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Join local artist, teacher & spiritual guidess, Susan Conrad Risse as she walks you, step-by-step, in the creation of a traveling shrine or altar dedicated to honoring your sacred self.
Come just as you are, straight from work or wherever, to play with us in this magical, whimsical & sacred playground of the heart.

All are welcome, no matter what you feel your “creative level” is. 
When: Wednesday, June 19th – 5:00-8:30 pm
Where: Waimanalo Beach Cafe and Gallery
41-865 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo 96795
(808) 783-4749 http://www.facebook.com/dabeachcafe

Included will be yummy food & drinks and ALL supplies.
If you have totems or elements of significance to you in this creation, please bring them along!

We will begin by gathering in circle to connect & ground with one another, as well as to visualize & set our intention for our evening journey. We’ll then gather our containers, personal items that you’ve brought plus anything that speaks to you from my personal ‘stash’ & begin creating!

I promise that you will not only open up your heart & have fun, but you’ll also leave with something that you’ve lovingly created. – Sound good?

Save your spot now for just a $20.00 non-refundable deposit. 
Remaining $30.00 balance to be paid by June 14th. ($50.00 total) Deposit through Paypal to susan@risse.com or drop off your deposit at the cafe to save your seat.Image

According to the dictionary, a shrine is:
1.) A place or object hallowed from its history or associations; as a shrine of art.

2.) A case, box or receptacle, especially one in which one deposits sacred relics.

3.) Ritual Altar: An altar that contains objects placed for specific intent which have deliberate symbolism. An altar created thoughtfully enhances the ritual’s meaning for the individual or group.

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Aloha All! February is going to be a full month!

Glitter Gypsy’s Art & Adventures is actively supporting local events and wants to share the fun with you. From film openings to Night Markets to On-line Art Workshops, the sparkle is being spread!

First of all, Glitter Gypsy’s Art and Adventures is thrilled to participate in the Hawaii premier of “The Hooping Life” this Thursday, February 2nd from 6-9pm at Arts @ Marks Garage

1159 Nu`uanu Avenue – Honolulu, HI 96813

The Hooping Life Film Screening is a fundraiser event raising awareness and funds.

50% of all proceeds to benefit GirlFest Hawaii

Susan Risse will be donating an original framed painting for the silent auction. She will also have a fun drawing for an art prize AND will be donating 1 Mentorship to an at-risk woman or girl. (all information gathered will be strictly confidential-details at event.)

The film documents the hula-hoop phenomenon and supports art, dance and culture and is brought to you by R(e)volve Hawaii and local sponsors like Glitter Gypsy, Susan Conrad Risse.

The night includes:

6-6:30pm         Welcome & Silent Auction Opens
6:40-6:50pm    LED Hoop Dance Performance by Revolve Hawaii
8:00-8:20 pm   Q&A with Anah aka Hoopalicious & Revolve Hawaii
8:20-9:00pm    DANCE PARTY! Hoops to try and music for the vibe!

—Silent Auction will close at 8:45 with winners announced at 8:50pm–

for more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/TheHoopingLifeFilmFundraiser

The following evening, Glitter Gypsy Art and Adventures takes you to a night market in Honolulu’s Chinatown District where you will discover more local artists! GYPSY NIGHT MARKET in Chinatown (Honolulu) for February’s First Friday Arts on February 3, 2012~~5:30-10:00p.m. We will be in the “Chinatown Courtyard” at 1109 Maunakea St, Honolulu, HI 96817. Come be a part of this eclectic and exotic event.

Finally, while this isn’t happening in February, you’ll want to plan now for what’s happening next:

“Angels In My Studio” Course will be featuring Susan Risse as a guest teacher in March. The transformational process of the art we create can be powerful. Join Susan as she shares her methods of both connecting with the divine and imparting its message through art. “Angels In My Studio” lessons will be delivered each month through embedded and downloadable video, audio, and written word. The first lesson will be released on May 1st. More details coming soon!

