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Loving the Farmers’ Market

Recently, when I began telling people the big news that I am about to share with you about Creativity Tribe, I would say it and wait for the Earth to rumble back in delight.  The actual rumbling never happened, but my heart would leap ever so slightly, and I would know that my decision to apply as a year-round vendor at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market was the right choice. And with that…. it’s not hard to guess my announcement… You can now find Creativity Tribe at the Southside Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!

Yep!  There goes the heart leaping… and the tummy fluttering with a bit of nerves too!

As a matter of fact, sitting here, just a few weeks since joining the Farmers’ Market family, I keep thinking about what makes us a good match for the Market…. and the Market a good match for us.  Before I go there, let me talk about the US in that statement.

Since the beginning, Creativity Tribe has been my baby …  with my sweetie Eric Payne acting as my biggest supporter, official Creativity Tribe roadie, occasional contributor to projects, and A-number-1 creative consultant.  Eric is an artist in his own right and a creativity advocate.  And over the last year, we have begun to blend our talents more and more. I am creative consultant to his projects, and he to mine.  We brainstorm about artwork we produce and often create art together for the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shops.

So, when I say WE are a good match… I mean Mr. Payne and Me.  AND… I mean Creativity Tribe as a creative biz and entity of its own right!

A Good Match

The day we found out we were accepted, my mind began dreaming on all things agricultural.  I don’t think my life necessarily screams “country-girl” at first sight, but my beginnings had strong whisperings of it.  I grew up on a couple of acres on the outskirts of town.  My parents had what I called a micro-farm.  We had chickens, an occasional cow or goat, horses, and a sizeable garden.  In the morning when Mom made breakfast, we would ask her if the eggs were homemade. They usually were. We could even tell her when they were store-bought by the color of the yolk.  When my mom passed, I leaned away from homemade things.  I relied more and more on store-bought.

Additionally, when I met Eric, I loved that his family had strong agricultural ties. We made natural, slow food a bigger and bigger part of our life.  Our country living roots have shown up more and more in our life the last several years and that is due in some strong ways to the Southside Farmers’ Market and its people.

Loving the Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market first hit my radar when I was working at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now called The Purple Door.  I was the weekend case manager.  Every Saturday, a bit after noon, a bright-eyed woman named Sharie would ring the bell with a delivery of farm fresh veggies she would have brought straight from the Market.

I loved delivering the basket to the kitchen of the shelter.  Over the course of the week, I would watch as women incorporated the veg into meals for the families there.  Sometimes, the vegetables would seem foreign to the ladies.  Inevitably, one woman would teach another how to use it, or they would research what this was and how to prepare that.  It was one of my favorite parts of shelter-life…seeing the community reach in and inspire creativity and wellness for the families there.

Consequently, I began wondering what I would do with the veggies if they were in my home, and eventually, I made my first trip to the Southside Farmers’ Market. While there, I discovered the donation basket that Sharie would bring.  I was one of the few people to see its offering in full circle. That was the beginning of loving the Farmers’ Market.

Sharie is now a dear friend…..

 

Creativity Tribe at the Farmers ‘Market

In February of 2011, (wow… 8 years ago!) an opportunity came up to share my art at the Farmers’ Market Craft Fair. Seasonally, the Market expands itself for a day, opening to more handmade art and crafts vendors. I jumped in and did Creativity Tribe’s FIRST EVER pop up shop there.

Here is the progression of our set up there over the years.



When I first began, my set-up was small and rather rough around the edges, but it was a start!  Each year, I tried to improve. Over time, I have honed my art-offerings and developed a pretty sharp-looking tent.  Nowadays, I adore the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop!  It is colorful and overflowing with whimsy!  I am so very proud to represent handmade art side-by-side with the other makers and to offer all the support I can to our fabulous Farmers.

This picture was from Instagram Story for our first official Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago!

What’s to Come

Next week, I will share a peek at some of our regular art lines.  In the meantime, I would love to encourage you to fall in love with the Farmers’ Market in your area.  And if that area happens to be OUR area, hop out and come visit Creativity Tribe

Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market
Saturday’s from 9 am – noon
5800 Everhart, Corpus Christi, Texas
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Come out and say, HEY!!!

