What’s in the Name, Lucky Star?

Why did I choose the name “Lucky Star”?  Oh, boy.  There are a few of my friends out there cringing right now upon reading that question. They’re thinking, “pleeeease don’t drag us through the memory of that whole process again!” or “you should have heard the doozies she came up with to get here, thank God she ended up with Lucky Star.”  The truth is, it WAS a gruesome process and there WERE several other names I kicked around before I landed on Lucky Star, and my friends had to hear about ALL of them.  The important thing, though, is that the journey to finding just the right name was exactly what I needed to experience in order to really think through all that I wanted Lucky Star to represent.

I started off by making lists and lists of words that came to mind when I considered what I wanted to name the event.  I really didn’t even know if I wanted to call it a workshop or an event, or stick with retreat or camp.  I just knew how I wanted it to feel, so I went with that.  Here is my first list:

wonder * wonderful * transcendental *  sublime * conjure * wanderlust

deep * serendipitous * ethereal * mystical * blessing * discovery

spellbinding* sprout * chance * divine *  tribe * affinity * kinship

providence * community * roost * bound * nest * balance * local

experience *enchant * intent * destiny * kismet

So, out of all of that, I came up with Kismet Artful Living Retreat.  Turns out, I’m the only person I know who knows what the heck “kismet” means.

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It never really felt right and I wasn’t excited about it and I kept having to explain what it meant.  Needless to say, that went out the window and I was back to the drawing board.  Then, a friend of mine gave me some good advice.  She really thought I should consider injecting a little “Texas” into the name.   People either love Texas or they hate Texas, but everyone is at least a little intrigued by Texas. Here I was trying to be all zen and ethereal and she really brought it home.  I live on a ranch and cross a river and a creek to get to my house.  I grew up riding horses and showing cattle. I have chicken poop on my front doorstep for Pete’s sake!  I heard her loud and clear.  My brand needed to be a little less “zen” and a lot more “me”.  What people connect to is authenticity and that is what I decided I had to give them.  So I made more lists:
round-up * roost * seed * soul * spark * legacy * heirloom
harvest * harrow * summon * reap * cultivate * homestead * sow
grow * heirloom * tradition * corral
Dang!  I’d gone too far.  I sure didn’t want to go all “hoe-down” and “giddy-up” because that’s not me either!
I couldn’t move forward without a name and it just wasn’t coming to me.  In fact, NOTHING was coming to me until one night, I woke up at around 3 o’clock in the morning with the words “rainbow shooting star” burned into my mind.  Really?  Rainbow Shooting Star???  You should have heard my friends when I mentioned that one.  And to top it all off it came to me in a dream and I hummed Bad Company’s song “Don’t You Know That You Are a Shooting Star?” to them and said, “You know… Shooting Star.”  Finally, my closest childhood friend who is like a sister to me and can talk sense into me like no other said, “What about Lucky Star?”  Bells went off, angels sang on high, pigs flew.  That was it!  And I could feel it in my bones.
Lucky Star had a special meaning to me and especially to my friend who suggested the name.  She grew up on a ranch in the Texas hill country and because our parents are very close friends, we visited them often through the years.  I grew to love it there, mostly because of their love and support, but also because it felt like home away from home to me.
Well, it just so happens that their ranch brand is a shooting star and there is a little old broken down shell of a wooden house that was built long, long ago that still stands on their ranch.  They have left it there for the almost forty years they have owned the property despite the holes in the floor, holes in the roof, and lack of windows and doors.  They call it the Lucky Star and it has stood the test of time.  There is no telling what all it would say if it’s walls could talk.  It has earned it’s existence and has served it’s time in the extreme heat and wildly unpredictable Texas weather.  I would love to know it’s whole story, and I will ask my friends if they know more, but for now let it stand in your mind as a symbol of strength, enduring friendship, shelter from the storm, and as symbol of good luck to those who believe.
 

The Story of Lucky Star Art Camp

I’ve told this story so many times, but it’s been years since I wrote about it for the first time here on this blog.  So, because it feels important to me for people that are new to Lucky Star to know where it came from and why it was started, I decided to share the story again here in a series of “how it all began” posts.  So, here we go…

I come from a long line of “hostess-with-the-mostest” types, so I have always had a heart for gathering people.  What really gets me is that sweet moment when someone realizes they’ve accidentally made a new friend.  I’ve been lucky enough to work as an event planner for myself and others for the last decade and I’m addicted to the thrill of the challenge that each event brings.  But nothing in my previous experience even came close to the feeling I got when I discovered…art camp.  Four years ago, I set out on a big adventure that changed my life forever.  This is my story.

