“The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - Yeats
Nature is the muse and that’s where we will go, into nature’s Beauty, and perform exercises designed to sharpen the senses in ways that can lead to deep soulful experience, experience that can be transformative, experience that might kindle watery, soulful murmurs – the origins of art.
After sharper senses provide fodder for imagination and intuition, space is provided for them to do their work of molding, disassembling and reassembling what the waters of soul has provided, ever hopeful that those soulful murmurs might be brought up from their watery depths into air–an idea – one that might inspire a work of art.
Now it’s down to work. We try and trust – and try again – working and waiting, and working again, hoping that we can find a way to bring this “airy” idea up, out, and into an “earthly” manifestation.
The process is like alchemy; it is alchemy: a transformative process that often produces the best art.
What participants can expect to get out of the program.
> Techniques for evoking imagination and intuition in the service of art, any kind of art, even the art of creating oneself.
> An understanding of the process that come to play whenever creation is at hand, to understand why one is creating what she’s creating.
> Techniques that help nuance and fill-out a nascent idea, making it possible. Taking a vague idea and making it into a work of art.
Where: La Terre Bioregional Center, 22591 Rue La Terre, Kiln, MS 39556
Facilitator: James Inabinet, PhD [228-216-0466]
Session 1: An Introduction to the Creative Process. Saturday, April 1, from 10 to 5.
James Inabinet, PhD
Ecologist. Eco-Philosopher. Education Consultant. Weaver [since 1986]; MA in Earth Literacy , St. Mary of the Woods College; PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, Consciousness , California Institute of Integral Studies.
A research goal of mine pertains to “nature as muse,” including direct explorations into the intersection between nature immersion and art creation. Part and parcel of this research is the development of specific techniques to aid artists with deep engagement with nature in order to access feelings/insights uncovered in the process. From this, nature-inspired works of art may arise. Nature is also a source of inspiration, which begins with communion, not just with nature itself but nature as it is “coming into being.” Such communion is a viable pathway to wholeness, healing, and inspired and translational art, especially the ultimate art form: the art of becoming fully human.