Directions Practice

Directions Practice

Directions Practice is a movement-based contemplative approach that honors each of the cardinal directions, as well as the cyclical nature of the universe and our lives. It has a tendency to balance the energies within someone and can be offered as a blessing to a place. The dance is done at the pace of the […]

Artshare: Mirror

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, Process | No Comments
Artshare: Mirror

 Tuesday, August 15 7:00-9:00 pm Art Monastery Vermont 2315 Connecticut River Road, Springfield, VT If you like, bring a snack or beverage to share. Cinematographer Gerry McCulloch and Social Sculptor Betsy McCall collaborate to create moving image portraits. Come and offer your feedback on these intimate works in progress.      

From the Director’s Chair

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, Process | No Comments
From the Director’s Chair

Guest blog by Shawn Shafner The Art Monastery has provided a perfect cloister and cradle to nurture this new work, Bootstraps. Our time is spacious and gentle, while biweekly sharings prod us along. It’s been a most nourishing incubator for this work. For me, as a director, I’ve really enjoyed the support of time, space, […]

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 7-8 pm 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 […]

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 […]