creative beauty

March First Backward to Grow Forward

Outtake from      Mapping Purpose      workshop

Outtake from Mapping Purpose workshop

There are many things to be said, to be thought, had, read, and too much in our heads! Lately, we have been planning to have less. Following last month's excellent Mapping Purpose workshops, we are applying our learning to how we want Instar to grow. It's an oxymoron to grow more by doing less--but that's where we are headed.

It's not that we will have less diverse programming or areas of interest, actually we are realizing that one of our star qualities is our holistic approach to creativity and the understanding of Art in community. One way we imagine doing less but more is developing collaborative partner relations that help share our mission forward.


One of our recent initiatives is SHE SHOP, a curated catalogue of womenmade womenworn items of desire. It has been so fun to connect with a maker making earrings in Ukraine, a young woman working on a hand dyed dress in China and an older lady weaving in India. We often talk about the importance of building a local economy and we believe that 110%. We also believe in extending localism and capital through conscious consumerism. Before we started this project we were not Etsy lovers--now we are, and we hope you are falling in love with what we are finding for you. For those of you that want to follow SHE SHOP on Instagram--she’s there! @the_sheshop

ART+FEMINISM WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON' : March 9th. Did you know that you can write history?! It's true and we need your help to keep Wikipedia relevant by broadening the feminist content. Frances Cathryn from WIP Projects will be co-hosting which means we are in great editorial hands.

CREATIVE BEAUTY : WELLNESS POP UP We are delighted to host a Pop-Up with artist-aesthetician Melanie Herring on Sunday, March 24th. Melanie is traveling from Brooklyn to offer her much desired facials one day at Instar Lodge. We met Melanie two years ago and have held her card near our hearts hoping for this opportunity to work with her. Each facial is entirely bespoke and formulated to fully support the needs of the individual. Treatments include lymphatic drainage, marma point activation, intuitive facial massage and deep reiki/energy work. Learn more and book direct with Melanie.

LOVE LETTERS :   Join Instar Lodge for a heart-centered practice of writing love letters. Perfect for Valentines Day! Love Letters meets once-a-month and is open to anyone. Read more and register here.

WERKSHOP:  There's something 'bout that work, work, work, work, work, work (Rihanna). At Instar Lodge HQ, we love a good work crit where we come together to real talk on the good, the bad, and the loco. Read more and register here.

WINE + UNWIND:  Wine + Unwinding Social. Meet up for drinks + chat away with the creative ladies of Womens Workplace. Read more and register here.