"We must move into the future, creating it as we go.
We have been placed on the edge of history too long now.
We have always been here."
~ Sue Hoya Sellars
We are a living museum and community curating Intentional Creativity and conscious culture.
The ethos for our work has been in existence since the first time an early human made a mark to tell a story on a cave wall. This was a communication through image that became a one-to-many story through which we learn about who we were as early humans. Archaeologically, we can also look for clues into who we are becoming.
Our focus on creativity and culture is summoned from the deepest heart within our community to serve the planet and all beings into the future. Our unique part is to steward the contemporary creative and symbolic arts as part of the story we are telling about who we are as a people at this time.
Maia Magdalene, Shiloh Sophia, Janet Seaforth, Bridge McBride, Shannon Thompson, Caron McCloud Healdburg, 2013
The roots of Intentional Creativity were nurtured within Shiloh's upbringing in a family and community of women.
The creative and activist environment she was raised in had a great impact on her work as an artist and blooming educator.
Her Grandmother Eden on her mother Caron's side was legendary and the first and oldest Cosmic Cowgirl. It is said - she could shoe a horse, plumb a house, make a dress, build furniture, write stories and poems, she was a master archer, cow-rider and was an herbalist with healing gifts that she shared with her family. Her and Caron ran a dress design and manufacture business together. She was an award winning-thread painter as well.
Intentional Creativity has emerged as a lineage that goes back to ideas sparked by Eleanor Roosevelt. Under her guidance and invitation, Master Teacher, Lenore Thomas Straus created art that imaged idea with intention during the New Deal. Lenore taught Sue Hoya Sellars. Eden McCloud taught Caron McCloud. Sue Hoya Sellars and Caron McCloud taught Shiloh Sophia and Shannon McCloud. Janet Seaforth, also an artist and Caron's sister, worked side by side with Sue for many years and her work is part of the permanent collection. Her daughter Bridget McBride is a powerful educator and school founder for children and her daughter Maia, also taught by Sue is an artist whose works we hope to feature in the museum.
Shiloh Sophia has gone on to teach the Intentional Creativity to tens of thousands. Her work has also resulted in presentations raising awareness at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the last 6 years. The Intentional Creativity Foundation, 501c3, is where much of the training is held, at MUSEA Center for Intentional Creativity serving education both on-location and online at a global scale.
Sue, Shiloh Sophia, and her mother Caron McCloud
Photo by Gina Fong, Cosmic Cowgirls Gathering
A Story from our Co-Founder, Shiloh Sophia
I remember the day that my mother and grandmother had picked up a young woman who was hitchhiking, I was 14. She came home with them that night and then moved in with us. My grandmother taught her how to work with fabric. She stayed with us and worked at our in-house sewing business. At first, I was surprised about her moving in, but then I got the spirit. The spirit of supporting and connecting. We became friends and I joined my family's effort to provide a nice environment for her. In time, she moved on, as they all did. Yet I remember over a year later her calling and telling us she was doing well, and had a baby girl and named her Shiloh, after me. That was a moment in time…even a young girl can make an impact in the lives of another human being.
As time went on, this pattern of supporting other women became an integral part of my life, and it is for me today. As part of our own NGO not-for-profit work, we provide education to over 4000 women a year through our free online education. Every month in our free community calls, Red Thread Connect reaches 1500. So far, that has been financed by personal funding from Jonathan and myself, and our Intentional Creativity Guild (Color of Woman Graduates).
Intentional Creativity has emerged as a lineage that goes back to Eleanor Roosevelt. Under her guidance and invitation, Master Teacher, Lenore Thomas Straus, created art that imaged ideas with intention during the New Deal. Lenore taught Sue Hoya Sellars and Sue Hoya Sellars taught Shiloh Sophia.
The roots of Intentional Creativity were nurtured within Shiloh's upbringing in a family and community of women. The creative and activist environment she was raised in had a great impact on her work as an artist and blooming educator. She knew from a young age that she would help to end violence among women and children through creative expression.
Shiloh Sophia has gone on to teach the Intentional Creativity Method to tens of thousands. Her work has resulted in presentations raising awareness at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the last 6 years. With the help of her husband, Jonathan, the pair brought live-streaming to the educational platform in 2013 - providing access for the first time to a global audience.
The Connection Between Sue Hoya Sellars and Lenore Thomas Straus
Lenore Thomas Straus with Eleanor Roosevelt
Sue Hoya Sellars, Master Teacher 1936-2014
Mother and Child, Lenore Thomas Straus, 1936
Sonoma California as pictured from the left, Shiloh Sophia, Janet Bollow Alleyn, Janet Seaforth, Bridget McBride, Sue Sellars, Lenore Thomas Straus, Caron McCloud, Karen Peterson, JJ Wilson, Front: Sonia Peterson 1974
‘Centaur Becoming’ painted by Sue Hoya Sellars
In its simplest form, Intentional Creativity is an enduring legacy in mindful art making. Our approach to this framework of studying and creating intentional art originated in the late part of the 1930’s and continues today as a discipline in the creative arts practiced by thousands of people per month, with a reach of over ten thousand people over the past ten years through online and in person gatherings. For the past 25 years, a focus group has been developing and studying innovative ways to bring intentional art making to life and to make it accessible to everyone – not just those who demonstrate skills in artistry. “We don’t think art is something just for those who are gifted or creative but is a way for all beings to access their own stories, ideas, beliefs and healing pathways.” says, Shiloh Sophia, one of the Founders of the Intentional Creativity Foundation.
