After arriving at Squam Lake on Wednesday, classes started bright and early on Thursday morning. I was teaching Earth Art, which I also taught the first year of Squam, and it felt largely the same in the best of ways. Everyone was really open and excited about the idea of doing a piece of art outside of their normal comfort zone (sculptures out of nature!), but it was also super grounding and peaceful. Really the perfect way to get settled and begin time at the workshops. A push and an allowing at the same time almost. It was raining that day also, which I only note because I was bummed at first, but it ended up just being really cool. People got wet. And dirty. And it made all the materials people used really saturated and vibrant.
We started class with brief introductions and then immediately went into the meditation I'd planned. Most people just laid down on the porch. Some sat. And I talked them through a really quieting space and finally asked them to pick a word that they'd like to focus on with their art piece for that day. A word that described something they wanted to draw into their lives or put attention to. And once everyone chose their word, some started some thumbnail sketches of ideas and others wandered to find out what materials were there to use.
Really organic is how I'd describe the whole class.
So without further explanation, I'd like to just show some images and share the words of a few of the participants themselves:
: : : From Maya Stein : : :
"I chose grounded because i am the opposite . mostly UN grounded.