About Joanna Powell Colbert
I’m an artist, author, teacher, mentor, and retreat host who encourages lovers of Mama Gaia to lead purposeful, creative, and soulful lives.
I spent nine years creating the Gaian Tarot while living on a small rural island in the Pacific Northwest. I chronicled my journey of deck creation on my blog, starting in 2004, and many of you came along for the ride.
The Gaian Tarot grew out of my relationship with the natural world where I live and the people in my neighborhood and spiritual community. Many of the scenes in the deck are based on sketches from my nature journals and photos I’ve taken of local landscapes. Almost every animal, bird or plant in the cards is one that I have encountered personally in my naturalist studies. I know their natural history as well as their mythic resonances — Raven and Coyote are not only mythic tricksters but also neighbors. Most of the models for the figures in my cards are friends or friends of friends. I’ve always loved painting the “numinous” in the everyday person, and that’s what I’ve done here.
You can read all about my creative process here.
The happy day came when the deck and book were finally done, and I released a deluxe, Limited Edition of 1000 in March 2010. A year later, over 70% of those had already found happy homes.
The mass market edition of The Gaian Tarot was published by Llewellyn Worldwide in September 2011, but is now sadly out-of-print.
I teach e-courses and and workshops around the country on earth-centered spirituality, Goddess spirituality, manifesting your dreams, contemplative seasonal practices, creativity as a devotional path, and using tarot as a tool for inner guidance and self-exploration.
Each year, near Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox, I bring together groups of extraordinary people at Gaian Soul Retreats held at Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island, Washington.
I was honored to be recently named by SageWoman magazine as one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality Movement.
I sell my colored-pencil paintings and mixed media pieces as originals and limited edition prints. Amber Lotus Publishing Co. calls me one of “the most accomplished and well-loved artists in the Goddess-spirit community.”
I am dedicated to the Ocean Mother in all Her guises, and am a lover of Mama Gaia.
I’m a Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon and Taurus Rising.
I live on a small island in the Salish Sea near Bellingham, Washington with my husband, musician Craig Olson. I am nourished by the island community, both human and non-human, and go for daily walks by one of Mama Ocean’s loveliest bays.
Oh, and my baby granddaughter Gracie is the most beautiful child in the whole, entire world!
If you seek a deeper connection with the earth or a more regular, expressive outlet for your own creative gifts, you can work with me in a variety of ways, from one-on-one consultations to e-courses or group retreats.
I’d also love for you to partake in my newsletter, where I share articles on earth-centered spirituality, creativity, personal transformation, and tarot – plus notices about my e-courses and events, sales on my artwork, and other goodies.