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We all want to be seen.

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As you might know, Juna and I took 10 ladies to Bali this year. We ate beautiful food, went to magical places, did powerful rituals, and connected in deep and unexpected ways. But one of my favorite parts of our week, was the closing circle.

Here’s how we did it:

We sat in a circle around a flower mandala that was made for us each day by the staff at the retreat center. It always felt like stepping into sacred space each morning when we would see it.

After going around and generally sharing what we learned and what we were coming away with from our experience, I invited the women in the circle to go around and do something wonderfully intimate. We would begin with one person in the circle and we would all focus on her – just beaming pure love at her in quiet meditation.

Next, we would think about what we appreciated about that person and who they were at their essence. (We had built so much intimacy and connection throughout the week that this felt effortless. The love cultivated between these women who didn’t know each other before Bali is what I am most proud of + excited about when I think of this trip. But I digress!)

After a minute or so of that, we would go around the circle one by one and offer a word (or sometimes two) of acknowledgement:

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Wise Warrior
Bright light
Sexy earth mama
Lovable
Joyous expression
Open heart
Deep knowing
Mystical

It was an intuitive and beautiful process. Whatever words came, we spoke them and the person simply received the words, said thank you and let them seep into their bones.

After we all offered our words I would pause, turn toward the next person in the circle, and say their name aloud. It surprised me how potent this particular moment was each time. I could feel their name vibrating in the room as I said it- Meredith, Jamie, Carol, Alicia, Cynthia… It was as if their name was infused with all the love in the room and I could see something shift in them as I spoke – Mayra, Clare, Jenny, Susan, Juna…

And then I felt it when my own name was spoken aloud. It had a vibration all its own as well. It reminded me of Romper Room… remember that show? and the way the announcer would look straight into the camera (right at you!) and say, “I see Tony and Elizabeth and Paula and George…” and you would wait at home expectantly for your name to be called. You wanted them to SEE YOU! You wanted to be seen!

I think that’s what made the exercise so powerful. It was confirmation that we saw each other. It was a celebration and honoring of this beautiful truth.

I just had a conversation with a friend this morning who is planning on changing her name. This inspires me and I am in awe of the courage it takes- you mean you can just do that? Change your name? Holy smokes. You mean we get to choose the name that suits us if the one we have doesn’t fit?

The paralegal just emailed me this week asking if I wanted to go back to my maiden name. I said yes, but even as I typed the words I knew they weren’t 100% true. What’s more true is that I want to go back to my original name but give myself a new middle name- one that perhaps no one will ever know about except the DMV! Almost like a secret line of code infused in my name- an intention, a blessing for the future, and honoring of who I am at my essence.

Have any of you ever changed your name?

Tell me about it if you have! XO Andrea

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P.S. Juna and I will be going back to Bali in May 2017. We would love to have you in our sacred circle of sisterhood!

 

Into the Mystic: Last day to register at early bird price + video!

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Dear Super-friends!

I’m so excited to share with you about my upcoming new class with my dear friend + inspirer Laurel Bleadon-Maffei.
For the last few years we’ve contemplated creating something that blends our super powers together. We weren’t quite sure what it would be, but then a few weeks ago we received the inspiration for Into the Mystic, a 30-day adventure to help you bring even more magic, joy and enchantment into your life.
We made this video to share a bit more about it. We had some technical challenges though, so the audio isn’t synced, but we decided to send it your way anyway to give you a sense of the vibe of the class.
We’ve also extended the early registration discount through thisWednesday, August 3rd!
Into the Mystic will explore four aspects of a magical life. We believe that when you energize these four aspects, you will bring more enchantment, joy and vibrancy into your life.

The Authentic You

  • You are a Big Beautiful Soul. There is wisdom, creativity, and magic within you. It’s not something you need to learn. It is within YOU already.  We are going to help you unlock even more of your awesomeness.

Magic + Angels

  • You are a mystical magical being. You are wise beyond measure. You have a posse of angels who love and support you. We’re going to help you deepen in your soulful connection with the mystical goodness that is here for you.

Wild Creativity

  • You ARE creative. Yes you! So many of us lose touch with our creative spark as we leave childhood behind. But we believe there is a wild creative spirit within you and when you tap into it, you unleash more of your soul..

Magical Manifesting

  • You are connected with the magic of the Universe. When you infuse your creations with this metaphoric fairy dust and light, miracles are possible.
In this course, you will get:
  • A gorgeous workbook full of exercises, worksheets, printables and other goodies
  • LIVE weekly calls with Laurel + Andrea (if you can’t make the live calls, they will be recorded for you)
  • 30 days of learning + sharing in a loving community
 

Here are the details in one place:

Begins: Monday, August 8th, 2016
Dates for Live Calls: Tuesdays 8/9, 8/16, 8/30 and 9/6
(no live call on 8/23)*
Time: 10 am PT (1 pm ET, 12 pm CT)
Price: $159 $99 (Early Bird Registration available through 8/3/16)
*All calls will be recorded so if you cannot attend live, you can listen at your convenience.

