Hello Dear Sangha and Friends
Today I get to wear my Arts Council Chair cap (we’ve decided it is glittery and a crown and definitely has garuda feathers sprouting out at jaunty angles) and spread the news about a fantastic arts opportunity coming up July 15-20, 2013! I am so excited to announce the inaugural Life.Art.Being: Integrative Arts Summer Festival. This is also the first official collaboration between the Portland Shambhala Center and the Be Space movement + expressive arts studio.
This week-long immersion is intended to be a retreat from the body+mind that speeds through summer all too quickly. The container will be dedicated to creating beauty and practicing presence with the self, the body, the other, and the mystery. Movement artist and Naropa alum Elizabeth Russell (with whom we all fell in love at our Spring 2013 Shambhala Arts Festival) has curated an incredible line up of artists to contribute. Feast your eyes on the rich schedule here and dive in for all or part of the week.
The lineup includes Dharma Art, Authentic Movement, Contemplative Dance Practice, a Warrior Artistry panel and more inspiring community events. The week will include not only practice but also exploration of the personal and social context for our creative practices. Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be held at the Portland Shambhala Center, with Lisa Stanley starting the week off with a Dharma Arts Talk. I am thrilled to be participating as moderator for the Thursday night panel of local artists discussing contemplative movement practices and their applications to diverse fields of work.
I will also be facilitating the Wednesday night writing practice at Be Space. For those of you who got a taste of “Action Writing” at our Spring Arts Fest (read some of the amazing poems generated here ) we will again relate to our streams of consciousness through the body and let it directly inform our written words. We will get wild with huge pieces of paper, “shovel” with lines, and play with feedback. This is a perfect opportunity for dancers and movers who fear the line, and for writers interested in loosening up habit and hesitation.
Of course, mine is just one of many offerings!