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Newsletter 4, Full Moon, Art of the Journey, July 2, 2015



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The Whispering Heart

Once the mind becomes quiet.  She speaks.

A year ago, I sought to stop the chaos of my mind.  Too many thoughts…..rolling in and out…..making demands.  I needed quiet and stillness to figure out what to do with my life.  I desperately needed to get below the din and allow my heart a chance to finally speak its truth.  I took to the woods, water, meditation, dance, prayer, and affirmation.  Slowly stilling the racing pulse of my mind.

Everything slowed, loosened its grip, and eventually the heart’s whisper started to reveal itself.  She was afraid, yet had so much love she wanted to share, it was almost uncontainable.  I listened.  Quietly we walked, wandered, sang, sat, and simply soaked up each moment as if it were our last.  She grew strong and her song became louder.  I learned to trust again.

Now, I sit with her and she holds me close.  Like a cord of light she runs through me and keeps on going deep into the universe.  She is here to stay.  This cord runs through us all.  We lose sight of her in the midst of the ideas we have about life.  You never know what magic may show up when you make space for your heart to have a voice.


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Introducing Salmona 

The Goddess of the White Salmon River.  She encompasses the power and teaming life that thrives within all waters.  She echoes what is possible for us when we step into the deeper parts of ourselves. become grounded, and allow the evocation of our true voice to come forward.  Water is the element of the emotions, intuition, the realm where if we are lucky and open, we can dance, dream, laugh, love, explore, and be tender.  Many beautiful things thrive in these waters.

This is the completed clay measuring 4ft tall by 18in wide by 3in deep.  We have just completed the rubber mold and she is on her way to becoming a glass altar for the White Mountain Druid Sanctuary in Trout Lake, WA.  She will be available in a number of sizes and mediums.  Please share if she moves you.








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This flower came to me on my walks. Standing 6ft tall, with a crown of sweet smelling heaven in lily form.  She became a teacher.  Balancing so tenderly above her wavering staff like stalk.  She shone bright and full above so many others.  I inquired about her nature, only to find out that when the lily is pollinated it “blushes” and turns pink. This brought me great joy and I couldn’t help but contemplate the change and beauty that occurs in natures’ constantly unfolding dance between the masculine and the feminine.All things are born from this dance.  Whether tug or pull, lead or follow, yin or yang, light or dark, earth or sky.  Balancing of these energies is where the most profound flow, serendipity, perfection, beauty, and power seem to come from.On my spirit quest to the southwest this spring, I returned from the desert with a desire to understand and embrace that which is masculine. I came to the understanding that the balancing of the feminine and masculine within myself would yield the peace, passion, and connectedness I had been seeking.  Through being aware and receptive to both, I have found strength, tenderness and beauty, I had not otherwise known.  Like the blushing lily, these moments are no doubt the nectar of life.I encourage you to observe how the masculine and feminine dance through your life.
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Rainbow Challenge 

I have found myself in a place of holding space for others in their moments of need.  I have been honored to do this.  I challenge you in the coming weeks to be available to those around you in a way that is not always the norm.  I challenge you to simply listen.  Really hear them and let them know they are being heard.  Don’t try to fix anything.  Simply be with them.Now, while you are doing this, I also challenge you to imagine a brilliant rainbow of light emanating from your heart.  Let it encapsulate both of you.  If there is any darkness to what they are processing, visualize the darkness being struck by the light you are projecting and also turning into the rainbow light.  Consider visualizing a rainbow at least once a day and let me know how it feels.How this rainbow over Victoria Falls is formed is not so different from our ability to change our perspective or project love and healing into the world.  Its all light passing through the lens.  Transform what you see, feel, and think into light and love and we’ll all be more at peace for it.  Share and Like What Moves You!


Newsletter 3, New Moon, Art of the Journey, June 16, 2015


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Subconscious Speaks

The Secrets of Light found in the Dark

When we set out to express ourselves, our imagination has its own language.  It comes from a deeper place within. This is the same place we gain access to both the light and dark parts of ourselves.  It is my belief and practice, that through the art, the expression, the visualization, and the spiritual journey, we are able to heal ourselves and others in deep ways that sometimes seem inaccessible or untranslatable.

