Shiloh Sophia McCloud
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About Shiloh Sophia McCloud
About Shiloh Sophia
Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure narrated by the creative fire of her Muse! She has been painting, writing poetry, publishing books and teaching at universities, the United Nations and in her own programs and around the world for over twenty years.
Her soul work is inspired by the idea that self expression, the freedom to express what each person thinks and feels in the world, is a basic human right. Her research and development around this idea has focused on serving women and girls through giving them access to methods of transformational art-making through stories, symbols and inquiry.
Shiloh is the co-curator and founder of the Intentional Creativity Foundation and Cosmic Cowgirls, a woman and girl owned school that serves between 500 and 5000 women a month through revolutionary education, both on-line and on-location. Musea Sophia, the site of the Cosmic Cowgirls’ school, inn and museum, is located in Sonoma County, California.
Shiloh Sophia has also founded a teacher training program, Color of Woman, which certifies women to teach Intentional Creativity worldwide. Currently there are close to 200 teachers in the lineage who are part of the Intentional Creatives Guild.
Shiloh has brought the technology of Intentional Creativity to academic settings by teaching at universities in Global PhD and Masters programs. She has also presented her work and research at the United Nations 4 years in a row at UNCSW.
Shiloh has published many books on creativity, including coloring books and journals, and has illustrated books and decks including the Mother Mary Oracle with Alana Fairchild and Hard Times Require Furious Dancing for Alice Walker. Her most recent book, Tea with the Midnight Muse, features twenty years of poetry as invocation, along with inquiries to spark your Muse fuse!
Intentional Creativity, an intuitive painting process accessing internal imagery and story, has ancient origins. From explaining our relationship with everything from the cosmos to the Great Spirit, human nature is to create art with intention. Shiloh’s lineage of intentional creativity comes to us from New Deal artist Lenore Thomas Straus, who trained Shiloh’s mentor, artist Sue Hoya Sellars. Sue and Shiloh’s mother, poet Caron McCloud, worked together with Shiloh to bring the method to the world.
Shiloh lives in the vineyard lined hills with her husband, Jonathan, who is also a poet and artist. Their Muses can be found most mornings having tea and discussing quantum physics, philosophy and sacred texts in the Red Thread Cafe. Avant garde. Curate. Culture.
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So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.
Tea with the Midnight Muse is a collection of poems, rants & prayers written over the span of twenty years to Shiloh Sophia's global community as 'Red Thread Letters.' She considers these writings 'medicine for the soul' as she speaks from her own experience as well as the story of the collective feminine. "This work is an invitation to take a deep dive into the uncharted territory of the Muse as an access point to your own creative fire. Here you discover the sweetness where suffering and joy meet, and ask one another to dance in the mystery".
Part One features over 55 inspirational invocations followed by creative practices which each include inquiries, teachings, and mini-guided journeys. You are led across an alchemical bridge into a secret room of your own. Here you may encounter your own Muse and see what wants to be revealed. The content is designed to awaken and catalyze the reader to choose themselves, their lives, their own creative soul and dive in to what's possible. Part Two features another series of writings, a personal encounter with Shiloh Sophia's wild-hearted Muse who lures her with peanut butter, chocolate and leopard print lingerie, as well as introduces you to the characters in her life, both the dark and light figures which have shaped her into who she is.
This is a call to transcend the old stories and patterns and step into a new framework. "The Muse shows us what we did not see only moments before, that which is peeking out just behind the veil of consciousness and beckons us to the unknown." So get a cup of tea, light a candle, a journal and some colored pens and let's dive in to Tea with the Midnight Muse. You never know what might be revealed. Proceed with caution, contents may have shifted during flight....