A Vast and Humble Abode:
an 8 month working group for
body research and creative discovery
in our ecosystems and in our everyday lives.
what would it be like to bring a wild and inquisitive spirit to the things I have to do on a daily basis?
what rituals and ceremonies form the vibrant backbone of who I've been and who I'm becoming?
what would it be like to blur the bounds between creativity and necessity? between the weather and the bones?
where in my body does my story, my painting, my research, my design originate? What about my daily interactions, especially those that show me where I've been and where I'm emerging next? What resources are abundant for my evolution and what resources can I contribute for the collective's nourishment?
If you are willing to explore and remake your personal world through curiosity, come in. If you seek the re-wilding or recommitment to rituals and ceremonies of both home and work, come in!
AVAHA working group is a unique group and solo format experience that is part online classroom, part group practice and part solo, self-paced inquiry.
Each series takes a gentle and powerful approach to reviving our daily routines and our notions of ourselves as creative beings through the use of audio prompts that guide you on an experiential field trip through your world, one-to-one sessions with me to taylor and refine the experience for your emerging desires, and weekly peer-led live gatherings,
The course is greatly informed by the needs, gifts, and experiences of participants, so the shape and outcome shifts with your input as we go along.
Now accepting applications and inquiries. Contact me to become part of this vibrant cohort.
July 1 2021-March 1 2022
Cost: $280 per month or $2200 lump sum in USD.
Includes a one-to-one hour individualized support with me monthly, weekly one hour sessions with peers, a buddy for accountability and tailoring your practice to your needs, and one audio guided practice per month. Each of these works as a layer to build an organism that truly supports what you wish to create and experience in this container.
Time commitment: 3-5 hours per week
Space commitment: space within or near your home environment for creative and/or body-based research; if applicable, studio space; if available, an outdoor space you'r'e comfortable exploring with the senses.
Cohorts limited to 12 participants.
IN OTHER NEWS:
I am thrilled to announce that Delicious Earth Farm in Prescott, Arizona hosted me as their first artist in residence this past month April 20-30, 2021. For 10 days I was able to create in collaboration with Delisa and Earl's hand-crafted farmland, a 100 year old farmhouse, and a bevy of dance makers who, like me, are itching to be together in person to create and share live work safely. Delicious Earth Arts Residency has a passion for connecting earth-based creators with adequate and nurturing time and space to create and share work that enriches community relationships with the places they inhabit. Read more about Delicious Earth Farm here: www.facebook.com/DeliciousEarthFarm
This project was born out of a love affair with fictionalized depictions of intergenerational women's relationships in world cinema, music, and dance, particularly that of Pedro Almodovar, Chavela Vargas, and Pina Bausch, and a sense of being deprived, somehow, by having only one mom and no annoying relatives crowding our house.
I imagine how much I'd miss my elders if we had had them, once they were gone. This hypothetical loss feels like smoke, perfume, ash, or a fairy godmother's pink cloud.
My own grandmothers were/are very independent creatures, self-reliant and either too worldly or too reclusive to fit into my fantasies of familiarity, of intimacy, of nosiness, of coziness, of nurture, of an elder who held infants, mended socks, scorned my dating choices and/or prolonged single-hood, and made world famous pound cakes.
As I sat and dreamed of these fictional aunties, sisters, stepmothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, second cousins, great aunts, grandfather's exes, the maximal and magnificently flawed nature of feminine love showered down upon me from seemingly nowhere. It was like stumbling on a radio station that ran all night long just to keep me company, burbling with sighs, tears, giggles, snaps, groans of fatigue, shouts of joy, none of which could I entirely claim as personal history. This radio station felt collective, and it felt submerged. I longed for it. In this work, I grapple with this 'missing of missing,' missing the ability to miss something I never experienced.
Moving through an organic unfolding from recollecting, to engaging, and ultimately offering, ADDRESS ME is an incantation of forgotten and unknown faces of feminine nurture.
Support this work with a donation! Your help will go directly to cover the expenses of travel and meals for the 10 day residency.