Noelle Parent shares her Gifts with RVA

A lovely interview with a bright new company! (P.S. It’s my daughter’s new business!)

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“The gift is in the giving” is a sweet sentiment, and although it feels great to see someone’s face light up when you give them something from the heart, the process of picking out those gifts can be grueling and time-consuming. Gifted RVA, a new business headed by Noelle Parent, aims to take the guess-work out of this process.

I first heard of this business from a friend of mine who works at Think 804, a local advertising agency that assisted Parent in the branding of her business. There was a launch party celebrating the establishment of Gifted, and I am never one to miss a party with free hors d’ouvres. A few of the snacks provided were local products featured in the boxes, like Capital Chips and Gunther’s Salsa Fresca. Attendees got to sneak a peek at some of the new boxes and meet a few local…

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Art & Grandmother Wisdom



Grandchildren, Art & Grandmother Wisdom featured in Explore Awareness magazine

I’m delighted to share that my article, Grandchildren, Art & Grandmother Wisdom is in the new edition of Explore Awareness magazine in the April issue.

My granddaughter and I have been holding Grandmother Camp for several years and its one of the delights of my life. If you are looking for a way to connect with your “Littles” perhaps one of the ideas I share in the article will spark an interest for you and your family.

Please have a read and enjoy! ~Hobby

If you’d like more information about creating art, painting workshops, or social painting soirees,  please send me your name and email address for a list of upcoming workshops and events. Leave a comment about what you are interested in learning.

You are a sacred part of this community and I promise to keep your information private and will never share. ~Hobby


Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day! We are celebrating the cultural, economic, social and political achievements of women and girls all over the world. We are calling into awareness the contributions, sacrifices, achievements, and suffering that women have made.

I especially encourage people to talk with your daughters & sons, sisters & brothers,  mothers & fathers, family & friends who may not be aware of this day and share stories of bravery and courage within your own families to carry on your lineage. Share information about women leaders, artists, scientists, warriors, writers, and peacemakers who have impacted our lives. A great resource is A Mighty Girl for books, articles, and posts to discuss.

women_who_run_w-330Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who is one of my mentors and author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, is releasing a 25th anniversary edition of her book with 15 pages of new writings. Here is a post from her facebook page on today’s celebration of International Women’s Day. I encourage you to read her post and her words, and her books!

In addition, Emma Watson (our beloved Hermione Grainger from Harry Potter) has chosen this book for the March/April selection for her new book club, Our Shared Selves.


Today let us celebrate

Strong Women.

May we know them.

May we raise them.

May we be them.

And the men who love them

Honor and respect them.

Painting the Divine Diva 2 Day Retreat

A 2 Day Celebration Retreat for Women – April 1 & 2 in Keswick VA
Paint the Blessing That Is Your Body

Paint The Divine Diva.pngJoin me in celebrating Spring and the expression of love for your own body in a 13 step painting process. You  need no experience in painting or art – simply the desire to be creative, share in a celebration with other women and explore with deep inquiry in how your body is a blessing.

We will journey in imagination, move in joyful dance, use magic paintbrushes and cosmic canvases, write words in journals – all in a beautiful retreat center quietly tucked away in the beauty of Keswick VA. There will be time for painting, journaling, connecting, private thought & creative inquiry, as well as joyful movement, walks, and fresh air.

Come join us and create an altar to the temple of your present self in healthy, happy ageless beauty, trust for the body you live in and release any old beliefs about perfection & body image. Let’s connect on a magical journey of transformation & healing using Intentional Creativity, with gentle encouragement toward abundance, deep inner knowing, & self expression.

The retreat investment is $197 for Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm. All the supplies you will need are included: canvas, brushes, paint, music, delicious snacks and a community of like-minded women in community. Accommodations are available for anyone wanting to stay overnight with sauna, hot tub, Japanese bath, and beautiful water views and gardens. Visit Bridge Between the Worlds for more information and pricing. Bodywork may be available before and after the workshop times by appointment. Download the DivineDiva-Registration-Form for more details.

The cost is $197 for two days of creative celebration including all supplies and snacks/tea/chocolate & more. For more information and to inquire about reserving your space, contact me here: (I promise your privacy!)

I guide heartfelt, spirited women like you who want to connect with your innate creativity by helping to open a portal between heart, mind & soul with paint, words & journey to your internal “wildish nature.”

We use Intentional Creativity as a method, following a number of steps to reveal hidden messages from your feminine soul voice, a connection to your inner wisdom & knowledge.

I love how this work creates deep change, allowing you to walk with a renewed sense of yourself, excited about the next stage of your life.