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SAVE THE DATES

~ MARCH 4, 5, & 11th – 418 PROJECT, SANTA CRUZ ~

~ FRIDAY MARCH 18th – EAST BAY LOCATION, TBA ~
~ SATURDAY MARCH 19th – WAVE ST. STUDIO, MONTERREY ~
This year we are proud to donate a portion of our tickets sales to the Artemis Project, who empower the next generation of global game changers and world leaders by providing mentorship and skills development through summer camps, after school programs, retreats and community events.
To hear the whole story go to:www.artemis-project.org

ADVANCED TICKETS @ BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM
Intended for a mature audiences.

Come witness an unforgettable storytelling performance, inspired by the work of Eve Ensler.

An evening of TRUE stories told LIVE by the courageous Women who lived them. Experience the passion, heartbreak, humor, truth, mystery, redemption, and wisdom spoken straight from the YoniVerse.

Go to BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM
(click on the arrow to the right of the date to choose which night)
and get your advance tickets- only 3 nights in Santa Cruz before we move onto Monterrey and the East Bay!

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HAPPY 2016: NEW CLASSES, CLUBS AND EVENTS

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AFTER SCHOOL 2016: JANUARY TO JUNE

90 MINUTES PER WEEK

SLV HIGH: TUESDAY 3-4:30 ROOM H-202

FELTON ALTERNATIVE/ HOME SCHOOL GROUP: WEDNESDAY 1-2:30

LOCATED HERE: https://www.facebook.com/Felton-Commons-837756379626051/
Questions?

831-218-5878

No one turned away for lack of funds!
Payment plans and scholarships available.
WINTER/SPRING: 22 meetings: suggested donation of $380.00

 

UPCOMING:

Feature Article in Growing Up In Santa Cruz March 2016 Issue

Beneficiary of the YONIVERSE MONOLOGUES: Performances on March 3, 4, and 12th @8PM at the 418 Project in SC

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS NEW CLASS:

WRITING CLASS

JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL AGED
THURSDAYS BEGINNING JANUARY 28TH

Learn to use the internet, not get used by it!
Express yourself,
Create your online Avatar!
Publish.

Registration through Santa Cruz Park and Recreation beginning Monday the 11th of January here: Santa Cruz Park and Rec Registration

Louden Nelson Center
420-5270

UPCOMING:

REGISTER FOR JEDI WARRIOR PRIESTESS Rites of passage weekends and week long empowerment trainings beginning APRIL 2016. Discounts for those in after school camps.

Valley Women’s Club Provides Support for The Artemis Project

VWC Provides Support for The Artemis Project

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Director Kristen Rivers presents at UCSC Bioneers Conference 2015

BIONEERS BANNER

What an EXCITING opportunity for our Director Kristen Rivers to present at the First Annual
BIONEERS Conference held at UCSC and co-produced by the Common Ground Center
http://goo.gl/ExbCYe

Kristen Rivers, Founder and Director of the program shared with three of her teens from her Artemis SLV after school program with participants what The Artemis Project is all about. Women of all ages and one man attended with great input about the nature of youth empowerment and the challenges teens today face. It was wonderful to have the girls there to speak into the heart of the matter in their own words, and to offer their feelings and experience about the project and how it has positively influenced their lives.

Thank you to all who came out and shared! It was really exciting for us to be asked to come and share the bill with such notable leaders in social justice, education and the environment.
Working together we are doing our part for the Global Girls Movement~ one heart, one mind, one spirit at a time.

Video and images to come.

 

 

Interview with Director Kristen Rivers on KZSC: April 30, 2015

http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/kristin-carlson

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to share the Vision and Mission of The Artemis Project with Kristin Carlson at KZSC here in Santa Cruz, California.

Please click the link to listen to the full hour long interview.
Director Kristen Rivers shares the genesis of the project, her philosophy and tips for parents of teens.

Ms. carlson is a graduate sutdent at UCSC and a mother of two. She first found us when she came to our Fall Yoga Fundraiser at Felton Park. Yes, that is her adorable daughter. Kristin knows it takes a village to raise healthy children!

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Recap: First Annual Intergenerational Red Tent Event January 24, 2015

The Artemis Project joined together with The Red Tent and Serpent Sanctum to welcome 50 women of all ages to come together in celebration and song.

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It was a beautful, star filled night that emerged not long after we gathered at a gorgeous private estate located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, about 60 miles South of San Francisco.

Executive Director Kristen M. Rivers of The Artemis Project spearheaded the planning along with Aurora Rae Kozin of Our Red Tent and Amrita Rose of the dance troup Serpent Sanctum.

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Kozin’s intention is to raise awareness and educate women about womb mysteries and the practices that support a healthy realtionship to your body and your cycle. She has a high impact social  presence and tours across the country holding events.
The Red Tent on facebook

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Rose is the Founder and Director of her new non profit as well, and champions the sacred mysteries through ritual and serpent dance.  She is teaching women’s empowerment through the art of dance and holds classes weekly in Santa Cruz.

Serpent Sanctum on facebook

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The evening included workshops, a beautiful partially catered potluck, and many gorgeous performances.

