Go West, Wild Soul! The best retreat you’ve yet to experience awaits in Durango, CO!


Join Mollie and Leah in Durango, Colorado

Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30, 2015

Space limited to 10 women!

Go West, Soul Pioneers, and join us for a rare adventure 
exploring the wild frontier of your intuition and truest self…

Who are we talking to?

YOU… if you know, deep in your bones, that there is a sublime reason for your being and for your being here, and you have either an inkling or a great vision of what you are meant to do, BUT…

You aren’t able to get traction and make this a reality because everyday life has you feeling constantly behind, tired, rarely joyful, stretched too thin and like you must be all things to all people – and yet constantly in danger of disappointing them all.

Or the guilt and shame of “who do I think I am” and “shouldn’t I just be grateful” take over and you fall into questioning how within the realities of your life you could ever really create something truly extraordinary.

Let’s ask a few Q’s to help you decide if this offering is meant for you…

  • Are you hungry for more depth, clarity, potency, connection, creativity, and effectiveness with ease and grace – so that you can bring your vision for life to life?
  • Do you want to breathe greater vibrancy, vitality, and meaning into your life?
  • Do you want every day to be infused with a sense of the sacred, including a deeply rooted and nourishing ease around who you really are and why you are really here?
  • Do you want your everyday life to reflect your knowing that you are deeply powerful and creative being, rather than reflecting other people’s mundane energy or other expectations for your life?
  • Are you searching for members of your tribe, women who celebrate the beauty and boldness of one another’s deepest soul dreams and truths and who also seem to conjure up the most magical ways to support bringing one another’s dreams to life?
  • Do you feel you are on the cusp of something big, but you’re not sure what to do next?

YES? Then we are talking to YOU!

We aren’t much for labels, but if you are nodding your head, then you are an explorer and adventurer. You are a visionary, intuitive, and creative. Regardless of your profession, you are a healer, leader, and teacher. And at your core, you have a knowing that you are being called toward an even deeper level of authenticity and self-expression.

The important question is….What, then, do you do with that knowing?

If you have a feeling that you are a visionary or a spiritual leader or a creative genius or, or, or…..do you LIVE as one?

Or do you lock that knowing in a box and bury it deep beneath a pile of “Who do I think I am’s?” or “How in the heck does a creative pay the bills, make dinner, and attend yet another meeting?” or “People will think I’m crazy…maybe I am….” Or “This is just a bunch of wishful, fairy tale thinking – I should just grow up already…”

This retreat is for those who are already LIVING as who they are and are looking for deeper and more powerful ways of being. This retreat is ALSO for those who suspect that the reason life just isn’t working out for them these days has something to do with that locked box that they buried. Time to get digging because “living this way is not crazy, it is wise.” (excerpt from Mollie’s next book…)

Come on a journey with us – into the old wild west, the ancient ruins of native America, and into the beautiful wilds and sacred ground of your own deepest nature.


 Limited to only 10 participants.

All-Inclusive Price:

$ 2350.00

Register Now

Move quickly and save! Early Bird/Wise Eagle Special (Until August 19th or 10 spots filled): $1950 (Save $400 off the standard retreat fee).

All-Inclusive Retreat Fee: $2350 (includes all lodging, meals, travel, and activities from Friday 10am – Sunday 8pm).

Coming early or staying late? Additional nights at mountain lodge retreat house available Thursday or Sunday for $150/night, space allowing.

Questions?  Please email leah@leahcb.com with “Retreat” in the subject line and I will get back to you within 36 hours (or less :).


 What is the Wild Soul, Wise Woman Retreat?

Wild Soul, Wise Woman was created to give women the sacred space and the sacred and practical practices necessary to recognize and own their innate gifts, become who they are meant to become and to do what they are meant to do – all in a wise way that bears gifts of vitality, self-actualization, and fulfillment of desire to the woman as she brings life and her magnificent gifts to the world.

Through the exploration of the ruins of ancient people, taking in gorgeous natural landscape of the Southwest, feeling the lingering imprint of a young America’s most rugged and pioneering spirits, art, yoga/meditation, and the opportunity for profound and transformative personal and group coaching, you will expand.

Picture this…

Durango Skyline

Fri, Aug 28: 10am-9pm: Arrive at a spacious, private mountain lodge in Durango, Colorado with breathtaking views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Meet your co-adventurers and begin exercises on cultivating soulful living. The afternoon features a creativity/intuitive art workshop and learning the Wild Soul Map™ process. You will be creating, painting, exploring the edges of your comfort zone, and building trust to listen to your intuition. We then step into solo reflection/activity time and wrap up with a group dinner.

