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hearth_storytelling. November 19 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Well hello! The little

November 19 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Well hello! The little birch grove, which has been standing dormant in the workshop, has started sprouting leaves! . You never know what is happening beneath the surface, when something in your life seems deeply asleep. It may just wake when you least expect it. . #hearth #hearthtales #sleepingbeauty #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #delight

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hearth_storytelling. Another piece of life's puzzle falls into place.
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Greater understandi

Another piece of life's puzzle falls into place. . Greater understanding of trauma and its intergenerational impact has been enlightening for me, as the daughter of a father in emergency services, who dealt with so many gruesome, life threatening and bleak situations. . I was an adult before he told me tiny slithers of the stories of his police work. Before I knew the stories, I had already been exposed to their impact on him and the unacknowledged trauma he brought home was already wiring my little girl brain. . It is the same for returned service people and I imagine many others, including medical professionals. We need to take better care of the people who are daily on the frontline, for their well being, for their families and future generations. . I've found myself living near a fire station and an ambulance station, with sirens going day and night and all the while new understanding has been dawning. . #hearth #hearthtales #artjournal #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #originalart #handrawn #womensstories #wisewoman #trauma #grief #healing #recovery #gratitude #process #emergencyservices #respect

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hearth_storytelling. November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Since the dawn of time, pe

November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Since the dawn of time, people all over the world have sat in circles and shared stories. . Stories are literally part of the fibre of our being. Their pathways wire our brains and define the cultures, communities and families we belong to. . Stories that are good for our health build connection, identity, understanding and compassion. . Toxic stories leave us ravenous, uprooted, isolated and at odds with ourselves and each other. . With all the access we have to stories of every kind, there has never been a time when it was more important to be able to discern the difference between a story that brings health and one that brings dis-ease. . If you don't trust the storyteller, don't trust the story. . Niki na Meadhra . #hearth #hearthtales #story #storytelling #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #storycircle #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #quietjoy

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I'm a Freak a super Freak - I'm so freaky . . . #happyfriday meine 💕 . . Was liegt an, erzählt mir eure #geschichte fürs #wochenende . . . Übrigens, wie ich euch schon in meiner #story mitgeteilt habe, habe ich meine #übermichseite auf janineblogt.com aktualisiert. Schon gesehen? . . . . . #bloggerherz #weekendvibes #blogger_hamburg #konfettiwunder_ #blondesandcookies #aboutyou #blogger_de #storyteller #digitalstoryteller #janineblogt #weekendfun #freak #aboutmepage #blogger_deutschland #weekendready #weekendmood #freakyfridayshit #weekendtime #weekend #aboutmetheblog #weekendishere #prettylittleiiinspo #aboutme #weekender #storytellerslife

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hearth_storytelling. The Giant Sky Wheel on Geelong Waterfront - kissed by the setting sun.

The Giant Sky Wheel on Geelong Waterfront - kissed by the setting sun. . #hearth #hearthtales #golden #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #originalart #photography #light #sunset

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hearth_storytelling. Dear Old Mrs. Grumpy Pants popped in to say hello to all those who don

Dear Old Mrs. Grumpy Pants popped in to say hello to all those who don't like Mondays. Just a bit of solidarity. . #hearth #hearthtales #illustration #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #handdrawn #originalart #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #womenstories #wisewoman #monday

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hearth_storytelling. November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Everything blossoms at its

November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Everything blossoms at its own pace. . It has been a massive challenge to set up the shop and to work out what it means to base my storytelling practice in a commercial premises in an arcade, in the centre of town. . There has been many curious visitors. People who pop in tell me how welcoming and magical it feels. . My first workshop series is underway and participants have offered warm feedback and are spreading the word. . I've told many spontaneous stories, but haven't had a storytelling event yet. Butterflies have been made and sent from all around the world wishing this venture well. . I'm letting it take its own shape, trusting that it will unfold gently and enjoying the growing interest and support it is generating, as well as growing a community at Belcher Arcade amongst Renew Geelong participants and surrounding shopkeepers. . Thanks to @geelongrenew - especially Andrea - @upproperty and @cityofgreatergeelong for this opportunity. . #hearth #hearthtales #dreamscometrue #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #ancestors #gratitude #joy

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hearth_storytelling. November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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It was wonderful to sit in

