Designer Spiritual Retreat: Irene Turner

Irene Turner shares her Diva Den Secrets

Irene Turner

Irene Turner

1.Do you have a real Diva Den?

Yes, I am very fortunate to have my own space, I always have. In this house I have a room that is about 18ft x 25ft. With vaulted ceilings, white beams and a French door to a small patio with a water fountain. It used to be the two car garage that we converted to a laundry room and my Diva Den.  I like it because it is slightly off to the side of our home, so it feels very private. And when I leave it, I can shut the door and leave behind.

It is my office, my meditation room, MY room in our house.

2. Favorite Diva Quote ?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: it’s in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson quoted by Nelson Mandela in his ’94 Inauguration

3. What’s your Diva style?

My room reflects who I am at a soul level, so, it is a mix…a little bit of spiritual, a hot color for the latin blood in me, a high desk as I’m tall, and my teddy bear from when I was a child.  A global mix with a spiritual bent.

4. How long did it take you to create your sacred space?

It’s an evolution and in a constant state of flux. Originally my husband and I got the room painted and set up in three weeks. I will always be adding new things, and moving things to reflect who I am today.

5.What is your favorite item in your room?

Yikes, one item? Hmmmmmm….Perhaps my painting of the Goddess Lakshmi. She is the Hindu Goddess of Abundance, the abundance of Spirit, Wisdom, Wealth and Beauty. I aspire to be all those attributes. much time do you spend in your sacred space a day?

Since it is also my office and I work and write out of my home, probably 80% of my waking day that I am at home! In other words, a lot of time.

7.What paint colors draw you, in your Diva Den?

I LOVE the coral color on my walls!

8.How has the sacred space changed / inspired you in your life?

As I meditate in my space it is a constant inspiration. It’s coming out of meditation that I am at my most creative. Also, because the room is a good size and I have a lot of beauty inside and outside to look at I feel that I can “see” or sense from a bigger energetic picture. It feels vast to me. Space and beauty always uplift…and by the way, I don’t think bigger is better-it’s all about how you use it, right? I’m speaking metaphorically about the “space”.

9.What key elements rejuvenate your inner Diva/Divo ?

My comfy futon sofa (can function as a second bedroom when my BFF’s come to visit) as it is a place to get away from the computer, relax and unwind! Also, my meditation altar, and my creative visualization board….oh, and the pictures of those nearest and dearest to my heart!

10.What is your dirty little secret (how do you indulge the inner you that you wouldn’t tell but are sharing with us -eg reading corny love stories or eating chocolates)? (we will keep your secret) (LOL) (take the shame out and share)

Well, if I tell you my secret, it won’t be a secret anymore, will it? So, let’s see, what can I tell you?

I watch Idol…love the music

I do read fiction, I read quickly and a lot, especially before I go to bed at night.

And yes, I always have a stash of dark chocolate in my Diva Den that my husband doesn’t know about!

Irene Turner's Diva Den

Where can we find you? (links and contacts) This is the link to my blog post when I put my Diva Den, called my office together   My weblog

So dear readers, what do you think? Does reading of Irene’s joy in her Diva Den inspire you to create your own indulgent space?

If you want to have a Diva Den that inspires you daily, call me Jennifer Duchene @ 650.644.8592

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Designer Spiritual Retreat: Irene Turner — 5 Comments

  1. Jen, thank you for asking Irene to share her sacred space with us. What a lovely idea. and Irene, it was lovely to come into your sanctuary and enjoy. That’s a brilliant use of your garage. This is a great inspiration for me as it is something that I am working towards for whenever the moment is appropriate. It sounds really nurturing for your soul to be able to spend 80% of your time here. Aaahhhh…..

    Fiona Stolze
    Inspired Art and Living

  2. Jen, it was a pleasure being interviewed by you. I must admit that I never knew what to call my space and your “Diva Den” is Divine! Thank you.

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