Welcome To The Muse Academy (Video Brochure)

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“30 Days To Heightened Creativity in Business and Personal Life”  a 30-day workbook to learn and apply creativity skills by Heidi D. Hansen, M.A. will come out June 1, 2017.  Purchase price:  $39.00 – and that comes with 3 of Heidi’s best art prints of your choice.  Use the Paypal buttons here to purchase — and include $5.00 for postage/handling, then email Heidi with your mailing address.  Email:  dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com .  Heidi is available for creativity coaching and consulting for an hourly fee of $70.00, payments can be made using these Paypal buttons.  Thanks, and I look forward to connecting soon! — HH

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Rare Sighting of Reclusive Attic Keeper Takes Selfies To Promote The Muse Academy Mural

Documented by these shameless selfies, The Attic Keeper is hot at her easel with her own personal Muses, Maile Lei and Storm The Rescue Cat.

 
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Can you spot the 5 main Muses of Muse Academy in the mural?  These are the 5 that save the day and stop the bank from foreclosing on the Academy, using Idea Currency, and keep The Vacuus out of the windows, using their wits and humor and a little reckless luck.

 

Their names are Bookie, Cookie, Techie, Dance and Ponderous.

What’s the top 3 keys to creativity?  Taught at Muse Academy?

  1.  Observe things.  Observe using all your senses and perspectives;
  2.  Use what you have right around you no matter how odd it seems;
  3.  Daydream and doodle.

Heidi Hansen, M.A., is available to coach you in better creativity for your work, business, hobby or personal talent and purpose in life.  Use this handy Papal button to float Heidi a few bucks so she can stay in paints and decent kibble, call her at (360) 892-5218, or email at dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com.


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Thanks, and Carpe Imagi!

Nativica celebrates Earth Day 2017 with a Day of Climate Change Service

Nativica Earth Day Poster 2017Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Heidi Hansen is offering a FREE poster (shown above, 8 x 10) printed on heavy paper and signed and numbered, if you will do one hour of hard labor in and for the earth on that day.

Just email or call me with your plan and goal for that day, do it, and call or email me back with a short report, and I’ll send you this Nativica poster, free of charge.

Join me this coming week for a Nativica Spring Art Woodswalk, here at this site, where I will put up a spring collection of the NorthWest native plants you will encounter as you take a long woodswalk in April and May.  Thanks, and see you soon!


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p.s. If you would like to purchase a Nativica poster, just use this Paypal button here with a major credit or debit card for $14.99 and I will mail you a signed Nativica Earth Day 2017 commemorative print as shown above  Thanks!

— And you can reach Heidi at (360) 892-5218, or email at  dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com.  Take a walk through her mental health advocacy site at http://www.heidihansenadvocacy.wordpress.com, for mental health tips and art!

The Attic Keeper and Muse Academy Panel Mural in Progress, Teaching Creativity Skills. Carpe imagi!

 

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Carpe imagi, and welcome to the Attic Keeper’s panel mural in progress.  Here’s the initial sketches on a 12′ x 20″ countertop panel, which will depict the Vacuus, the Muses, Attic Keeper, Muse Academy, and the struggle to save the integrity and value of their Idea Currency.  More will be posted in time, as this mural in – progress comes to life.

(click on the Paypal button below if you would like to donate a bit towards supplies for this project, or purchase a print, meditation poster, or original art.   For details, email me at dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com, or call (360) 892-5218. Thanks!)

 


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Remember Heidi Hansen, author-artist, is available to help you develop your creative life – whether that be in your career, work, hobbies and interests, lifestyle, etc.  She charges but fees can be negotiated, and she takes credit cards via http://www.paypal.com.  Call her at (360) 892-5218 or email at  dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com to discuss.  Donations to support the supply cupboard for this project are greatly appreciated.

