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 […]

Short Film: Tinspirations

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Art Monastery VT, News, Projects | No Comments
Short Film: Tinspirations

I’m so excited to announce that the first film (in a series of five)! It’s a fun 2-minute video that presents a method for facilitation called “Tinspiration”. Tinspirations are little tins or boxes that stimulate your creativity in a problem­solving or ideation process. Tinspirations are based on human curiosity and bring a touch of playfulness […]

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   […]

Guest Blog: Rainbow People

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Art Monastery Italia, News, Projects | No Comments
Guest Blog: Rainbow People

Guest Blog by Petra Počanić Part 5 (Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) DAY 5– RAINBOW PEOPLE On the last day of the Hosting Eco-Social Innovation workshop, a LOVE BOMBING to all! [Editors note: Love Bombing is a method where participants stand in a circle. One person steps in the center and everyone else […]

Guest Blog: Opening New Spaces

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Art Monastery Italia, Blog, News, Projects | No Comments
Guest Blog: Opening New Spaces

Guest Blog by Petra Počanić Part 4 (Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 5)   DAY 4 – SUMMARIZING AND OPENING NEW SPACES Even though it felt like month four, it was only day four. There are people, places, and things you co-create that make you feel unstoppable, energized, and motivated. The Hosting Eco-Social […]

Live Your Dream: A Workbook to Change Your Life

Live Your Dream: A Workbook to Change Your Life

We are very excited to share the Art Monastery’s latest publication, a workbook called “Live Your Dream: Start Here. Start Now.” Made possible by funding from Erasmus+ and collaboration with our international partners plenum, Visionauts, and Sendzimir Foundation, this little book is 25 pages of full-color step-by-step exercises that guide you through identifying what is important to […]

Guest Blog: Listening for the Gift to Give

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Art Monastery Italia, News, Projects | No Comments
Guest Blog: Listening for the Gift to Give

Guest Blog by Petra Počanić Part 3 (Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, and Part 5) Photos by Sylvia Brenzel unless otherwise noted.   DAY 3 – GOOD IDEAS COME FROM LISTENING A GIFT TO THE INHABITANTS OF MONTEGABBIONE A new challenge ahead for our third day: How can we become a gift to Montegabbione? A one […]

Guest Blog: Spaces of Trust & Awareness

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Art Monastery Italia, News, Projects | No Comments
Guest Blog: Spaces of Trust & Awareness

Guest Blog by Petra Počanić Part 2 (Click here for Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5) Photos by Sylvia Brenzel unless otherwise noted.   DAY 1 – CREATING SPACES OF TRUST AND CREATIVE CONFIDENCE Tuesday Sep 20th was the official start of the training. The whole day was in the spirit of building relations of trust and […]