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Sat, Aug 29: 6am-9pm: Optional early morning meditation session. After breakfast, group intention setting and intuition building exercise to play with as we explore and reflect throughout day. Depart for New Mexico where you will be guided to interpret native history, pictographs, geological land formations, and ancestral artifacts and dwellings as you walk tribal lands. You will see and touch ancient rock art, walk through pueblos and pit houses, and hike along large cliff dwellings. Watch eagles soar as you listen to a master Native American storyteller bring his ancient heritage and lessons to life. This is a day of experiential retreating, with the space to be fully yourself and using all of your senses to be guided toward what you love and enhances your soul. Listen. Look. Smell. Touch. Taste. Sense. We build in time to journal and record your experiences in your Wild Soul Map™.

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Sun, Aug 30: 8am-8pm: We start the morning with an optional yoga session with Leah. After breakfast, our creativity/intuitive art workshop will guide you toward bringing forth meaning from Saturday’s experiences. The afternoon includes one-on-one coaching sessions with Mollie and Leah, with plenty of white space for exploring, reflecting, and journaling. We close with a celebratory dinner!

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Note: These are some of Leah’s original paintings. All of her paintings are layered with special symbolism, sometimes words and phrases, some images hidden in plain sight, and other gems that make the painting come to life. She will share special features from some of her favorite paintings – and guide you toward creating and layering your own intuitive art in a way that will make you feel more confident and connected with what wants to be born into the world from your soul.

Your Retreat includes:

  • A three-day, two-night stay in an expansive mountain retreat designed to support relaxation and rejuvenation (with special rate for additional nights).
  • Nourishing meals, snacks and beverages throughout the weekend.
  • A private expedition into New Mexico with a master Native American storyteller and guide where you will explore ancient ruins, study 800 year old wall art, hold ancient artifacts, walk the high cliff paths of the Anasazi, and experience the sacred through all senses (all-inclusive of travel, meals, drinks, and guide).
  • The creation of your very own Wild Soul Map™ – a visual, sacred artifact of your retreat experiences. You will take this journal home with you to use, and build upon, as a guide for years to come (art instruction and materials provided).
  • A series of guided exercises to help you tap into new levels of awareness and develop a stronger connection to the life-giving energy of your own intuition and creativity.
  • Opportunities to deeply assimilate and integrate the lessons of the retreat through private coaching with master coaches Mollie and Leah.
  • Optional, private mind-body (yoga, meditation) sessions with Leah.
  • Potent and magical group experiences with sisters who will expand and support you toward your own greatness.
  • White space away from the blur of activity that tends to fill our days and a release from expectations to be and do for others…with time for journaling and rejuvenation.
  • Savoring of the majestic Rocky Mountains and the beauty of the Durango, Colorado area.
  • One hour group telephone coaching call PLUS one hour private coaching call with Mollie and/or Leah within 45 days of the Retreat to help you with re-entry and integration of your retreat experience into your daily life.

Retreat Investment:

This Retreat is designed to provide exceptional value and support to a small, powerful group of women who desire and are open to experiencing higher levels of consciousness, energy, and miracles as part of everyday life.

Move quickly and save! Early Bird/Wise Eagle Special (Until August 19th or 10 spots filled): $1950 (Save $400 off the standard retreat fee).

All-Inclusive Retreat Fee: $2350 (includes all lodging, meals, travel, and activities from Friday 10am – Sunday 8pm).

Coming early or staying late? Additional nights at mountain lodge retreat house available Thursday or Sunday for $150/night, space allowing.

You will be fully supported through this journey into the wild frontier of your soul.


 Limited to only 10 participants.

All-Inclusive Price:

$ 2350.00

Register Now


Why are WE leading this retreat?

Before we tell you what we do, we want to show you who we are.

This is our stand: We believe that you are meant for mythical and heroic, not mundane and mediocre. We believe that women benefit from gathering in sacred spaces to help restore the relationship with their deepest nature so that they might remember who they really are, why they are here, and how they want to live. We believe that within you is housed a wise observer, knower, visionary, intuitive, creator, and listener … who is ever ready to guide and urge you toward vibrant living and contribution.We believe that women truly are the world’s greatest untapped natural resource and that reclaiming and reviving all aspects of themselves is a birthright and necessary to live as healed, happy, and whole beings – and is necessary for the healing and thriving of the entire planet.We believe that when you adventure to the frontier of your deepest knowing and experience your wild soul, its powers fills your life with vitality.We believe that to be wild is not to be out of control, reckless, or destructive…but that to be wild means to live from our deepest, most true nature with a knowing that living this way is not crazy…it is wise.

