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The Journey of Seeking

This is the beautiful Jeannine who approached me about participating in the Maui Goddess Project as a means to honor the Four Elements. She has been on a journey of self discovery and wanted to incorporate her heritage as well as the message of her company, The Seeking Root. We decided to walk through the Waihou Springs Reserve and enjoyed the trees, fallen leaves and sunlight that would peek through on occasion. It was peaceful and we connected over shamanism and listening to our intuition. To find out more about what services she offers check out The Seeking Root at http://www.theseekingroot.com

Thank you Jeannine for opening your heart and making the photo shoot very creative.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Jeannine

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

 

 

 

 

 

The Warrior Within

I have worked along side Rachel for years and have also witnessed the last couple of difficult ones with her battle with cancer. It is always a shock when someone you know receives this news and it definitely brings things into perspective. She told me how much her community surrounded her with love & support and she was happy to tell me that she has been cancer free for over a year now. When I saw her back to work, I got a vision of her as a beautiful warrior, done with battle, and showing me what actual surrender is like. The fight is only half of the battle, the other is surrendering part of one’s self to truly gain victory. When she accepted my offer to participate in Maui Goddess Project, I was thrilled. As I tuned into where the photos needed to happen, I received yet another vision of her in a sacred, healing heiau here on island. This heiau is a place that is specifically for healing and rejuvenation. I honored what I saw and took her there. We had such an unforgettable experience together as the heiau was peaceful, warm and filled with blessings. She charged up her crystals, laid on the land and received an unexpected prayer and mini healing session from a woman who showed up while we were there. We were both moved to tears and left that sacred place knowing we were supposed to be there at that exact time, in that exact place. I then took her to a beautiful stream where she showed me the warrior inside and cleansed herself, a sword and swam with the beautiful dragonflies that showed up. I could not believe all of the magic that surrounded us that day. It was beyond anything that I could have planned or expected. When I asked Rachel how she felt now at this point in her life, she expressed that she felt lighter, more grateful and happy for the opportunity to continue on her journey. Thank you Rachel for our beautiful day together and being the wonderful soul that you are.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Rachel

Much Aloha to You,

Desiree

Sound Bath of the Wind

I was very honored to get the opportunity to meet the amazing Rachael Webb since I have been inspired by her sound healing work for quite sometime. I was even more excited when she wanted to integrate her crystal singing bowls and crystal lyre into our Maui Goddess Project session. The story of her finding her voice and journey with sound once arriving to Maui is so beautiful. She has the gift of truly setting a tone that is incredibly serene and I was loving listening to it as the gusting winds of Kipahulu bathed us at the same time. We blessed the pond of Alelele with her crystal bowls and lyre then headed to the waterfall. She said a prayer as we entered the jungle, played with sacred geometry, held space for us with a white sage blessing and gave rose petal offerings to the falls. Days like yesterday remind me to continue this passion as the beauty that comes from this project never seizes to amaze me. Thank you Rachael for all that you offer to me, our community and the universe.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Rachael

Mahalo ~ Desiree

The Heart of a Mother

I have known Lisa and Azuray since Azuray was around 5 years old. We all met on Maui and it was a sad day when they moved off island to Nevada City. We had the joyous opportunity to reconnect with them during our stay this summer over in California. Lisa has always been an inspiring dancer, drummer, gardener, mother and friend to me so I was so excited when she agreed to participate in the Maui Goddess Project. It was so amazing to see her daughter Azuray inspired when I offered her a session as well. They have such a sweet bond and we enjoyed ourselves on their 10 acre property tucked back in the woods. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and keeping the project going. You ladies are so special to me and my family.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Lisa

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Azuray

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

 

Nevada City Gem Rising

I was completely honored to have Holly join in and support Maui Goddess Project while I was visiting Nevada City, CA this summer. She is an amazing dancer and is really on track to be a world changer. We bonded over our love for dance and we had great conversations around consciousness, awareness & staying true to our calling. We decided to literally dance together through our session and the moments were so beautiful. The sun glowed upon us and she truly shined. Thank you Holly for your loving support of this project and I will be looking forward to seeing all that you accomplish in this lifetime.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Holly