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All the producers had very much wanted to create an intimate evening to raise awareness of their organizations and to give back to the ladies of the community that had shown such great support in the critical years of manifesting these visions in the name of youth and women’s empowerment. The night was a great success with much laughter and more than a few tears of both joy and great emotion. It was evocative of a time when we lived more closely in community, sang and ate together and shared stories around the great fire.

We were so very honored to have such talent in the house and encourage you to check out the links to the performers we enjoyed here:

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* Marya Stark: professional music therapist and songwriter

http://maryastarkmusic.com/

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* Heather Christie: local singer/songwriter of Feral Fauna
http://feralfauna.com/
and her new project Cheraki
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heatherchristie/cheraki-debut-ep-project

* Sarah Phinn of Lux Natura: multimedia dancer and performer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPT-5LJNKes

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https://www.facebook.com/SerpentSanctum

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Intergenerational Red tent Fundraiser

 

Come celebrate, connect and immerse yourself…January 24th, 2015 4:30-10:00 p.m.

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You are cordially invited to an invite only

Intergenerational Women’s Event

to be held January 24th, 2015

in Boulder Creek, California

from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Join us in the depth of winter to immerse ourselves in women’s wisdom and in celebration of three non profit organizations in your community that are working to empower women and girls through education, music and community.

Only 50 women will get tickets and we want you to be there with your daughter, your mother, your niece or your grand daughter. Bring your best friend or come alone and meet a neighbor.

GET YOUR TICKETS AND RESERVE YOUR SPACE HERE:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e_r84pc5OhYTn5td_iAdQwgLN70pqip6sbQA2u6Tez8/viewform

 

IF YOUR DAUGHTER WHO IS A PREVIOUS PARTICIPANT IN ANY ARTEMIS PROGRAM YOU CAN HAVE:

  • ONE ADULT AND TWO TEENS FOR $35.00
  • ONE ADULT FOR $35.00
  • OR TWO TEENS FOR $25.00

Join the leaders of these amazing organizations and participate in rich, nourishing ceremony and empowerment workshops, share your poetry and words of wisdom, then move your body and voice during our talent packed evening featuring:

* Marya Stark

professional music therapist and songwriter

http://maryastarkmusic.com/



* Heather Christie 

local singer/songwriter of Feral Fauna

http://feralfauna.com/

and her new project Cheraki

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heatherchristie/cheraki-debut-ep-project



* Sarah Phinn of Lux Natura 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPT-5LJNKes



* Amrita Rose of Serpent Sanctum 

https://www.facebook.com/SerpentSanctum

Cheraki (Heather of Feral Fauna)

The centerpiece of Heather’s music is her soulful voice. Her voice has been described as “elegantly soulful”, and has been likened to Adele, Fiona Apple,  Sia, and Bjork. Her lyrics and melodies are charged with a piercingly earthly and invigorating honesty. She paints an abstract yet poignant landscape of the realities of the human heart through her words, melodies and production. Her voice beckons listeners to return to their soul’s home to laugh and cry at the same time. Bridging genres of electronic, pop, soul, blues, and jazz, Heather finds her sonic home in the dreamy crevices between well traveled musical paths. 

Her current projects include budding electro-acoustic group feral fauna,  who has played up and down the west coast festival circuit and has shared the stage with bands such as Rising Appalachia, Lynx, Dirtwire, The Human Experience, Ayla Nereo, Lila Rose, Melvin Seals, Gods Robots, and more. Heather finds true inspiration from her collaborators. She is involved with various other musical projects, singing circles, and music healing practices in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area.

 

Music: http://feralfauna.com/

Bio/Teaching/Contact: http://www.heathercmusic.com/

Videos: http://youtube.com/feralfauna

 

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heatherchristie/cheraki-debut-ep-project  !!!!

 

In the space between art and persona there is magic. Artists who work their craft for decades may find it on occasion. Marya Stark lives there. Drawing from influences as diverse as Baroque classical, Broadway, pop and folk, Marya Stark crafts a sound that is wholly original. She creates the way she breathes; without choice or hesitation. The comparisons are many: Regina Spektor; Tori Amos; Kate Bush; Sarah Slean, Fiona Apple; but there is some indefinable quality about Marya Stark that makes her a part of that family yet wholly distinct.
www.soundcloud.com.marya-stark
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Sara Huntley is a San Francisco based Intermedia artist and mystic. Her work is a fusion of mediums Inspired by visionary experiences, surrealism, and magic.  She weaves her passions for painting, performance, and ritual into immersive experiences that transform the imagination.Using flow arts and video projection, she weaves landscapes with archetypal storytelling and fans the embers of ancient connections with nature.Sara has worked with organizations such as MAPS and Firedrums. Her work has been published at Realitysandwich.com, MAPS.org, and a number of books including Mavericks of the Mind with David Jay Brown.

~Amrita Rose is an ordained Priestess, dancer and visionary who has been working with Serpents for the past 3 years, following her spirit dreams.~She weaves together sacred serpent dance with belly dance, contact improv and temple dance to create a modern incarnation of an ancient art form.

