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Life Arts    H2'ed 3/8/13

The Girl God: Celebrating the Divine Feminine on Internat'l Women's Day, March 8

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MAB: Excellent! Yes, the way to honoring the feminine is by starting young, and I appreciate your book for that! And I am happy to join your mom and your husband in spreading the word, because this is an important book for young girls, and I have many wonderful young girls in my life.
I understand you are starting "Goddess Camps for Girls," can you tell us a little about those? And also, do you have more books coming up?

TH: We have camps that will premier this summer in Tennessee, New York and Oregon.  We are open to doing more camps, provided we have a program director in each city that fits in well with what we are doing.

The idea is for the girls (in three age groups) to be able to spend a week
together to celebrate themselves through arts, books, journal writing,
etc.;  to learn about the divine feminine, and connect with their bodies
through yoga, meditation and belly dancing.

We are starting with a day camp, but ultimately, it would be wonderful to
have an overnight camp somewhere.

It has been a tremendous amount of work, but we feel the end result will
be well worth it.

We plan to do at least three more Girl God books, and I am hard at work now on a Mother Earth book. Elisabeth Slettnes is my partner and illustrator on all the Girl God books and we work very closely together with the story, illustrations and quotes. 

My mom and my husband do all the layout, design and proof-reading.  Joey and Helani both help with packing the books and going to the post office to mail them. It has been a steep learning curve! But now that we have had some experience, the next books should be much easier, and we plan to continue to publish all of them ourselves.

Trista and Elisabeth at Elisabeth's studio in Lillehammer, Norway
Trista and Elisabeth at Elisabeth's studio in Lillehammer, Norway
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MAB: Thank you Trista, the camps sound so exciting! I want to go, too! If I get my wish, in a few years you will have a camp for girls to come to with either their moms or grammas!

TH: Awesome! So excited - and that is a great idea!!  We are going to do a few pajama parties too - so maybe we should do a few with moms and grandmas!

MAB: Well that would be fitting - the trinity of femininity: young maiden, mother, and wise woman!

Thank you, Trista, for taking time to visit, and for writing such an important book for girls! This has been fun - and we'll be looking forward to hearing about more of your books and projects!

TH: Thank you too, I enjoyed chatting with you!


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Original paintings by Norwegian artist Elisabeth Slettnes, including those illustrated in "The Girl God," are available through her website at

More information on International Women's Day at:

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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