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This is my studio, where I will be hosting my next “Women’s Creative Spirituality Workshop” on October 29th from 10:30~5:30, Theme: “Nichos.” There will also be another one on December 3rd(Cleansing Ritual) to round out the Fall Series. Details at http://www.glittergypsy.com. We will create our own “nicho” (tin & glass little shrines, that I chose & brought back from Mexico.)You will leave with your own hand-made nicho that you have created in 1 day! All materials & instructions are included. Feel free to create out on the lanais overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean & Koko Head, or at one of the many tables with a view inside the studio. You needn’t ANY art experience, as this will be a process lead from the heart. The entire day (any workshop) is just $75.00! $25.00 will “hold your spot” allowing you to pay the balance in smaller increments. Please join me & other like-minded women in a day for YOU! A day to express YOUR dreams & desires, without judgement or question. A day to release any “stuck” feelings or desires that have been dying to be expressed. Come open up in a nurturing & inspirational setting. EVERYTHING IS PROVIDED & taken care of. Just show up w/ a sack lunch. (Full kitchen available.) Enjoy complimentary lattes & cappuccinos as if you were starring in your own exotic film. Give yourself the gift of time with yourself. You’ll be really happy that you did!

All events take place in Honolulu, HI.Venue is also available for day or weekend retreats & workshops. Inquire about dates & rates.Aloha…. A hui ho….


Glitter Gypsy

P.S. Glitter will be flowing freely at ALL EVENTS!!!

P.P.S. Please Check out the Retreat With Pele, the Fire Goddess in Hilo, HI, coming up over 11/11/11. 4 day/3 night Retreat to “usher in the new Energy occurring 11/11/11!”  Let’s make history together. Details on this site; simply scroll back for details.

I would be honored to work with you in expressing & discerning your life’s purpose! As the Dalai Lama so poignantly stated: “The Western Women will save the Planet,”…..And so it is…….

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Hi, my glitter gypsies! How are you today? I am very well, thank you! I want to send out a BIG MAHALO to all of the beautiful women & girls who attended my 1st retreat of the Fall Series on 9/10/11! We had a terrific time & everyone left with a finished Mandala that they all really loved! It was so fascinating to watch while each person created something from their own heART, not really knowing the outcome, but trusting in the process. Lots of support & inspiration were flowing freely & lovingly. The Mandalas all turned out very differently, reflecting the personal journeys that each person was on.

We began in a Ritual, known as “the Red Thread Ceremony.” Many years ago, my teacher, mentor & artist extraordinaire, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, introduced me to this ritual & passed it on to me to share with even more women. It is a way of creating a vessel, or sacred space, to hold all of us safely in the arms of freedom to create that which is wanting to be expressed, even if we’re not sure exactly what that is. It was a beautiful & blessed day, to be sure.

Again, I would like to thank all of the women & girls who joined me on 9/10/11! Which brings me to the next workshop on 10/01/11, 10:30-5:30 again. This time, we will be creating 3-dimensional shrines (or memory boxes.)An amazing workshop that you won’t want to miss!!! Just go to the Home Page & click on Personal Shrines & Memory Boxes button & all of the details are there. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Sign up early, & get a discount + save your spot! Hope to see you there!!!

P.S. Within the next few days, I will be posting A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT/OPPORTUNITY! It is very exciting how the Universe plopped this into my lap, as I am open & flowing & following my heART , even if I’m not sure where it’s leading me…… Mahalo…..Glitter Gypsy

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"Our Lady of Peace and Love"~~Dedicated to World Peace & Love on this 10th Anniversary of 9/11/2001

On this very significant weekend of not only the 10 year anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11/2001, but also, the numerical significance of the date tomorrow(9/10/11), as well as the “Full Moon in Virgo”, there is definitely a lot of energy moving around in the Universe.

Last night, I was up into the wee hours finishing this painting, “Our Lady of Peace and Love”~~dedicated to WORLD Peace and Love on this, the anniversary weekend of 9/11/2001.

I really wanted to go to sleep, as I need my rest to be ready to lead my “Women’s Creative Spirituality Workshop” this weekend. But, for some reason, this beautiful Lady kept calling out to me in Her gentle & loving way. “I need you to finish this, BEFORE this MOST SIGNIFICANT weekend to spread love & peace in the World. THEY NEED ME & this is something that you can do, in your own small way, to be a part of that POSITIVE energy.” So I listened, & I did it & here She is!

I’d also like to invite you to be a part of this “POSITIVE ENERGY MOVEMENT” with ME tomorrow at my Workshop! I REALLY want you all to come! This time, don’t worry @ $$. Payment plans & scholarships are available. This is about something BIGGER for me, for US. Please sign up, I will make it work!

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"Gifts From the Sea" Mandala

3 more days until my Mandala Workshop on 9/10/11. As I prepare for the workshop, I find myself “looking” with new eyes, at things that are Mandalas. The word mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit & means “circle.” And there is a certain sacredness about what is in this circle. The circle part is significant, as a circle has no beginning or end, all parts are equal.