~Using archetypal imagery, the Amrita Rose and Serpent Sanctum dancers shimmy, sway, and strut with sacred sensuality; a visual reminder of the Serpent’s powerful symbolism of transformation, fertility, and healing.

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All proceeds from this event will equally benefit:

The Artemis Project  

Our Red Tent

and Serpent Sanctum

to bring more programming and scholarship

to local girls and women.

  • $50.00 per adult woman over 25

  • FREE for teens 13 (or bleeding) to 18 with admission of one adult woman.

Additional family members $20.00 per girl.

IF YOUR DAUGHTER WHO IS A PREVIOUS PARTICIPANT IN ANY ARTEMIS PROGRAM YOU CAN HAVE:

  • ONE ADULT AND TWO TEENS FOR $35.00
  • ONE ADULT FOR $35.00
  • OR TWO TEENS FOR $25.00
  • No one turned away for lack of funds.

    Energy exchange for volunteer positions welcomed.

    This is a potluck event! We will have treats and chai, and a base meat and base veggie dish but cannot afford to fully cater on our budget.

    Please help us eat well by bringing a hearty offering for the table. THANK YOU.

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Aurora Rae Kozinn is the FoundHER of Our Red Tent.com and is certified Life Coach who has coached hundreds of women to embrace their womanly gifts. Aurora has been hosting Red Tent Sisterhood Circles since 2009, educating women on the women’s mysteries and feminine life force.Aurora is a well known speaker and blogger on the Feminine Identity, Menstrual Blood Mysteries, Spiritual Sexuality, Shadow Work, and Expressive Arts. Aurora believes that when women share our HER-story, we change the world.

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The Artemis Project: Jedi, Warrior, Priestess training!

We envision a world of healthy girls that grow up supported to become self-actualized women. We offer summer camps, after school programs and positive media for girls 8-18, mentorship training for young women 18-24 and specialized empowerment events for women of all ages.

The Artemis Project is a program of The Children Are Our Future 

The Artemis Project

Serpent Sanctum is facilitating empowerment, healing and the arts through sacred serpent wisdom.We support a transformed world living in health and harmony, raising consciousness, and honoring the cycles of the Earth.

Our offerings include Temple Snake Dance, New Moon Ceremonies, and Ordained Priestess Services.

Serpent Sanctum

AmritAnanda Dance

 

 

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Artemis

ha
that little sound whittles its own way into my chest
poking and prodding and snickering around and about my heart.

ha

the looks
the stares
they overwhelm me
i am crying inside
fat soppy salties that ache.

part of me wants to scream

fine! fine!
part of me wants to yell
i hate you ALL!
part of me wants to whisper
no.

i don’t say

a word.

they want to fold me up and stuff me in their NO-THING-UN-NORMAL box.

they want to jam me into their skimpy dresses and show me off to the boys.

they want to paint my face to look picture pretty perfect!
they want me to be like them
just like them.

but i am no mirror of society

i am no puppet to be worked by the performer’s hand

I AM NO WISH OF SOMETHING NOT THERE!

i am this imperfect little globe
of truth.

I AM NO MIRROR OF ALL THAT ISN’T!

i am a window
to the real me.

~ Glass Phoenix

She Fell in Love

my best friendhands
fell in love
when we were 15,
and disappeared
into a world
i am not
a part of.

“wait for me”
i would whisper
“i’m not ready for you
to be gone from my life
yet.”

but she was in love
and didn’t hear me.

i still whisper sometimes
to the spot in me
she used to be.

“i still love you, sister.”
i tell her empty seat
“i still can be your friend”
but she has run away
from me.

now we are 16
and my best friend
is still in love.

and here i am
sitting under the tree
watching the water
in my cup
ripple
as i breath on it.

all i wanted
was a hug.

~ Glass Phoenix

 

Pain Does Not Live

I tried to kill the pain.
I tried to kill pain, not me.
But I birthed a more evil existence than pain.
Invisible to all but me, it lives inside my mind pulsing through my bloodstream.
I tried to kill the pain,
but instead I now try to kill this evil spirit.
Only I can see it,
It holds the pain inside me.
It kills the pain  but like good things it comes with a cost,
and this time the cost is me.

I wanted to kill the pain.
I wanted to drown it,
like it drowned me.
It drowned me in darkness.

I tried to cut it out, but then realized it was not easy to do so.
I tried to rip it out of my mind. I tried to bruise it so it would feel what it caused me.
I tried to kill the pain inside of me.

I tried to smother it out, but it killed my light before I understood,
I could not takes its light because it contained nothing but the darkness it saved me from.
I realized we would have to live as one.
It held the pain so I wouldn’t have to.

But I did have to.
I tried to kill the pain.
I tried to run from it, I tried to run so far the demon would not be able to reside in me.
But it seemed to be me.

It seemed that it was undefeatable
I cried and cried
and then it clicked.

Darkness is defeated by light,
hate can be diffused with love,
pain can be replaced with comfort.

so I sat,
I loved
I accepted
I tried to kill the pain
but pain does not live.
It can’t be killed but it can be
replaced.

~Lotus Blossom

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