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Watermark Arts Interdependence Day Performance, July 4, 2018, at Omega
(2 min. video, click above to watch)

Please savor this reminiscence of somatic-inspired dance, poetry and music.
What an appropriate way to spread that vibrant spirit of our workshop to the entire Arts Week community at Omega! We bow to all the creators and performers for their incredibly beautiful offerings. Special thanks to drummer Steve Leicach and his workshop group
who helped bring the audience to its dancing feet.
FROM ELAINE & WATERMARK ARTS

Dear <<First Name>>,

Independence and freedom mean the world to me, but not without an understanding of how every person affects every other, in everything they do. Through a life in movement practice, my awareness of, and trust in, the primary interdependence of everything has grown. How can any relationship be healthy, if interconnectedness is not centrally and mutually acknowledged?

The Omega Somatic Movement Summit enabled participants to feel – to viscerally
perceive – the reality of interconnection as it occurs within one’s own complex organism, an inner experience that subtly and progressively restores our interdependent belonging within the larger community and biome.
 
The feedback keeps rolling in:

Here’s Stacy Wong, from California: Since I was young, I felt a longing for a depth I could not quite name, could not quite touch.… I yearned for meaning – the meaning that pervaded and informed all things. The experiences of the week deepened me into my own embodied understanding of myself as a biological process, a creative process ... informed by the same creative force that created and continues to create all things. Slowly, slowly, my sensorium of my “self” continues to broaden and deepen beyond what I could ever imagine, giving me renewed understanding of the fluidic connection of all things through space and time.

Peggy Kauffman, New York: Over the course of the workshop, I sealed within me a daily practice that has eased a lifelong tight jaw problem. My brain fog has decreased, my crown and upper body posture feel more open.

From Raine Brown, MassachusettsI deeply appreciate the care, thoughtfulness & creativity put into constructing the program, with  the layers of each session feeding the next. The week felt like one continuous dive. I am also thankful to all the faculty for creating a safe container for exploration.                                                                                                          

There are many people to thank. My amazing team at Watermark Arts; the Omega Institute and the many individuals there who made this event possible; my impeccable colleagues, the Continuum teaching guides who co-led workshop sessions, small group check-in pods and our (new-this-year) extra class sessions.  

Last but not least, my appreciation goes out to the 50+ wonderful persons who came as eager, curious participants. Collectively we found a way for a room of 65 people to move as one fluid, connected whole. (Please enjoy photos below, by Prue Jeffries.)

May the artistry of movement continue to unfold in and around you. For a further Continuum spiral into artistic expression, join me with Megan Bathory-Peeler and Jean-Claude van Itallie this October 5 - 7 at Shantigar (follow the link below).
 
Until then, wishing you all the sweetness summer can offer,
Elaine
 
PS - I would love to hear your favorite moments from the week. Mine was Tuesday night's "silent" exploration. To behold and be part of a group of people, unified by common practice, each moving at their own pace, in their own way, with their own personal intentions – I found this incredibly meaningful for the times we live in. Such a moment offers the world an authentic experience of love and, yes, interconnection, without loss of freedom, for the good of all.
Photos by Prue Jeffries
Top to bottom, left to right: Workshop, Stillwater, Beth & Elaine, Spirit Cloth, Artwork, Faculty minus Megan Bathory-Peeler, Water Bowl, Art by Suzanne Wright Crain and Tuan Pham, Workshop Group
Living Water Art available, contact Suzanne Wright Crain: www.thecosmicbody.com
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