There is SO much more for you to discover… your own breathtaking beauty and awe-inspiring talents and strength, well-springs of physical and spiritual energy that will infuse your life with vitality and joy.

“The craft of questions, the craft of stories, the craft of the hands—all these are the making of something, and that something is soul. Anytime we feed soul, it guarantees increase.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With Wolves

Mollie and Leah are master craftswomen of questions that fly straight to your soul and are adept at helping you to see the signs and hear the messages your soul is sending. Through this process of deep-diving inquiry and being truly seen and heard, you will come to recognize your own soul-voice and allow its wisdom and love to guide your work in the world.

Leah Campbell Badertscher

Leah Campbell Badertscher

Artist, Master Life Coach, Pilates/Yoga Instructor, and Mama to three littles, Leah Campbell Badertscher believes that anything is possible and if you can dream it- it’s done. Everything in between is walking yourself home. That “walk home” is the sacred journey Leah embarked upon when she felt like a fake lawyer (with a real J.D.) but dreamed of being a real artist (though she had no art degree or training). Now, through the combination of her inspirational artwork, intuition, and mind-ninja coaching skills, Leah loves to help others answer the call of their soul to “come home” and, in the process, bring their dreams – and their deepest, truest selves – to life.

A few words of praise for Leah’s coaching…

“One of Leah’s many innate gifts centers around her ability to see deep into the soul, deep into the core of the person, and to offer her unwavering compassion.” ~Corporate exec, New York City

“My twenty plus years of Corporate America conditioned thinking couldn’t get past the surface to the subtle. I struggled to move from the concrete to the spiritual. You kept patiently reframing the question in a non-direct manner, awaiting for my synapsis to connect. You knew they would eventually. You were not attached to the outcome. You were committed to the process. Finally you asked the question in a way that pulled me out of my head and into my heart…. with grace and wisdom you orchestrated that awakening to me. Thank you for so openly sharing your creativity, beauty, wisdom and heart. Thank you for fostering a safe place for me to discover another piece of me in the process of our work.” ~Corporate exec, writer, mother, California

“Leah has helped me find a peace I never knew existed. She never told me what to do, but she helped me learn how to slow down and listen. In the past, I have always labeled myself as a worry wart, and very un-creative. After meeting with Leah, she ‘woke-up’ my right brain, and helped me learn how to throw away the labels I had for myself and learn to live in the here and now.” ~Mother of 2, business professional, soul athlete

“These things can’t be taught. They can only be seen and thereby known. For that, you need far more than a coach. You need a very great artist. I am blessed beyond words to have known such a one in Leah.” ~Lawyer, coach, writer, mother, East Coast


Mollie Marti

Mollie Marti

Resilience researcher, author, and educator Mollie Marti is founder and CEO of the nonprofit National Resilience Institute. Both a lawyer and psychologist, this former university professor now educates through her Resiliency Matters TV show, public speaking, and community consultations. Known for passionately championing possibility and vibrant living, her annual retreats invigorate and equip leaders to thrive and serve. With her unique ability to combine the science of thriving with the art of exceptional living, Mollie frequently serves as a media resource. She thrives from a scenic northeast Iowa apple orchard with her husband, three kiddos, and zany family of pets.

A few words of praise for Mollie’s mentoring…

“Dr. Mollie Marti is a giant among women. She demonstrates true feminine leadership — a willingness to use her platform with grace and humility to uplift others and strengthen the common good.” ~Tererai Trent of Tererai Trent Int’l, named Oprah Winfrey’s “all-time favorite guest”

“Dr. Mollie Marti has helped me through seasons of growth and change in ways that helped me touch tens of thousands of lives, when I wanted to crawl under a rock! She is a master at pulling out the best in those around her, equipping them for greater service and then connecting them to other amazing people. She is truly a leader’s leader and a fabulous builder of community. Any chance to learn from her is a privilege.”
~Gina Parris, CEO, Born to Win, Inc.