My seeking heart, mind, and spark has sought to find the light through art, nature, connection and my insatiable hunger for re-connection with the source.  It has been only through acceptance and integration of my darker parts, that I have begun to change my way of seeing the world.  The light is always present!

In this newsletter, I will share with you my story of manifesting magic, the low down on attending my first Kapala Training (ground breaking emotional/spiritual healing techniques rooted in Tibetan Buddhist practice), and a beautiful Heart Meditation you can do at home.  Thank you for your interest and please share as you like. 


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Feeding Your Demons-Kapala I

“Feeding Your Demons” techniques for emotional and psychological healing were developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, founder of Tara Mandala, over the last 20 years. The techniques are rooted in a spiritual practice developed by an eleventh-century female Buddhist teacher name Machig Labdron.  

In the Kapala Training we learned intense meditation/mind training developed to connect the individual with the “Nature of Mind”. And we practiced the  Feeding the Demons process. Here we worked with partners in guided visualizations, where we gave form to some of our more difficult emotions. Through the process, we were able to uncover what these parts of ourselves needed to feel integrated. Frequently, the journey resulted in the dark part or demon part of ourselves, transforming into an ally form, resulting in healing. The visualization process was aided by drawing and sculpting.  I will be working toward becoming a facilitator of this practice. This process connects the spiritual practice of finding refuge in the buddhist concepts of the nature of mind, acceptance, and compassion while applying ancient methods of slicing through the veils of the ego, so that we may find our light.  To learn more about Kapala training go here.  To learn about the “Feeding Your Demons” process go here.

Manifesting Magicfeathers

Recently, I decided I wanted to find a crow feather.  I went about my day.  Then at some point a little voice said “Its time to find your feather”.  So I started walking, looking, and listening.  First I came across a heart shaped ring of stones.  That seemed like a pretty good sign. Then I heard the crows.  So I followed them.  I listened to the voice that seemed to be guiding me and sure enough I found a beautiful crow feather.  But then this voice kept pushing me to walk farther.  So I did.  That was the day I found 11 crow feathers when I only set out to find one.  I finished my adventure off by asking a woman if she believed in magic.  When she said “Yes!”  I presented her with a feather only to find out it was her birthday.  If you look up what crow medicine is,  it will tell you “The crow is a reminder that Magic is always present”. Manifest your own Magic, and let me know how it presents itself!  Blessings on your journey!

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Draw something that looks like the heart shaped ring of stones pictured above.  Then put “Me” or “My Heart” or what ever pleases you as long as it refers to “you” in the center.  Then, in each stone surrounding you, name something or someone you love.  Decorate each stone in the ring with colorful patterns of your liking.  Really dress it up and have fun with it, like each piece is a jewel.  Think about the person, place, or thing as you are being creative.  Once you are done, put this in a place where you can sit back and take it in.Now, spend at least 30 seconds looking at each rock and focus on who or what this is and what they mean to you.  Take in their essence and energy into your heart.  And if its a person, feel the love you have for them and send it back out to them.  After you’ve gone around the ring, focus on the center stone which is yourself.  Now take all the love you generated for those other people and things and magnify it times 1000 and give it back to yourself.  Imagine the biggest, brightest star of love and light that you can, and let it come right in through your chest into your heart.  Hug yourself with this love and sit with it.  If this makes you cry, let it.  And hold yourself.  If it makes you laugh.  Laugh loudly.  Love yourself like you are your very best friend.       
-Laurel Marie Hagner

Newsletter 2, New Moon, Art as the Journey Volume 2, May 18, 2015


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Spring is in Full Swing!

And Inspiration is Abundant

Happy New Moon!  Spring has brought new endeavors blossoming left and right. In this update,  I’ll share my progress on an exciting new commission, my experience from a recent workshop in Mindful Therapy Techniques, and a little art exercise and nature inspiration for your own life and practice. Plus if you’re looking to spruce up your space with some colorful glass for the spring season, take advantage of my Spring Coupon code SPRING2015 for 15% off in my online gallery thru June 21st.

