Bee The Change You wish to See

This beautiful goddess Kerry has been in and around my Maui life for quite sometime now. We have catered large weddings together, been around the Waldorf school together as she was a nanny for children there and we have belly danced at Dance Church for an event or two. We have pretty much crossed paths many times so it was such an honor to receive a message from her that she wanted to be a part of Maui Goddess Project. She had a clear message and vision for her session that was very powerful and beautiful. Kerry has been facing her fear of Bees and had a once in a lifetime encounter with one at Sufi camp. She told me the bee sat on her hand for a long meditative moment and her fear of being that close to a bee completely softened. She also received a message from the bees to work hard at her passions and find the work that is like smelling the flowers at the same time.

On Halloween evening, we met at 3rd Day Nursery in Kula so she could express her love for bees among the lovely succulents and flowers. She had spent the day with the very talented Melissa Bruck, who had adorned her with striking bee inspired body paint. Our time together creating the story was wonderful and very fulfilling.

Thank you Kerry for all that you are and offer. I have been very fortunate to have you in my world.

I honor the Goddess in You~ Kerry

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

She is One with All

The Maui Goddess Project brings wonderful women into my life and it also gives me a chance to honor those who have been there watching me birth this from its beginning. Winsome is one of these amazing women who embodies so much vibrant energy around everything she does. She is such an inspiration and I got the opportunity to hang out with her on the farm she works on capturing the beauty she has created there. She is a huge supporter of Korean Natural Farming techniques where she makes her own “teas” that feed the plants as well as creating her own inoculated soils. Her garden is very healthy and diverse with yummy kale and flowers sprinkled around. I checked out the Tiny House she helped to build out of all recycled materials. We said hello to her horse friend down the road and ended to session with a little BowSpring Yoga. I mean…WoW! What a gift to the universe this girl is. We are also putting imagery together for a 13 Moons Calendar so keep your eyes peeled for that. Thank you Winsome for being a part of my life and truly doing the work to help the community, the island and Mother Earth.

Winsome ~ I honor the Goddess in You

Much Aloha,

Desiree

With a Djembe in Her Hand

The beauty of this project is seeing a woman go from her daily role and transform into a whole different woman right before my eyes. This is Angela and we have had the sweetest mama friendship one could ask for. Our daughter’s brought us together and we usually catch up quickly during play dates and early morning drop offs. I was so honored to offer the Goddess Session to her and witnessed this other amazing story she holds in her heart. With the winds of Kahikinui in her hair and a djembe drum in her hands, the way she held herself in front of me was that of a medicine woman… here to heal with her hands and the drum beat she holds in her heart. She danced hula in the soft grasses as they swayed together and I was so blessed to capture this essence of her.

I honor the Goddess in you Angela ~ Much Aloha Desiree

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She Embodies it All

I see Diana at our children’s school almost everyday during drop off and one sunny morning we talked about the Maui Goddess Project. She lit up with excitement as I described getting dressed up in my “Goddess Closet” and going out into nature and capturing her essence.¬† She already has so much to offer as she has studied Yoga, Ayurvedic Healing and Kitchen Medicine. We went on a journey together into the woods and down into a dried up river with a cave. She chanted and cleansed crystals. She played in the trees and called in Lakshmi. We adorned her in a few different clothing items and headpieces. It was pure magic and I was so inspired to continue this project. She can be reached at theyogaplayhouse@yahoo.com if you are interested in any of her cleanses. I am looking forward to mine in the Spring. ~I honor the Goddess in You Diana

Much Aloha ~ Desiree

 

Forest and Fire

Working with different elements truly draws us to a place away from our busy minds and lives. Emily Aiyana and I fire dance together and we went to a wooded area to bring out the power she has inside. It has been such a joy to watch her flourish in her dance and I am honored to call her a soul sister. ~ I honor the Goddess in You Emily Aiyana

Much Aloha ~ Desiree