“Mollie Marti is a wise success coach with a personal commitment to excellence and a passion for helping others produce results consistent with their values and aspirations.”
~Michael Port, NY Times Best Selling Author of The Think Big Manifesto

If there’s anyone who can keep hope alive, it’s you!”
~Brené Brown, Ph.D., Bestselling Author of Daring Greatly



Mollie and Leah’s Promise to you:

We are dedicated to create a special, sacred space for your whole being to feel safe, your soul to dance, your intuition to play, and your creative force to roar.



 Are You Ready?

Embrace this opportunity to retreat in a physical and spiritual space…that supports you to fully inhabit you.

Sit in the deep presence of your mysterious soul. Be changed by that knowing. Find your soul-voice. Begin the work of building within you the bridge to carry your soul’s pure wild robust energy and vitality from deep within you over that river and into the external world.

Through expanding your intuition and tapping into your highest self and creativity, learn how to unearth clues to your highest purpose and your soul’s legacy. Learn how not to just “leave a mark,” but how to “create a sacred mark” during your time on this planet.

Let your great force advance to delight your soul, and benefit our world.


 Limited to only 10 participants.

All-Inclusive Price:

$ 2350.00

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We’re excited to adventure with you through the Wild Soul, Wise Woman Retreat!

Around here lately….


Have you visited me at my beautiful, new online gallery?  If not, please come on over and be sure to bookmark www.leahcbart.com so you can check back often and see what’s new!  I have so many exciting, beautiful, powerful things in the works for coming months!

Something that I have been so blessed by in the past year has been several opportunities to do very meaningful commissions.  I am so grateful to everyone who has entrusted me with creating their personal works of art.  Each commission feels like an opportunity to revel in and celebrate in the beauty of the spirit of the person for whom the painting is intended. Here are a couple of my most recently finished commission pieces:

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Leah Campbell Badertscher, 2015
A very special commission for Dr. Angela Lauria

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Leah Campbell Badertscher, 2015
Another special commission for another beautiful woman!

Also, if you enjoy my art but are not currently in the market for an original piece, please check out my Society6 Shop for high-quality prints, canvas reproductions, and stationary.  I’ve added new items to the shop this spring, so if you haven’t checked it out in awhile, please do!  http://society6.com/leahcb  


World-class, deeply nourishing, life-changing retreats…


Baker’s Bridge, Durango, Colorado


A retreat I attended with my mastermind and mentor, Tonya Leigh, last year in Durango, Colorado changed my life.  And now I’m returning to Durango at the end of August with my dear friend, author and psychologist Dr. Mollie Marti.  Mollie is a true visionary and a force for healing (Mollie is also the founder of The National Resiliency Institute, which you can learn more about here).  Together we are going to offer our own life-changing retreat experience in which you’ll venture into the wilds of your intuition and reclaim your true nature.  More details will be available soon, but if this is speaking to you and you definitely want in, please email me at leah@leahcb.com and I can send you more details and/or hold your space.


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Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

My own experience has shown me the powerful, creative energy that is available to you when you deeply nourish your spirit.  Last year in particular for me was a leap into discovering more fully who I truly am and what my spirit needed and needs to be healed, nourished, and thrive. This fall I am going to be offering for a retreat based on my personal experiences with the power of diving deep into yourself and discovering places you likely have long forgotten, tapping into your innate creative genius and the divine feminine, and the critical, critical importance of radical self-care.

To me, radical self-care is giving your spirit what it loves and I can think of no better place to do this than Blackberry Farm.  Blackberry Farm is my dream luxury experience – world class dining and accommodations out in the middle of beautiful, breath-taking nowhere with plenty of opportunities to drop into stillness and absorb the healing and awakening powers of nature.

My intention is that this retreat will be a turning point and a catalyst for a certain group of visionary women.  This retreat is being offered to a small group of women who know, in their bones, that they are meant for something big, something great and who are looking for clarity, strength and nourishment for the odyssey ahead, and a community of kindred spirits with whom to form a home base of support and, potentially, life-long friendships.

As with the Durango retreat, more details will be available soon, but if life-expanding luxury+nature+spiritual deep-diving+powerful work in the world is speaking to you and you know you belong in this visionary circle, please email me at leah@leahcb.com and I can send you more details and/or hold your space.

This has been a pretty incredible spring for me and so much has been happening behind the scenes – and so quickly – that I really looking forward to sharing more with you here and in my newsletter in the weeks and months to come.

As always, thank you for being here!

