just be you.


Gina shares a positive story about her business



“Don’t play small! Stand up! Take charge! You are doing yourself and others a disservice by catering your actions towards how you think others will react. Instead, just be yourself, exactly as you are. When you are simply being yourself you will attract everything that is in alignment with who you truly are. You will be shocked to see who drops away. Their absence will leave a space for new and amazing relationships to enter your life. Just be you, and let everyone else do what they may. You are not what others believe you to be, you are what you know you are and nothing else. Just be. You will be rewarded for your courage with a life that reflects your true essence instead of an invented identity created to “please others”. Ahhhh, doesn’t it feel good to just be!?”

– Jackson Kiddard, author & polymath. 




When we truly embrace ourselves as we authentically are —the light, the dark and the gray in between, then a whole new world opens up.  We at once become free and at one with the Universe in total acceptance of all that is….and loving every juicy moment of it.



Ahhhh Relationships.  Not only is our global economy and government systems being asked to transform and birth a higher vision and order the way we relate to each other is also being called for a transformation and expansion.


The work that I do is so internal…so intimate– each relationship I have with a client is sacred.  I must trust each of my clients and their process.   And mine.   If I am met with resistance, I can only hold space for the tension, encourage forward movement…and inspire the bravery required to step through the doorway that leads to the unknown. I cannot force them. Realizing our ability to choose at any time is a potent opportunity for self-empowerment. I can only provide the tools, support and love.  Each of us is invited to show up with openness, readiness, trust and the dedication to utilize the opportunities that bloom before us.


When one person in a relationship decides to stop putting in the work, then the relationship as a whole suffers.  This is true  with any relationship…to our partners, our friends, our co-workers…our family.  The longer it suffers the more damage is done to all involved…feeding the fire of resentment and blame and effecting even those that are not directly involved.   Only by speaking our truth, being ourselves and setting boundaries around what unhealthy patterns you are unwilling to continue to feed within a relationship— are you able to open the door to make room for transformation, wholeness and other relationships in your life that support a higher love. A higher love of SELF.


So where can you JUST BE a little more YOU?

Where within your own relationships is calling for a HIGHER love?


with love & creativity…





fill your fall with offerings at fire tree studios…




TOMORROW!!!  saturday session in the studio

october 22, 2011

12pm – 4pm

guided by melissa d’antoni




Val explores her creativity through the painting process



Spend an afternoon awakening and nourishing your creative spirit by immersing yourself in over three hours of exploration, expression, play and deep surrender.


The Saturday Visionary Painting class welcomes continuing students and first time painters, providing a space to journey through barriers of old patterns and stagnant, less-than-serving beliefs that keep you from tapping into the internal well of creativity, power and life force energy that is within you.




  • investment:  $75 (inludes all materials and Hill Country spring water)
  • beginners welcome!





How to register?  Need more information?


  • Visit our website www.firetreestudios.com and sign up on our Schedule page via pay pal.
  • Call 512 524 0687 to use a credit card.
  • Email melissa@firetreestudios.com.
  • Click the register button below.




Wild Women’s Weekend Painting Retreat in Pontotoc, TX

walk on the wild side november 11-13, 2011

friday 6pm – sunday 5pm


“We are all filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PH.D.


Melissa ready to paint in the art barn



  • Are You Ready to awaken, express and reclaim……your organic wildness?!
  • Do you seek that raw creative life-force essence that lives and breathes deep within in you?
  • Do you desire to discover your authentic voice?
  • Do you crave a space where you can join together in community with like-minded sisters that crave to explore this lost aspect of ourselves…to give yourself permission to display the often-hidden wildness from within?





Then this, my sisters…

is for YOU!





Fire Tree Studios is taking a road trip to a private vineyard in the Texas Hill Country for a painting retreat dedicated to deepening your intuition and Wild sense of knowing! Through creating a safe and sacred container, this highly meditative retreat will take you deep into your flow, opening the door to awakening and transformation from within.


Farmhouse on the vineyard


Come spend a weekend immersed in your painting process at a lovely private vineyard set on a old farm in the Texas Hill Country.  Paint outside in a open-air milk-barn that is transformed into a painting studio…get inspired with your view of the plentiful vineyard!




Vineyard dinner
  • Begin each morning with authentic movement to awaken the creative juices.




  • Get into your flow with over 20 hours of painting process, guidance and creative teachings!
  • Enjoying country cooking provided by Brandy Gibbs of Fine Home Dining…and a BBQ welcome dinner!
  • Let your hair down!  Wind down each evening with wild stories around the campfire.
  • Reflect on your process and your day by taking in the majestic sun setting over the vineyard.








Investment depends on level of accommodations in the farmhouse.

  • Bunk beds ($600) or doubles in a shared room ($700).
  • Camping on the property is also available for $550.
  • Hook-ups are available for trailers ($575).
  • Full payment is required to secure your space.
  • All materials included.
  • 5 delicious, organic meals included to nourish the mind & spirit!



How to Register?


  • Call the studio at 512 524 0687
  • Email melissa@firetreestudios.com
  • Visit our website at www.firetreestudios.com to sign up on our Schedule page
  • Click the Register button below










intuitive painting: 8 week series

starts november 2, 2011




This experiential painting journey is all about creative process with very little structure. Focus in the painting studio is on the process rather than the end result…this is so that we can explore the entire realm of possibility in any moment, discovering the creative vortex, reclaim repressed aspects of ourselves and experience what it feels like to be in the flow…







  • guided by melissa d’antoni
  • wednesday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • investment: $440 (includes all materials and Hill Country Spring water






  • surrender the inner critic and transcend perceived limitation to experience our true essence
  • commune with the creative life force to experience connection, joy, transformation and higher states of consciousness
  • discover your own unique expression of Self
  • begin with a guided awareness practice to center and align ourselves with our creative source
  • painting sessions are followed by a brief mediation in a continued non-verbal space
  • All levels of painting experience are welcome.



How to register?  Need more information?


  • Visit our website www.firetreestudios.com and sign up on our Schedule page via pay pal.
  • Call 512 524 0687 to use a credit card.
  • Email melissa@firetreestudios.com.
  • Click the register button below.

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