Second Wednesday is for Juicy People

It’s the second Wednesday of the month!  Well, it was yesterday but I wanted to share that as my reason for profound gratitude. The second Wednesday of the month is always guaranteed to be one of the best days of the month.  Why?  The second Wednesday of each month is when the Juicy People’s Creativity and Camaraderie Group meets. (I alluded to this in my first Mandala Monday and promised I would explain at some point.)

I probably need to digress just a bit here to explain a bit about the name Juicy People. The name is taken from the works of Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth century mystic, who “counseled her spiritual directees to be ‘juicy people,’ folks who are so filled with wonder and curiosity, with lusty appetites and high spirits, that they embrace life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a burly, grinning bear hug.  To be juicy is to be: a fearlessly joyous optimist, a troublemaker tirelessly afflicting the comfortable, a passionate lover of good talk and tasty food, an anonymous prophet hovering over the cosmological riddle, a frequent violator of the ordinance against indecent exposure of the heart, and a guerilla in the insurrection against Dream Molesters everywhere.” 1     Who wouldn’t want some of that?!

For the past 3 ½ years I have been part of this diverse group of 11 women who gather on that Wednesday to share how they have been creative, how they have fulfilled the directive from Hildegard, over the past month.  It is a fairly simple formula.   The simplicity of the formula belies the depth and profusion of what transpires as a result of this monthly gathering.  At times we have noted the air of sacredness that often hovers around our time together. There also exists a sense of accountability to “do something” each month as well as the excitement and anticipation of having a supportive and encouraging group with whom to share.

We’ve learned that creativity is not just about making art but is about the art of making our lives. 

The list of creative acts is far too long to note here but includes poetry writing, watercolor painting, adventure creating, book writing, trapeze hanging, recipe inventing, self-caring, care-giving, fundraising, print making, laughing, crying, and on and on.  JPCCG is, most definitely, greater than the sum of it’s parts.

Oh, and there’s food!  What started out as a suggestion to bring light snacks or hors d’oeuvres to share has become an amazing eclectic feast each month.  It is always a treat to see the variety of offerings that arrive to feed our bodies as well as our souls with all their flavors and smells and colors and textures.

JP is where I became interested in mandalas and if you’ve been paying attention on Mondays, you have an inkling where that led.  JP’s inspired and pushed me to finally create my Inner Aperture note cards that combine my photography with unusual and inspiring quotes.  JP inspired me in countless ways to work more towards getting my art out into the world.  JP is pretty much the reason I am now comfortable with the title of artist.  JP’s have inspired me to try things that I never would have thought to try or didn’t have the courage or knowledge to try, many of which have nothing to do with a traditional notion of art.  They have encouraged me, cheered me, supported me, mirrored back my best self to me and helped me to live into me.   For that I am grateful beyond measure.

Now, the only problem is I have to wait 27 days for the next second Wednesday of the month and another dose of Juicy People.

Daybreak Within: Living in a Sacred World by Rich Heffern  

The original Juicy People’s Creativity and Camaraderie Group_©GSHaile, Haile Fine Photography

Update: 5/19/2014

We just celebrated our fifth year as a group!  There is now a guide book, The Creativity & Camaraderie Club Handbookwritten by our fearless leader, Mary F. Mathews, that shows how you can create your own creativity group.  Check it out here if this post has made you want a bit of this energy and creativity in your life.


14 thoughts on “Second Wednesday is for Juicy People

  1. becky

    I’m super happy for you that you have Juicy People group; and I LOVE the photograph of all of you!!

    You’re very fortunate to have such a special gathering of women that come together and share their creative fire. 😉

    I go to a writers’ group every other week and it’s my lifeline. I feel so grateful for it!

    Hope the next 27 days fly by for you!

  2. Chandra

    I want to have a Jucy People group! This sounds like fun:) you are so blessed. It is wonderful to have support with art. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the picture as well, you can see the personalities arise.

  3. Judith Johnston

    Wow, Gail that sounds like a wonderful, exciting group to be a part of, I’m not surprised you can’t wait for your next meeting. I would love to know how you all met and got together. Great photo too.

  4. Sue

    Oh my- Juicy People! Can’t say it any better than that!! Love that photo too, thanks for sharing and I’ll see you next month on the blog circle

  5. Janice

    “Creativity is not just about making art but is about the art of making our lives”… I completely agree! The idea of hosting a gathering of my creative friends has been tugging at me for some time. You have inspired me to follow through on that impulse! Being a part of the Juicy People’s Creativity and Camaraderie Group must be crazy fun!

  6. Suzy

    Well I just traveled all around the world with your circle of friends and enjoyed every bloggin minute. You have a great group of women here. That in itself is something to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Love, Suzy.

  7. Suzanne McRae

    I love the sacredness of your group of 11. Eleven a sacred number of it’s own, so significant for your group no doubt. The photo seems to represent such a light and fun yet there seems to be powerful feminine creative energy that runs in each of you. I really enjoyed reading about your Juicy People’s Creativity and Camaraderie Group. xo

  8. Lalyblue

    Hi Gail! Last month was a bit packed and I didn’t take the time to read everyone’s posts in the circle, but I’m doing it today before we post the new one! This group looks like so much fun, and I love the name “juicy people”, it just says it all!

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