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Chiaroscuro (5 min) from Materdancescapes
Dear <<First Name>>,

You and I are self-generating, like the earth itself.
As part of nature, we are constantly renewing ourselves with nourishment from the elemental forces that make up all life. 

This process is called autopoiesis and the practice of Continuum leads us into highly attuned awareness of its generative undercurrents. Breath, sensation and inner impulses of movement are primal, primary expressions of autopoietic life.

At this critical juncture in our highly industrialized, tech-dominated and climate-challenged world, we invite you to consider this question with us...

What happens when we apply the wisdom of our autopoietic selves to environmental problems, group dynamics, family life, and how one moves in the world as an activist/advocate, artist or teacher?

This inquiry is the passionate heart beating at the core of Watermark Arts and the theme for our retreat at Omega 2020. Join our Continuum communitas in July to listen deeply for five days to the forces of renewal within you, so hungry to reveal solutions for restoring a way of being in which you and all nature thrives.

This month, our somatically informed artists share their sensuous, vibrant world visions with you. ChiaroScuro, filmed by Prue Jeffries on the limestone landscape of Matera, Italy, is an elemental setting that resonates with my soul. The earth wombs, caves that were once sea beds, cradled Claudia Catani, Naomi Walker and me. Niki Berg's new gallery Threads of Grace weaves generations of embodied experience into “a quilt of global humanity.” Beth Pettengill Riley's poem Human, Being is a timely testament to embracing our role in the earth’s continual rebirth.
In this season of the heart, I offer you what I love most in the world.

 World Visions by Watermark Artists

Threads of Grace by Niki Berg

A Photography Project about Women, Words and Ancestors

“Threads of Grace” is a continuation of my interest in women and their ancestors and how words can impact the visual expression.

These portraits are of women from a variety of backgrounds, who have chosen one word that represents and connects them to the past.

This connection serves as a transmission from their ancestors to today.

I see this work as a kind of energetic threads—a quilt of global humanity in which generations are woven together by Threads of Grace.

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Photos by Niki Berg, from top to bottom.
Basilia: Love, Alejandra: Respect, Shana: Freedom.

Human, Being
by Beth Pettengill Riley

Skin trembling day after day,
Heart fumbling out a new rhythm,
Unsettled by the news
Sorrow seeping into bones,
Crevices deep with ancient holding and fear
Being swirled up in this moment of uncertainty

Red-shouldered hawk arrives again for winter refuge,
Bigger this year, more majestic,

Impossible to ignore,
Swooping through canyons outside the living room window.
His cries pierce the morning sky:
A warning?

“Live closer to what is natural:
the rhythm of light and dark;
the drawing in and down of winter”
A call to quiet rest.

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Top photo: Prue Jeffries, Murgia Life. Bottom photo: Beth Pettengill Riley

Somatic Movement Summit
Registration at Omega opens early March.

Through the somatic awareness practice of Continuum, this restorative retreat investigates the vital chemistry of all life. Choosing a path of opening in the face of global crisis begins a journey inward to connect with the most primordial movements of nature. The elemental self reveals our inherent biological capacity for innovation.

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Welcoming Rori Smith to the Watermark Arts Creative Team

Rori Smith, Watermark Arts Editor

Rori Smith is a dancer, somatic movement educator, and researcher based in midcoast Maine. Rori began to study Continuum with Ellen Cohen in 2014 and is currently mentored by Elaine Colandrea. Rori’s writing Beneath the Cultural Body: Sensory Experience in Continuum Practice was shared at the 2017 Somatic Movement Immersion at Omega Institute and she had the pleasure of performing Elaine Colandrea’s choreography at the 2019 Somatic Movement Summit. Rori continues to perform and write on the themes of embodied memory, interdependence and resilience inspired by nature, culture, and Continuum.

Photo: Prue Jeffries, Rori Smith in Water Blessing at The Sanctuary, 2019

Join the Water Blessing Project!

You are invited into the living art experience, the felt sense of becoming water, by participating in the Water Blessing Project.

Create a resonant field of connection with others and with the waterways of the planet.

The Water Blessing Project is an invocation to water and to self-inquiry in service to the whole of existence.

We invite Water Blessings to be collectively shared around the world through performance and individual movement meditation practice.


Find out more on Water Blessings >>

Moving Art Cards - You are Art, Living Art!

Inspired by Prue Jeffries’ nature photographs from around our planet, the Moving Arts Cards awareness practices are drawn from Elaine Colandrea’s years of teaching Continuum. The intention is to create an artful home practice that extends a class/workshop experience.

The first edition is a set of 36 living art experience cards wrapped in a silver organza bag that you can take with you anywhere.

Your Moving Art Cards order is a donation to support Watermark Arts.

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