July 28, 2014

Prayer Flags at Threads of Awakening



The act of creating is a healing gesture,
as sacred as prayer, as essential to the spirit as food to the body.
~ Jan Phillips

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Fun!



What an enriching experience it was teaching flag making at Leslie Rinchen Wongmo's studio in Oxnard over the weekend!  The group arrived enthusiastic and interested, driving in from Ojai and as far away as San Diego.   I love how each group I work with adds something new to the mix









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The space awaits....


We began with some reflective exercises to help bring our bodies and attention to being present and open.  Following some creative warm ups, it was on to fun flag making with mixed media.  Working at their own pace, everyone seemed to enjoy the process using paint, buttons, feathers, glue, thread and more.  Lively conversation ensued as we got to know each other. 

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Sue absorbed in work...



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Sara, Bernice and Leslie... time for photos

 Each person brought their own vision to the process...   

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Wonderful bursts of color...



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A special turtle...




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Rich collage and delicate drawing...




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Space, flight and sky



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Thank you Ladies, for choosing to spend your Saturday making art.  A big Thank You to Leslie for graciously welcoming us to the wonderful Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts space

Leslie and I with Bhavana Project flags

The flags seem a natural fit for the space.  Look for more flag workshops at the studio coming in the future.


Threads of Awakening Studio
Studio door








July 18, 2014

Summertime

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Several prayer flags... and more to share in the upcoming workshop on techniques.  For these two I used tea bags to make leaf rubbings, then appliqued the paper to the hand dyed cotton flag.  Breathe, inhale and exhale are all reminders to stay present.


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The third flag addition is a leaf rubbing directly on the fabric with oil sticks, paint added later... and writing (Stay, Inhale, Exhale, Stay) about staying with the breath in the present.   Where I am living at the moment, and relishing it.





I don't think anyone 'finds joy'.  Rather, we cultivate it by searching for the preciousness 
of small things, the ordinary miracles that strengthen our hearts 
so we can keep them open to what is most difficult.
~ Dawna Markova






July 16, 2014

Related Healing Traditions

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Wish Tree - Los Angeles 2011

In preparation for workshops, I have been researching healing traditions related to the prayer flag.  I had been curious if prayer flags were used historically within our western culture.  An interesting discovery was the "Clootie" well, derived from the Scots word for cloth or rag.  In Celtic areas these places of pilgrimage are wells or springs, often with a neighboring tree, where strips of cloth or rag have been tied to the tree's branches as part of a healing ritual.  


Cloths on a tree near Madron Well in Cornwall

Worldwide down through the ages wish tree traditions have existed, using all manner of materials as offerings including fabric, coin, or paper.  Japan has a strong wish tree culture.  In 1990's Yoko Ono began using the wish tree in her work in exhibitions shown internationally.  People have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch.  More wish tree links hereWhat better way to send healing than through art!  

Yoko Ono Wish Trees - Arlington Garden , Pasadena

As for actual prayer flags, their origin is believed to have come from India and the Shakyamuni Buddha, whose prayers were written on cloth banners.  They were introduced into Tibet about 800 CE, with widespread use of printed flags beginning around 1040 CE.

Have you heard of other traditions?  Please let me know about them!





July 2, 2014

Flags in San Diego

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton


Sharing this picture from last weekend's prayer flag workshop...  a pleasure to be with these ladies!

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With links to the April workshop, too, in case you missed it.











July 1, 2014

Flag Workshop July 26th

prayer flags

Are you ready for a summer art adventure?  Intrigued by prayer flags?  Enjoy working with fabric?  Come learn more... 
I will be teaching this Creative Circle Workshop in Oxnard on July 26th.

Creative process allows us to make new discoveries about ourselves and our world.  Join in this hands on exploration using simple and fun techniques to create your own prayer/aspiration flag.  These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries in order to share positive energy with others.  Let the day be your celebration of renewal.  No experience required.  Blank flag and supplies provided.  

