Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Day for Dreaming


Greetings~ I hope this note finds your life blooming with the beauty and fragrance of Spring! I'm writing to remind you of my upcoming day-long dream workshop,  Dreaming for a Word of Power on Saturday, April 30th from 11-5 in San Anselmo, CA.

Every year I pick a word of intention to guide, influence and support my path. It has proven to be a powerful tool for manifestation and growth, so I am offering this day-long workshop to help you find your word of power. We'll use our dreams to discover a word of intention for 2016 and create a special piece of art: a painted dream feather to honor our word of intention and anchor the energy in our lives. (No art experience necessary, all materials provided) The feather is perfect for smudging, for your altar, and to remind you every day of your guiding word.

This is a chance to dive deep into a place of magic, insight and guidance~ It's designed to bring the potent energy and imagery of dreams into tangible form, to inspire and empower your waking life. We will learn the core technique of Active Dreaming, Lightning Dreamwork (created by Robert Moss), and also play a thrilling and mysterious synchronicity game... (and I have some special goodies for you!) The workshop will be held in a majestic private location in San Anselmo, CA. The workshop is $88. Space is limited~ If you are interested in coming, please let me know so I can hold a space for you.

"The workshop was inspiring~ It felt warm and safe.....you set a wonderful mood, connecting us through drumming, and the right mix of laughter, fun, contemplation and artistic work. Very balanced. You are a natural dream teacher, a woman on her path, shining..... Caring, thoughtful, intuitive. What a beautiful day, the tea, the friends, the care for every last detail....so perfectly planned and layed out." ~Melinda M.
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I am continuing to offer Private Dream Sessions at my office in Fairfax and via phone. It has been deeply fulfilling to support people in this way~ To gently step into my client's dreams and guide them to find the unique and personal messages their dreams are revealing. Working with a dream in this way can unleash great creative and healing energy, while offering a fresh perspective on life challenges and relationships.~  Sessions are 60 minutes~ $80

"When I entered Tenaya’s space, the sense of magic was palpable.  I felt held in that magic - as well as in the tremendous transition of this time of my life.  It was as if the veils between the worlds slipped away - and the unseen presence became instantly more clear.  I was guided deeper into the truth of my own being - and the mystery of my life.  Tenaya was present with me, my life, and my dreams with genuine, heartfelt care - as well as expert insight.  I felt safe to express my deepest feelings, and I felt seen with uncommon depth.  I left feeling soft, strong, and open - filled with a sense of the wonder and majesty of what’s before me~ the sparkling wonder of the worlds of our dreams. Tenaya is a natural at offering access to this space. Join her for a dream journey; enter that oasis and be refreshed in ways you didn’t even know you were seeking." ~Christopher C.
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The first Thursday Women's Dream Salon continues to grow into a beautiful community exploring the core techniques of Active Dreaming~ Sharing dreams as a group is powerful, profound and FUN! I feel us weaving deeper connections that are even growing outside of the group~ If you'd like to attend please let me know!

All of this is to say that I'm loving sharing this work with the world~ I truly feels like my calling and what so many experiences of my life have been preparing me for~ I hope you can join me soon! If you know of anyone who might be interested in this work, please feel free to share this with them~

All the best & bright dreams,
Tenaya

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dreaming for a Word of Power

"...One of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them."
  ~Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic


Come dream with me~
Spring 2016 offerings:
First Thursday Women's Dream Salon
Please join me for an ongoing monthly Women's Dream Salon the first Thursday of each month, where we'll learn the basics of Active Dreaming as taught by my teacher Robert Moss. Gathering in a dream circle to share our dreams and listen deeply to each other's stories is a profound and healing experience. We'll play dream games, make art, and most importantly, devise ways to bring the messages of our dreams to waking life.

We'll start promptly at 6:30 with an introduction to the practices of Active Dreaming, dive right into dreamwork, break for light refreshments and elixir drinks containing magical Al-kemi Spagyrics, then make some art/poetry inspired by our dreams.

We will meet in a majestic private home in the San Anselmo hills~ The Dream Salon is $18 and space is limited, so please RSVP to secure a space & for the address.