With love,



Love What You Love Friday: As a Wick Does

Hello, my friends,

It has been awhile since I have posted a “Love What You Love Friday,” and because life is shouting at me from twenty different directions, every which way since Sunday, about the importance, importance, IMPORTANCE of desire (aka, loving what you love), I was inspired to (read: really had no choice but to) resume again.

So, without further adieu, here are the gorgeous, veil-piercing words of Rumi on just how to love what you love…and then a suggestion for what you can do with a life that is so well-nourished.

As a Wick Does

There is nourishment like bread
that feeds one part of your life,
nourishment like light for another.

There are many rules about restraint
with the former, but only one rule
for the latter, Never be satisfied.

Eat and drink the soul substance
as a wick does with the oil it soaks in.
Give light to the company.


So, how about you?  If you’d like to share (in the comments below or on my Facebook page), I’d love to hear what the “nourishment that is like light” is for you.

For me it ranges from having stretches of time to myself, long walks in quiet countryside, Pinteresting my fantasy fashion wardrobe, poetry, travel, my first cup of coffee before the house wakes up, sunrises, sunsets, seeing my daughter’s face when I first get her from her crib in the morning (that wispy, wild blonde hair, that ever-so-happy scrunchy smile, she’s like a little pixie!), snuggling with my sons (taking in their perpetually dirty fingernails and trying to drink, drink, drink up the sound of their little boy voices) on the couch to talk, saying something that totally shocks my husband into laughing, swimming in natural waters, when I’m really in the flow of painting, dinners with girlfriends, conversations that go deep and where nothing is off limits, really good champagne and wine, just the most amazingly right pair of shoes, tapping into that place with a client where “now we’re cooking” and it’s one revelation after another and we can both FEEL the very real, amazing shifts as they happen…and on and on…

I also love to keep lists and acknowledge what is nourishment like light for me and love, even more, to add to them.  I’ve found that as I acknowledge more of what I love, my capacity for loving it, my enjoyment of it, increases, and, interestingly, more amazing things seem to come my way.  If you follow me on Instagram you can see me tag many of these things as either #exquisiteeverydays, #extraordinaryexperiences, or just simply #grateful.

One of my favorite (and most powerful) practices is to let my imagination run wild in my journal with dreams and desires.  In fact, I share three of those in my most recent newsletter, which is also about the power of desire and how to harness it in your own life.  If you’d like to grab a copy of this issue and you’re not yet on my list, just submit your email in the sidebar and I’ll send you a copy, stat! :)

So, I hope you have your own exquisite everyday or extraordinary experience to look forward to this weekend, and if not, I hope you’re feeling inspired to create one (or five)!  Please let me know if you do – I will be sure to toast to that!

Have a beautiful weekend!



P.S. In just a couple weeks, my coaching colleague and friend, Susan McCusker and I will be indulging in loving what WE love and launching a class entitled, “The Curated Closet: Live Well, Dress Well.”

This, my friends, is going to the most fun you’ve ever had…not only in your closet, but in coaching…not only in your closet and coaching…but just maybe all year!  Susan and I keep saying as we work on this, “This is so much fun… this is just so much fun…do you think it’s wrong we’re having so much fun???  Nah…this is just going to be awesome, if we do say so ourselves!”

Seriously, it’s that good.  It combines all the pure fun of discovering your personal style, with the satisfying productiveness of getting immediate, visible, significant results, with the sacred, mystical work of…well, I’ll leave that part sacred and mysterious.  It’s about your style and tidying up your space, yes – and it’s about your whole dang life.  You will have fun, you will get results that immediately shift your daily life and will stay with you forever, and you will be learn so many surprising, amazing things about yourself.  Stay tuned, it’s “The Curated Closet: Live Well, Dress Well” and coming soon!  XOXO

Don’t Surrender Your Loneliness So Quickly

I recently received a message from a woman who expressed sadness at being lonely and who also expressed a desire to find a companion.

Loneliness and the desire for a relationship, particularly a romantic/love relationship, are two themes that can come up often with my private clients. I wanted to offer a few thoughts on loneliness that have helped my private clients and, if you are experiencing loneliness or wishing for a relationship, may help you as well.

One thing I’d like to add to what I say in the audio is just to make clear the difference between pure sadness from loneliness (“something missing in my heart” as Hafiz says) and sadness that is created because you believe that the fact you are experiencing loneliness must mean that something has gone wrong and you and your world won’t be right until that something missing is “fixed.”  If you let yourself experience loneliness in it’s pure form, you’ll find it does have a sharp edge to it (“let it cut so deep”) but as you can see from Hafiz’s poem, that is not an indication that something has gone wrong, it is simply the quality of the experience of that ingredient of loneliness.