When:            Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00pm  
Where:          Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio 
                        2810 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 201

                        Channel Islands Harbor
                        Oxnard, CA 93035 
Cost:              $65
Please contact me with questions or to register.
More info: http://bhavanaproject.blogspot.com/p/special-events.html  









May 7, 2014

In Memorium

As twilight pervades the belief of night, 
May beauty sleep lightly within your heart.
- John O'Donohue, excerpt from "For Beauty" in To Bless the Space Between Us


Cindie Wolf recently passed away.  We remember Cindie with her beautiful Bhavana Project contribution, Soul Connections.  She worked on the flag in Spring 2007.


Soul Connections by Cindie Wolf



Cindie's daughters and the flags....


Our condolences go to her family.  May she rest in peace.





 










April 15, 2014

Creating Flags...

The courage to give yourself permission. The courage to allow your work to be something you didn't expect or to take you places you did not expect to go. The courage to go there. 


I led the Creative Circle workshop at Buster's Baskets over the weekend.  We made flags and it was a sweet time.  Here is a brief show:
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Ready to roll with Bhavana Project flags on view....
 
There was quite a bit of experimenting with rubbings using crayons and oil pastels....
 
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Hope, Believe, Love


Spring and lilacs
Spring and lilacs



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Spring, Go Gently, Wild Heart


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Spring
 It was a reflective and light hearted day.  Thanks to Buster's for hosting us.  Join us next time!








April 9, 2014

This Sunday!

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Creative Circle Workshop 

Play, relax, and create a prayer flag!

Creative process allows us to make new discoveries.  So, are you ready for an art adventure?  Join in this hands on exploration of simple and fun techniques while making your own flag.  Let the day be your spring renewal.  Open to all levels, no art or sewing experience needed.  Blank flags and supplies provided.


When:  Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Where: Buster’s Baskets and Flowers 
               3951B Higuera Street, Culver City, CA 90232   310.559.3597 (Call Tina to register)
Cost:    $45 

Contact Linda with any workshop questions.  











 

February 20, 2014

Coming in April



 Creative Circle Workshop

Do you have something to share?  Come create a flag to see what evolves! 

·        Connect and play
·        Relax and renew 
·        Uncover your creative voice 

Creative process allows us to make new discoveries.  Are you ready for an art adventure?  Join in this hands on exploration of simple and fun techniques while making your own prayer/aspiration flag.  Let the day be your spring renewal.  Open to all levels, no art or sewing experience needed.  Blank flags and supplies provided.



When:  Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Where: Buster’s Baskets and Flowers 
               3951B Higuera Street, Culver City, CA 90232   310.559.3597  
Cost:    $45 

Contact Linda at lamilr at yahoo.com with any workshop questions.  
Register with Tina at Buster's 310.559.3597. 



January 25, 2014

Prayer Flag Workshop Update

 The February 2nd workshop has been postponed, to be rescheduled in spring, so stay tuned!


Creative Circle Workshop
Do you have something to express or share?  Join in this flag making circle, and see what evolves.

·        Connect and play
·        Relax and renew 
·        Uncover your creative voice 

Creative process allows us to make new discoveries about ourselves and our world.  Are you ready for an art adventure?  This workshop will consist of hands on exploration of simple and fun techniques while making your own prayer/aspiration flag.  These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries to share expressions of positive energy with others.  Let the day be your celebration of renewal.  Open to all levels, no art experience needed.  Materials provided.


When:  Spring 2014 TBD
Where: Buster’s Baskets and Flowers 
               3951B Higuera Street, Culver City, CA 90232   310.559.3597  
Cost:    $45 

Contact Linda at lamilr at yahoo.com with any workshop questions.










January 3, 2014

Workshop coming February 2nd!

Creative Circle Workshop
Do you have something to express or share?  Join in this flag making circle, and see what evolves! 

·        Connect and play
·        Relax and renew 
·        Uncover your creative voice 

Creative process allows us to make new discoveries about ourselves and our world.  Are you ready for an art adventure?  This workshop will consist of hands on exploration of simple and fun techniques while making your own prayer/aspiration flag.  These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries to share expressions of positive energy with others.  Let the day be your celebration of renewal.  Open to all levels, no art experience needed.  Materials provided.


When:  Sunday, February 2, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Where: Buster’s Baskets and Flowers 
               3951B Higuera Street, Culver City, CA 90232   310.559.3597  
Cost:    $45  (Contact Tina at Buster's to register)

Contact Linda at lamilr at yahoo.com with any workshop questions.















 
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