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Day-long Workshop Saturday, April 30th from 11-5
Dreaming for a Word of Power
In this workshop we will play with our dreams using the core techniques of Active Dreaming to discover a word of intention for 2016.  We'll create a special piece of art~ A painted dream feather to honor our word of intention and anchor the energy in our lives. (No art experience necessary) The workshop will be held in a majestic private location in San Anselmo, CA. It will be a day of connection, exploration and creativity in a gorgeous location The workshop is $88. Space is limited, please RSVP to register.

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Private Dream Sessions

Dreams can exhilarate, confound and inspire~ Sometimes a "big" dream can change the course of our life, or illuminate a path not yet taken. In a one-on-one session, I will guide you to uncover the messages your dreams are sending you. Scary or recurring dreams often hold a strong charge for a reason~ There is something desperately trying to get through to you, or a piece of yourself may have become fragmented through trauma or the day-to-day losses we all face. Active Dreaming techniques show us, through vivid symbols, how to welcome back and integrate these lost parts of ourselves. Working with dreams in this way can help support you through creative blocks, personal struggles, and help you build a bridge to the deeper parts of yourself.
Sessions are 60 minutes long and include dream sharing, exploration, and guidance to bring the energy and vitality of your dreams to life. Expressive arts and movement may also be woven into your time. Sessions are $80 and can take place in person at my office in Fairfax, over the phone, or via Skype or Facetime. I have a few spots available for a complimentary session~ Please contact me if you are interested. You can read about my client's experiences here.

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As the season turns and the light returns, may bright dreams light your way!
Very warmly,
Tenaya Amelia


Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Path Emerges~

At the turning of the new year I see a path glimmering, stretching into the distance~ I'm excited to announce that I'm offering my first dream classes and workshops. Beginning on Thursday March 3rd, I am offering a Dream Salon the first Thursday of each month at a majestic private location in San Anselmo, Marin County, CA. The Dream Salon is an intimate gathering focused on sharing dreams using Active Dreaming techniques created by my teacher Robert Moss, and harvesting dream imagery and energy to guide and inspire waking life. This is the location of upcoming classes and workshops:
The Dream Salon will meet from 6:30-8:30, with a break for light refreshments and elixir drinks containing magical Al-kemi Spagyrics. We'll play Lightning Dreamwork, synchronicity games, dream theater, draw our dreams, and most importantly, devise ways to bring the messages of our dreams to waking life!

Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP @ dreamsthatspeak@gmail.com for details and directions. The class fee is $18~
If you would like to learn more about what I am offering, I have a new website~ www.dreamsthatspeak.com
To prepare for leading my first workshops and classes, I led a practice workshop for friends in September. We played the oracle card game, drank elixir drinks, and created collaged dream journals~ It was a wonderful chance to put the techniques I learned into practice, and see their power shine! I was struck with the depth, joy and connection in the room, and watching people discover the deeper symbolism and messages from their dreams.
Welcome Altar
Elixir Drinks
Completed Dream Journals
In April I will be offering a day-long workshop called "Dreaming for a Word of Power". Through dreams and dream journeys we will discover a word of intention for 2016 and  create a special piece of art to honor our words of intention and anchor the energy in our lives. (no art experience necessary) If this workshop interests you, please email me and I will put you on an early bird list, as space is very limited and you will be the first to know once I officially announce it~ 
Recent creations (in progress) at Bloom True part 2 in Portland
In October I got to travel back to Portland for part 2 of Flora Bowley's Bloom True workshop. I dove deep into three new canvases, this time using dream imagery for some of the compositions. One day of the workshop was my dad's birthday, and I passed around a little framed picture of him and talked about how I felt he had helped make it possible for me to be there. (I had gotten an email out of the blue from Flora's studio asking if I wanted to do a work-trade and attend the workshop) I couldn't help but feel he had a hand in orchestrating it from above~ 
 Flora and I in front of one of her paintings
As before, Flora was full of wise insight and encouragement, and I also had the chance to connect with an old acquaintance from 15 years ago, which has blossomed into a bright creative friendship. 
Migrating Monarch butterfly at Esalen
In November I was off to Esalen for a workshop with Robert Moss~ It was my first time at the renowned retreat center in Big Sur, and it didn't disappoint, with stunning ocean views, verdant gardens and migrating monarch butterflies flitting around everywhere! 
The view from my terrace
The constant crash of surf, deep starry nights, and powerful dream journeys, as well as meeting many delightful new friends made it a memorable retreat. My dream is to someday teach an art and dreaming workshop at Esalen.
Big Sur coastline
I am deeply grateful to have had these transformative experiences, and my hope is that I can bring all of this good energy to my classes and workshops. These first steps on the path are exciting and scary and powerful, and I'm honored to have you with me for the journey.