You’ll find the audio here below.  Please give it a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below!





Come visit me! (My art has a new online home!)



Hello, friends!

I’m so happy to announce that my new online gallery and studio space, www.leahcbart.com, is now live!

I really wanted a dedicated, beautiful online space for my art and so I’m very excited about this milestone.  My first choice would of course be that I could share my art with you in person, but since that is not often possible (most of you all live so far away!), I wanted to create a space that would give you the next best experience.

I do believe art is an experience and I do believe that my art offers its own unique, special experience.  For those of you who resonate with my paintings, I wanted to create a space that would offer you enough surrounding serenity and stillness that you might be inspired to slow down for a few moments, allow the connection happen, and enjoy the very real benefits that the energy of beauty and meaning of art have to give you.

For those of you who want to bring that energy of beauty and meaning into your home or workspace, it is also very important to me that your experience of purchasing and acquiring an original piece be beautiful and ease-y.  The design of the commerce capabilities of this site were guided by that intention.

Also, after hearing from so many of you that you love the stories behind a painting, I’ve also included some brief descriptions with each painting and will be sharing photos and some journal-like, intimate thoughts on the creative process and specific paintings, too, in “Studio Notes.”

So, I’d love to have you visit me at “my new place” and let me know what you think! If you’d like to be added to my special community and receive the latest updates about new paintings and special offers, you can sign up for my art newsletter at the bottom of the homepage where it asks for your email address.  I have some very, very exciting things coming in the next year and whether you’re onboard because you love art or you’re collecting inspiration for creating your own beautiful adventure through life, I would love to share the best of what I know to be uplifting and inspiring with you through these carefully curated and not-too-frequent emails.

Thank you to all of you who enjoy my art and to those of you who have been so supportive of my ever-unfolding and constantly evolving journey as an artist.  It has been a beautiful, magical, incredible one – and it feels like this is just the beginning.




Learning By Heart to Unleash Your Own Extraordinary Work

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“The Swan” by Ranier Maria Rilke, translated by Robert Bly,
written out by hand by me to hang on my fridge where it can become a very real part of my everyday life and being.

If you want to awaken and cultivate your inner genius, a powerful way to train and align your mind to do this is by identifying a master with whom you feel a strong connection and resonance and then studying their work until you know it by heart.

For instance, if you are working to develop your “voice” as a writer or poet, it would help you tremendously to study closely and learn, by heart, the work of writers and poets you most admire.  The same goes if you are a painter, a coach, a leader, an actor, a parent, or an athlete.

I’ve been learning poems by heart for awhile now as a way of becoming a better poet, but also as a way of becoming a better human being and a better coach.  It’s afforded me a way to learn from some of the greatest masters of all time who I otherwise wouldn’t have access to (often because they’re no longer living!).  

While some people might be concerned that absorbing the work of another might result in imitation and blocking of their own creativity, I have to say that this is only a concern if you are merely memorizing and not operating from a heart/soul level.

Learning by heart, I’d like to point out, is very different from memorizing.

Even though Webster’s Dictionary includes “learn by heart” in its definition of “memorize” I think there is an important distinction to make.

You can memorize something (i.e., remember it perfectly) but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve learned it by heart.

When you learn something by heart, you commit it to memory so that, yes, you remember it perfectly.  You learn it so well that you can reproduce it with a high degree of accuracy and barest amount of effort or second thought.  

Also, when you learn something by heart, something more, something spiritual happens.  You take it in, it rearranges the very cells of your being so that your being in the world is more aligned with clarity so that the way you are being in the world changes.

Once you learn something by heart, you are never, ever the same.  But you are more the real you than you have ever been.

That part of you that has always been most strongly YOU becomes more pronounced.  You feel that part of you that already knew the truth that Rilke’s poem, for instance, revealed.  That is the awakening part – the truth that another channeled with their work touches the part of you that is eternally connected to truth and clarity and inspiration, wakes it up, and it fans the flames of your inherent, inner genius – that part of you that is always connected to truth.