We invite you to watch this video, where Shiloh Sophia explores the depth, impact and layers to which creativity can be used as a mindfulness practice for ourselves, each other and the earth.
Our work has evoved over the many years of our practice and one of the places the lineage came to life was through the Color of Woman Training - where women become Intentional Creativity Teachers. In the beginning, Color of Woman included teachings from both Caron and Sue. While both women were in their 70's they were ready to bring their gifts to the community seeking their profound wisdom.
In Color of Woman, our core inquiry is: What are you here to cause and create?
If you are a healer or educator and you feel called to bring creativity into your work - you may want to join us on a quest towards revealing your soul work in the world. Learn about the curriculum here.
Once you are Certified, you will become a member of our GUILD, our global community of graduates who are carrying on the lineage and who continue to work together in Leadership to bring their work into the world. We announce our graduates to over 20,000 people, list your websites and locations. Those who choose to, can continue on with our guild and not-for-profit developing the work and being in community. As part of MUSEA : Centers for Intentional Creativity, we currently provide over 40 positions to women in our guild, to deliver trainings and teach curriculum.
A work in progress from 2014, Our Lady of Living Water for Red Madonna
The Creation Song, 2004
The love story of Shiloh and Jonathan begins in 2012. Both artists and writers, creativity and a love for community, and technology, brought their red thread together.
When Jonathan joined the team, many advancements were able to be made. Shiloh had the support she needed to bring her message forward. Their first journey together was to the United Nations - where he filmed Shiloh giving her first presentation of over 40 women's paintings in her community.
The pair brought live-streaming to the educational platform in 2013 - providing access for the first time to a global audience.
Jonathan's gifts in technology, as well as travel and cuisine brought a powerful element of celebration and travel to the community.
"My wife carries the medicine. I am here to carry the one who carries the medicine" ~ Jonathan
"The Legend of the Red Thread says that those who are destined to meet are connected with an invisible red thread and that it may tangle or stretch, but it will never break. We will eventually connect if we both show up for our sacred assignments. So when I pass you the red thread, I affirm the connection that it is time to meet. It is because of this knowing that I have called the circles of the red thread " ~ Shiloh Sophia
Red Thread Guide Gathering 2019 : MUSEA Center in Sonoma, California
The Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach Trainings are designed to inspire a world where the creative soul of every being is valued and has opportunities for self expression. We hope to raise consciouness about the significance of the creative soul within each person's development and ultimately to affect all realms of education and service. We are committed to raising up a tribe of women teachers and leaders who feel called to live a self-expressed life in service to their own development and in the development of other beings on their path.
Photos are from past UNSCW trips to the United Nations. Each year, Carmen Baraka "Spirit Warrior", our Native Elder, joins us to educate us and share stories of her people and this land. In 2019, we had the privilege of Alexis Estes Woksape Ole Winyan (Seeks Knowledge) joining us from Native Hope.
Our Intentional Creativity group gathered in 2013 at the United Nations in New York - we gathered to create and work through our own taboos and traditions.
“We stand firm in our commitment to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression, including artistic and creative expression. In addition to being an integral part of the protected human right to freedom of expression, artistic and creative expression is critical to the human spirit, the development of vibrant cultures, and the functioning of democratic societies. Artistic expression connects us all, transcending borders and barriers”. ~
This quote has come from a joint statement made by 57 State Members at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and delivered by Ambassador Janis Karklins, the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations on September 18, 2015
It was a great honor to once again speak at the United Nations for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, speaking on the healing powers of Intentional Creativity and Storytelling. And then to once again smudge the flags of the U.N., this time with Alexis Estes on drum, and our sisters walking behind us in prayer, so good! A huge thank you to Shiloh Sophia McCloud who has truly stepped up to acknowledge the plight of Native American women and have their voices heard. Something she does for all women and girls and I am proud to call her my sister, friend, family member. “She who fearlessly stands in her light.” Her husband, Jonathan McCloud who pretty much holds up the sky while all of us do our thing, is a great example of an enlightened progressive man.
It was truly wonderful to have Alexis Estes from Native Hope join our circle, thank you to Mam Mac for bringing us together, we also had two awesome women from Shakti Rising …… and to the many I.C. Sisters that showed up to support us, thank you all so much.
I was also able to speak at the U.N. about Saving Oak Flat, Apache-Stronghold.com. I put information about it in 100 folders and I am hoping help will come. Thank you to all the sisters who supported us from afar, We felt you with us. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin, We are all Related. ~ Carmen Baraka
Mary MacDonald, our core team member for 16 years, is from Toronto, Canada and has been instrumental in many facets of the Intentional Creativity community and Cosmic Cowgirls. She has worked side by side with Shiloh Sophia to bring many of our projects forward. The very first online class, Legend, was inspired by Mary and created at her encouragement.
Mary is a writer, teacher, coach, and the lead coach for Color of Woman and Legend.
Mary's faith and vision for the work with Shiloh Sophia McCloud was often the energy that moved things forward. Mary believed in the work at a deep level - and continues to be an integral part of the community in almost every facet.
MORE TO COME with ELIZABETH GIBBONS and JENAFER JOY and ANNETTE WAGNER.
Here is Hazel, daughter to Jenafer Owen, our Communications Director for Color of Woman.
Shiloh Sophia and her mama, Caron McCloud