**This offering is now full, but you can sign up below and be wait-listed in case some one drops last minute. **
When: Sundays 9:30 – 11:15 am Pacific Standard Time / 5:30 pm UK time
Begins January 17-Feb 14, 2021 (Five Sessions)
Sign up: Using this form
This will be five-week online group (zoom) for people interested in the intersection between creativity and deep meditation practice. I will be offering some teaching and practice suggestions/instructions as part of the course. I hope it will also be a supportive context for connecting people with shared interests.
This exploration will likely be of interest to writers/artists (in any medium) and/or people with a meaningful personal relationship to creative practice. We will be exploring our creative interests/energies within the context of a committed, liberation-oriented meditation practice.
The discussion will be focused on the process of creating, it’s relationship to spiritual practice, and ways that a creative perspective can deepen our practice. We will discuss the creative process, and meditative practices that enliven and bring freedom within art-making, but will not be sharing or work-shopping our own projects within the group.
Our discussions will be influenced by Rob Burbea’s teachings. I have found his approaches to be invaluable in forging new doorways into practice that weave together the artist’s and meditator’s perspectives in ways that empower each. I will also draw from the work of Michele Cassou, along with my own experience as an artist and contemplative.
I am planning on keeping this group quite small, to allow for discussion and connection to be strong components of the sessions.
The sessions will include time for sharing and reports, exploring specific meditative practices (including suggestions for creative process work), and teaching and discussion around particular themes. Some themes likely to be included:
- What gets in the way (Creative blocks + limiting ideas of the self)
- Facing the Unknown
- Clinging vs. Passion (Integrating the pursuit of freedom with an abiding desire to create and engage)
- The Artist as Mystic (Common ground between Buddhist / contemplative meditative approaches and art practice).
- Relating to images in meditation, our work, and our lives.
- Emptiness from an artist’s perspective.