One night when I was up late, children and husband sleeping soundly, I came across a YouTube video.  It was a short and beautiful video with a dreamy song that left me spellbound.  The clip was created to give you a little taste of what this particular art retreat was all about.  I watched it again and again and I was hooked.  I decided then and there that I HAD to go.

Fortunately, I am blessed with a very supportive husband and parents.  They made it possible for me to be away from home for a week, giving me the wings to venture out into new territory. I invited my sister-in-law to join me and we set out to discover something we had no idea even existed:  an art camp for women.  A gathering of women from all over the world who need to create like they need to breathe…amazing teachers to insight and inspire…kindred spirits…rocking chairs by the fireplace…paint-stained hands.  It was transcendental.

In fact, the camp experience made such an impression on me that I became intent on creating a similar event in the small Texas town where I live.  So over the past few years, I have worked hard to bring you Lucky Star Art Camp.  I hope to give you all the “hands in the paint” art workshops you love, along with some classes in things that you might wish you had learned from your mom or grandmother.  It’s never too late to try something new and there is something about old things made new again that stirs your soul.  And because of my love for farm-to-table food, I have included a few classes that are not part of a typical art retreat line-up.  I hope it will be a fun way for everyone to learn how easy it can be to make a difference in how we think about food and where it comes from and help bring awareness to the beauty of each step it takes to get our food from the farm to the plate.

The location for Lucky Star is Hunt, Texas which is known for it’s ancient Sycamore and Cypress trees and it’s clean, clear river that cuts through rugged limestone hills.  It is the heart of of the Texas hill country and home of some of the oldest and finest summer camps in the nation.  The venue, Camp Waldemar, is a real-live Texas girls’ summer camp; one with a history so rich that it gives you goose bumps when you study the black and white photographs of past campers on the walls. It’s the kind of place where you leave your everyday behind and step into the magical realm of anonymity and adventure.

At Lucky Star you have five days to root yourself in this place, deciding each step of the way how much or how little you want to dive in.  There are plenty of organized activities for you to participate in and there is also a lot of space for you to do your own thing.  You can choose to stay alone in your own cabin or you bunk up with total strangers from all over the world who can end up becoming your lifelong friends. I’m talking about doing your thing all day long for five days without having to cook, or clean, or change diapers.  Remember that thing that you love and miss or really wanted to try but never found the time?  The most difficult choice you’ll have to make is deciding which of the amazing classes you want to take.  I’m talking about uninterrupted bliss with a capital B. And it’s all taking place on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River each fall, well after the scorching heat of the Texas summer and just before it’s way too chilly for a dip.  Do I sound excited?  I am.  And you should be, too!  You don’t have to be an artist.  There is something here for everyone.  All you need is an open heart, an open mind, and a desire to connect and create.

I invite you to join me on this adventure.  Set aside some time for yourself for a change and rekindle that spark that lights your soul.  It might seem impossible to get away for that long from your family, from your pets, from your job…but if you do this, they will all thank you for it because you will return home recharged and renewed.

If you are interested, take the time to read about our amazing instructors and their soul-candy classes.  Follow along with us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.  You can also sign-up for our newsletter here and find me as @outsidelisa on Instagram.  I hope to meet you some day at camp, so start planning today and start believing the daydream!

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*photos by Shawn Stratmann and Kati Maxwell

Submitted by Lisa H. Field :: Founder & Director of Lucky Star Art Camp

Lucky Star 2015 Tuition Giveaway!

This year’s tuition giveaway is finally here!!!  It’s a bit different this time because this year one LuCKy winner and a friend (that’s two LuCKy people!) will receive free tuition, worth $800.  This will not cover room and board expenses or transportation to and from the event, you will have to pay for that, but it sure will make a dent in the cost.  I hope you take advantage of this opportunity in all of the different ways available to enter multiple times daily. Also…share this opportunity with your friends, because if you win and have a friend who REALLY wants to come, she will get the same deal…FREE TUITION!!!  If you win, but do not have a friend who can come, don’t worry.  You can come solo and we will choose another winner to do the same!

Watch this video to see what you’re getting yourself into! https://vimeo.com/115534904

You can find details including lodging expenses, travel information, and classes available on our website at www.luckystarartcamp.com.  Enter today!

P.S.  If you don’t win, and you really want to come, register soon.  Classes are starting to fill!

