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Shahna Lax, Artist


Shahna Lax, Artist


I met Shahna when she came to Portland to exhibit her Judeo-Islamic Copperworks. She had visited an exhibit I had  up at the time and thought we might have artistic goals in common. I am so blessed to know her  and have spent time at her home and studio in Crestone, Colorado.

Here is her Artist’s Statement from her website:………”There is a Divine residence within the human being that reveals itself in symbolic imagery and language. It is the work of the artist to tap into that numinous internal reality and allow it to flow into the external world. Therein lies the hope of our species for understanding, balance  and healing.”


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Amy Livingstone

Amy L PortraitAmy Livingstone’s  art spans many spiritual traditions. She describes herself as an earth advocate. She creates devotional paintings, mandalas and sculptures. She worked for many years in high stress jobs even though she had an undergraduate degree in art. Now she concentrates on her spiritual life and creating art that is integral to her spiritual life. I first met Amy when we were among the exhibiting artists brought together by Father Charles Cooper, who with his wife, Patricia Pickett-Cooper, PhD, are the pastor and cantor of Saints Brendan & Brigid Catholic Mission. The exhibit featured Islamic, Christian, Jewish and Earth spirituality artists.   Her website is www.

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Alla Renée Bozarth

Alla with Wings


I am very fortunate to be part of a growing circle of Soul Artists.

This circle would not be possible without the Mother of My Heart, my mentor, the Rev. Alla Renée Bozarth PhD, Episcopal Priest, Poet, Soul Midwife. Driving home after my first visit with Alla at Wisdom House in Sandy, Oregon, my face was bathed in warm tears and the words came, “I have come home.”

The Rev. Alla Bozarth was among the first eleven women ordained as Episcopal priests in 1974 in Philadelphia. She has a doctor of philosophy degree in performing arts from Northwestern University and a certificate in Gestalt psychotherapy from the Gestalt Training Center of San Diego. She has nearly forty years of professional experience as a soul caregiver– soul-mending as a psychotherapist and soul-tending as a spiritual director. She has served as pastoral counselor, consultant and mentor for individuals and groups.
Dr. Bozarth is author of numerous books, including Life is Goodbye/Life is Hello: Grieving Well through All Kinds of Loss, A Journey through Grief {Hazelden); The Book of Bliss, Accidental Wisdom, This is My Body~ Praying for Earth, Prayers from the Heart, Moving to the Edge of the World, This Mortal Marriage~ Poems of Love, Lament and Praise {iUniverse); Soulfire~Love Poems in Black and Gold (Yes International); Womanpriest: A Personal Odyssey (Paulist Press 1978, revised edition Luramedia 1988, distributed by the author); Stars in Your Bones: Emerging Signposts on Our Spiritual Journeys: poems by Alla Bozarth, color paintings by Julia Barkley and commentary by Terri Hawthorne; and her scholarly book, The Word’s Body (University of Alabama Press 1979, University Press of America, Rowman and Littlefield 1997).

Now retired from public ministry and travel for reasons of health, Dr. Bozarth’s home and sanctuary incorporate Wisdom House in Sandy, Oregon, where she devotes herself to writing as a way of harvesting the fruit of a life richly fertile from experience and formal learning, plumbing the depths of the human condition, exploring the breadth of Creation from Earth’s smallest creatures to the vast regions of the stars. Her poems have been put to music, painted, danced and performed by other artists and are loved and used throughout the world.

Please visit her Web blogs to see hundreds of soul-healing poems, prayers and beautiful images from Nature. Her main blog~ Welcoming Light in the Wilderness (see her related book, At the Foot of the Mountain~ Nature and the Art of Soul Healing):

The link to her Blog Profile is