Artshare August 4: Bootstraps

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, News, Process | No Comments
Artshare August 4: Bootstraps

Dear Neighbors and Friends, Here at the Art Monastery Project, we are hosting our third summer Artshare Friday, August 4 7 to 8pm free admission bring a snack or drink to share after the showing we can have some food and drinks together and chat (if the weather is nice, we may build a fire!) 2315 Connecticut River Road […]

Emerge: Post-Retreat Artshare

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, News, Process | No Comments
Emerge: Post-Retreat Artshare

Emerge A Post-Retreat Artshare Friday, Sep 15 8-9pm free admission   2315 Connecticut River Road Springfield, VT 05156     After spending a week together in silent meditation, retreat participants and the Artmonks who hosted them, will share selections of what we sang together every day as well as original work created in our time […]

Summer Lab in Full Bloom

Summer Lab in Full Bloom

Here are a collection of images from the Summer Artmonks from the first few weeks of the Summer Lab. All photos by Anaya (fabric dyer / costume designer / Art Monastery Cruise Director) unless otherwise noted. The view of the house and the barn on the way back up from the river. Neva leads Catalyst Training […]

June 2017 Artmonk Retreat in images

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, Blog, News, Process | No Comments
June 2017 Artmonk Retreat in images

The Artmonk Retreat as seen through the camera lens of Anaya Cullen. Header image of our nature meditation by Chilly Daisy.     Our Zendo The Way of the Artmonk. Originally inspired by the 8fold Path, the Way of the Artmonk offers a structure for meditation and for creative practice. Directions Practice The Main Altar […]

Meet the Summer Artmonks

Meet the Summer Artmonks

The 2017 Art Monastic Laboratory is a 10-week immersive experience in social sculpture. This Lab investigates Practice — meditation, high-level artmaking, and community living. This summer’s Lab will incubate two artistic endeavors: Mirror and Bootstraps. Mirror Gerry McCulloch and Betsy McCall are the co-creators of Mirror, an interactive, experimental art piece. Participants are guided to […]

Short Film: Directions Practice

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Art Monastery Italia, News, Process, Projects | No Comments
Short Film: Directions Practice

Here comes another film (second in a series of five)! This one is even nearer to my heart because it presents an Art Monastery original: Directions Practice. Directions Practice was developed by Neva Cockrell and me, inspired by Tai Chi forms and the Cherokee prayer dance called the Dance of the Directions that we learned from Joel […]

Abbess Betsy interviewed on Drawing Your Own Path

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, News, Press, Process | No Comments
Abbess Betsy interviewed on Drawing Your Own Path

I’m very excited to report that I was interviewed by John F Simon, Jr, the wonderful artist, dedicated practitioner, and recent author of Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation. The experience was totally delightful — what a joy to talk with such a kindred spirit, and one who […]

Emerge: post-retreat artshare

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, News, Performances | No Comments
Emerge: post-retreat artshare

Join us as we emerge from a week of silence and see what creativity flows.   Friday, June 16 8-9pm free admission 2315 Connecticut River Road Springfield, VT 05156 Emerge is the culmination of a weeklong silent meditation retreat at the Art Monastery in Springfield, Vermont. In the spirit of coming out of silence with […]

Hosting Social Innovation in Poland

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Art Monastery Italia, News, Process, Projects | No Comments
Hosting Social Innovation in Poland

Twenty-two participants and four trainers gathered in Warsaw, Poland, to complete the second of the two-part course on Hosting Social Innovation. We covered a variety of techniques and topics such as: how to foster innovation-friendly environments, how to deal with conflict in groups, how to build your own and your team’s self-confidence. At the end […]

Hosting Social Innovation: a free online course

Hosting Social Innovation: a free online course

Hosting Social Innovation a free online course April 24 to June 4, 2017   A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. -Stanford University, Center for Social Innovation   […]