TO ENTER:  Find the Rafflecopter widget below.  At the bottom you can choose to sign in using Facebook or Email.  Click on either one of these options to open the many ways you can enter to win. 

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Pre-Registration for Lucky Star 2015 is now open!!!

Pre-registration for Lucky Star 2015 is now open!!! Woohoooooo!!!

Lucky Star Art Camp: The Hands that Make the Art. from Lisa Field on Vimeo.

A Look at What Lucky Star has to Offer-

If you have just found Lucky Star and you’re wondering what it’s all about, we have something special for you…

Lucky Star Art Camp from Lisa Field on Vimeo.

There is less than a month left to sign-up, so what are you waiting for??!!!

Lucky Star 2014 Tuition Giveaway!!!

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Registration for Lucky Star 2014 is about to be underway and we are kicking it all off with a BiG GiVEaWAY!!!  One LuCky starlet will win free tuition*** to this year’s camp taking place November 5-9th, 2014 in Hunt, Texas at beautiful Camp Waldemar on the Guadalupe River in the Texas hill country!

*** Prize DOES NOT include transportation to and from camp, room & board, or anything other than tuition which is valued at $750-$875.

Share this with as many people as you can…don’t hold back!  May the LuCKieST star win!!!!!!

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Instructor Highlight :: Shawn Stratmann

 

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When I think about all of the dreamy classes being offered at Lucky Star, the one that I think best represents what Lucky Star is all about is Shawn Stratmann‘s class, “Dreambook“.  It’s about DIGging DEEP to find that BiG DrEAm, CONNECTing to what really works for you, and using your creativity and a well thought out plan to ReACH for the StARs!  

I met Shawn at camp a few years ago and we literally laughed until we dang near peed our pants one night in front of the fireplace with the rest of our cabin mates.  REally!  She is one of the most creative, hard-working, dedicated, talented, multi-tasking, dynamo artful mamas I have ever met or even heard of.  Her class will be awesome and… LuCKy us…not only is she teaching a class, she is also our Friday night keynote speaker!  I’d love for you to check out her amazing class, but you have to sign-up before September 30th!  I also invite you to get to know Shawn a bit more by reading her interview below.  And then…if you’re lucky, you could win Shawn’s Favorite Art Supplies Giveaway.  Don’t miss out!

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Do you have any nicknames? 

Not really.  My husband calls me Shawnee sometimes.  When I was younger my step dad called me  “Mini”, he called my Mom “the queen”….in other words, I was known as the “mini” queen.  On the flip side though, I am a huge nick-namer…my children are rarely called by their birth names by me.

Do you have any pets? 

A menagerie.  2 dogs, 2 cats, 17 chickens, 1 hamster, 6 fish. 1 hermit crabs.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Creating extraordinary memories with the kids, traveling both near and far, cooking and eating a new meal, living and working creatively, being a forever student of life, working to make a difference in the lives of the children I work with, not following the “what I should” do rules…all make my life feel like one big adventure.

Did you go to summer camp as a kid?

One year I went to a camp in Colorado Springs for a couple of weeks.  It  was a magical experience and I still remember so many details about being there.  One of my favorites memories was that in order to pass the swim test I had to swim the length of the swim area with a match in your mouth.  You couldn’t pass the test unless you could light the match.  Sitting on the dock, striking, and lighting, that match was one of my 1st memorable accomplishments.

Salty or Sweet?

BOTH!!!  Always BOTH!! Chocolate and peanut butter…pretzels dipped in chocolate…  caramels with Salt…yummy!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t remember.  But I had a hard time choosing my path in college.  I graduated with a degree in Literature, minor in Journalism, one class shy of two additional minors (economics and government and Politics).  If you personally know me, you can see this makes perfect sense, however, it also shows you that I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Tell us about a time when you were really brave.

I am very good in situations that could be seen as traumatic or scary.  On more than one occasion (unfortunately) I have been first on the scene at an accident and I am not afraid to get in there to help where needed.  I get weirdly calm and clear in those moments.

What is your dream for your golden years?

To never stop making, dreaming, traveling, writing, doing, inspiring.  I think my most productive years will be my “golden years”.

Outside or inside?

Both.  I love home and I love creative spaces but I also love the outdoors.

Who inspires you?

So many people.  The people I learn the most from are those who follow their passions, love their process, have something original to say, and make up their own rules.   Artists.

List three scents that take you back to another time.

