New York, NY, August 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- This summer, Be Wild Woman began its partnership with the Walt L. Shamel Community Garden to plant and cultivate a wild array of healing herbs for women and the wider community. From mugwort and chickweed to catnip and lamb's quarters, this herbal garden is bursting into bloom with medicinal and culinary treasures. On August 22nd, a brilliant splash of color, music, and creative expressions will enliven this lush green space even more as the Walt L. Shamel Community Garden puts on its third annual Art on Dean show. Be Wild Woman joins the effort with its Wild Wombing Art & Healing Herb Walk. This free event is open to the public and will be a full afternoon of creativity, inspiration, healing, and joy.
"So much healing is offered to us by nature," says Kiana Love, founder of Be Wild Woman and The Kakini Healing Center. "It's important for us to learn how to use the amazing gifts Mother Nature provides us in her gardens."
In addition to making its trove of herbs available to the NYC community, Be Wild Woman has created a guided garden walk where people can easily learn how to empower and heal themselves with ancient herbal wisdom and remedies. Before the art show begins, Kiana Love & special guest Master Herbalist Jacoby Ballard of Third Root Community Health Center will lead the very first tour of Be Wild Woman's healing herb garden. Visitors will receive valuable information about the herbs therein along with a map of the herb garden trail, which will allow them to take a self-guided tour afterward.
A corner of the garden has been dedicated to Be Wild Woman for creating and showcasing art that follows a "wild woman" or "wombing" theme. In this context, "wild" is defined as living in a natural state, connected to one's power, pleasure, creativity, and intuition. "Wombing"—a term coined by Kiana to redefine womb as an action as well as a place—means creating and cultivating safety in one's body, life, and community. Kiana has experienced personally and witnessed among others through her healing practice how essential it is to establish a safe space in order for women to be able to heal and cultivate relationship with their innate wildness. This will be the spirit of Be Wild Woman's Wild Wombing Art exhibit. The gallery will include contributions from various local women artists as well as creations from Be Wild Woman's "Wild Wombing Day," a day-long women's celebration and healing event that was held this past May.
To kick off the art show, special guest Zahava will perform the Liberation of Being a Woman, an original dance piece that celebrates the raw spiritual erotic power of the animal body of Woman. Founder of LoveMakingDances.com, Zahava is a ceremonialist, dancer, and sensual educator. This dance is sure to kindle the spark of wildness and creativity within all who watch.
Aside from viewing and taking in the inspirational and healing power of the art displayed, visitors will have an opportunity to participate in a guided art-making project and create their own wild woman or wombing pieces. A variety of crafting mediums will be available; participants are called to "let their womaginations run wild."
Be Wild Woman started with a dream to build a community of women committed to reclaiming, integrating and celebrating all aspects of their inner wildness, from the wild abandon and joy of a child to the ferociousness of a protective mother. While the wildness of the garden resonates with the powerful wild woman within, the nonverbal creations of the imagination give voice to the inner child that knows how to live freely and joyously. Be Wild Woman's Wild Wombing Art & Healing Herb Walk will inspire and empower women to heal, express, and simply enjoy themselves in a supportive community space.
Be Wild Woman of The Kakini Healing Center, in collaboration with Walt L. Shamel Community Garden, is proud to present: Wild Wombing Art & Healing Herb Walk - August 22nd 1-7pm @ Walt L. Shamel Community Garden. For more information, please visit www.BeWildWoman.com or www.KakiniHealth.com.