The Monastic University

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Otherhood | 2 Comments

Is there room for monasteries on university campuses these days? More and more, I envision joining the work we’ve been doing at the Art Monastery Project to existing academic institutions. Imagine artmonks & postgrads, exploring the wide world of (secular/interfaith) monastic living together. Especially if you convinced them that being a monk didn’t have to […]

1/4/11 San Francisco Artmonks meetup

Posted by on Jan 2, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

This Tuesday the San Francisco Artmonks will convene at the Berkeley home of two artmonks, composers Tom Bickley and Nancy Beckman. Tom & Nancy came to the Art Monastery in Labro, Italy last spring as artmonks-in-residence, and are now connecting with other Bay Area artmonks to develop a local community of contemplative creatives. They have generously offered […]

Rohan Gunatillake on the Social Life of Meditation

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

I just came across this video on the “Social life of Meditation” from Rohan Gunatillake of 21awake.com and the Here & Now Project.  After wrapping up a series of posts on monastic separateness and engagement a few days ago, it’s great to see these issues confronted from a different perspective. Rohan identifies “four major ways in which meditation is […]

Chapter 6 of Augustine’s Rule

Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Starting on October 2nd, I’ll be doing a Jesuit retreat on the Rule of Augustine (which I’ve written about here: “Up to our necks in Augustine”). Each day, I’ll read 1 of the 8 chapters of the Rule of Augustine: Chapter VI Asking Pardon and Forgiving Offenses 1.Your should either avoid quarrels altogether or else put an […]

Chapter 1 of Augustine’s Rule

Posted by on Oct 2, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

[Part of the Daily Lectio series, named after the Benedictine tradition of lectio divina, “divine reading.” For instructions and background on the series, click here. Subscribe to Daily Lectio. Send comments or suggested readings to nathan@artmonastery.org] Starting on October 2nd, I’ll be doing a Jesuit retreat on the Rule of Augustine (which I’ve written about here: “Up to our necks in Augustine”). […]

@theFWD Blogathon – Commentary added to Shaun Chamberlin’s “If you want to go far…”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ve added some commentary to my reposting of Shaun Chamberlin’s @theFWD entry (“If you want to go far…”).  Take a look. By the way, the Future We Deserve just reached its funding goal on kickstarter! Shaun Chamberlin‘s submission for the Future We Deserve explores the experience of the individual in community, and predicts the demise of “passive […]

Huffington Post » Sister Joan Chittister, OSB: The Artist and Monk Are One

Posted by on Aug 28, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Here’s something that almost completely captures what we’re doing at the Art Monastery: If, indeed, truth is beauty and beauty truth, then the monastic and the artist are one. Monasticism, in fact, cultivates the artistic spirit. Basic to monasticism are the very qualities art demands of the artist: silence, contemplation, discernment of spirits, community and […]

iMonk on “What Have I Learned from Living in Community?”

Posted by on Aug 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m struck at how similar this blogger’s experience in intentional community is to my own (regardless of questions of faith). His top 5 lessons: “It’s amazing how important it becomes to simply speak to another person; to give them the grace and dignity of a friendly greeting.” “Kindness.” “Staying with people who are not easy […]

The Future We Deserve – Blogathon

Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Shaun Chamberlin‘s submission for the Future We Deserve explores the experience of the individual in community, and predicts the demise of “passive individualism.” Because we risk losing our grasp of “the concept of a community holding an artist safe while he or she explores the wilder reaches of individual expression,” individuals lack the support they […]

Five leadership secrets of the Trappist monk, in the Washington Post

Posted by on Aug 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Meath Conlan posted a July 14th Washington Post article that comes close to the point of In Otherhood, learning from monastic tradition. Head over to Conlan’s blog to read “5 leadership secrets of the Trappist monk,” by Stephen Martin. Trappist monks, Martin points out, are some of the best social entrepreneurs on the planet. It is […]