Viriditas Weekly News

Unleash Your Creativity, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
Tap into Your Soul with David Sharp. May 7th, 7-8:30 pm, FICS Community Offering at the Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute


Dear Viriditas Community,

Unleash Your Creativity

The upcoming Doctor of the Soul session, Unleash Your Creativity is only a few days away, and David and I are getting very excited and hope you’ll be able to join us! We’ll find inspiration from the incredible lives of M.C. Richards, the Nicholas Brothers, and St. Hildegard to explore our own creative spirits.

Where: Viriditas Home Studio, 800 Zamia Ave., Boulder, CO 80304
When: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 5th

Not sure who the Nicolas Brothers are?  Well, you’re in for a treat!  Find out more about these incredible tap dancing brothers who danced with grace, joy, and pizzazz in my blog post this week: The Nicholas Brothers – Shining their Light in the World. They inspire us to find our own joy and share it in the world in everything we do, with pizzazz!

On Saturday, my husband, David Sharp, and I will offer a supportive space for you to explore your creative spirit through singing, tap dancing, and drawing.  NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  Come with a curious mind, open heart, and desire for creative exploration. You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey.  Register HERE. We’ll provide the tap shoes if you need them.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My last week has been personally challenging with several unexpected events and also excruciating nerve pain in my arm that resurfaced from a past injury.  It’s moments like these that I am so grateful for my spiritual practice of mantra chanting. This past week, I have regularly relied on the mantras for Ganesh for power and for Shiva to remind myself that all of life is a blessing.  Chanting these two mantras has given me tremendous strength and comfort, even as I journey around town to see specialists to look at my arm. 

These Sanskrit mantras for the chakras are a spiritual treasure chest. Each mantra is a beautiful gem with its own unique healing properties. Once you integrate the mantras into your life as a spiritual practice, they can support you throughout your whole life.

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, will be available to you soon. In it, you will learn about these 7 gems including guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each one and why the sounds of each have healing potential.





Last call to join me for an immersion into Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs during the week of May 14th – May 18th!

Is there an area of your life where you are seeking healing and/or transformation? I will be guiding students in meditative practices using excerpts from St. Hildegard’s personal letters and medical writings. Immersed in the healing power of St. Hildegard’s writings, students will write a dialogue with St. Hildegard exploring an area of their own lives where they are seeking healing and/or transformation.

Give yourself the gift of connecting to this transformative community that is the Fox Institute!

The Hildegard class is now paired with the seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land taught by Marvin Anderson. Marvin is one of the most courageous and heart warming educators I know. You will love him. I myself will be taking his class as well as my sister, Nicole, who is flying in from New York City to join me for the entire week.

Register for this intensive today! 

This five-day Intensive costs $1770. I have been gifted $550 scholarships available to new students (degree or lifelong learners). If you are interested in one of those scholarships, please contact me right away at 720-308-6782. I would love to have you join us!

Tap into Your Soul – Free FICS Community Offering
May 7th, 7- 8:30 pm
Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality
1120 ½ Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80302

For those of you who loved Tap into Transformation that David and I offered over the last 5 years, here is an opportunity for you to experience tap dancing again with David. IT’S EVEN A FREE EVENT!

This event is also for anyone who’s new to tap dancing and just wants to give it a try. Come and enjoy yourself!  David writes: “Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

We provide the tap shoes! No experience necessary! But, if you have your own shoes, bring them!”

Dr. Stuart C. Lord named the Interim President of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality

The Fox Institute is stepping into its next phase of growth, and David and I are greatly looking forward to working with our new president! Here is the press release announcing this wonderful news. I invite you to read about this extraordinary man.

The Board of Directors of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality recently announced the appointment of Dr. Stuart C. Lord as its Interim President who will step into his role starting on May 1, 2018.

“I am excited to work with the Fox Institute and am deeply committed to the marriage of Eastern and Western traditions so that, together, we may cultivate contemplation into action!”  Dr. Lord said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to advance the mission of the Institute as we inspire courageous, transformative leadership in all of our students.”

Dr. Stuart C. Lord is an American educator and academic specializing in leadership and ethics, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, spirituality in education, and academic governance.

Currently, Lord serves as CEO of Delta Developmental, a firm in Boulder, CO, specializing in leadership development, curriculum design, organizational assessment, and consulting. In 2015, Dr. Lord was appointed Chief Deputy to the President of Wheelock College to advise the president and assist in the college’s leadership transition.

In 2013, Lord served as the new Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, CO to lead the organization’s strategic planning process.  In 2009, Dr. Lord became the 5th president of Naropa University and led the multi-year plan to restructure the entire University and enhance its academic profile.

Rooted in social justice, Lord has integrated his meditation practice as a Christian committed to blending eastern and western traditions while cultivating spirituality in education.  In 2017, he made a two-year commitment to coordinate monthly service trips to Houston, Texas in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  Lord has previously led many service trips to places in need, including Kenya, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone.

All right my friends. It’s time to wrap this up. This is a big week for me. David and I are going to be spending time over at our storage unit organizing the material we moved over there last October when we closed down our old studio. So yes, I will be looking at the pieces of the St. Hildegard exhibit as well as the set of Feathers On The Breath of God and then of course all the supplies from Tap Into Transformation. Remember the hula skirts?!

The question I will be living with as I organize is: “How can this material be useful going forward?” I will let you know what answers come in!

In the mean time, I am sending each and every one of you so much love. Do join us on May 5th. You will experience great joy and inspiration for your journey.

In Viriditas,

PS Don’t forget to register ahead of time for a discounted price for the upcoming Doctor of the Soul group session on May 5th to Unleash Your Creativity.  

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