other. Also, that we frequently have attendees from Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, and New York!
Rise with us
There is power in creative community. We become our own & one another’s best resource.
YOU WILL RECEIVE
A printable prompt page rich with images and inquiries for you and your journal. There is a centering meditation that you can load on to your listening device. These gifts will seed your own daily creative practice.
Twice monthly newsletters, news on upcoming events & offerings that provide women with a platform for sharing their truth and value. Seasonal workshops and community spaces too!
Introductions to other rising creative women whose stories and work will inspire you.
It strikes at the heart of despair that so much of the work and care a woman expends enriching the lives around her and in the world at large is, at best, taken for granted, like sunshine or water, and often ignored.
JOIN US & RISE UP TODAY
When women come together with intention, they value and validate one another. I believe what we most miss is something that is an integral part of indigenous cultures-the circles of women who join together to weave and stitch, to work clay or soil, and immerse in the rituals of daily life and spiritual life. We are lifted as a collective. This rising forth becomes a resource for our lives and our communities.