A Vast and Humble Abode Working Group
and Field Trip:
Body Research and Healing Relationships
for the Creative.
Join a small cohort on an eight month-long experience of body research and field methods: the art and science of bringing our creative and healing practices into play right where we live and work.
We begin in mid-July with a gentle easing in ritual, then we'll spend August through March in a safe and spacious container marked by rhythms of connecting that leave you lots of space to show up in your world with renewed wildness and care.
what would it be like to bring a wild and
inquisitive spirit to the things I have to do
on a daily basis, while having the support and
accountability of a small community of like-minded embodied creatives with families and careers?
what rituals and ceremonies might deepen and
sustain 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, and what's happening when I go that place?
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 of, or recommitment to, rituals and ceremonies of abundance and simplicity both in your home and work lives, come in! If you crave the kind of support that peer-led research and creative, embodied support would allow you to deepen your engagement with your most cherished values, join us.
AVAHA working group is a unique group and solo format experience that is part classroom, part group practice and part solo, self-paced inquiry.
Each month centers around bi-weekly rituals, the once monthly 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.
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 28, 2021-March 25, 2022
Cost: $280 per month or $2,060 lump sum in USD.
BIPOC scholarship available.
$100 DISCOUNT when you enroll by July 15.
Opening Ceremony July 28-30: BECOMING A PLACE.
Includes the opening ceremony, BECOMING A PLACE, further described below; one one-to-one hour individualized support with me monthly, bi-weekly one hour sessions with peers to share research, work space, and discovery, 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*
*Bi-weekly ritual and once monthly ceremony are
scheduled to meet cohort members' availability.*
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.
A VAST AND HUMBLE ABODE FIELD TRIP:
Becoming a Place
July 28-30, 2021
Field Trips are a good way to get started if you're new to embodied creative process support and would like to give it a try.
Next up: BECOMING A PLACE: a Field Trip for the Body-mind, will accompany participants on a three day retreat within the lives they currently lead. Mapping the contours of the landscape, including the built environment, the wild, the manicured, and the domestic, participants will explore the creation of place and the embodiment of what it is to be fully "here" using somatic experiential techniques and multimodal creativity within a unique model of sharing and response. (Tired of sitting in front of zoom for hours? We are too, so we don't! Mainly you'll be scaling and scouring your Place, rolling on the floor, making lunch, doodling, and having short visits with us at the screen and a call with your designated studio mate.)
DATES: July 28-30
COST: $425/$400 if reserved by July 15.
Wednesday 9-10:30am CST on Zoom
Thursday 6-8pm CST on Zoom
Friday 9-10:30am CST on Zoom
All other activities self-scheduled.
This field trip is included for Working Group.
Contact me to reserve your spot.
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.