In Native American culture, all meetings are held in a circle, thereby giving each person an “equal voice.” Part of my teaching practice also includes the sacred circle. My teacher, mentor & coach, Shiloh Sophia McCloud taught me the ritual of “The Red Thread Circle” & I begin all of my “circles” with this practice. You’ll have to come to the workshops to really “get it”, but basically we begin our work in circle, sharing our voices & connecting with our symbolic red thread as a means of really connecting our vision & intention. It’s a really powerful & freeing exercise to begin & end our workshops in a connected & supportive way.

I’ve posted my “Gifts from the Sea Mandala” as another example of ways to be creative in the name of equality in the form of a circle. *Still time to sign up, right here!*

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Workshop #1: Mandalas

Hi Everyone! We had a fantastic time last weekend at my Open House/Studio Party!!! Interesting, fun, entertaining group of friends were in attendance, both old & new.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, I just wanted to remind you that there are still spaces available for our 1st workshop (next Saturday, Sept. 10th)–Theme~~Mandalas. Many people have asked me exactly what a Mandala is. That’s a very good question & it’s not a word one hears in daily conversation. If you click on the word “Mandala” on the Workshops blog, there is a definition there. But, simply put, Mandala means “circle.” Anything can be called a Mandala if it is circular & the intention is there. As an example, the Earth, the Womb, a platter of fruit in a beautiful circular pattern, & so on. In our case, we will be creating a Mandala of art. We will begin with a blank circular form that we will bless with paint, collage, glitter, ephemera, or any meaningful photographs, mementos, or objects of significance to you. There are no wrong or rights~~we’ll be creating from our hearts. I guarantee that you will leave with something that YOU LOVE! Sign up now~~if you sign up for all 4 workshops, you’ll save $50.00! I invite you create space in your life to “CREATE.”

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So Excited for my Open House/Studio Party THIS SATURDAY NIGHT 6-9pm! Just posting a teaser: Where do you think these photos were taken? I’ll give you the answer at the party! Bet you won’t even think of this place! See ya!

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  A Special Invitation

Open House/Art Studio Party





Please come and join Susan Risse (a.k.a.:Glitter Gypsy )pool-side

at her Open House/Art Studio Party 6:00pm on August 27,2011.

Glitter Gypsy  is opening her house and art studio located at:

1007 Kaluanui Rd. in

Hawaii Kai, HI 96825.

 Celebrating her latest and upcoming

“Women’s Creative Spirituality Workshops!”

 Come and meet Glitter Gypsy in person, roam

around the studio and lanais,  rubbing elbows

with the artist and her guests. Get a real “feel” for her, the art and her

mission. Feel free to ask questions about the art, the workshops and her high-

er purpose. 

Relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a soft drink with some pupus.

              Bring a friend, everyone is welcome!

“Art is the mirror of the soul.”


I will be offering a series of 4 workshops this fall.

Every workshop will have a different theme and you
will leave with a finished piece of art, which YOU created!
Our art will be “Soul-Centered & Heart-Created.” This
means: that we’re not just trying to paint or create
something “pretty,” we are actually going to dig way down deep into our
souls and find out what it is we need to express and then create it from
our hearts.
NO ART CRITICS will be there, so FEEL FREE to explore your conscious
and subconscious feelings, enabling you to express and create
whatever you would like. A nurturing and inspiring
environment will allow you to create freely without judgment.
I can’t wait to meet you all!!!
                     ***SAVE THESE DATES***     
                       ***10:30AM – 5:30PM***

    9/10/11   1st  Workshop: Theme:

                                        “Mandalas.”In the Mandalic

                                         Tradition,the Mandala is the

                                         Woman, the Mother Earth…

 10/01/11  2nd Workshop: Theme:

                                       “Personal Shrines/Memory Boxes”

                                       ”Personal Shrines/ Memory Boxes

                                       are physical objects created

                                       by families with the help of a 

                                       facilitator,in which they store family

                                       memories in the form of ; photographs,

                                       letters, stories…


    10/29/11  3rd Workshop: Theme:

                                      “Nichos.” A Nicho is an object

                                      of  Latin American Folk Art

                                      made from mixed media and

                                      traditionally combines the elements

                                      of spirituality and popular culture… 

   12/03/11  4th Workshop: Theme:

                                          “Ritual Cleansing.” We will

                                           create an organic, natural

                                           vessel that we will use to

                                           “release” or “let go of” something

                                           that no longer  serves us… 

                              INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS:


                      SERIES OF ALL 4 WORKSHOPS:


*BYOB:Bring Your Own Box or Tin for Shrine/Memory Box if you do not have one, a variety will be available to purchase.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   * Only $25.00 will hold your spot for any class. Balance due 2 weeks prior to start date. ( Pay in FULL for any class & save 10%!!!)        *** SO, you can take a single  workshop , or the entire series of 4 & save $50.00!!!