And the more your being is familiar with the truth/voice of another, like a Rilke, the more you could read a new poem without seeing who it is by but recognize it as “Rilke” or in the “spirit of Rilke,” then the more you are also able to sense that you must have a voice, your own distinct one-in-all-of-creation way of channeling truth and source, and there is no limit for the need of this kind of extraordinary work in the world.  

Suggested practice:

Choose someone who is a master in the field in which you are playing.  Be creative and find ways in which you can learn their particular work by heart – whether it is their trademark jumpshot, golf swing, work with color, or the way they master a stanza break.  Take it into your being, memorize it, then learn it by heart so that the reproduction of it is effortless, thoughtless.  In this way it will marinate with what is already latent within you and what is released from then on will be something that is unique to you.




HEY THERE, FABULOUS! WHY NOT YOU?! : A guided tour to an original work of art

Leah Campbell Badertscher, 2015
30×40 original, acrylic on canvas
$2,700 + S&H


“We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.”
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

This piece is about letting yourself be who you really are and letting yourself be seen.

The inspiration for this piece came last year after I realized I had this long list of qualities I deeply admired in other people – passion, playfulness, exuberance, boldness, sensuality, and a “larger than life-ness” – but that I wouldn’t let myself go there because “that just wasn’t me.”

Then one day I just asked myself, “Why can’t that be me? Says who?” So all those things I mentioned above that I told myself I was not? I went there in life, in painting, and especially with this painting.

This painting is for you if you too believe in holding nothing back and playing big. This painting will be a constant reminder that it is you, always you, who is the one meant to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous.

Special Features Guide To HEY THERE, FABULOUS!:

All of my paintings have special symbolism, sometimes words and phrases, some images hidden in plain sight, and other gems that can make the painting come to life if you know what to look for. Here are three examples of special features in this painting that will help you better enjoy the painting and feel more confident and savvy about why you might be drawn to this particular piece of art:

FIRST: The Woman

Can spot the woman hidden in plain sight? (I love me a good metaphor!)


The following message is etched into the sun in the upper left corner: You shine brighter than a thousand suns.

THIRD: Use of Shape

I believe lines convey motion which convey emotion. I used a lot of curvy, rounded shapes in an overall pattern that is also very sweeping and curvy. To me this conveys sensuality and femininity. And when I take those shapes and create them using thick lines, large shapes, and vibrant colors, this creates a boldness, a strength, an unapologetic nature about that sensuality and femininity.

To acquire this piece, please email me at leah@leahcb.com.



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With green added, HEY THERE FABULOUS

SHE RISING: A guided tour of an original work of art


Leah Campbell Badertscher, 2014, All Rights Reserved
40×40 original, acrylic on canvas
Available: $10,000

This painting is about the divine feminine and the modern feminist, a phenomenon and a movement that I call SHE RISING.

The original inspiration for this piece was sparked by an incident several years ago that occurred while I was riding my bike on a lonely stretch of Iowa highway.  I hadn’t seen another soul for twenty miles, but suddenly a voice, one that seemed to come from right above my left shoulder, spoke one strong, clear word:  SHE.

Fast-forward to almost two years ago when I began working on this piece, and I began to realize that that message “SHE” is strongly related to the ways I’ve  witnessed so many women waking up and remembering who they really are: divine and powerful.

This piece is like a mirror; it will reflect back to you who you really are, even when you’re tempted to forget and give into playing small.  Bringing this painting into your space declares, to you and to the world, who you really are: divine, powerful, and rising.

Special Features Guide to the SHE RISING:

All of my paintings have special symbolism, sometimes words and phrases, some images hidden in plain sight, and other gems that can make the painting come to life if you know what to look for. This particular painting is especially brimming with wild and gorgeous treasures like this!  Here are three examples of the special features about this painting that will help you better enjoy the painting and feel more confident and savvy about why you might be drawn to this particular piece of art:

FIRST: The Figure
I’m sure you’ve noticed the woman that is the central figure in this piece, but did you also notice she has a wing on her left?  Whether you decide this means SHE is an angel, or a woman who has remembered her ability to fly…or both…is up to you.

Another possible interpretation for the figure and the painting is that she represents Mother Earth, and yet also represents our special ability as women to be stewards and guardians of the Earth.

SECOND: Her Pose
The way we hold our bodies communicates incredible information – and so I am fascinated with how to convey this through the gestures and poses of figures I paint.  Notice in this painting her strong, upright stance, outstretched wing, and arm raised.  There is no doubt or apology here – it’s a poise of self-knowing and power.  She is rising.

