Welcome to School of the Sacred Arts

From opposite sides of the world, Ashley River and Rachel Christensen were guided on a journey of working with the healing medicine of tattoo art. Using their intuitive gifts, connections to the otherworlds, subtle and energetic gifts, deep study of the body, and love for tattoo art, they were each led down a path of devoted exploration into the mystical, transformative, sacred art of tattooing. Through their experience of alchemizing intentional art into their client's skin, piercing the skin and as a result piercing through veils of illusion, they began to witness deep and radical transformation among themselves and the clients they worked with. 

Having both been persecuted by the male-dominated, masculine tattoo industry early in their careers, their path of learning with this sacred art was often one of isolation, offering their healing work in private studios for those who heard the call of the sacred. Ashley and Rachel met at the end of 2018, and this meeting forever changed their lived. They were both calling in and having visions of themselves and another tattoo sister teaching Sacred Tattooing to groups of people all over the world, bringing a feminine voice to this powerful ancient art form. Finding someone else in the world weaving tattoo medicine with the same sacred devotion, depth of care, spirit-led creating, and understanding of what was really happening when you ink these intentional, magical symbols onto the skin was like meeting a creative soul mate. 

In 2019 they launched their first Sacred Tattooing offering, and in 2021 The School of the Sacred Arts was Born

Ashley and Rachel flew back and forth from the States to Australia where they each reside, respectively, to birth their collaborative work. The first course of its kind, Ashley and Rachel poured their collective 17 years of energy work and tattoo experience and wisdom into a digestible and transformation online offering to support not only tattoo artists in the remembrance of this true nature and origins of tattoo work, but also all artists wishing to deepen their abilities to create art that offers healing and transformation to all those who receive it. 

School of the Sacred Arts was born as an umbrella to share and teach even more, with Healing with Sacred Tattooing, a guide for receivers of tattoo art being released, masterclasses, plus future intentions of online and in-person retreats, 1:1 mentoring for artists and tattoo artists, and more, with a vision to center the sacred in art, the healing in tattooing, nourish in community, and create space for the feminine to lead once again. 


You desire to remember the magic in art as a catalyst for healing.


You want to awaken your visionary and intuitive gifts as an artist who co-creates with spirit.

Let Go

You are ready to let the feminine lead in your sacred creative practice.

Meet Your Guides

Ashley River

Ashley is a ceremonial tattooist, mystic, published author, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. Ashley is most known for her unique ceremonial tattooing modality called Soul Tattoo®. Ashley and her Soul Tattoo® ceremonies alchemize powerful transformation through an intimate, intentional healing experience that offers a bridge between soul essence and embodiment. Ashley's is a threshold guide with a fiery passion for leading others through death/life initiations to remember their soul's unique song that longs to be expressed. She is a lantern in the dark to guide others in alignment with their natural, courageous artistry to weave their dreams and most visionary of visions into into form. In 2021 Ashley published her first book with Sounds True, Tending to the Sacred: Rituals to Connect with Earth, Spirit, and Self, as well as her oracle deck, Messages from the Heart of the Divine. She began working on her second book in 2022. As of 2022 Ashley now leads apprentices in a Soul Tattoo® certification training both online and in person. Along with co-founding the School of the Sacred Arts, Ashley is also the co-founder of Feminine Voices (ourfemininevoices.com) co leading feminine voice liberation retreats in the South of France. For more of Ashley's work, visit ashleyriver.co.

Rachel Christensen

Rachel Christensen

Rachel is an intuitive tattoo artist, energy worker and owner of Chrysalis Tattoo Alchemy which lies on the lush landscapes of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Rachel explores the diversity of spiritual transformation through her passion of practicing and acquiring knowledge in many different healing modalities, incorporating them into her own unique and intuitive practice as a tattoo artist, and within her day to day life. Through energy healing, vibrational medicine, sound healing, drum journeying and intuition, Rachel unites her healing work with intention, ritual and ceremony, bringing them into her tattoo sessions and using tattoos as a form of healing, spiritual transformation and soul alignment. Through her intuitive connection to Spirit, Rachel’s evolving tattoo work is often channelled for her clients based on their own unique personal energy signature, tailored with guidance and medicine from the elements and symbols within each piece, and activated with intentions that come through for each client. The elements focus strongly on the connection to healing botanicals, medicine plants, crystals, animals, and sacred symbolism. It is an alchemical process that acts as a sacred talisman, symbol and tool for transformation for the wearer, assisting them with the embodiment of their souls true essence, and supporting them on their own personal evolution and ascension.