Sacred Cacao Ceremony

Sacred Cacao Ceremony. An invitation to tend to your sacred heart.

Sacred Cacao Ceremony

I’ve just come from guiding a sacred cacao ceremony. I playfully call it the Chocolate Temple Journey.  It was an intimate gathering.  Each individual came for their own personal reason. We each sat, sipping a cup of warm, rich chocolate made with sacred cacao from Guatemala. We shared what called us to explore our inner landscape during this particular gathering. And then, each of us gently opened ourselves to the see what aspect of life wanted to join our collective playtime for the evening.

Chocolate Temple Journal, reflections on sacred cacao and the inner templeCT Blog Line Page SeparatorThis Chocolate Temple Journal is a collection of my personal reflections on sacred cacao and the inner sanctuary of Self and Source.  I share some of my thoughts here to give you an idea of where the spirit of cacao can take us when we invite it to partner with us on a journey of self-inquire and self-discovery.

Excerpts from the Chocolate Temple Journal

The chocolate elixir was especially creamy tonight…and the cayenne pepper gave it a good kick! I remember thinking that it was as rich and silky as the deep ah-ha’s the group shared with me.  I remember thinking the circle of my cup felt like a tiny representation of the Universe…the Universe I live in and the Universe that exists inside of me.

Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Rachel Payne of Creativity Tribe

Big ideas often come after drinking cacao, and this sacred cacao ceremony was no different.

I felt clumsy in the beginning.  But in all actuality, that was perfect.  The group was small, made up half of cacao ceremony regulars and half of those new to the plant and the process.

I could sense excitement and a bit of discomfort in the group.  I think the discomfort was simply coming from walking into a new experience.  Even those who had come many times to sit with cacao had never come to a group soley guided by me.  I spontaneously found myself talking about this place we found ourselves in….this Unknowing. I felt Spirit guiding my sharing.

I dove in….

I confessed to feeling clumsy.  I confessed to feeling starkly aware that we were all moving into uncharted territory….especially those of us who were used to drinking cacao together for years in a circle guided by another who we all respected dearly and had gotten into a comfortable groove with.  I confessed to feeling nervous about showing off my own personal groove.

I felt naked….but calling myself out, transparently claiming my vulnerability felt empowering.  I laughed and boldly stated that my intention for the night was to lean into my experience and courageously be as clumsy and awkward as I needed to do what I felt guided to do for the group.

They all laughed with me.  I gave myself permission to showed up flawed and authentic, and as I did, I felt the group shift.  They leaned into the Mystery of the evening with me.

And the Mystery was beautiful.


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Would you like to join me for a cup of Sacred Cacao?  Would you like to explore the Chocolate Temple…that space where Self and Sacred meet?

Let’s craft a sacred cacao ceremony together.  I am happy to work one-on-one and in small groups.  This can be a powerful way to connect with your spiritual self and dive into creativity.  Simply contact me for details.

Contact Rachél Payne
creativitytribe@gmail.com

Rachel Payne Sacred Creative Life CoachRachel Payne life creativity coach

Chocolate Temple Journey

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Do you yearn for deeper more intimate connections with yourself, your community, and with the Earth? In this journey, our sacred chocolate will invite all your senses to come out and play.

What if you could connect with your own inner sanctuary in a magical yet practical way that would give you access to the wealth of wisdom and personal potential that awaits you? Chocolate Temple Journey is a creative visualization tool that connects you with your inner sacred space and gives you the keys to put that space to use in your life.

Chocolate Temple Journey
November 7th, 2015
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chapel of Spiritual Light
Spiritual Empowerment Center
1203 Santa Fe Street
Corpus Christi, Texas

EarlyBird Special $40
good through Thursday, 11/5
At-the-Door $50

Reveal the beauty and truth of Who You Are.

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CT Blog Line Page SeparatorA Note from your Chocolate Temple Journey guide:

I look forward to joining you in this intimate, multi-sensory space… this playshop… where our sacred chocolate can guide your heart to the place where wisdom and wildness meet creativity and spirit.
Rachel Payne Sacred Creative Life CoachRachel Payne life creativity coach

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