The vision, mission, purpose behind presenting this photo Journal, is to acknowledge and honor the feminine divine energy in all its wisdom and beauty and to inspire and awaken humanity. If given the same opportunities as men, woman by nature will support, nurture, inspire, uplift, bring co-operation, and more compassion and raise the consciousness of humanity.
Stephen Laurence Harvey
As one of my favourite authors profoundly stated ...
“If woman are allowed the freedom to grow to their full potential, there will be many, many women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets, painters, healers, And they will enhance not only the woman’s part of the world – because the world is one – they will enhance the whole world. They will give man also new dimensions because their ways of seeing things are different. Man looks at things in one way; the woman looks from a different perspective. Life will become richer."
My greatest blessing in this life has undoubtably having been born to the most devoted, nurturing, compassionate loving parents a human could possibly wish for. My Mother was a beautiful soul, and hand in hand with my dear Father they created a beautiful home for my younger brother and I to grow up in, from where we would learn how to love by their example. I will forever consider them to be my guardian angels. My Mother was a quiet soft spoken woman, but in truth she was a “Silent Warrior”. The oldest of five siblings my Mother embodied the matriarchal figure of the family. Her nickname to all those that knew her was “Goldie” which her father gave her as a child because of her golden locks, in truth it was a more a description of her loving heart. Everyone who knew my Mother loved and deeply respected her. When my Mother transitioned, I felt a calling to honor her memory. Although I never had a sister, I have always been surrounded by incredible Women throughout my life, many of whom became my soul sisters over the years. This photo Journal, “Women of Wonder”, is a salute to all the amazing women I have crossed paths with and dedicated as a tribute to my Mother “Goldie" ... to whom along with her sisters I give all the credit for teaching me how to respect and value Women.
I love you Mum, may you soar the heavens, your forever grateful, loving son…Stephen
My Mother was an artist ...
not a painter, not a musician, not a poet, not an actor, not a sculptor, in fact, notwhat people would term an artist in the conventional sense
Nonetheless My Mother was an artist ...
My Mothers Artistry was in another dimension, an arena that has throughout the ages been so overlooked, more often under appreciated, without the adulation, praise and glory typically bestowed upon the exceptionally gifted artists in our midst.
Nevertheless My Mother was an exceptional artist …
My Mothers canvas was our home, My Mothers palette was her creativity, My mothers melodies, her song, were to be found in her cooking, her style, her grace.
My Mother sculptured a beautiful life with her energy, her tenderness, her teachings, the way she cared for her children, the way she loved, and partnered my Father, The way she sprinkled her magic around the house, her presence, her essence, her divinity, her unconditional love.
My Mother taught me the greatest lessons in life. Along with my Father, she taught me how to love, how to be kind, how to be gentle, how to have faith and compassion.
My Mother was a Woman of Wonder.
Upon My Mothers passing I felt a deep calling to create some form of art to honor her memory. As I paused to reflect my life, I realized I had always been surrounded by the most amazing Women ...my romances, the surrogate sisters, and even mother figures in my life, have all played a major part in my evolution. So began a journey to create a photo journal and documentary dedicated to my Mother and all the amazing Women that have touched my life.
From the first interviews I filmed, I felt my heart blown open, and I knew I was in divine alignment with my souls purpose.
It has been a great honor and privilege, and it is with great reverence that I humbly present these stories to honor of all the great archetypal Mothers and unsung Women heroes of the world, and in loving memory and deep gratitude for my own personal Woman of Wonder, Nora Harvey.
Ariane was born in Bonn, Germany and is a self-proclaimed “child of the world.” She moved to Sierra Leone, Africa at the age of 8-weeks, beginning the first of her many global adventures. Her immediate introduction to the international community was the result of her father’s position as a German Ambassador. Stations in her life included Freetown in Sierra Leone, New Delhi, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Antananarivo in Madagaskar, Miami, New York, Berlin and London. Currently she resides in Los Angeles and Berlin.
An important benefit of her worldly childhood was the fact Ariane learned to appreciate and respect the differences these varying cultures offered as well as an innate awareness of what it means to be a citizen of the world. In addition, Ariane learned to fluently speak five languages — English, German, Spanish, French and Italian, currently she is studying Mandarin.
Ariane’s philanthropic, activist and business initiatives combine in related efforts focusing on aid for people in need, animal welfare and green/earth-friendly endeavors.