*For friends in the Bay Area, my teacher Robert Moss is leading a two-day workshop in Berkeley March 19-20. He is the real deal and an electrifying teacher. Please join me! Info is here

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stepping Into A New Dream

When I decided to scale back my card business a few months ago to make room for new creative projects, I had no idea how quickly and powerfully that space would be filled! It was challenging to let go of something I had built that had brought me satisfaction, confidence, and a sense of identity. 

Two experiences over the last month have left me knowing that I've stepped powerfully onto a new path, into a new dream.
At the end of June I travelled to Portland, Oregon to attend an Intuitive Painting worksop with renowned artist Flora Blowey.  I have followed Flora via her blog for years and was inspired by her creativity and how she empowers people to be brave and bold and trust themselves artistically and in life!
Flora, Pearl dog and I in front of her paintings
The minute I walked into Flora's colorful, light-filled studio, I felt like I had stepped into a place I had been dreaming of. Flora demonstrated techniques she has developed over 20 years of painting, and also shared many wise insights about how to stay free and open while painting. One of my favorites was: 

"Make bold commitments while staying open to change." ~Flora Bowley

My Paintings are the three on the left
Close Up 
Hummingbird Spirit in Progress
In Progress
It was thrilling to play on such a large (36"x36") canvas after five years of painting small (8"x8") for greeting cards. I loved using my whole body to dance across the canvas. One day during the workshop Flora invited a Kora (African 21-stringed harp) player, Will Dudley, to come and serenade us as we painted. I let the music flow right through me onto the canvas. I also had a chance to receive some feedback from Flora about my paintings and a great tip about turning the canvas in all directions to see what orientation "sings" compositionally. Flora demonstrated a variety of techniques using fluid acrylics to produce washes of color, stamping and etching. If you are interested, Flora has a great book, Brave Intuitive Painting, and she also offers an online e-course, Brave Intuitive You.
Photo by Zipporah Lomax
Photo by Zipporah Lomax
I fell in love with Portland and painting large-scale, and just bought an easel so I can paint BIG in my home studio! I appreciate how generously Flora shared herself and how wonderful and supportive her studio assistants Katie and Anya were~ I'm looking forward to attending the level 2 workshop soon!
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Classroom Under the Cedars at Mosswood Hollow
I just returned from a Dream Teacher Training in rural Washington State with Robert Moss, world-renowned dream teacher and author. It was an in-depth study of Active Dreaming techniques that Robert developed, including Lightning Dreamwork, which is a quick process of dream sharing with a partner or group that helps you get to the essential message and energy of a dream and apply it to your life. We also practiced Dream Re-entry and Tracking. Dream Re-entry is a technique used to go back into a dream using shamanic drumming to learn more about a dream and explore within the dreamscape. With Dream Tracking, a partner (or a group of dreamers) enters the dreamer's dream (with permission and the aid of drumming) to explore and support the dreamer. These techniques are simple and potent. Robert has published many books on these techniques, and one of my favorites is Dreaming the Soul Back Home. He also has an e-course beginning 8/5/15 called Dreaming into the Dreamtime: Tapping the Power of Seven World Traditions for Transformation. 
At the Faerie Gate with wonderful new friends
The training was fast-paced, far-reaching, and challenged me in deep and powerful ways. From the start, Robert encouraged us to act as teachers, leading Active Dreaming techniques for the group and discussing our dreams and telling stories as if we were sharing them with the public. Robert stressed the importance of telling good engaging stories! I had an opportunity to lead the group in Lightning Dreamwork as if they were workshop participants in an art and dreaming workshop. Although I was nervous, I trusted myself and stepped into the role of teacher, which felt natural, like what I was born to do. 
Newly Graduated Dream Teachers
My name, Tenaya, means "to dream", "dreamer of wisdom", or "he who dreams" in the native language of the Ahwahnechee of Yosemite. My whole life I have felt like I needed to live into it, to honor my name as a path in life, and I feel like I have taken a definitive step onto this path. As a dream teacher I will lead workshops that bring together the practices of Active Dreaming and Expressive Arts to bring the potent energy and imagery of dreams into tangible form to inspire and empower waking life. 
Robert and I under the cedars
I will have a chance to study with Robert again in November at Esalen, and next July for Teacher Training Level 2 and Level 3 after that.