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Well, here it is! The signage is now up & out for all to see that Glitter Gypsy’s Art & Adventures is now officially OPEN  FOR BUSINESS!!! I’m so excited to begin sharing my art & studio with my clients!

Currently, I’m offering one-on-one private art classes FOR ALL LEVELS!! I mean it, sincerely, when I say that you need absolutely NO art experience, just a desire to be creative & express yourself in a very freeing, opening & non-judgemental setting. I have found nothing short of miracles unfold as I have worked with women of all ages, all backgrounds, all levels describe their experiences & revelations after just one workshop! You see, ART, in all it’s many forms, is a tool that allows you to access & mine all sorts of emotions, ideas & revelations that are simply not available to the conscious, busy, chattering mind. When we let go of our expectations, to-do lists & “responsibilities,” if only for a little while, something magical happens…..hours slip away…..the mind settles & it just feels really good!

You get to design your menu. Now, wait, DO NOT let that scare you!!! What I mean by that, is you get to decide what type of art form that you would like to create during your session. Not to worry, I will walk you through every step, if needed & give you space if that’s what you prefer. But, I’ll be there for YOU. Some of your choices are: Collages & Mandalas, Personal memory boxes,shrines, & “nichos”(beautiful tin & glass “shrines” from Mexico,) embellished vintage trunks & cigar boxes, paintings, jewelry design & creation, & even more. I provide all of the materials, studio space (high on a ridge in Hawaii Kai-Honolulu with ocean & mountain views from every room to inspire you,) & personalized instruction.

I will also be posting my fall workshop schedule soon, so subscribe to my site, & you’ll be FIRST to receive the latest info. The workshops will be small & personalized, so you can receive all of the assistance & attention that you desire.

The cost for private classes is $50.00/per hour, with a minimum of  2-3 hours recommended. All materials, as I stated previously, are provided, with the exception of  trunks & cigar boxes. There is an additional fee for those, or you may bring your own. Please feel free to email or call with any questions.

The group workshops will be starting in late September/early October & will run 1 Saturday a month from 10:30-6:00. Each month we will have a new project or “theme.” The group workshops will be $75.00 for the entire day, including materials, with the exception of  vintage trunks/ boxes/tins (*additional fee for these or you may provide your own.)

I am so happy to be starting this new series~~”The Women’s Spiritual Creativity Series,”~~designed to inform, teach, inspire & support women in a creative & safe setting. Think of this as the modern woman’s “quilting bee, card club or afternoon tea circles” that our Mothers & Grandmothers used to do to bond & connect with their “sisters.” I hope that you will consider these offerings as a gift for yourself & your girlfriends or colleagues.

Testimonials from previous students:

“My nicho came out nothing like I’d planned. First of all, I collaged everything on BEFORE I realized that it was upside down!!! But I love it~~instead of a sunrise, it’s a sunset. And  the colors that I ended up choosing were the exact opposite of what I’d had planned…..but they’re beautiful in the way that the colors ‘pop.’………..I don’t know of many artists who not only collect these kinds of materials, but also share them with their students. I’m so happy with my work of art!” L.M.~Kailua

“As I tried to unravel the yarn that I wanted to use for my project, it kept getting ‘stuck & tangled’ every time I thought that I was making progress. But as I forged on, I realized that the getting stuck is really a metaphor about life. We ‘get stuck’ all the time, but we carry on. And when we stick with it, sometimes miraculous results unfold.” dr….Honolulu

“I found that this creative project felt to me kind of like a test~~like I’m really focused on doing a good job, but it’s not stressful, like a test would be. It’s the opposite feeling~~relaxing & good……………….I have all sorts of art projects that I mean to pull out & work on, but the TV or the bed always seems to win out……………… this was a great opportunity for me to be creative, have fun & bonding with everyone, & leave with a finished piece that I LOVE!!!………….L.M.~Pearl City


In sisterhood,

Susan, aka~Glitter Gypsy

The signs are up!

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