Everything we need for our liberation, according to Buddhist teaching, is already present within us. Now, if you like, repeat the sentence using “creative.” (Everything we need to be creative is already present within us.) Do you believe this is true — of you?
On this retreat we will explore how artistic or creative practices and classic Buddhist meditations can support each other. Could relaxing our bodies invite trust in creative intuition? Does expression emerge from present awareness (or somewhere else)? We can get so terribly caught in fretting about the finished product, artistically and spiritually. As we ease away from judgmental attitudes, does this ease the flow of phenomena emerging in our bodies, and our minds — and on the page?
Through guided writing exercises, silent meditations, and embodied knowings in flow and movement, derived from improvisational theatre, we will encourage creative energies to be aroused and expressed. Deconstructing rigid concepts and images of our embodiments might allow space for newly supple artistic forms. Each day, Lila Kate Wheeler and Alisa Dennis will offer an array of Dharma and creative practices. We hope to bring forward the spirit of play, joy and access to the flow of energies as Dharma through our minds and bodies. There will be an invitation to share the day’s creative processes in conversation. Please bring your writing instruments including a pad and paper. Colored pencils or markers are welcome.
To learn by experience that any activity can be Dharma activity, including when the mind is actively engaged or absorbed in writing or another creative practice and to explore possible overlaps between formal Buddhist practice and art making.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.