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Sacred Art Commission

I have been commissioned by the White Mountain Druidic Sanctuary located in Trout Lake, WA, to create a cast glass relief panel of “Salmona”, the Goddess of the White Salmon River.    The panel depicts the thriving eco system that the river feeds.  See how many creatures you can find?  She is the nurturing and powerful force that enables this natural wildlife habitat.   This relief carved piece will be cast in glass at 4ft tall by 18” wide by 3.5” thick.  An altar will be built to hold her that will not only illuminate her with lighting, but also include a fountain “Spring” for people to make offerings. To learn more about this amazing sanctuary visit http://druidkirk.org/circle/TLA-circle.html




The Blossoming Path

Blossoming Path1I have chosen a new and unchartered path to explore.  I’m choosing to dance, connect, cry, dive, and fly when I can.  So in the spirit of not knowing where this path will lead, I am committed to: doing not just trying, accepting invitations to try new things, expressing gratitude as often as I remember, and being present as best I can with each moment as it rolls.  So, in an effort to follow my deep curiosity for how art can heal, I attended an Introductory training in Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches at the M.E.T.A institute in Portland, OR. I can not put into words the value or the intensity of the experience.  The class explored mindfulness, opening up a whole new way of being present and available to others and myself.  The techniques were supported by intriguing brain science and are based in the intention of helping others to work toward changing re-occurring patterns in our lives through mindfulness and establishing new neuro-pathways. If you are curious learn more Here  I will also be attending a retreat which explores the use of Tibetan Tantra for healing through art.  I can’t wait to share more with all of you. 

Check out the “Water Art Meditation” Exercise I have below.


Compassionate Creativity Challenge:  Water

You’ll need a pad of paper, preferably unlined, colored pencils, markers, crayons (you name it), and a comfortable place to sit.  Sit quietly, close your eyes, and breathe deeply, relaxing all parts of your body until you are in a quiet and mindful place.  Now imagine water quietly lapping in the distance, the tide rolling gently on the sands, the babbling brook, the waterfall falling, the trickle of even the faucet.  Now imagine that water flowing through you, washing away all and any pain, discomfort, stress, sorrow, anything that isn’t serving you. Imagine it flowing through you like a river from your head all the way to your toes.  Simply rest in this place, still taking deep breaths.  
When you are ready, thank water for what she gives you and open your eyes.  Before you sits your pad of paper and pencils. Remaining mindful and gentle with yourself, write down as many words you can think of that describe water (i.e. flowing, clear, rushing, strong, powerful, gentle, nurturing,river).  Allow these words to flow from you freely.  Use what ever color of pencils you are drawn to while you are writing.  Let the words fall however they may on the page.  After you have written all these words, go back through each one and draw what each word feels like…in pattern, color, design, or shape.  Let your marks overlap the words and each other on the page.  Let your hand, arm, body, and marks flow like the water.  Be mindful of how water is as you express how water makes you feel and what she has to teach you.  Feel her in you as you express how she is on the page.  Once you have completed your artwork, turn the paper over and write a short paragraph or poem about what aspects of water you may wish to bring into your own way of being.  If it helps you, consider putting this artwork somewhere you can see it daily as a reminder to be gentle, yet strong, clear, yet exuberant, nurturing yet playful.  May we take care of water as she takes care of us.  Share this exercise with those you think might enjoy it.  And Happy Art Making.
Please consider sharing your artwork or poem on my Facebook page in the comments section of “The Ways Water Moves Us”
Remember to Share and Like what Moves You!


Newsletter 1, New Moon, Art as the Journey Volume 1, April 19, 2015


Art as the Journey

Laurel Marie Hagner’s new works reveal myth and mastery

After years of creating art for many environments, I have returned to my most personal, spiritual, and technical artwork.  I have 7 life-size mixed media figurative sculptures in-progress.  These works reflect our myths, archetypal stories, and  ideas of who we are and where we come from as spiritual beings.

I’ll be sharing my artistic journey, art exercises, inspirational stories, spiritual and artistic resources, as well as upcoming classes and workshops via my blog, Facebook, and bi-monthly emails.

Upcoming Class Series:  “Unleashing Your Inner Artist”. These classes will guide students in creating one’s own visual language, exploring numerous processes of expression, and how creating art can serve as a healing experience.


