Monday, March 23, 2015

My Dream to Bring Painters to the Red Rocks Might Get Fulfilled

"Paintbrushes" collected at Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona
My dream to bring painters to the red is underway.

My proposal is in to the Red Rock Ranger District Coconino National Forest. Since moving to Sedona about a year ago, I knew I wanted to bring painters to the red rocks. If you believe in woo-woo, the red rocks told me to.

Bring the Painters

One day while hiking last year at Bell Rock, I heard my intuition or the energy at Bell Rock tell me to "bring the painters." Then, I found all kinds of "paintbrushes." Watch the video below and hear my excitement. See the inspiring views!


After that experience, I scouted out how to go about doing this. I really thought it would be simply a matter of marketing. Wrong! I discovered that the U. S. Forest Service here in Sedona strictly regulates the use of red rock country for business use. Anyone is free to go to the red rocks for personal reasons. If you want to charge people and make money by going out to the red rocks, that is something entirely different.

I live in the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. In doing my research and visiting the local ranger station / visitor center, I put myself on a mailing list to receive news of the next round of permits to be issued. They had not issued permits for eight years. It was my first step.

Then, I asked around and found out that the Sedona Metaphysical Association owns a permit. If you become a member you can use it. I attended one of their meetings only to find out that I would have a six-month probation period. They had folks who had used the permit and were fined for misuse. Now, they are careful and skeptical who they let use it. Understandably so. They also required joining the Chamber of Commerce. Too much fuss. And too much money at that point for me. While Wisdom Painting can be a spiritual experience, it does not fall in total alignment of the metaphysical realm. Onward...

Proposal is In

Fast forward almost a year later after scouting out different opportunities, I received the email I needed. I jumped through all the hoops that the paperwork required. I got my fee paid through a few generous donations. And, got it in on time! Now, I wait to hear if I got approved. If so, they will issue the permits in the fall.

Below is a video I created out on the trail in one spot that I have selected to take painters. Enjoy.

Until Next Week

Brianna Rush (Mary Gravelle)
• Create art
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Sir Kitty
About the author: Brianna Rush(Mary Gravelle) is an artist and writer who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.

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