Just about everyone I know is feeling a great deal of uncertainty and disequilibrium these days, what Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron calls “the groundlessness of being”. And that disquiet has largely been sparked by the ongoing upheavals of topsy-turvy world events,
Groundlessness is the profound awareness of how everything is rapidly changing and in ways that are often disturbing. And this awareness makes it incredibly difficult to rest and relax and to feel any sense of security and belonging. We don’t RECOGNIZE the world anymore and can’t find our place in it. Many familiar structures, mores and belief systems in our personal, professional and political lives are crumbling to pieces and breaking apart.
Now, a lot of what is being shaken up, NEEDS to be shaken up… For example, I’m grateful beyond words that the terrifying societal systems of white supremacy and misogynistic patriarchal culture are coming apart at the seams… that women, and LBGQT folks and people of color are feeling much more empowered to claim their voice and speak their truth… but that doesn’t make this process of disintegration any more comfortable or easy.
It can feel confusing, overwhelming, isolating and even shameful to be feeling so deeply affected by everything that’s happening on the political, social and environmental fronts. We need some help on the psychological, emotional and spiritual levels to process these feelings and to develop some tools for integrating the impact of these massive changes that are affecting us in our day to day lives.
And one of the best and most effective ways I know of dealing with over the top, life changing, transformational events is to meet them head on through the creative process.
I also know how incredibly empowering it is to make art while being in community. How deeply healing it is to engage in sacred ritual as part of a sacred circle. And how wonderfully effective re-committing to our creative practices can be in bringing us back home to our essential sense of well-being and grounding us in the core of our deep wisdom and inner knowing.
So I’ve created this one day event that I’m calling ArtRAGEous where you will be invited and encouraged into a process of self exploration and self expression using the magic of creativity to turn some of your feelings of anguish for our world, overwhelm and fear, grief, anger and bewilderment, rage and pain into art using the creative modalities of movement, writing, ritual and painting in a creative circle of support and love.
My wish for the day is that we will have the safe and BRAVE space in which to speak and be heard, to create from the truth of our hearts, and to reaffirm our vision as well as be supported in our actions in creating the world of justice, equality and love we all want to live in.
An incredibly healthy AND delicious gourmet lunch is included in the cost of the workshop. Breakfast and dinner are not provided but there are many fabulous cafes and dining options within walking distance of the studio. If you have any food allergies or special food requests that the chefs need to be aware of please fill out the form and let us know when you register.
All paint, brushes, and paper will be supplied and there’s tons of it so you can use as much as you want. We also provide smocks and aprons. The paint is water based non-toxic paint and will wash out of clothing. However, some of the colors can lightly stain some fabrics so please wear clothes that you feel comfortable getting messy.