Australian Artist, Lisa Mitchell is presenting a talk and taking part in an interview on some of her interests; the feminine and connecting to the sacred at The Brainery Store. Tomorrow, this Weds 13th November from 7.30pm in Kyneton Vic. Tickets are $22. Intrigued I asked Lisa if she could take part in a Q&A about the talk over email. Here it is.
Hi Lisa! Tell us about your connection to the Brainery Store - how did this link come about?
Sarah contacted me after I started following The Brainery Store on Instagram. LOVE social media for that! I saw Dumbofeather ( amazing magazine) mention them a few weeks back when they did their 'Backyard Party' together in Geelong so I followed them.
You're talking about your interests. I know they're vast. You mentioned on Instagram your talk will involve the feminine and connecting to the sacred. Firstly, the feminine. Here's a big call. I personally believe it's the strongest energy on earth. Agree? What will you be exploring about the feminine.
Firstly, totally grateful for this interview already, but now I'm even more grateful as it's helping me prepare soooo much for this talk!!!! ( Thanks Fuzzy! ) I don't usually do presentations like this, so I am feeling so challenged, but also SO GLAD that I am being asked to share in this format as well as through my music.
The Feminine: yes, HUGE topic. HUGE! What is the Feminine? She embodies the mother, the lover, the gardener, the one that tends, the one that shows compassion, who nurtures - herself, himself or others - she is fierce and she is all power too. She is death and she is life. She is in man and woman. I am in process, like all of us, so this is a talk from someone that is on a path, not at a destination. I will share about my experiences with her, and how I connect and remember her love.
Connecting to the sacred. This would naturally interlink with the first topic. Can you explain a little more what you'll be talking about with the sacred?
Yes, connecting to the sacred for me is interlinked to the Feminine as the Feminine is sacred to me. Everyone holds different things and aspects sacred. Even if they don't realise... Ritual is SUCH a powerful way of connecting to the deeper tides that are going on within us and around us and I really feel SUCH a craving to bring more ritual back into my life and hopefully the lives of others. Yes, making a pot of tea can be a ritual. Ritual is basically 'doing' something - from drawing a picture to holding a dinner party to making a cuppa - and consciously attaching an intention to it. 'This circle that I draw around myself in the dirt will make me feel safe', for example. I will share about the Women's circle that I started with my friends and family as well as other ways that I connect to these deeper tides.
Does this also mean you'll touch on some of the ideas you learnt about Bio-Dynamics while working on a farm this year?
I spent some time at a an incredible bio-dynamic farm near Melbourne earlier this year. Bio-Dynamics is a school of thought and a way of organic farming that was developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. (Yes, the same guy that created Steiner school). I saw the tip of the iceberg in terms of Bio-Dynamics, but I was delighted to catch a glimpse of such a multi-dimensional way of looking at how the earth interacts with itself and the cosmos. Once, at the farm as the sun rose we hand-sprayed a fine mist of carefully prepared ground quartz & water all over the fields to help stimulate the light energy available to the plants, assisting photosynthesis and giving the faeries some special sparkles in their morning dew-tea! Bio-dynamics is an intensive way of farming and way of life that seems full of intention-filled rituals like the quartz-spray.
I love listening to a great talk and having fruitful conversation. What encounters have you had that have left a lasting impression on you and why?
Me too! I have realised I retain SO MUCH more through conversation and listening to people speak than I do through books. I buy so many audio-books now! I've been so lucky to have spent some time with Ben Lee this year and his talk at The Conscious Club in Melbourne earlier this year was a memorable talk that stands out to me. He spoke so openly of his experiences with the powerful plant medicine of the Ayahuasca vine. It is well-worth looking up some of Ben's interviews on his latest album, 'Welcome to the Work'.
One of my main sources of inspiration in terms of story-telling is Jungian psychoanalyst, Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Her most famous book, perhaps, is 'Women Who Run With the Wolves'. She has written many many other books. She is a story-teller, a keeper of the old stories of her families, being raised in the oral and ethnic traditions. I highly recommend listening to her voice - wow, what a voice. So low and wise and of a trillion lives. She has many audio-versions of her books - get on the audio-book train!
Thank you Lisa
Thanks Fuzz, was so chuffed to get your email.
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