A Poem For You by Mary Oliver

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
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This poem was written by the great poet Mary Oliver. http://maryoliver.beacon.org/
Outside my window where my computer and art table is situated, a shaft of hot bright spring sunlight is blasting off the misty gray lead of winter-spring and its quiet ruminations which have circled in on themselves.
It is time  —  it beguiles me –  to get out there and slog through the muddy grasses with a puppy who has not yet experienced spring and all its accordant smells and vapors and attitudes and surprise adventures and stunning dismay.
Well, off we go now, to put on our shlomping shoes,  and attend to our wild and precious life.
Thank you for this poem, Mary Oliver. http://maryoliver.beacon.org/
–Heidi Hansen

Forest Bathing, Nativica style

Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term for the experience of breathing in the goodness of the forest.  This may go beyond a meditative or philosophical perspective and some science research has explored that.  It comes down to a woodswalker breathing in molecules of tree sap.  Tree sap that carry a tree’s antibodies and, perhaps,  helps human health.

Being in Nativica is being in a place that provides.  Provides creative adaptive solutions to help our environment, and human well-being.  Woodswalking through Nativica, either outdoors in nature or through the native plant and habitat art here, can boost resiliency.

When you go on a woodswalk, peaceablepondreflect on the contrasts you see there.  Notice the differences in textures, size, and color.pondSpeaking of color, see nature as an artist’s palette.  Look for 5 shades of green.  Greens ranging from blue-green to red-greens with yellow greens up and down.

wetlandsMake up a haiku poem about what you see right in front of you, at that moment, from the tip of your tongue.

rabbitwoodsRun your fingers over some rough bark and then, into a bed of soft, moist moss.  Notice what plants are around you when you feel the humidity rise, or fall.  Is there mist in the air?  What does the sun look like through the branches right now?

emailsalmonfive Look at a plant you have seen many times before and use 3 new adjectives to describe it — words you’ve never used before.

104-0451_imgClose your eyes and turn around in back of you and feel the first plant in front of you.  Without opening your eyes, imagine that plant is speaking to you. What does it say?

____________________________________For meditation coaching, email Heidi Hansen at dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com.  I can negotiate a fee structure that fits for you and can accept major credit cards.  Nativica, text and art, are by Heidi Hansen and copyrighted2001-2016.

 

What Nativica Has to Say

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Nativica is a place.  A place in the Pacific North West where one can take a woodswalk and learn the rugged determination, sculpted grace and robust wildlife of our native plants and habitats.  It can also be a place in one’s imagination. What do these native plants and animals say to you?

wetlands104-0451_img(Left) Yellow Iris, stream turtle, snowberry, skunk cabbage, Vine Maple, blue dragonfly.  (Right) Doug Fir and Iris by moonlight on Larch Mountain.

 

000111aemailfouremailsalmonfiveA drop of rain.  Rivers that provide for our salmon runs.  Salmonberry, Bleeding Heart, Snowberry.  A Willow tree.  Native NW plants keep our rivers running and lower the carbon dioxide in the air we all breath. . Can you find the newt? Bee? Moth?   pondNative plants of the North West come in a palette of colors.  When planting with native plants, use the palette.  Blue hues towards the back, reddish greens towards the front.  Lime-yellows on top and bottom.  Your native plant garden can look like a painting. rabbitwoodsSnowshoe rabbit habitat on Mt. Hood, Riparian habitat at beaver Creek, Hummingbirds love our native honeysuckle.  You can hear them hovering at this creeping vine before you see them.  Stream turtle habitats that have helped our native turtle make a comeback.rivbeaverrivdeerrivturt

riverswan trumpeterswanTrumpeter Swans have made a comeback.  (Left) Western Red Cedar, Red Osier Dogwood, Sword Fern.  (Right) Our native NW orchid, the Fairyslipper, blooms in early spring when snow is still on the ground.

Nativica, words and text, are by Heidi D. Hansen and copyrighted2001-2016.  To inquire about purchase and permission to use, email at dog.hotel.hansen@gmail.com.  Major credit cards accepted.  Thank you!