Thursday, April 27th – May 25th, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 PM | Mindful Movement & Dance Book Club @ Alpine Park in my private residence (1776 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596)
Our second Mindful & Conscious book choice is The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and this Zigzag Life by Natalie Goldberg. Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen priest and author of What is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, says, “No one writes about Zen and writing and being human with more honesty, verve, and punch than Natalie Goldberg. Now in the fullness of her Great Spring, she tells, with more vividness and wisdom than ever before, stories from her life illuminated by the Zen teachings and practice that have informed it.” Please RSVP at the Meetup link or get in contact with me directly if you’d like to attend, and I will email further instructions about the location. We will have teas, coffee, wine, light appetizers and desserts to munch on while we talk. Feel free to bring and keep a journal while you read. We will provide short writing prompts for those inspired to write about their own life and practice. The stories are organized in sections, and we plan to cover one section per meeting.
Thurs 4/27: Preface, Introduction and Searching
Thurs 5/4: Wandering and Zigzagging
Thurs 5/11: Losing
Thurs 5/18: Leaping and Afterword
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A collection of thoughtful, provocative artistic interpretations of a culturally rich thematic concept: the Hungry Ghost, showing the works of 5-7 artists of color. Jumping off from the traditional concept of “Hungry Ghosts” – typically lost or unhappy spirits known as agwi (Korean), èguǐ (Chinese), gaki (Japanese), ma doi (Vietnamese), or preta (Sanskrit) – the Hungry Ghosts explores the way unresolved personal and collective struggles impact our psyche and societal well being. Forced migration, due to violent colonization, corrupt government and war, instantly twisted and traumatized our family patterns, often reemerging into private and public consciousness in overtly vicious or passive aggressive ways, continuing to haunt us today. Unless these past hurts are unraveled and patterns identified, the perpetration of this insidious damage will grow unchecked.
Since 2009, A PLACE OF HER OWN™ has been both a series of healing and transformative workshops and culminating art exhibitions that ultimately answer the question, “If I had a place of my own, what would it be?” The toughest part of this healing journey begins with the courage to examine your family patterns and personal belief systems. We call this section of the workshop series, the HUNGRY GHOST Exploration. This includes personal journaling, group discussion, family discussions and the creation of metaphoric art using found objects exploring the topics of searching, yearning, desires, acceptance and fulfillment.
Among the works featured in the exhibition will be my found object installation “Contours Of A Metaphor”, as well as mixed media and charcoals that explore what I am calling “dialogical persona”.
Reception: Sat, 9/30 @ 3:00-5:00 PM / Artist Talks at 2:30 PM before the Reception
Closing Salon: Sun, 11/5 @ 4:00 PM
Friday, February 3rd, 17th and March 3rd, 17th, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 PM | Mindful Movement & Dance Book Club @ Alpine Park in my private residence (1776 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596)
Our first Mindful & Conscious book choice is Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach. Please RSVP at the Meetup link above if you’d like to attend, and I will email further instructions about the location. We will have tea, coffee and light appetizers. Feel free to bring any other snacks or beverages you might like to share:
Fri 2/3 Chap 1-3
Fri 2/17 Chap 4-6
Fri 3/3 Chap 7-9
Fri 3/17 Chap 10-12
Three chapters at a time so that we can journal, digest, infuse and live the invitations before coming to chat. We can truly use this as a workbook. Join us on Facebook if you want to add your comments along the way or want to participate from a distance.
Sunday, February 19th, 2017 from 5:00-6:00 PM | Literary Arts & Wine @ Art Truckee (10072 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161)
“Literary Arts & Wine” is a literary reading series held at Art Truckee in old downtown Truckee to promote the poerty and prose of regional writers. FOR THIS READING, IT IS “ALL ABOUT LOVE.” Historically, Valentine’s day is a confusion of pagan ritual, Roman debauchery (which involved alcohol, spanking and coupling; not necessarily in that order), official beheadings, the industrialized Hallmark Valentine Card (circa 1913) and today’s staple SAD (Single’s Awareness Day) celebration. It is somehow also associated with sacrificing goats and dogs; a flying infant armed with a bow and arrow ready to “shoot” love into the eyeball of some random passerby; red roses, a symbol that simultaneously points to innocence and (no pun intended) deflowering; and, finally, those sassy sweat tart-hearts that tell you to “kiss me” and, just as you think things could end well: “as if.”
Join poets Kelsay Elizabeth Myers, June Saraceno and Arian Katsimbras as they explore the good, the bad and (maybe?) the dirty as they explore February’s favorite four-letter word (L-O-V-E). Literary Wine pairings will be encouraged to lovers of lit in all its forms.
An extraordinary evening featuring some of the nation’s most renowned writers, including acclaimed writer Natalie Baszile, Pulitzer-Prize winner Louise Glück; award-winning author and poet Michael Ondaatje, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and celebrated author Linda Spalding. Marilyn Abildskov will give a toast in honor of the late MFA Professor, Wesley Gibson, announcing the Velvet Archer Scholarship in Memory of Wesley. Hosted by Saint Mary’s English Professor and New York Times poetry editor, Matthew Zapruder, Benefit tickets include opportunities to meet the featured writers, hors d’oeuvres, a hosted beer and wine bar, virtual reality painting music and typewriter poems. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including the grand prize—a week-long vacation at Villa La Quercia, a classically restored stone villa on a 155-acre estate in Tuscany that sleeps eight, along with $500 in travel funds. Prizes include a week’s stay in Sun Valley, Idaho; a private wine tasting for eight at the Caymus Vineyards in Napa, and a golf outing at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland. Get your tickets here!