Waking Up the Wheelhouse: A workshop about finding your creative gold

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Dear Super-friends,

I’m so delighted to announce a brand new in-person workshop with my friend + writing teacher Laurie Wagner! We have teamed up for workshops several times over the years and it’s always a gorgeous celebration of sisterhood, creativity, and finding our authentic voice. This year, we chose a theme that has a lot of juice for us both – Waking up the Wheelhouse.

In baseball terms, the definition of being in one’s wheelhouse is: within the zone that is most advantageous for a batter to hit a home run.

In our creative wheelhouse, it’s the zone where our strengths live, where our light lives, where our magic lives. It’s our gold. And the more that we can align with that energy and be playing and creating from that zone- just like in baseball- we’re more likely to hit a home run.

This workshop is about waking up what’s in your wheelhouse.

It’s identifying what you do so naturally, so gracefully and organically that it feels like breathing to you. You may not even value it as important or as something really powerful because it does come so naturally! But that’s the zone of genius and the zone of flow that we are going to be identifying together in this weekend workshop. We are going to be coming back to those sweet spots inside of us and creating from that place because making and creating and living is so much easier when we’re in our wheelhouse. It’s like speaking your native language and living from that native place.

We will be writing.
We will be dancing.
We will be making art.
We’ll be sharing.
We’ll be telling stories.

All in service to really shining a light on what makes us, us.

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Our last group workshop participants.

Here are the details:

When: October 7th 2016 – 7:30pm – 9:30pm (tea + treats + opening circle)

October 8th,  9:30am – 9:30 pm (Workshop all day + dinner together)

October 9th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Workshop all day + closing circle)

Where: Laurie Wagner’s gorgeous home in Alameda, CA (close to SF + Oakland) See photo at bottom of page. Doesn’t it make you want to pull up a chair and a make a friend?

What: A gathering of kindred spirits for sharing stories, gorgeous food, and creative exercises.  We’ll write, we’ll pull out cameras and pens, we’ll put words on paper, play with color and take a field trip to a magical place, all in the service of awakening our intuition and our joy.

Fun + easy: No previous experience or expertise required. We are not here to create brilliant art. This workshop is designed to shine a light on your own unique gifts and magic. It’s an invitation to hear the sound of our own music, find our authentic words and ultimately be free to live with more creativity, intuition and joy. You just need to bring an open heart + a willingness to share.

Your guides: Andrea Scher + Laurie Wagner

Who: Only 20 lucky peeps! Register now!

Cost: $495 This includes Friday evening + all day Saturday (plus a special Saturday evening dinner and fire pit gathering) and all day Sunday. Catered lunch is provided + all the coffee, tea + snacks your heart desires. Plus, 20 of the most lovely humans you just met!

Why: Because we’re so much more alive when we’re turned to the channel of our own intuitive magic. To connect with other women in a fun, cozy and creative environment.

Refund Policy: The bottom line is we want to play with YOU! If it turns out your plans change, please know that your ticket is non-refundable, but you can always transfer it to a friend.

Where to stay? Any hotel in SF, Oakland or Alameda will be great. There are also some nice Airbnb’s in Alameda. We’re happy to send over some suggestions.

We promise: Deep connection, creative play + lots of laughter. We hope to have you!

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Some of the gorgeous faces from the Portrait Party! Next one is July 16th.

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The first Portrait Party was a huge success!

If you missed it last time, Portrait Party is a series of mini portrait sessions (30 minutes each) where I get to capture you in a fun + easy + fast way. You will come away with 10-15 high res images for your website/dating profile etc. that you can use however you wish. We are focusing on head shots this time around!

Saturday, July 16th in Berkeley, CA (will let you know exact location when you register)
I am juggling times around between 3pm and 7pm, so let me know your preference and we’ll get you squared away.

I found the perfect location for us in Berkeley + with a bit of sunshine the light will be magic.

Here is a link to register, or if you have questions just hit reply and ask! Price is $200 per person.
https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&ejc=2&cl=74538&i=1492457

P.S. If you can’t make it this time around, just email me at superherosf@gmail.com and I will put you on the list for the next date!

 

 

My favorite summer practice – Collecting color! Get $10 off.

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Dear Super-friends,

Summer might be the best time of all to grab your camera + collect color!

This is one of my favorite creative practices – tuning into color.
It’s juicy, it’s alive and it’s bursting this time of year.

Here’s more about the e-course that begins Monday, June 20th!

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30 days of photo prompts right to your inbox.