Fresh cut grass, smell of lake in Maine,  coppertone sunscreen in the brown bottle.

What do you do to relax?

Anything related to making art.  I lose myself.

What kind of music are you playing lately?

Jason Mraz, John Mayer, David Grey, Classical.

What is your favorite time of day?

7am-Noon.

List your three favorite books.

Fiction:  Bel Canto–Ann Patchett, Stones from the River by Ursula Heigi, A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Iriving.

Non Fiction:  Living a Beautiful Life, Alexandra Stoddard, 4-Hour work week, Tim Ferriss, Teaching your Children Values, Linda & Richard Eyre.

Do you have a favorite daily ritual or practice?

Waking my girls up in the morning.  Cooking and eating meals with my family.

Do you have a tattoo?  What is it and why did you choose it?

No.

Do you like to cook?

Love to Cook! Hate to bake.

What is your idea of the perfect meal?

Any meal with a full table of friends and family.

What’s your favorite season?

Early Fall.

River, ocean, pool or lake?

Lake

What are your three favorite sounds? 

My girls laughing, my dad playing music (he plays 13 instruments), birds singing in the morning.  the crescendo of the crickets in August .

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Now for the giveaway…Shawn is giving away some of her favorite art products and some of the ones she will be using to teach her class, “Dreambook”…Peerless Watercolor Sheets and a Moleskin Watercolor Journal!  May the luckiest star win!!!

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Girl Guitar!

I have a big announcement to make!  Get ready…this is really exciting.  I just confirmed that Mandy Rowden of  Girl Guitar Austin will be joining us for the week at Lucky Star Art Camp as our musical entertainment!!!  She is super-talented, energetic, and very creative.  She will not only be performing on stage and leading sing-alongs around the campfire, but she will be teaching anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar a few chords so they can strum along to a song or two before they leave camp!  There will be tambourines, shakers, and plenty of opportunity to join in the music-making fun!  It just keeps getting better and better, people!

If you live in the Austin area and would like to take music lessons or just catch one of her gigs, look her up!

 

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Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 1.54.09 PMAustin’s coolest way for women to learn, share, and collaborate over a glass of wine is always kicking off new sessions of acoustic guitar, bass,vocal, songwriting, and band classes!  Girl Guitar focuses on a full music experience, encouraging women to take their inherent love of music and carry on with playing, writing, performing, collaborating, booking, and generally just having a great time!  Whether you’re just getting started or taking your skills up a step, Girl Guitar is the most fun you’ll have in your journey to the stage!

Lucky Star Instructor Highlight + Giveaway :: Tiffany Schreiner

 

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I am so excited to introduce Lucky Star yoga instructor/soul mama/cosmic cowgirl, Tiffany Schreiner!  Tiffany hails from the great state of Texas and has deep roots in the hill country and central Texas.  She is the perfect combination of yogi and cowgirl, with an adventurous soul and a childlike twinkle in her eyes.  Tiffany is teaming with Stacy Wooster to bring you two classes this fall, “Unleash Your Creative Spark“, a half-day class of yoga and art, as well as, “Plants and Practice“, a half-day class of yoga, wellness and apothecary.  You must act quickly to register for her classes and take part in the magic of Lucky Star Art Camp this October 9-13th!  Registration ends September 30th.

And what’s a good Lucky Star Instructor Highlight without a darn good GiVEaWAY???  Tiffany is very graciously giving away two things:

– a Private Yoga Session with Tiffany, in person or online…

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…and this is a BiGGiE, y’all-   5 days for one lucky child age 4-12 for Summer Imagineer Arts Camp @ Silver Spur Arts Academy in Salado, Texas, plus two overnight stays at a local B&B for drop-off/pick-up of child!

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* The winner can send one lucky child age 4-12 to this amazing 5 day children’s arts camp in Salado, Texas.  Prize includes two overnight stays at a local B&B to be used upon drop-off and pick-up of your child.  The winner is responsible for travel expenses.  For questions and details, email Tiffany at tiffyoranch@gmail.com and check out the Silver Spur Arts Academy website.  Good luck!

To enter to win one of these fantastically awesome prizes and to get to know a little bit more about Tiffany, read on.  You won’t be sorry!  The winners will be chosen this Wednesday night at 11:59p.m. Central Standard time.  Every entry goes toward both prizes, so if you win the children’s art camp, but do not have a child to send to camp, another winner will be chosen.

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The interview-

Do you have any nicknames? 
Tiff, Tuff, Schreiner, Cosmic Cowgirl, Tenacious T.

