Half-day meditation retreat 2/4/18

Happy New Year!

I’ll be co-leading a half-day meditation retreat Sunday February 4th, 2018 at The Interdependence Project 28 West 27th Street, NYC.

From 9 am – 1 pm we’ll share a silent retreat in the heart of the city, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Suitable for both new meditators and long-time practitioners. Join us!

Additional details (including registration & scholarship info) available here: http://theidproject.org/events/2018/02/04/half-day-meditation-retreat

lifting rocks

Is there a better advertisement for the cultivation of mindfulness practices than the latest Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi? Luke’s final showdown!!?! Brilliant.

I haven’t found a clip to share of the part where Rey articulates the truth of interconnection / interdependence and realizes that the Force is about more than just lifting rocks, but if I find it I’ll post it here. It was lovely, and true.

Here in this galaxy, if you have an interest in cultivating your own practices of meditation and mindful awareness, I’m happy to recommend The Interdependence Project’s Meditation Teacher Training program in NYC. They’re accepting applications until January 5, 2018. I’m grateful to have been part of the 2017 cohort and am happy to talk about my experiences in the program if anyone has questions.

How will we build a rebellion? We have everything we need.

love more

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Erika Kapin, helping out with The Open Photo Project

She says, “This project offers a look at the uniqueness of human relationships and is an invitation to re-examine preconceived notions of successful, sustainable, and healthy romantic love. Together, let us de-stigmatize ethically non-monogamous relationships by building understanding and respect. The aim is for more people to accept that while monogamy is a valid relationship choice, there is a wide spectrum of other equally valid choices that can be as varied as the human experience.”

I’m all about this.

Keep up with The Open Photo Project on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and tumblr.
Videos of interviews are posted on YouTube.

Empire

Kara Rooney

Age of Aquarius focus is on the group. I guess that’s how I’m so lucky to find myself as part of this amazing collaboration happening with artist Kara Rooney, composer Fatrin Krajka, movers Dylan Crossman and Claude ‘CJ’ Johnson, and poets Marine Cornuet and Laura Henriksen.

But for What’s My Axis part 1: Empire

The first performance will be next month at TOTAH gallery in New York City.

More details to follow.

reading at Philalalia

I’m super-excited to go to Philadelphia later this month for PHILALALIA, Philly’s small press / handmade poetry and book arts festival.

PHILALALIA is a FREE three-day celebration that brings together poets, printmakers, book artists, paper-makers, comics poetry artists, publishers, & arts enthusiasts to showcase, perform, & sell their work. It’s taking place September 14-16, 2017 at Tyler School of Art & Temple Contemporary Gallery, 2001 N. 13th St., Philadelphia.

I’ll be reading at noon on Friday September 15th.
Full schedule here: https://philalalia.com/schedule-2/

sanctuary

I’m very excited to be leading a workshop as part of The Millay Colony’s Sanctuary Series in June.

DISENTANGLING– Disaster Has Come from the Outside. Don’t Give Up Hope.
June 3, 1 – 4 pm  at The Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

How do we stay grounded and reduce anxiety in the face of overwhelm? Join us as we disentangle ourselves from disorder and gain the capacity to welcome the unexpected. Through guided meditations and writing exercises we will explore the present moment in order to gain focus and effectiveness. We will develop (resistance) strategies of self-care and cultivate awareness of our interdependence using writing as our vehicle. We will explore the nexus between acceptance and resistance, complacency and direct action: the places where opposing impulses connect, investigating ways to successfully integrate these forces through our writing and in our bodies.

The Sanctuary Series of workshops brings together artists, healers and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, Hudson and other locations, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making.

To Apply: Send a letter of introduction including a brief biography with a $25 deposit. Send materials requested to Caroline Crumpacker at director@millaycolony.org. Send deposit via PayPal using our DONATE Button. Or hard copy can go to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. 

Fee: Each workshop in The Sanctuary Series costs $60 or $125 for all three. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 15% discount.

Further details available here: http://www.millaycolony.org/betsy-fagin-workshop/

Millay Colony shares some post-workshop reflections from participant Carol Mirakove.

Resilience is human nature

The February/March 2017 issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter is online now.

 Issue #250 includes:

a seedbed

Looks like The New Yorker noticed & attended the recent Propaganda Party at Interference Archive.

“Over the weekend, an organization in Brooklyn called the Interference Archive gave away about five thousand stickers, three thousand printed posters, a thousand buttons, and almost two gallons of red and black paint…”

Here is an account from Colin Moynihan, “A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump.” Missing from the article though is the fact that there are lots more beautiful, inspiring images like the ones from the party available for download, printing and distribution at JustSeeds where you can also support the artists if you are able.