Remember how much you loved treasure hunts as a kid? We’re bringing the joy of that time back. Further your creative practice with photography, get a spark of inspiration directly in your inbox each day and share the spoils of your hunts in an encouraging Flickr community for other treasure seekers.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • A creative photo prompt each day in your inbox
  • Photo tips + creative musings to inspire your work
  • A warm, encouraging community space to share your work and support your fellow treasure seekers! (I will be in there to view your work and support your practice)

Benefits of treasure seeking:

  • Jump-start your creativity or add a new spark to your existing practice
  • Come away with a collection of creative images illustrating your life right now
  • A gratitude practice using your camera as a tool + beauty as your lens
  • A whole month of drinking in everyday beauty
  • Inspiring photos taken with your camera phone.
  • Has your blog been collecting dust? Infuse it with new colorful content!

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P.S. You get $10 off for being on my list!
Just enter the coupon code: summercolor

You + me. Cooking up your e-course. Ready to launch in the fall!

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Dear Superheroes,

Very excited to offer a limited number of spots in my one on one E-course mentoring practice!

Picture this:

5 private sessions with me this summer where we take your e-course from idea to completion. Ready to launch this fall! Boom.

Here are some details:

-5 one-hour sessions with me in person or on the phone.
-Email support from me between sessions.
-Access to the class materials in E-course Bootcamp.
-Your investment: $750 (I’m confident you will get your investment back + more after the first time you run your course)
-A list of the things we will cover!

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I have a limited number of spots so please let me know if this feels like a YES to you. Or nab your spot here.

Excited to help bring your magic into the world!

Andrea

p.s. I’m not always good at asking for help, but things always turn out so much better when I do! It’s a humbling lesson I learn over and over again.

 

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Here are a few things students from E-course Bootcamp have been sharing with me:

This has been a really excellent course. Your simple, creative and revealing exercises have been extremely helpful. Having a window into how you bring out the beauty, the essence of a course has been so lovely to experience. Your gentle way of requesting that we step into something powerful in what we are sharing/offering is wonderful. It’s actually really hard to explain you and that of course is why you are amazing to work with. You are just lovely and dynamic and creative and spacious. Thank you! -Katie

It was pivotal for me in finding a way to share my work and coach others in their process. You helped me find an a-ha! My hang up has always been about how to transfer the 1 on 1 beauty of coaching into a format that still felt safe and intimate and guided, dependent on relationship and community. You definitely provided that for us and I can see now that the possibilities are endless.– Allison

I have to tell you, this course was brilliant. I got so much out of it and you made it so doable! I feel really enthused about writing my course. The quick + dirty was so helpful, I can’t even tell you. I will take another course from you in the future. Many thanks! -Helen

It has been such a valuable and enlightening experience so far….a perfect balance of the creative and technical aspects of designing a course!-Lara

 

 

This is a story I usually only tell to close friends. And now you!

 

Through the magic of technology, I can share the recording of the story I told on stage last week! It was my first time I told a story live on a stage… and it scared the pants off me. Here’s to being brave, adventuring and feeling alive!

If you’re interested in going to this monthly storytelling event -That Really Happened?!! at the Monkey House in Berkeley, their Facebook page is here.

Portrait party! Just two spots left.

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So glad so many of you are interested in the Portrait Party!

If you missed it last time, Portrait Party is a series of mini portrait sessions (30 minutes each) where I get to capture you in a fun + easy + fast way. You will come away with 10-15 high res images for your website/dating profile etc. that you can use however you wish. We are focusing on head shots this time around!

Sunday, June 12th in Berkeley, CA (will let you know exact location when you register)
I am juggling some times around between 3pm and 6pm, so let me know your preference and we’ll get you squared away.

I found the perfect location for us in Berkeley + with a bit of sunshine the light will be magic.

Here is a link to register, or if you have questions just hit reply and ask!
https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&ejc=2&cl=74538&i=1492457

P.S. If you can’t make it this time around, just email me at superherosf@gmail.com and I will put you on the list for the next date!

Photos from Bali + Superhero Photo begins Monday!

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Do you see the heart in the smoke above?

One of my great pleasures was teaching some photography while I was in Bali!
It lights me up to geek out about things like how to get that dreamy, blurred background in your photos…

This is one of the many things you will learn in Superhero Photo!

You can join me for 6 weeks of photo lessons + inspiration starting Monday, May 16th.

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P.S. Below is a slideshow from Bali. Get ready for some yummy color!

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http://www.andreascher.com/#!bali-retreat-2016/fg72t

 

 

My favorite sound in the entire world.

This sound makes me irrationally happy. It always has. So I decided to google it and found this recording!

Oh my god you guys. Please tell me it makes you giggle with pure joy.

What’s your favorite sound?