November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . It was wonderful to sit in the Story Circle last night with some wonderful women and dig into one of the Old Stories and then let them loose in the workshop with paper and scissors, paint and pens, glue and tape. . The Art Journalling workshop is a great way to stoke our creative fire and bring us into dialogue with our rich inner lives. . Last night reminded me why I love to do this work. Such a joy! . #hearth #hearthtales #workshop #artjournal #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #quietjoy

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hearth_storytelling. The shop will be closed during the day. I am doing some deep work on m

The shop will be closed during the day. I am doing some deep work on my own story. . This evening the shop will open for the Art Journalling Workshop series, for those who have made a booking. . Bookings and info at dracohearth@gmail.com . Drawing is a self portrait and photo by @piccolo_angelo_photography . #hearth #hearthtales #dreamscometrue #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #livestorytelling #womensstories #gratitude #workshop

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hearth_storytelling. What you see depends on where you are standing.
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If you shift your pe

What you see depends on where you are standing. . If you shift your perspective in a story, a whole new understanding unfolds. . Imagine the story of Red Riding Hood told from the perspective of the wolf. . Photo: Diving board, Eastern Beach, Geelong at sunset. . #hearth #hearthtales #folklore #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #photography #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #quietjoy

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hearth_storytelling. November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Walking you through the se

November Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Walking you through the set up for the Art Journalling workshop. . #hearth #hearthtales #workshop #artjournal #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #artistsoninstagram #handmade #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #quietjoy

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hearth_storytelling. November 11 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Art journalling makes a

November 11 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Art journalling makes a small place in your week to put aside the wider world and dive in to stories, colours, symbols, textures and dreams. It is an intuitive, playful process, where 'wrong' and 'perfect' don't exist. You are guided, supported and encouraged, but you are in charge and make your own way, at your own pace. . We will be working with one of the Old Stories, to frame our explorations. . There are still a few places for this 4 part series, beginning Tuesday 7pm to 9pm. Email dracohearth@gmail.com for more info or to book in. Parking is easy in central Geelong on Tuesday nights. . Have a lovely Sunday! . #hearth #hearthtales #workshop #artjournal #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #quietjoy

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hearth_storytelling. November 10 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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A couple of years ago I

November 10 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . A couple of years ago I had a dream that I had a mouth full of moths and I didn't know what to do about it. Eventually, I realised all I had to do was open my mouth and let them out. . I love the imagery of dreams and how instructive they can be. . Time for me to sing and tell stories. . I'll be in the shop today from 10am to 5pm. Come by to see what its like or say hello. You never know - I may just open my mouth and let out a story. . Get in touch via dracohearth@gmail.com if you want more info about the 4 part Art Journalling workshop on Tuesday nights. Still a couple of places left and a limit of 7. . #hearth #hearthtales #artjournal #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #womensstories #wisewoman #livestorytelling #folklore #folktale #legend #mythology #womensbusiness #connect #artistsoninstagram #gratitude #quietjoy

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hearth_storytelling. Returning to Geelong, where I grew up, has been full of surprises and

Returning to Geelong, where I grew up, has been full of surprises and opportunities, warm welcomes, old friends, new friends and all kinds of nostalgia. . It has also brought me face to face with old injuries and potent trauma that I now am able to see with older eyes. . I don't want to bury it again. It's time to heal. I'm ready. . I feel strong because I can tolerate and contain this vulnerability and listen to what it needs to tell me. In kissing these wounds, I learn again compassion for all humanity. . Working with the old stories has grown my capacity to dwell in this complexity. . #hearth #hearthtales #healing #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #ancestors #gratitude #process

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hearth_storytelling. November 7 Final Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Massive thanks to

November 7 Final Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Massive thanks to Bindi @agoodplaceto_start for painting and donating 2 gorgeous aqua green chairs to the Story Circle and for lots of Shop Lady advice and encouragement. . It is not easy getting a small business up and running and I'm very grateful for the women who have been toughing it out ahead of me and generous with their insights, including Melinda from @bellerinecollectionsgeelong Charlie from @cecilandgunn Frith from @thuletrading Beverley from @bookseed_artisan Sally from @ernestandjoe Clare from @geelong_illustrators Niki from @sputnikandmayhem and Anna from @thebookbird_geelong . #hearth #hearthtales #community #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #performance #livestorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #womensbusiness

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hearth_storytelling. November 7 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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So, the lovely Mary arri