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

 

The Gift of Giving Life

This project has so many ways of blessing those who participate as well as me. I received a sweet message from a mama wanting to honor her daughter Maci who recently started her first moon cycle. I thought this was such an amazing idea and co-creating the images to honor girls at this time in their lives with Maci was wonderful. As she got ready, we spoke of the moon cycle being the ultimate gift from the universe as it allows women to then also procreate and give life. We talked about the huge responsibilities that come with all those choices and how to honor her body through the cycles. She wore hints of red and I gave her a lotus to work with as this is always a symbol of pure awakening. Maci was so sweet as we walked around and captured her on her journey  into womanhood. Thank you Ame for using this project as a means to honor her at this time. It was such a profound moment for me.

I honor the Goddess in You Maci

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

Alignment Leads to Bliss

Naima and I have been talking about doing a photo shoot for over a year. Life kept us busy and we finally came together to do it through Maui Goddess Project. I was so amazed by her many gifts and talents including massage, yoga, jewelry making and the beginnings of her life coaching offerings. We connected on so many levels and it was with ease & grace that we walked through the Rainbow Eucalyptus Forest followed by a wonderful trek up to a hidden waterfall. She drummed to the rhythm of the stream and stretched with strength as the waterfall fell behind her. I felt as if I was watching Cleopatra practice yoga in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet. The forest shined this beautiful angelic light on her as she danced in the trees. It is moments like this that remind me just how wonderful life is. Thank you Naima for showing me who you are. I am truly blessed having you a part of this project and a part of my life.

I honor the Goddess in You Naima

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

 

Let Us Always Remember to Play

I remember the first time I met Tanya at a preschool meeting thinking she had a sweet yet shy smile. We shared a bit about our children and she drifted in and out of the school yard quiet and reserved. It was so wonderful to get the opportunity to have her participate in the Maui Goddess Project years later. I was very excited to support her in all that she is doing. She has been offering Yoga classes in Haiku while educating folks on the wonderful Purium products and their benefits. We shared an amazing Green Drink Smoothie she made and I have to admit it was very light and delicious. This session was so great because I really got to know the funny, silly and lighthearted side of Tanya I had never known before. We giggled a bunch as we tripped over loose rocks getting photos and she had hilarious funny faces she made at the camera. The day was very joyful and it opened both of us up. I have to thank her for allowing me to see this side of her as it reminded me to be playful and light in all that I do.

I honor the Goddess in You Tanya

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

Calling in the Queen’s Love

It was so special to get a day with my dear friend Rachel who was visiting us from Oakland, California. She is an amazing photographer as well and she was more than willing to support the Maui Goddess Project by being my goddess for the day. I wanted to take her somewhere off the beaten path so I made a connection or two and we found ourselves at the Queen’s Pools. The water was rushing a bit as we skirted along the side of what used to be a more gently flowing stream. The energy was strong but the pools and waterfalls were definitely fit for a Queen. Rachel glowed in the jungle light and her adventurous spirit was a perfect fit for the trek we did together. We are blessed to have her in our lives and her radiance shined through the photos that day.

I honor the Goddess in You Rachel….

Much Love ~ Desiree

I am Blessed by the Children

As I edit all of the amazing Maui Goddess Project sessions, I usually have a small audience of one very loyal fan…my five year old daughter, Isis Rose. She loves hearing about where I go and who I photograph. She loves looking at all the photos and watches as I blog. She has been asking me to give her a photo session in Iao Valley inspired by Yako’s Goddess Session. She then talked to her closest friend and they both approached on Easter Sunday at a party we attended. I told them I would and sure enough it all came to fruition. I picked them all up from school the other afternoon and the girls immediately asked for their Goddess Session together. We brainstormed on what they wanted to honor in each other and on the earth. They decided on looking at all the flowers on own property, picking a few and leaving them for the fairies in our Fairy Forest. It was one of my favorite sessions yet as they led me through our three acres and were so authentic with each other and with me. I am so honored to show the magic they created with very little help from me other than clicking my camera.

I honor the Goddesses in You ~ Isis Rose & Lucia

Much Love,

Desiree