Raline Rahmat Shah began her career as one of the contestants of Puteri Indonesia 2008 where she represented North Sumatra and chosen in Top 5. Her acting career began when she starred in the film 5 cm (2012) with Herjunot Ali, where she played Riani. Raline starred along with Laudya Chintya Bella and Fedi Nuril in Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan (2015), which enable her to won Best Supprting Female Role at the 2015 Bandung Film Festival and receive nomination at the 2015 Indonesian Film Festival, as well as nomination for the Best Supporting Female Role at the 2016 Indonesia Box Office Movie Awards.
She also contribute a soundtrack for the film, entitled "Kekasih di Surga". In July 2017, she released a new song, "Jadi Milikku" a collaboration with Marcell. In 2018, she appears as a main cast with Shaheizy Sam and Zizan Razak in the Malaysian action film, Polis Evo 2. Released on November 22, 2018 in Malaysia, and on April 18, 2019 in Indonesia, the film became commercial success and receive mixed reviews. She played her role as Rian, an Indonesian Police officer.
Raline is widely known for her versatility as an artist and public figure. Her unique pan-asian features and fluency in both English and Bahasa have enabled her to take on such diverse acting roles as a Turkish immigrant, a Caucasian-Chinese, as well as characters closer to her traditional Indonesian roots. Outside of film, she has also performed in theatre, notably with a lead role in the folklore musical Timun Mas: The Musical. This epic drama was directed by Rama Soeprapto, a leading Indonesian stage director who worked under American experimental theatre director Robert Wilson.
Additionally, Raline is recognized as a top model & fashion icon in Indonesia, having worked extensively as a commercial and runway model since 2008 both within Indonesia and internationally. She represented Indonesia in New York in 2012 and 2013 during the United Nation F4D program, promoting tenun (Indonesian traditional woven fabrics) and also being one of the global brand ambassadors personally chosen by Diane von Furstenberg. She has been the face of Pantene for P&G in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia since 2012-present and is the brand ambassador for Pantene, Wardah Cosmetics, Mandiri Bank, Hemaviton-C and OPPO for 2018.
Raline Shah is known for her love of nature and hiking hiking since her first movie (5cm) that features her hiking up Mount Semeru, the biggest volcano and one of the most challenging climbs in Indonesia. She is an avid traveller and believes in “ a world without strangers”.
Women come to love, nurture, nourish and inspire mankind to live to it’s highest potential.
Women are the Creators the Mothers drawing on the wisdom of spiritual teachers, visionaries, leaders and healers from diverse traditions recognising life’s sacredness, knowing all life is community.
Kyla maybe one of our youngest "Women of Wonder" By her early teens Kyla was already doing TED talks and involved in a host of charity projects, including her own ... A recording Artist /Singer, Poet, Philanthropist, Actress, Songwriter, Activist. Kyla is the prime example of a new school of Women who are here on earth to shape humanity and make a better future for all humankind.
Robin chatting with Women & children displaced by the Volcano erupting in Bali (2018) Robin gave refuge to as many Balinese families as she could squeeze into her clinic during the time of crisis providing food and shelter.
Sharron Rose, M.A. Ed., is a true renaissance woman. A filmmaker, choreographer, composer, author, teacher and performer, she transits the worlds of art and commerce in a unique and compelling way.
In the realm of filmmaking, Sharron is producer of the visionary feature film, The Last Avatar, writer/director/host of the documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey and Timewave 2013, executive producer of the documentary, Infinity: The Ultimate Trip, and producer of the films in the Sacred Mysteries DVD Collection. Since 2000, she has been president of the film distribution company, Sacred Mysteries Distribution and VP of Sacred Mysteries Productions.
Trained from childhood in the classical western arts of ballet, opera and theatre, after receiving a diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Education from George Washington University, she became a member of New York City’s vital dance/theatre/performance art scene.
From 1983-1988, with the assistance of a Professional Development Grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, she began extensive research into the art, culture and spiritual traditions of North India. During this time she became the first American disciple of early Bollywood film star, renowned classical Indian dancer and Tantrika, Sitara Devi and was initiated into a sacred tradition of the ancient feminine yogic arts
"Dancer, artist, philosopher, and spiritual adept, Sharron Rose is of the lineage of those bold and luminous women who take the journey to the Goddess wherever and to whomever it may lead. Her research is impeccable, her ability to translate the ancient themes into expressive forms is unmatched, and her many years of extensive work in ancient traditions of dance, ritual, drama and song is unique in our time."
Chloe carving on one of her surfboards art pieces