Booking

Ashley’s books are open for the Fall-Winter season (October through December) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. To book a tattoo ceremony with Ashley, click the button below to book your appointment.

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How Can I Book a Session?
 
When books open each season, an announcement will go out via Ashley’s newsletter and an updated calendar will appear on this page. Each season there are typically 10-22 openings for that season. Soul Tattoo ceremonies are a flat fee of $1,330 (previously $333/hr, now a flat fee to eliminate time pressure) and are on average 4-6 hours in length. A $500 deposit is due upon booking to hold your spot, and the rest may be paid in full 7 days before your ceremony. Once you have booked, you will receive a final invoice along with an email that includes your appointment info, a preparation and integration guide, and more, 7-14 days before your ceremony date.
All sessions take place in Ashley’s private studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico unless a residency is announced through Ashley’s newsletter. Before booking, please read our policies below.

Ashley is no longer offering a waitlist for Soul Tattoos as it quickly became unmanageable. If you were previously on the mailing list or waitlist prior 2020, you will have to sign up again and apply for a session when books are open for the timeframe you would like to book in. The only waitlist currently in place is for L.A. residencies. To hop on that waitlist, please email connect@ashleyriver.co.

Everyone’s experience will be unique to them and their intentions. Most clients feel nourished and calm and have a sense of empowerment and motivation toward their dreams and purpose. They will feel a sense of belonging and soul connection to their new marking, like it has always been there. Some clients will also experience more creativity, waves of energy like things are moving and shifting, physical sensations in the body, new insights, perspective shifts, big emotional releases and energetic purging, past life memories, visions, an open pathway where things once felt blocked, a deeper connection to their guides and life path, or the courage to leap into the new. Most clients will experience some form of deep relaxation and spiritual harmony, but deep releases (mentally, emotionally, physically, psychically, subconsciously) are often very present in this work. Soul Tattoos are not a quick fix and can take weeks to years to integrate fully, understand, and embody. Everyone’s process is unique, beautiful, and in alignment for their soul journey.

A group soul tattoo ceremony is a unique group healing and activation experience using soul tattoo alchemy to attune more to your unique soul song (expression). each group ceremony is a unique and intimate journey and shared experience for 4-8 people. most often group ceremonies will have a specific theme or shared group intention for healing. in these ceremonies, there will either be a unique soul tattoo that is channeled for the group based on the collective energy of the group, or each participant will receive a unique symbol of their own soul’s song, and woven onto skin by Ashley. The placement options may channeled as well depending on the group theme/intention of each ceremony. These ceremonies also include specifically curated rituals, meditations, additional healing modalities, and movement to open to and integrate the tattoo alchemy. These group soul tattoo ceremonies are perfect for a group of friends, a small, special event, family members, etc, as Ashley typically does not allow any additional people in her 1:1 sessions or offer more than that one session in a day. group ceremony events are announced via Ashley’s newsletter.

*please note that the tattoos woven in these ceremonies are very small (not a full-size tattoo like in a 1:1 ceremony), but potent and transformational.

Ashley is no longer taking requests for channeled tattoo designs virtually, but seasonally to once or twice a year, Ashley will release channeled tattoo tickets for purchase on her shop page.

In the 8 years of practicing tattooing, this has only happened a few times. When a client is an aligned soul match, there is a deep purpose and connection in receiving this work. Most clients when seeing their design for the first time have a deep soul remembrance and feeling of belonging and being seen. Each experience of healing is unique, and hesitation, doubt, fear of letting go of control, and resistance could be a part of your unique transformation process. This is common in any type of work that calls upon change in any form. Working through resistance to a design or symbol or placement could be a part of medicine the client is needing to open to more trust or expression, but alternatively, voicing their needs, desires, and boundaries and claiming a different placement could be as well. Sometimes it is important for a client’s unique healing for them to choose where the tattoo will be placed on their body themselves, and Ashley will intuit if this is so and guide the client to tuning into their body to feel into what the tattoo wants to live. One of the most universally healing aspects of this work is letting go of the ego, embracing the mystery, and letting the soul come in. Most resistance that comes up in sessions is a client working through the fear of what other people will think of their Soul Tattoo, often their family. But this is a deeper reflection of a fear of how your truth and truer expression may be judged when you step outside the boxes/labels/roles other bestow upon you and claim yourself instead. A Soul Tattoo is about you, your healing, your soul. All this being said, it is also about your body. Ashley will never pressure you to receive a design or placement alignment if it doesn’t feel right to you. It is so important that each client feels safe and trusting through the entire process. But 99.99% of the time, everything aligns perfectly.

