Bhavana Project prayer flags
Mission Viejo, CA  2006

Over the centuries Tibetan flags have been used to promote peace, compassion, and wisdom. The inscribed invocations are carried by the wind, spreading good will across the land.  Inspired by this tradition, in 2005 I created The Bhavana Project, an ongoing group work to acknowledge and share the goodness in our lives. These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries, and are accessible to everyone. 

"What would you create if you had unlimited resources?"  That was the question that sparked my initial idea for this project.  It developed out of a reflective writing exercise in a workshop with Sharon Kagan.   I was encouraged to pursue the idea, and the Bhavana Project was born.

Bhavana (pronounced bhaa-vana) is a Sanskrit word that translates as focused intention, cultivating, manifesting or causing to become.

Bhavana Project prayer flags
Suwon in England 2005

Friends and colleagues were invited to embellish a flag with personal aspirations using images and/or words.  From 2005 to 2006 the flags traveled throughout California, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, and England. They were displayed in nature, at retreat centers, in backyards and even at a wedding reception. Some participants were timid about joining in, feeling they were "not creative".  In the end, the process revealed unexpected avenues of expression. The project had expanded into a shared experience of discovery and appreciation.  For me it was an uplifting journey to be involved in, both as participant and facilitator. 

Once the first set finished, it became clear that this wonderful collaboration needed to continue.  Three sets have been completed and the fourth set is currently underway.

Bhavana Project prayer flags
Sharon in the Mojave Desert 2006

Bhavana Project prayer flags
Santa Monica Exhibit 2007

In order to share The Bhavana Project with a wider audience, the flags have been exhibited at these venues: Santa Monica Yoga, CA 2007; Red Bluff Art Gallery, CA 2007 & 2013; Sound Yoga, WA 2008 & 2009;  Sewing Arts Center, CA 2008; The Vedic Chant Center, NM 2009.  Additional places are being explored for the future.

Consider joining us!  New participants are always welcome.  No art or sewing experience needed.  Go to the How to Participate page for more information.

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Bhavana Project prayer flags
Alta Dena, CA 2010
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