I'm so grateful to be walking this path~ I give thanks to my dad (who made this possible financially) and who showed up powerfully in a journey last week~ He encouraged me whole-heartedly on this path~ Feeling his love and support from beyond~  











Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Opening to a New Path

Me & Dad, 1980

My dear friends~ After 5 years (and over 5,000 handmade cards!) I am shifting gears creatively and opening to a new path. I will no longer be selling my cards at retail outlets, but I welcome custom orders via my website~

I've been longing to spread my wings and work on larger projects and paintings, as well as take classes and workshops in creativity and dreamwork. I'll be studying with renowned dream teacher Robert Moss and painter Flora Bowley in the coming months.

It's exciting and bittersweet to make this change, but after my father's passing in February, I did a lot of soul searching, and found I wanted to step onto a new, wider path of possibility and growth. 

I look forward to sharing what I find along the 
way! 

Blessings and love~ 
Tenaya 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rites of Spring

Greetings & Happy Spring Equinox ~ 
One-of-a-kind Easter Egg cards
It's been a quite a while since I posted, and I've moved through some major rites of passage in the last few months. On February 1st I lost my beloved dad, Gerry, who passed away after an 8-year decline from Early-Onset Dementia. I inherited so many vital parts of my being from him~ A love of nature, art, music, dance and a strong desire to travel. On his birthday last year I wrote a poem that expressed my greatest wish for him~ That he could be free to roam all the places he loved, free from suffering, and to know how much he was loved~


A Gift For My Father
By Tenaya Wieczorek 10/25/14


As you near the end
This long and winding road
Your feet already off the ground
Held aloft on currents of sky
Drifting slowly upward
For eight long years
As you’ve slipped away

Still a slender thread
Holds soul to body
Soon to release
And you’ll be free to travel
To all of the places
You’ve been too trapped to go

And waiting for you on the other side
The family you’ve loved
And a parade of animals
To guide you home

We still here
Will circle around you
Holding you in our hearts
Offering up our memories of your great life

We will raise our voices and tell of your kind and gentle spirit
Stories of how you’ve touched us all
And brought us closer together~
The beauty and heartbreak of this

Gerry, your spirit is now free
And we send you to the beyond by way of
Yosemite, Great Falls, La Honda~ and all the places
You loved to roam

And when we find ourselves in nature’s green and open spaces
We will know the wonder and joy you felt
And you’ll be with us again
Gerry in Yosemite, 2006
This loss has been bearable, due in part to my new sweetie, Jennifer. We connected while dancing in October and she has brought joy, love and support to my life, especially during such a painful loss.
Jennifer & Me on Valentine's Day

Dream Speak Design cards are going strong, but I've been feeling some inner nudges to stretch my wings and explore  new creative expressions, so I just signed up for a 4-day painting workshop with the inspiring artist Flora Bowley in Portland, Oregon in June. I'm over-the-moon excited to visit Portland and splash around on a big canvas with only my intuition to guide me.

Here's some one-of-a-kind Easter cards I painted yesterday for family and friends & Easter/Spring cards are available at Good Earth Natural Foods and Riley Street Art, or from me directly. 
Thank you for your support & wishing you all the best during this time of BLOOMING!