The way that Ashley tattoos by hand is a more gentle, non-invasive form of receiving a tattoo that typically results in less pain and bleeding than a machine tattoo. Every client has a unique experience to pain. Tattooing (and healing) in general can be very stimulating to the thought forms we have subconsciously created to feel safe, triggering fear and resistance which then tells our brain we are in pain/in harm’s way. The more unsafe we feel in the body, or the more prone we are to anxiety, the more pain one can experience while receiving a tattoo, whether it be by a machine or by hand. Ashley creates an environment of calm and peace to ensure the most comfortable experience of tattooing as possible. Many clients fall asleep or drift into a meditative state while they are being tattooed. Others may experience more intense periods of pain if their nervous system is unregulated, they are holding on to fear, a lot of tension/stagnation in the area of the tattoo or are in their head too much during the tattooing process. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and every client is different and every step of the process of receiving their Soul Tattoo is medicine. Ashley is equipped to guide each client through the unique journey of receiving the tattoo no matter what comes up and how it feels. She is there to support you in moving through whatever arises and guiding you to presence, ease, and trust in your unique process.

Ashley uses an organic, non-toxic vegan black ink. Ashley only tattoos in black ink at this time to ensure the simplest, purest ingredients as most colored inks are filled with heavy metals, toxins, or ingredients that can irritate those who are sensitive. Ashley also uses and teaches eco/conscious tattooing, choosing to tattoo using biodegradable, compostable, natural, and earth-friendly products and tools. What is safe for the earth is safe for us.

The mystics, healers, wild women, witches, passionate dreamers, and soul creatives on a path of anchoring more of their magic, purpose, creativity, and light onto the planet. For those ready to leap into their dreams, their gifts, their full feminine power, and expand into a fuller expression of their soul light.

Those who are looking to be saved/fixed, who are ready to give their power away to Ashley to do the healing work for them. Those who have not yet stepped into their own healing and shadow work. Those who believe a Soul Tattoo will heal their trauma. Those looking for a cool spiritual tattoo, or those who already have a specific design which they want to be tattooed by Ashley.

All Soul Tattoo designs are channeled in ceremony by Ashley by connecting to the soul light and medicine of each client. She does not tattoo other people’s work. If there are certain elements you feel strongly called to you can share that via email and Ashley will certainly take that into consideration, but to tattoo a design by someone else would not be a Soul Tattoo session, it would simply be a tattoo session that could be done by any tattoo artist anywhere.

Ashley’s work is centered around feminine liberation. This is to free and uplift the creative life force, voice of soul love, inner mystic, oppressed matriarchal stories and wisdom, and feminine (creative/emotional/intuitive) energy within. Her work attracts primarily women for this reason, but it is for anyone wanting to devote their healing to the feminine. The common thread between the client’s Ashley works with is that they are devoted to the path of the heart and spirit and are willing to do something with their light in the world. Ashley’s work activates purpose and devotion to the sacred, evolutionary path, and it is deep commitment to healing and love that is required, not a certain gender.

Ashley can do larger tattoos (over 6X6) upon request and will require an additional fee and potentially be broken up into multiple sessions back to back due to the slow intentional process of tattooing by hand. These are beautiful opportunities to dive even deeper into this soul work and make a short retreat experience out of your time in Santa Fe with Ashley or drop in once a month to season to activate your work together. If you are seeking to work with Ashley on a larger piece, it is recommended that you have already sat in ceremony with Ashley prior. Please reach out prior to booking if you have a larger activation of tattoo alchemy in mind.

Ashley’s 1:1 sessions are intimate transformational experiences for one person and no additional guests are allowed in the space other than the receiver at the time of the ceremony. If you would like to book a ceremony with someone else, you can sign up for group Soul Tattoo ceremonies as they are released, which are intimate group experiences for 4-8 participants. Please read more about this offering on the Group Ceremony page. Please also note that Ashley typically only works with one person a day, so if you want to plan a journey to receive Soul Tattoo alchemy with a friend/partner/etc, you may not be able to book your appointments on the same day.