Hi, I'm

Maria Sophia Rose.

How I found my Golden Thread...

Hi I'm Maria Sophia Rose.

I am a Mother, Sister, Daughter, A Lover, and a Wife.

My life is committed to my own inner enquiry of what it is to be a woman, in this world, at this time.

I am passionate about supporting others on this journey of inner dialogue and self empowerment and I would be deeply honoured if you join me on this profound journey.

I am the founder of Heart2Art community Arts and Ansisters Therapeutic Arts circles, I also run the Women's space at Buddha field festival  and the opening  and closing ceremonies for various festivals and international gatherings.

 

I would Love to share with you my journey and how I got to the place I am in, with the tools I have to navigate the labyrinth of life...

 

Life is a mystery and this is my story, of how I am learning mastery within my own world.

 

My first initiation was at the age of 13 when I became awoken to the complexities of what is it is to be human and had an existentialist crisis. The first of many, but a key one because I was blessed enough to have been guided to find ART THERAPY and it saved my life.

It showed me a way to find a light in the darkness and a key to many a locked door...

 

I found that through externalising my emotional world through the magical act of creating ART, I could navigate scary and unknown terrain.

It was a profound moment for me when I realised that I had this healing tool at my fingertips and my personal golden thread became the pursuit of learning as much as I could about this alchemical elixir, so that I could guide and support others on this exciting quest...

This was my Golden Thread...

 

My way back to myself was by listening to my heart speak, and my way to do that, was by being creative.

THIS was my work. 

My passion.

My purpose.

So I did all that I needed to do to make that possible. 

This journey has taken me to many an educational establishment {see official Bio} working in women refuges, orphanages, local councils etc using art as a healing tool and I've explored many a country, on the mission to learn and share more.

I studied at Dartington and Santiniketan , Auroville, Tobias, Revision and Emerson. I visited India, America, Bali, Egypt, Morocco.

All the while, on the quest to understand the myriad of ways that people throughout the world and throughout the ages, have used

CREATIVITY AS A HEALING TOOL.

“The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

ANAIS NIN

I Followed My Golden Thread...

My next major threshold moment in life was at the age of 21 when I met my father (and 3 extra brothers!) for the first time.

My dad had been estranged from me for my whole life, and sadly still is.

However, I did meet him, I did venture to America and track him down, I did learn lots about myself and the joys and agonies of the human heart.

I did have an EPIC adventure and have many stories to tell my beloved children...

In many ways I found and met MYSELF through finding and meeting my father.

But I certainly had to lose myself first!!!!

It was MY GREATEST BLESSING that I had the constant companion of my own therapeutic arts practice which kept me connected and afloat.

AT this time of emotional magnitude, using the creative process helped me to return to a state of equilibrium within and I would honestly be lost without it.

 

This is a theme throughout all the stories in my life... and it's the main reason I call it THE GOLDEN THREAD.

This cord back to myself through art making IS my golden thread, and I believe we all carry this possibility.

Art making is an externalisation of our internal world, and this is why it's so healing.

It's a conscious dialogue with ourself.

It's looking into a mirror and holding a lantern to our inner realms.

It's a companion in a scary world.

 

The 7 stage Alchemical process begins with dissolution, therefore without that separation, we are unable to begin the transformation.

 

Without awareness, nothing can change.

Essentiall, it is mindfulness in practice.

Our lives are shaped by our minds, for we become what we think.

BUDDHA QUOTE

Back to My Story...

Fast forward years, I'm 28, Ive just completed my Art therapy training and my SATURN RETURNED.

NEXT MAJOR LIFE CRISIS!

Next threshold moment... I split up with my long term partner. I lost my Job. I lost my home. I lost my best friend. I lost my 'life'!

ALL in ONE MONTH!

I lost my focus, my light and my purpose.

In an attempt to get out of the abyss, I moved to Stroud, to be the apprentice of a man called Jay Ramsay, whose work I had been deeply inspired by.

I spent 9 months here, a painful, uncomfortable, but essential period of darkness and gestation.

After 9 months I NEEDED to be born into the light and Australia was the LIGHTEST place that I could think of and so I booked my flight.

Bali was only meant to be a brief interlude but I stayed there a further 9 months.

Which turned out to be my next major initiation...

Bali is a place to make magic happen...

 

Bali is infused with the SACRED.

 

It is a land where ceremony is intrinsically woven into daily life and every space is a temple.

It seems that EVERYONE is an artist in Bali, because it is simply in their culture to give praise, and they do this by creating BEAUTY. 

 

The island is ABUNDANT with CREATIVITY!

 

Beautiful spaces and natural architecture abound in this place and the air is imbued with a sense of celebration and ceremony. 

 

I owe a lot to my time in Bali and consider it my spirit home, that we will continue to return to...

 

Bali taught me most of what I know about Art and Ceremony being one and this being essential part of daily life.

Creativity, Like children, is both a pot to be filled and a fire to be lit .

MARIA SOPHIA ROSE

In Bali...

I was living in an ashram studying the 'Way of Mastery' [Course in Miracles] and living a celibate life. Yet , as life would have it, I met the man of my heart and it was clear he would be the father of my children. SO, after a few more EPIC adventures including  helping set up retreat centres in Bali and Costa Rica,  we returned to the UK to start a family and fulfil a lifelong longing...

The rocky road into motherhood has tested me beyond what I ever could have imagined and I have been stretched beyond what I ever thought I was capable of...

From hospitalisation from severe Hyperemisis in both pregnancies, to having two natural home births the Initiation that growing and giving life is!

Pregnancy and giving birth gave me deep insight into what it is to be a woman.

 

To me the giving birth has felt like my own re-birthing.

Being held and loved deeply through this WILD and SACRED journey, by my AMAZING MAN has been the most profound healing connected to all my father wounding.

I am in awe of the creative power held within the womb - This feminine power I speak of, IS the creative essence that we ALL hold in our womb space.

I have cultivated an awareness of the feminine from the depth of my being and I intrinsically know the ENORMOUS POTENTIAL that EVERY WOMAN carries in her womb.

I feel that my work is holding space for women to return to this place of knowing.

I cannot promise you a specific outcome , but what I can commit to is being a constant companion as you journey into your own Labyrinth and find your own golden thread...

However that manifests, I will walk alongside you as you embark on this sacred voyage...

 My Mission Is: 

 

*To hold Sacred Space which is a Crucible of Creativity and enables women to find their own golden thread and follow it.....

*To support Women to liberate their True selves, by standing in the centre of their own mandala, with a ball of golden thread in their hands.

 

*To weave a web of women that support and celebrate each other's exploration into their own Creative power.

 

*To empower women by enabling them to have tools with which they can  navigate the terrain of their own lives and access their personal state of equilibrium.

*To enable women to dive deep where diamonds dwell and dare to find the pearls of creativity that resides within them.

So I invite you to explore the Creatrix which is YOU!

 

Join me on this journey with The Ansisters Therapeutic Arts Circles and my Online Creativity Coaching.

 

I look forward to meeting you...

With Much Love ,

Maria Sophia Rose 

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