Notice also that she is facing East – and towards colors that suggest sunrise.

THIRD: The Words
Words are a very powerful presence in this particular painting.  You can see where I wrote “She” on the upper left quadrant, near her outstretched arm.
Here are some other phrases that I used in this painting, some of which are still visible:

SHE will move mountains
SHE will change the world
SHE is rising


If you can also spot the Tree of Life, the Phoenix, and identify Metatron’s Cube!

To acquire this piece, please email me at leah@leahcb.com.




SECRET GARDEN: An original painting and her story

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“Secret Garden”
Leah Campbell Badertscher, 2015
12×36 original acrylic on canvas
$950 + S&H
This painting is only available in the original
(i.e., no reproductions will be made).

“Every woman should have a secret garden,” was a beautiful piece of wisdom that a mentor once shared with me.  These words have inspired my life and also helped inspire this piece.
This painting is about the mystery and effortlessly beautiful energy of a woman who is connected to and cares for her secret garden.
I created this piece to draw you out of your mind and what you “think” it means to have a secret garden. I created this piece because rather than have you just think about it, I wanted to put you squarely in an felt and known experience of being someone who enjoys a robust connection to her beauty, dreams, passions, and her own unique understanding of what it means to be a woman.
This piece is for you if you are one of those women who is determined to step out of the uninspired “should’s” and confining norms of what mainstream society expects from women. This piece is for you if you want your life, including how adorn the walls that surround you everyday, to be an embodiment of what it really means to you to be a woman – untamed, beautiful, and always a little mysterious.  
 Special Features Guide to “Secret Garden”:
All of my paintings have special symbolism, sometimes words and phrases, some images hidden in plain sight, and other gems that can make the painting come to life if you know what to look for. Here are four special features about this painting that will help you better enjoy the painting and feel more confident and savvy about why you might be drawn to a particular piece of art:
FIRST: The Figures
You may have already noticed that there are two figures in this painting, or do the two together make a third? Does this mean literally three different people, or three in one? Or is this not meant to be literal at all, but rather a gesture at the multitude of different dimensions we women, as rich and deep beings, all possess? You get to decide….
SECOND: Lines Convey Movement, Motion Conveys Emotion

Notice the lines in this painting. To me, the shape of the line conveys motion which conveys emotion. Notice how in this painting, which I’ve said above is very feminine, there is scarcely a hard, straight line to be found. Rather, from the shape of the woman/women to the shapes of the leaves and other marks within the figures, the lines are predominantly flowing and curvy.
Here’s an exercise you can do on your own. Get a piece of paper and draw a bunch of hard, straight lines. Now draw a bunch of curvy. Notice which one, to you, feels more masculine and which feels more feminine?
THIRD: Bird in Flight
Notice the flying bird beneath the breast of one of the figures? Take that in.
Now, imagine a tattoo of a bird in flight at that very same place on your own body. Notice what that feels like, what that evokes for you, how it changes your physical and emotional state in an instant to imagine that. What you felt was the life of this painting connecting to your life and dancing with you.
FOURTH: Hidden words
Although the words I inscribed into this painting didn’t show through in the final layer, the energy of them remains. Here are some of the words I used to inspire and focus myself while I created this piece:

SHE matters


To claim this original as your very own, please email me at leah@leahcb.com.

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Easy on the Eyes: An original painting and her story

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“Easy on the Eyes”

Leah Campbell Badertscher, 2015
original, 24×36 acrylic on canvas

This painting will be available only as this sole original
(no reproductions will be made)
$850 + $25 S&H

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”
-Anne Sexton

I tell you what my friends, it is the dead of winter here in South Bend and my heart and soul are so craving warmth, color and EXUBERANCE.  So, necessity being the mother of invention and me being an artist and all…


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Here you have it, EXUBERANT art!
If you have an exuberant soul, why settle for moderation on your walls?  This painting will express your spirit and bring beauty and color that’s easy on your eyes into your everyday life!
Special Features Guide to “Easy on the Eyes”:

Here are a few notes about this painting that will help you better enjoy the painting and better understand why you might be drawn to this particular piece of art:

Everything is energy and with my art, I love to play with colors, lines, relationship, and the textures, to create a certain energy.  I layered and juxtaposed until the result was an energy that felt like big, exuberant spirit and was also easy on the eyes.

Please email me at leah@leahcb.com to to acquire this piece.

Yours in Exuberance and Love,


Close-ups below…