Calling all people that love the earth and want to make beauty with her.
We live in a fast, distracted, and disconnected world. Yet, there is an ancient ritual and expression that has always connected the people back to the land, to their imaginations, to wonder and play, and to the deeper meaning of life — impermanent earth art.
Morning Altars is a hands-on practice that is part creative expression, part mindfulness, and part nature connection. Each step offers an innovative way to slow down, open to wonder and curiosity, and listen to the language of the land. Together, we create meaningful and mesmerizing mandalas, offer them as blessings, and then surrender and let them go as a practice of impermanence. This ancient ritual and expression connect people with the land and their imaginations; inviting them to wonder and play and to explore the profound meaning of life's ephemerality.
Salt Spring Island is the perfect palette to dream with our hands. We will wander and forage the woods, and the beach to collect leaves, flowers, shells, seaweed, bark, and bones as our creative materials. We will use the ground as our canvas and learn the seven steps to making beautiful art with the land. You will return home with a practice you can do every day, no matter where you are. The workshop will inspire you to connect back to your inner child and to the timelessness of the natural world and the wisdom of impermanence.
Join Day Schildkret, internationally renowned earth mandala artist and author as he launches his new book: “Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit with Nature, Art and Ritual” for this workshop that will offer a much-needed digital detox, getting you off the screens and into the wisdom and joy of the natural world.
Notes: We will be outside so please bring a water bottle, something comfortable to sit on and to wear. Also, please bring your own baskets or tote bags for our foraging, scissors too!
Workshop Video: https://vimeo.com/238013206
Recommended Reading and Viewing: Morning Altars: The Wonder and Ritual of Earth Art by Day Schildkret and Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides