Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Evening With People for Puget Sound

This evening I had the pleasure of joining a gathering at the home of a People for Puget Sound Board Member. The new Executive Director, Tom Bancroft, had encouraging things to say about the good works of this ambitious group, an organization I admire a great deal. They intend to help restore the Edmonds Marsh, for instance, as well as the 30 or so other areas on the Puget Sound they care for, in concert with numerous other organizations working at grass roots, municipal, and State levels. Movements like this keep me positive and passionate. Thank you, People for Puget Sound. Thank you, Puget Sound itself.

Beauty of Water Website

Friday, August 05, 2011

New Items Published

Catch a Beauty of Water story in Issue 3 of the Women Environmental Artist Directory online magazine, edited by Susan Leibovitz Steinman. This story is a newly revised version of journal-type documentation I wrote during the 2008 Beauty of Water workshop in the Kerala Backwaters.

Also available: a recent audio interview on Robin Escher's Socially Conscious Investing show. The podcast is called "Beauty of Water Brings Connectivity Through Art" and in it Robin asks me about transformative learning, among other topics.

And check out the Arts & Healing Network home page banner... the image on the far right side of this banner might seem familiar!

May we all be well, whole, and connected with world soul.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Global Water Dances in Seattle

Global Water Dances, an event that was held around the world this past June 25th, is a participatory event I've long admired. At 5:00pm in each of 60 different locations a Global Water Dance performance took place, honoring local water while recognizing water worldwide, and our connection with and dependence on water.

The Seattle performance, which I was fortunate to be able to attend, was held on Kite Hill in Magnuson Park. It was lovely! See for yourself in this 11-image slideshow.

Congratulations to choreographers Mary Kay Vadino, Carol Schouboe, and Dallas Williams, as well as the many dancers who volunteered for this occasion.

It was wonderful to be invited with the whole audience to become a part of the final dance ritual. I felt included and connected -- very satisfying for the soul.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Transparent Downspout

Spirit of Water Transparent DownspoutToday Mona Fairbanks and a few of us volunteers installed a transparent tube that is functioning as a new downspout in front of Fabric of Life, an idea from Carol Schillios that we all love. I can't wait to see the water running through when it rains, which probably won't be a long wait here in Edmonds, Washington.

See also the work-in-progress Spirit of Water Edmonds website!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spirit of Water Community Gathering

Last month the Fabric of Life fair trade foundation and Beauty of Water held our second community gathering to continue cultivating creativity toward development of our project Spirit of Water.

Pictured here are the fabulous Carol Schillios, who founded Fabric of Life, and her stellar colleague and assistant, Ariel Macpherson.

This 7-image slideshow captures the spirit of the community gathering, including the centerpiece, a bowl of water from the Puget Sound. We came up with several exciting possibilities this community art piece that we hope will catch rainwater from the roof of the shop.

Soon we'll hold the next community gathering, please contact us for more info. We'd love to have your collaboration! We will also hear from several local speakers who will briefly present the water-related projects that their organizations are working on here in Edmonds.


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Introducing Spirit of Water

Unangan Elder, Alice Tu, seatedI am thrilled to introduce Spirit of Water, a community art and rainwater catchment project initiated by volunteers in a partnership between Fabric of Life and Beauty of Water. Spirit of Water has now begun and will take place over time, as our collaborative process is as important to us as our end results. We are excited about both.

We were honored to inaugurate Spirit of Water yesterday with an onsite blessing by Unangan (Aleut) Elder Alice Tu, shown seated in the photo above. Thank you, Alice, your own delightful spirit was a blessing in itself.

Envisioning Spirit of Water at the Fabric of Life shopToday we held our first community brainstorm session, which was geared toward youth. Led by Edmonds artist and teacher Mona Fairbanks, we shared ideas and investigated one proposed working space, the outside back wall of the Fabric of Life shop.

In two hours together we came up with so many great ideas for the design! I can hardly wait for the next session, where we'll brainstorm with some of the movers and shakers of our community.

Please let us know if you'd like to join this unfolding project.