“Deep Devotion”

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This is one of my cast glass sculptures that is still in progress. She is 120lb solid and stands 32″ tall. A seated belly dancer, soon to have her mudra forming hands in prayer, stretches toward the sky. She will also have beaded crystal and glass veils and sit on her own base. All of these pieces will become altars to different aspects of the Divine Feminine.

This is one of my cast glass sculptures that is still in progress.  She is 120lb solid and stands 32″ tall.  A seated belly dancer, soon to have her mudra forming hands in prayer, stretches toward the sky.  She will also have beaded crystal and glass veils and sit on her own base.  All of these pieces will become altars to different aspects of the Divine Feminine.







“Spring Tara”

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I began sculpting “Spring” …. “Green Tara” … “Mother Earth” in her most fertile time. This spring I unveil her and the deep layers of her story. Archetypal in nature, reflected across every culture, she is life. Much of her specific imagery comes from Tibetan Buddhism.




I began sculpting “Spring” …. “Green Tara” … “Mother Earth” in her most fertile time.  This spring I unveil her  and the deep layers of her story.  Archetypal in nature, reflected across every culture, she is life.  Much of her specific imagery comes from Tibetan Buddhism.


“Fall Wildfire”   

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“Wildfire” began in 2013.   She measures 4 ft tall, 18 in wide and 4 inches thick and will be cast in glass and bronze.  She represents the transformation found in fall.  When all the leaves have peaked to their brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows….as if celebrating their year of birth and experience living.  Then they fall, die, and become one with the earth again.  In their passing they nourish the tree for the upcoming year and growth.   We are no different.  Our experiences throughout the year accumulate, we harvest, wind down, celebrate and contemplate the year as winter begins.  In the darkest coldest part of the year, we also embrace New Years, a time to reflect and decide what seeds we will plant for the upcoming year.  It is a time of renewal.  Here you’ll see an egg at the base next to her balancing foot, representing  new birth is always present. At the top corner you will see a spider and web.  This represents the weaving of time, an ancient symbol in many cultures.  Each moment, experience, and choice is like a thread woven into the tapestry of our lives.  The ring around her head that she is grasping is reminiscent of the harvesting basket and the halo found in sacred images across cultures including Mary, Jesus, Buddha, Tara, and many more.  This represents the higher consciousness found on the spiritual path.  Fire and air encircle her as she steps forward out of the past and into the present.  She is liberating her self through the similar process of the phoenix….where from the ashes new life is born.





“The Water”

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“Like a star-scape in the galaxy, life is a river we are all traveling on.”
I must unabashedly admit, I have created a 25ft suspended glass stream that will be lit with fiber optics and glass lotuses.  I originally started this piece as a memorial for my father, but quickly realized its scale was something to recon with.  I had to follow through with my vision.  My hope is that this piece may find its home in a healing or medical center, or a place that focuses on water conservation.   I’m excited for the unveiling party later this summer!  


Laurel Marie Hagner

Laurel Marie Hagner the artist.



This is a big transition for me as an artist and business owner.  Thank you for the interest and support you have shown in the past.  I hope my new work will serve to offer even more  meaning and inspiration.  

Upcoming Classes and Events
This summer, I will return to teaching with exciting new classes built from the many ways I create, practice, evoke, and explore myself and the world around me.  My healing art practice and process is an indescribable gift.  I look forward to sharing it with you.   
Please share and like the things that move you!




Gift Catalog

Our Gift Catalog is now available online!


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Crazy Cups for California Kid!

Check out these custom cups made for an enthusiastic California customer.

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Blooming Coral Fire

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Analemma Winery and Tasting Room

Steve Thompson and Kris Fade commissioned Laurel’s handiwork to create the tall, conical metal pendant lights seen here for their new Analemma Wine tasting room in Mosier, OR.

With David Schildknecht, reviewer for the Wine Advocate, awarding Analemma’s 2010 Rosé with 91 points and describing it’s “glorious nose … silken-textured … uncanny levity, vivacity, refreshment and an invigorating, saliva-inducing finish …” and Analemma’s 2010 Gewürztraminer received 93 points — “a persistently effusive and uplifting elixir …”, we can’t wait to sip wine under the custom pendants!

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