November 7 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . So, the lovely Mary arrives at the shop with some legendary home-made chocolate mousse. What was I to do? . The picture tells the story. . #hearth #hearthtales #chocolate #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #gratitude #friends

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hearth_storytelling. Life has thrown me some unexpected challenges this week. Reminding mys

Life has thrown me some unexpected challenges this week. Reminding myself to breathe. . I mostly post sunshine in this space, but I experience all weathers, as we all do. . #hearth #hearthtales #challenge #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #originalart #handrawn #illustration #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #selfcare #slowdown #breathe

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hearth_storytelling. November 6 Final Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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It was great to ge

November 6 Final Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . It was great to get the first workshop series up and running - Art Journalling With the Wisdom of the Old Stories. . Here is Mary immersed in her process, delighting in the invitations to trust her intuition, to let mistakes be opportunities, to not know how it will all evolve and to play. . Participants at the workshop hear a telling of an old traditional folktale, which they're invited to respond to, with guidance, but very wide scope to follow what is unfolding for themselves, right now. . Parallel to engaging with the story, I offer all that I've learned from my own deep, wild, playful art journalling experience. . Do you want to join in? Next Tuesday, from 7 - 9pm, will be the last opportunity to be part of this series, for 4 weeks. We have a couple of places left. Maximum 7. Email me at dracohearth@gmail.com for information or to sign up. . This will be the only art journalling workshop series offered in 2018. . #hearth #hearthtales #workshop #artjournal #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #oraltradition #oralstorytelling #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #quietjoy

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hearth_storytelling. November 6 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Art journalling process

November 6 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Art journalling process underway. . I'm building a new art journal out of some recycled and some new materials. This is my 9th journal. Every one of them is unique. . It is always exciting waiting for the glue to dry on a new journal! . I learned this process from @asphyxia1974 in her course Book of Your Dreams eCourse. I highly recommend it. . From this experience, I have developed a mini art journal workshop with a particular focus on exploring womens' power and wisdom, from the old stories. . Email me at dracohearth@gmail.com if you're interested. The first workshop series will run on Tuesday nights 7-9pm, at Hearth Storytelling Shop. Tell your own story! . #hearth #hearthtales #workshop #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #story #artistsoninstagram #handmade #artjournal #unique #wisewoman #womensstories #folklore #legend

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hearth_storytelling. In the darkest hours, send your roots down deep and feel the earth hol

In the darkest hours, send your roots down deep and feel the earth holding you up, as you spread you branches wide to catch the moonlight. . Artwork by Niki na Meadhra . #hearth #hearthtales #artistsoninstagram #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #originalart #handrawn #painting #mixedmedia #womensstories #wisewoman #gratitude #endurance #courage

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hearth_storytelling. They say King Solomon asked his jewellers to make him a ring that woul

They say King Solomon asked his jewellers to make him a ring that would invite him to savour his joys and remind him not to be overwhelmed by his sorrows. They made a ring engraved with the words "This too shall pass." . Sending love to all enduring sorrows of any kind and to those drinking deep from the cup of joy. . #hearth #hearthtales #thistooshallpass #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #drawing #handdrawn #illustration #womenstories #wisewoman #wisewords #gratitude

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hearth_storytelling. November 4 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop
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Old school selfie.
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In

November 4 Update: Hearth Storytelling Shop . Old school selfie. . In the quite at the shop, before my visitors arrived yesterday, I drew this to express the feeling of welcoming hospitality I am offering. . The storyteller's arms are open and her feet solidly planted in the Hearth Keeper's ground. . Cead mile fáilte! . That's Irish for a hundred thousand welcomes! . #hearth #hearthtales #dreamscometrue #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #drawing #originalart #handrawn #illustration #selfie #womensstories #wisewoman #ancestors #gratitude #welcome #ceadmilefáilte #fáilte

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hearth_storytelling. Saturday night introverting with a paint brush. Fun!
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Great to have s

Saturday night introverting with a paint brush. Fun! . Great to have studio neighbours like @theindirectobject - who pop in with dumplings and stories! Thanks! . This canvas was generously donated to the shop by Bindi @agoodplaceto_start . #hearth #hearthtales #introvert #storytellerslife #storyteller #Geelong #Melbourne #ilovegeelong #renewgeelong #myart #originalart #handrawn #painting #acrylic #loose #gestural #abstractart #gratitude #joy

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