Sunday, July 13, 2014

Honoring Tom Sassano and Cancer Zodiac Card

Greetings and Happy Summer! The hills have turned golden here in California and they have made their way onto my new Summer Dreams greeting card~
Summer Dreams With Golden Eagle for Tom Sassano
This card is dedicated to my dear friend, Tom Sassano, who passed away from cancer in May. He was a gifted artist, dancer, and a vibrant caring man. A week after he passed I saw a golden eagle outside my window at work, perched in a nearby oak tree, gleaming gold in the morning sun. It felt like a visitation and inspired this card. Here's a picture of Tom and I in front of one of his paintings a few weeks before he died.
In his final days Tom dwelled in a state of grace, transcendence and deep truth, and I was grateful to spend some very moving moments with him at his studio. His community gathered around him for a living memorial before he passed, and it was one of the most powerful experiences I have been through~ To see someone facing death with such dignity, acceptance, and curiosity. If you are interested in meeting Tom  and hearing his wise words about his transition I encourage you to watch this video that was complied of his memorial and interviews they conducted with him.
Here's the link: http://vimeo.com/93323255

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I am continuing my Zodiac card series with a Cancer card, set in Dubrovnik, Croatia, land of my ancestors. I created a treasure box of sea shells~ Here they are in progress~

And here's the finished card~
Gifts From the Deep, Dubrovnik~Cancer Zodiac Card
Cards are available at Good Earth and also from me directly. I am now offering 8 1/2" x 11" prints of any of my images for $28. They are printed on professional-quality photo paper, and hand detailed and signed by me. They come with a nice white border so they are ready to pop in a frame~ and they make a great gift! Striking detail is visible in this larger format. Contact me for details. 

Wishing you a wonderful and sunny summer, blessed with gratitude for each shining moment.
~Tenaya






Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Dreams and Aries Rhyton

Spring has come to California, and the bright green of new life is everywhere I look. This is the morning view from my studio window~
Inspired by the energy of innocence, growth, and wonder, I created my newest dreamcatcher card (I'm making one for each season) titled, "Spring Dreams"
To me, springtime reflects the process of regeneration and transformation, and also connects me to a sense of awe, beauty and gratitude for all that life is. I feel like this is the root of where the inspiration for my cards comes from~ From noticing the small beauties of the world.

I just discovered a wonderful video by time-lapse photography pioneer Louie Schwartzberg about gratitude that encapsulates these thoughts perfectly:

My full line of Easter/Spring cards are available at Good Earth Natural Foods and Riley Street Art Supply in San Rafael. You can view them all here.
I am continuing the Zodiac card series with "Aries Rhyton". A Rhyton is an ancient ceremonial drinking vessel. Read about Rhytons here.
May the brilliant, life-giving energy of Spring infuse every moment with gratitude and awe!

Love,
Tenaya




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Panama Magic

I just had the good fortune to travel to Panama to celebrate my grandma's 80th birthday. It has been her life-long dream to see the Panama Canal, and we had an epic journey through the locks and across Gatun Lake, as well as a day in the old part of Panama City (Casco Antiguo), and a day in a traditional indigenous Embera village on the Chagres River.

 Here I am in Casco Antiguo photo by UpDog Photography
On the Panama Canal (That's my grandma next to me)
I was surprised that such a brief trip could have such a profound effect on me. Being immersed in another culture, and being able to visit an indigenous village broadened my perspective on my life, and has caused me to reflect on what I really want in life, and what will truly bring me fulfillment and happiness.
Chagres River Waterfall
To reach the Embera village I took an exhilarating ride on the Chagres River, where I swam in a waterfall (fully clothed)! The river is surrounded by lush rainforest, and I could hear the warm hum of insects pulsing from it's green depths.


Riding in a traditional Embera Dugout Canoe
The Embera people sustain their way of life by welcoming visitors into their community and sharing their culture through music, dance, and a demonstration of traditional crafts. We were served a delicious meal of fresh-caught fish, lightly battered and fried, with fried plantains and a lime wedge~ Served in a banana leaf with a hibiscus flower!
Standing on a little rise above the village, I was filled with a tremendous sense of longing, overwhelmed by the beauty of this place and these people. I dream of returning~~~
In the jungle I saw a Blue Morpho Butterfly and it inspired my newest greeting card, which features motifs inspired by traditional Embera designs. Cards are available at Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax and Riley Street Art in San Rafael. You can also email me directly with your order.   

Wishing you a Happy Spring!
Blue Morpho Butterfly on the Chagres River, Panama With Embera-Inspired Motifs