:: IN THE MOON WE TRUST ::
APRIL MILLER McMURTRY
Founder, teacher, mother, artist, and creative lunar guide
Hello there, here’s a little background about me…
April is the founder of THE MOON IS MY CALENDAR and creatress of the New Moon Calendar Journal. She is also a visual artist, mama, kundalini yoga teacher, and creative lunar guide. Her work reflects her passion for nature-based cycles, wellness, and creative expression.
With a background in Art History, Youth Leadership, Girls’ Education, Intuitive Art, and Mediation - April has more than twenty years experience working in education as a classroom teacher, workshop facilitator and program coordinator at home and abroad.
Her work supports people on the path to growth and transformation through meditation, creative process, and awakening lunar wisdom.
April is a mother of two daughters and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with four generations of her family.
I love learning! These are some recent courses and trainings that have shaped my teaching:
Original Voice: Dark Night of the Soul: Rising Up into the Light with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Kundalini Yoga 200hr+ KRI Level One Certification with Madhur Nain Webster
Creativity and Kundalini Yoga with Hari Kirin @Kripalu Institute
Movement Ritual and Dance Exploration with Anna Halprin @Tamalpa Institute
"MY ART IS THE WAY I REESTABLISH THE BONDS THAT TIE ME TO THE UNIVERSE."
This powerful quote by the artist Ana Mendieta says everything to me about the drive to create. Her earth-body-works made a deep impression on my understanding of place, belonging, mother nature, identity and the female body.
On a more intimate note: I am drawn to things that keep me connected to the cycles in nature and reminders that life is an unfolding work in progress. Meditation, creative process, connection to intuition and the cosmic currents get me up in the morning. And my kitten. And my daughters who need breakfast and lunches for school. And kisses.
THE MOON IS MY CALENDAR began with the longing to connect more deeply with inner and outer cycles. The seeds for this work incubated in Casa Amor in Oakland, CA, where April and Sita met on the new moon for many moon to set intentions, reflect on the previous lunar cycle, and support each other's growth and transformation.
The New Moon Calendar Journal was born out of a vision to create a beautiful and simple tool for everyone to connect with their physical, emotional, and creative selves within the context of the phases of the moon. The first calendar was self-published on the Winter Solstice new moon of 2014 and has grown exponentially for there!