Welcoming in 2018

Welcoming in 2018

The wheel of the year offers us a way to organize and focus on how we work with rhythms, the sacred feminine of the spiral and tides and lunar orbital energies. I am including here a meditation the Spirits gave me for my last class Breathing Out 2017. They asked I share it here, and it isn’t the smoothest guided visualization I have offered but it does offer some experience which you can access your inner wisdom for 2018 and key focus points, journaling out what you experience.

Guided Visualization for Welcoming in 2018

by Jen Thompson

2018 is the Year of Self-Love for all of Jillyhop’s classes and products. I will be offering a number of Intentional Creativity paintings and Red Thread Ceremonies, as well as more straightforward art classes using Alcohol Inks, watercolors, and acrylic multi-media. All of them wil be in this container of Self-Love. I invite you to join me on this journey intentionally learning how to improve self-care and genuine love for oneself. Our culture teaches us, particularly women, to put ourselves last and that we do not matter. Self-centered is exactly where we need to be — centered in ourselves — to make the best choices for ourselves and for others. The world needs us more than ever to step up and step out, but we can only do this if we have a clear connection to ourselves and give ourselves the space to connect within and allow love to flow through us and to us.

Stay Tuned… Classes 2018

Altar Making

Altar-making January 2018 – As women have known throughout the ages, altars help us create intentional space for transformation and guidance within. The 3D world of earth and matter is what makes up the altar space — filling up the sense of fabric, symbols, icons and deities, pictures, and the elements engaging the senses. The first Red Thread of the year will be a class on altar-making, a visual meditation, art journaling, and we will make votive candle holders with colored tissue paper and words to initiate our altars for 2018. January X, 2018 suggested donation $10-20, sliding scale, all supplies provided including tea and snacks. This meeting wlil set the seeds of intention and begin the inquiry of what the fruits of 2018 will be.


February: Soul Affirmation Deck & Vision-board & Alcohol Ink Tiles
March: Diva X, 13-Step Painting 

Community Painting for Healing House, Madison-area Urban Ministry

Delighted to do a live intentional creativity painting for a fundraiser for Healing House, a respite center coming in Madison Wisconsin for children and families without housing who need medical care and time to rest. Really important that we do this as a community. Please donate here if it speaks to your heart and you are able: Healing House/.

I asked people to write their intention for people at Healing House what they wanted to experience, and then we painted and I brought it home and listened to the painting. Powerful process! It will be hung at the House, and until then will be at MUM.

30″ x 40″

Healing Needed

The healing needed in the feminine is so deep. Not only as victims but as perpetrators. How do we bring to the light what needs to be seen in order to be healed? And for us all to become whole? We cannot be whole without seeing what is and to own the junk as much as the beauty. We are all judas and jesus, all the evil wolf and the good wolf. Take this time as an opportunity to make yourselves whole to see with love what is. Gentleness and truth is the key to healing.

Certified Color of Woman Instructor!

Excited to announce I am now a Certified Color of Woman/Intentional Creativity Teacher! It’s been a beautiful voyage with lots of amazing women into the self and bringing back some gems to share with the world. Find your gems, it’s rewarding.  Learn more here: http://www.intentionalcreativityfoundation.org/

One of the things I Learned for the first time in IC (intentional creativity) was you can start out not knowing. Not painting the final image. Most of us want to paint some “THI


NG” and it is formed and complete and done in our head and we want to bring it forward. With IC you start in the not knowing. There is framework and a map and a journey to discover the “THING” but it isn’t right away. It’s consciously way to start the journey into your heart with intent. #doorways #intentionalcreativity 

Setting Down the Armor

jt 10/21/2017
#todaysmessage #todaysdoodle #todayspoem

To walk in

Letting the Armor Go

service to 
the Divine
means setting aside
as much of the
ego as possible

so set down the armor,
cast it aside, hear the clank
as it falls to the ground.
walk naked into the beloved.

why do this?
to be noble?
selfish reasons —
your own walls
and weapons
skewer you into
a Valhalla of sorts

over and over again until
you realize the knives
the barriers
serve no one,

least of all yourself.