In this online retreat, we will create a temporary, exploratory community of artist-meditators. No previous experience is required! Together, for a weekend, we will engage in creative or artistic practices combined with Buddhist meditation and a conversation about what emerges.
Participants are invited to assemble materials for writing, drawing or doodling and any additional art form(s) they feel accustomed or intuitively drawn to. Each of us will find physical space where we can work, relax, sit, move, or lie down during the online sessions. There will be generous breaks and no pressure to show work or produce anything praiseworthy or marketable. Rather, the emphasis will be on process and experience. As bodies move and minds ease away from judgmental attitudes, does this free up creative phenomena to emerge? What drives us to be creative, what are the healing rewards of taking risks as a creative person? Can we experience the warm, buzzing support of the hive as each of us works on a chosen project? What sparks may fly from one mind to another in this fleeting monastery/artists’ colony?
Lila Kate Wheeler and Alisa Dennis will offer guided meditations and structured exercises that, we hope, will support creativity to flow. Embodied movement and collaborative group exercises will bring forward a spirit of play and access to the flow of energies across our varied minds and embodiments. The retreat is open to all.
Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:
Friday, December 4
6:00 – 8:30 pm, Opening Session
Saturday, Dec 5
10:30 am – 1:00 pm, Morning Session
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Break
3:00 – 5:30 pm, Afternoon Session
Sunday, Dec 6
10:30 am – 1:00 pm, Closing Session
Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.
Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $50 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.