Do you have any pets?
A Black Cat, A white kitten, and a Paint named Salsa

What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Passing through the gates of becoming a MAMA!!!

Did you go to summer camp as a kid?
YES! Along the Guadalupe River.

Salty or Sweet?
Yes, both, por favor!!…and Spicy! Jalepenos, Dark Choc with Sea Salt & TX pecans, Amen!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut stardusted philanthropist artist aka Cosmic Cowgirl

Tell us about a time when you were really brave.
Carving & creating The Silver Spur Arts Academy for my kiddos & children far ‘n wide!
Birthing my darling son as a single mama!!! Warrior Mamas Unite!!

What is your dream for your golden years?
To remain ever curious and enchanted.

Outside or inside?
Both. Mostly red wagon hiking and dreaming in our treehouse studio!

Who inspires you?
My dynomite ragamuffins & warrior mamas across the universe!!

List three scents that take you back to another time.
Jalepeno-lavender, my dad’s saddle, and honey-magnolia in my baby girl’s hair.

What do you do to relax?
Yoga, daydream, play & dance

What kind of music are you playing lately?
Jaffe, Lumineers, Now we are free, Willie, and Ray

What is your favorite time of day?
Sunset

List your three favorite books.
Giving Tree, Eat Pray Love, Guru Ma’s Yogic Texts, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Long Days Short Nights

Do you have a favorite daily ritual or practice?
Yoga and hot showers and tree gazin’

Do you have a tattoo? What is it and why did you choose it?
No. Not yet.

Do you like to cook?
Oh heck yes! Experimenting with potions of savory health! deliciousness~

What is your idea of the perfect meal?
Jalapeno, Vanilla Cinnamon Yogurt, Tomatillio rosemary chicken Tx tacos, darrrrrk choc anything, and icy dos equis verde

Any thoughts on the state of food in our society?
May we heal our earth & thus our bodies.

What’s your favorite season?
Could never choose!! Total 4 year old about each season.

River, ocean, pool or lake?
My soul has mermaid colors in its prisms. Any will carry me away to dream!!!

What are your three favorite sounds?
My children’s laughter & their mischievious whispers
Gary P. Nunn playin’ at the Y.O. Ranch.
My yoga class as we collectively sigh, laugh through tears, and tune in. Now that’s a true homecomin’, y’all!!

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Having trouble choosing which classes to take?

I often get emails from women fretting over which classes to take and even one recently where a woman worried that there was nothing being offered that she didn’t already do at home, and she couldn’t see where she would be learning anything new by taking any of the classes being offered.  I know that each of you are spending a lot of money and taking time away from your family so it is very important to you to choose  just the right thing.  I am here to help you do that.  Here are some of my thoughts on classes and how I feel they fit into the “camp” experience, just in case you are out there right now pulling your hair out trying to decide which classes to sign up for!  This is just food for thought. Hopefully it will help:)

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How often do you get to do what you love to do while on vacation? While connecting with other women?  While not cooking or cleaning? While swimming in a river and singing around a campfire under the stars?  It has been my experience, and I have attended a camp like this for the past three years, that what you get from the classes you take is only about 20% of the whole experience.  I took a food styling class, yet I already knew how to use a camera and style food.  She made me better.  I took a sewing class, yet I already knew how to sew.  The girl who sat next to me for the day is now a friend I’ll keep in touch with for the rest of my life.  One of my favorite people in the entire world exists in my life now because I met her at camp.  We never had a single class together.  Just happened to cross paths one day outside of the dining hall and she had the guts to say, “Hey, you’re from Texas?  So are we!”  We spent the rest of the evening sitting on a pier on a lake laughing and forging new friendships.  Just the act of deciding that I needed to do this for myself… taking the time away from my family, making the journey alone across the country and showing up for my SELF was worth more than any class ever could have offered.
Do you write? Do you make cheese?  Have you ever spent time with an intuitive?  Have you ever spent the day painting with Juliette Crane?  Dancing and playing with paint and glue in Corrine Gilman’s class?  Or sewing with Cal Patch?  Or goal setting with Shawn Strattman?  How many photographs do you have of yourself that you truly love…photographs that reveal your light shining from within?  How often do you do yoga on the banks of a river?
I dare you to take another look at the classes and see if you can’t find something that would bring you joy, rekindle something lost, spark something altogether different.  Try not to focus so much on the class itself, but the experience instead.
If you still can’t find something, well…dang!