Vermont is Paradise

Vermont is Paradise

This is our backyard: looking south down the Connecticut River. This is also our backyard. This is our neighbor. Meditating in the woods across the street. My bedside stand. I am getting into the grandma aesthetic! Looking north up the river. That’s New Hampshire on the other side of the river.

Ensemble-in-Residence: Catalyst

Ensemble-in-Residence: Catalyst

What is this summer’s ensemble-in-residence Catalyst all about? Neva Cockrell shares her vision… Catalyst is being born from a three-part idea. The work for this summer’s residency is to unpack all three ideas through daily research, training, art-making and discussion. Ready? Here are the three parts… ONE I’ve been working at the intersection of dance and theater […]

Call for Dancers and Performers

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Call for Dancers and Performers

Call for Dancers and Physical-Theater Performers The Art Monastery Project is hosting Catalyst, a new dance-theater company and physical training technique, in 7-weeks of focused research this summer in Vermont. We are still looking for 1 to 2 more performers to join us for this development period! What: Performers to train in a variety of physical techniques and collaboratively […]

The Colorado Report

The Colorado Report

A core team of Artmonks gathered in Lyons, Colorado, for the first ever Artmonk Practice Period. For me, it was nothing short of transformative. In February, the core team of the Art Monastery (Neva Cockrell, Nathan & Phoebe Rosquist, Raphael Sacks, Derek Wright, and me) spent 24 days in silent retreat, rotating through who was dharma leader. […]

Il Ritorno

Il Ritorno

Hello! I’m back! After two years away from the Art Monastery (including six glorious months as a Farm Apprentice at Green Dragon Zen Temple north of San Francisco), I am just psyched to announce that I am re-entering into the Project. Just days after I completed my apprenticeship at Green Dragon Temple (aka Green Gulch […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Two years ago, the Art Monastery Project officially began a multi-year cycle of contemplative and creative explorations based around the different daily rituals of western monasticism, each performed at a different time of day, and each with different symbology and thematic content. In 2012, it was Vigils, the midnight hour. Emptiness, stillness, death. This was my first […]

Days 3 & 4: Drawing = Meditation

Days 3 & 4: Drawing = Meditation

For me, drawing from life is about slowing down to experience the thing in front of you. Drawing is about forgetting what you think the subject looks like. Drawing is paying attention, tuning in at such a deeply quiet and still level that you become one with your subject. Drawing is meditation. Going directly from […]

Days 1 & 2: Puglia Residency

Days 1 & 2: Puglia Residency

Day 1: Programmazione We collected all of our interests and ideas for monastic practices that we might like to experiment with and drew up schedules to fall (daily, weekly, monthly). Tomorrow, we activate!   Our first lunch on our own rooftop terrace.   Is it me or is everything more colorful here?   Day 2: […]

Rhymes with Julia

Rhymes with Julia

We have arrived in Puglia, the southern most tip of the heel of the boot!       First thing first: get oriented. In this case that means go to the beach! Second thing: have lunch with our wonderful hosts in their unbelievable backyard.   This is the view from our rooftop terrace, looking down […]